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34 Episodes
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Episode 34: Dean Elgar - Top of the Order

Over the last five years no Test opening batsman has scored more runs than Dean Elgar. The Proteas left-hander has knocked off 3018 runs at an average 40.78 since 2016 and has become an indispensable part of the team. Making runs at the top of the order and seeing off…
26 Jan 2021 36 min

Episode 33: Thomas Abt - Greatness begins here

Newly appointed Sunshine Tour Commissioner Thomas Abt has taken over at one of the most precarious times in sporting history. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on sport in general, and on golf in this case, is likely to be profound. The cost of the pandemic might not fully be…
3 Nov 2020 31 min

Episode 32: Ed Coetzee - The business of rugby

One of rugby’s great myths is that the forwards are always the unthinking, heavy lifters, while the backs have all the brains. It probably comes from a small sample of players back in the sport’s sepia-toned past, but times have changed. Sharks CEO Eduard Coetzee was a prop – and…
7 Oct 2020 35 min

Episode 31: Corne Krige - The hard truth

As a rugby player he was tougher than complex quantum physics and more courageous than a wounded lion. He captained the Springboks 18 times and played 39 Tests at a time when Bok rugby was in a deep state of flux and going through coaches as quickly as Cheslin Kolbe…
22 Sep 2020 31 min

Episode 30: Andrew Breetzke - Cricket at a crossroads

Cricket in South Africa is at a major crossroads. There is a leadership vacuum, a pending financial crisis, transformation, race and social justice issues as well as unease from sponsors and most importantly, players. It’s easy to forget the 315 players who make some form of a living in the…
26 Aug 2020 36 min

Episode 29: Haroon Lorgat: Cricket SA - A corridor of uncertainty

Former ICC and Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat has seen it all in the game. From South Africa’s tentative return to the international arena in the early 1990s, to India’s rise to cricketing super power in the 21st century. He famously stood up to India at ICC meetings, both…
29 Jul 2020 38 min

Episode 28: Jacques Nienaber - Bok to the future

The old saying goes that defence wins World Cups and in 2019 that adage held true as the Springboks conceded a miserly four tries in seven matches at RWC 2019 to claim their third world title. The mastermind behind their steel was renowned defence coach Jacques Nienaber, who has spent…
16 Jul 2020 42 min

Episode 27: Mark Andrews - Remembering RWC ‘95

He played 77 Tests for South Africa, 75 of those at lock. He twice played loose forward, and it was the two he played at No 8 that might be most remembered. Mark Andrews was a Springbok giant in every sense of the word, but in the space of seven…
1 Jul 2020 46 min

Episode 26: Wayde van Niekerk - Wings On His Heels

Wayde van Niekerk is unquestionably South Africa’s most accomplished athlete of all time. He is the only runner in history to break 10 seconds for the 100m, 20 seconds for the 200m and 44 seconds for the 400m. He comes from great stock as his mother Odessa was a world-class…
17 Jun 2020 27 min

Episode 25: Graeme Smith - Born To Lead

He is considered South Africa’s greatest-ever opening batsman, but even more impressively, he is the country’s most successful captain having led the Proteas to historic series wins in Australia and England and the team to the top of the world Test rankings. Graeme Smith was appointed Proteas captain at 22,…
3 Jun 2020 25 min

Episode 24: Kagiso Rabada - Express Delivery

Kagiso Rabada has been an integral member of the Proteas set up for five years and he still has many years ahead of him to terrorise batsmen and rewrite South Africa’s bowling records. He was a schoolboy phenom who dominated under-19 cricket. But unlike so many who are touted as…
20 May 2020 32 min

Episode 23: Jake White - The Long Road Home

Newly appointed Bulls director of rugby Jake White has a clear vision of turning the franchise into the dominant force in southern hemisphere rugby. With the backing of wealthy owners at Loftus Versfeld, White has the means to see his project through. All he needs now is for the coronavirus…
5 May 2020 57 min

Episode 22: Rassie van der Dussen - The Road Less Travelled

He is the only batsman in cricket history to have made half centuries on debut in all three formats of the game - Tests, One-Day Internationals and T20s – and the only South African to score seven fifties in his first 14 ODI innings’. Rassie van der Dussen has taken…
22 Apr 2020 35 min

Episode 21: Chad le Clos - Floats Like a Butterfly

Chad Le Clos is on track to become South Africa's most successful Olympian of all time if he adds to the four medals he won in London 2012 and Rio 2016, in Tokyo next year. The decorated swimmer has three Olympic silvers, and one gold, which he famously won by…
16 Apr 2020 35 min

Episode 20: John Dobson - Singing from a different Hymn Sheet

He has run a successful publishing company, has a Masters degree in creative writing, a law degree, an MBA and has written two novels. But that’s just one piece of John Dobson’s story. In another part of his life he coached UCT to the Varsity Cup title, won a Vodacom…
8 Apr 2020 38 min

Episode 19: Neil Powell - Creating Champions

He has coached South Africa to two World Series titles, a Commonwealth Games’ gold medal and an Olympic bronze medal, but for Blitzbok coach Neil Powell the job is only partly about winning titles. The South Africa sevens programme has become the envy of the world game, where it keeps…
1 Apr 2020 36 min

Episode 18: The Front Line Of Covid-19

In this episode we hand over the Maverick Sports podcast platform to the biggest issue of our time – perhaps of any time since World War II – Coronavirus. The sporting landscape both locally and internationally has been decimated by cancellations and postponements in recent weeks. The 2020 Olympic Games…
25 Mar 2020 33 min

Episode 17: Trevor Immelman - The Green Jacket

The 2020 Masters has been postponed due to coronavirus but this week we turn back the clock to remember one of the great achievers in South African sport. Trevor Immelman has the rare distinction of twice fending off prime Tiger Woods down the stretch in massive golf tournaments. The first…
18 Mar 2020 50 min

Episode 16: Doug Ryder - Africa’s Cycling Team VS. The World

Doug Ryder only wanted to be a pro cyclist. He eked out a living trying to fulfil that dream on the cold European winter and autumn circuit in the 1990s and had moderate success. Through those experiences a dream of building an African cycling team that would compete at the…
12 Mar 2020 44 min

Episode 15: CT Cycle Tour - Coronavirus & Big Decisions

It’s 42 in 2020 but unlike most 40-year-olds, the Cape Town Cycle Tour shows no signs of decline or of slowing down. The iconic race is now as much a part of South Africa’s sporting landscape as the Comrades Marathon. Its world-class organisation, coupled with unparalleled scenery, makes it a…
3 Mar 2020 31 min
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