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Dan RetiefDan Retief

Dan Retief entered the field of sports journalism with the Diamond Fields Advertiser in Kimberley in 1970. He rose through the ranks quickly, gaining posts at The Argus and The Rand Daily Mail and becoming sports editor of the Cape Times. He made a name for himself covering major tours and events; writing mainly about rugby and golf.

Coinciding with South Africa’s re-emergence from sports isolation he joined the Sunday Times and his work for South Africa’s biggest newspaper established him as arguably South Africa’s leading sportswriter.

He was named the SAB South African Sportswriter of the Year for 1992, 1995 and 1997 – the first and only writer to win the award three times – and he is now a judge of the television awards.

He is the South African correspondent of Rugby World magazine, the Australian Rugby Review and writes regularly for foreign newspapers such as the Daily Telegraph, The Times and The Sunday Times in London, The Sydney Morning Herald and The New Zealand Herald.


Latest Articles:

The Jonny Factor 17/10/07

Only one reason is being offered why England should be able to turn a 36-0 defeat on September 14 into a victory over the Springboks on October 20 – Jonny Wilkinson.
The obsession of the British Press with Wilkinson, he has literally been described as the blond Messiah, is nauseating. Millions of words have been expended on his injuries and now that England have defied the odds by reaching the World Cup Final the pitch is right back to where it was in Australia in 2003.

There has been some talk of how the England team did some soul-searching and changed their style of play, even though one form of pick-and-go is much like any other, but the masses are informed, ad nauseum, that if England are to retain the Webb Ellis Cup it will be down to the Jonny Factor. more

Time of the Galácticos 23/9/07

The Springboks, even after the near disaster against Tonga, shape up pretty well when subjected to one of the measures used to determine whether a team can win the World Cup.

It is said that to be successful at the tournament a team needs to have a good quotient of world-class players – i.e. players that would be included in a World XV.

This was certainly the case with Martin Johnson’s England, John Eales’s Australia, Francois Pienaar’s Springboks, Nick Farr-Jones’s Wallabies and David Kirk’s All Blacks. more

Average JO must go 17/9/07

As put-downs go you would have to go some way to beat the slap in the face delivered to Rugby World Cup Judicial Officer Terry Willis – the Australian who decided on Schalk Burger’s four-match suspension.

Willis, who allegedly behaved arrogantly in Burger’s hearing and at one point sneered that he had been a No6 flank himself and knew for a fact that Burger had not been going for the ball, was literally told he did not know what he was talking about in the statement proclaiming the reduction, by half, of Burger’s banning.

The Appeal Committee comprised chairman Justice Wyn Williams, Bruce Squire QC and Judge Guillermo Tragant. They “determined that the Judicial Officer (Willis) had made an error in his first instance decision, in that he was wrong to find that the player was not at any time during the incident intending to win the ball. more

Can history repeat itself? 6/9/07

As if the inspirational audience with Nelson Mandela, arguably the greatest South African of all time, was not enough Springbok coach Jake White has another surprise up his sleeve to motivate his men.
White has invited Morné du Plessis, South Africa’s most successful rugby captain and the man who managed the World Cup-winning side in 1995, to present the players’ their jerseys on Saturday ahead of their opening match against Samoa at the Parc des Princes on Sunday.

Du Plessis, a respected figure in the game whose clever touches of leadership have become legendary, was a key influence in 1995 and White is hoping he will be able to inflame the class of 2007 with the fervour and self-belief that carried Francois Pienaar’s men to victory. more

Dan Retief

The Jonny Factor 17/10/07
Time of the Galácticos 23/9/07
Average JO must go 17/9/07
Can history repeat itself? 6/9/07
Who will win the World Cup? 22/8/07
The spy in from the Reds 31/7/07
Painting it All Black 24/7/07

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