You know things have gone well and truly pear shaped when media write about the politics and back stabbing in any sport.
Here New Zealand’s The Spinoff chats to a local rugby writer about the difficulties of covering rugby in Port Elizabeth:
“The Southern Kings have staggered from crisis to crisis for years, failing to pay their players last Super Rugby season, and struggling to field a team this year. Kings beat writer Michael Green talks to Don Rowe about covering South Africa’s most turbulent franchise.
Southern Kings fans have seen enough chaos in the last few years to last a lifetime. The Port Elizabeth Super Rugby franchise seems to be constantly teetering on the brink of extinction, with the South African Rugby Union intervening this year to help sort out its dire money troubles. Its players are at odds with team management. Fans are still waiting for a winning season. They may be waiting a long time.
For Michael Green, a rugby journo from South African daily Die Burger, Kings dramas are part of daily life. He has chronicled the rise and fall of teams, coaches and administrators in the Eastern Cape, and was present through the now-infamous death and rebirth of the the team’s Super Rugby hopes in 2013 through to the present day.
Green has written on rugby since 2002, eleven years before the Kings played their first Super Rugby season. He’s seen it all, and even been a part of it too. From fist fights to bottlings, racism and institutional rebirth, Green possesses some of the most intimate knowledge of rugby in Port Elizabeth. He talked to me about the turbulent history of South Africa’s newest rugby franchise…..”
Read the full interview with Michael here: Chaos and court cases – what it’s like to cover the most turbulent side in Super Rugby |