All Black legend warns Boks

2011-08-11 13:42

London - All Black legend Zinzan Brooke has warned the Springboks that they cannot win the Rugby World Cup without putting together a run of victories before the tournament starts.

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South Africa lost their first two Tri-Nations games, against Australia and New Zealand, and are not favoured to win their final two games of the competition either.

According to, Brooke believes that going into the World Cup on the back of defeats could stop the Boks from successfully defending their title.

"Things are going to have to change for them and fast. They have already lost twice in the Tri-Nations and if they potentially lose their homes games they could end up heading to New Zealand having lost four games on the bounce,’ said Brooke.

"You want to head to the World Cup with form and confidence and they are risking all that."

Brooke played 58 Tests for New Zealand between 1987 and 1997 and is regarded as one of the game’s best ever players.

Brooke is also reported to have said that Samoa will be the strongest team in Pool D, and that the Pacific Islanders could stop the Springboks’ from winning the group.

"I think Samoa will be the real outsiders in New Zealand. The Pacific islands of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga will all be tough but it is Samoa that stands out,” said Brooke.

“In my opinion Wales will not get in to the knockout stages and at the moment South Africa still have work to do, so I just have this feeling that Samoa might top the pool."

Brooke added that he believed New Zealand would win the World Cup.


  • Dal2000 - 2011-08-11 13:50

    Oh shut up old fart. You do realize that the team that went to NZ was very much B?

      Albo - 2011-08-11 14:46

      So should he have said: "the South African team actually need to play together for at least a game, to win the WC"??

      p123 - 2011-08-11 18:20

      Time to choke NZ like you always do. Did anyone notice that France are conviniently in the same pool as NZ so as to avoid facing them in the knock out stages?

      o Great one - 2011-08-12 06:57

      stop supporting " tinkerbell`s boks " till they get a real coach and fire old tinkerbell, we have the power as supporters to demand change.

  • Peter Britz - 2011-08-11 13:54

    Poppycock! Biggest load of drivel! In 2007 we lost all bar one Tri-Nations test, and won the WC. In most WC's the AB's have racked up a run of victories, and that has hardly guarenteed them WC success! Just Zinny trying to motivate the AB's!

  • Ken J May - 2011-08-11 13:54

    This is so boring!!!!!

  • Darren - 2011-08-11 13:55


      BOKLDN - 2011-08-11 13:58

      love it!

  • Pictureof - 2011-08-11 13:57

    Our local high schools Under 15 side would give the Bokke a run, to be fair though Mr. Van Der Merwe is one hell of a coach.

  • ATN - 2011-08-11 14:18

    Well done to Mr vd Merwe because it can't be your son.

  • Gerhard - 2011-08-11 14:21

    I do not draw the same conclusion as Zinzan Brooke, but on one point he is right, if the Boks lose the home round of the Tri-nations, I think Samoa might just show us the door in the pool games. What happened in 2007 is irrelevant, because the players available to us, as opposed to most other teams was really impressive then. Compared to the AB we just do not have the depth we had then.

      Netherlands - 2011-08-11 22:29

      I always said the Boks won't reach the Quarters.... sad but true!

      TruthTeller - 2011-08-12 19:28

      Maybe your all just sour grapes really you’re blind for writing of a team before they even started. You are ignorant for doing that.

  • Leighton - 2011-08-11 14:23

    Yes Samoa will top the group...when pigs fly. Dont be so bitter Zinzan, 1995 was 16 years ago! Let it go

  • King_911 - 2011-08-11 14:24

    bla bla bla choke choke choke.... Help we under pressure old AB's we need a boost!! Pffft!

  • Doug - 2011-08-11 14:35

    Apparantly Zinzan has forgotten what his Arse was designed for these days !!!!!!!

      Darren - 2011-08-11 14:37


      spook.moor - 2011-08-11 15:51

      Apparently he hasn't?

  • Roy - 2011-08-11 14:43

    No warning needed.We will only beat the smaller unions and thereafter we will start losing against the bigger teams.

  • Chuck - 2011-08-11 14:49

    Brooke added that he believed JUST LIKE EVERY WORLD CUP that NEW ZEALAND will win.

  • transkeidave - 2011-08-11 14:56

    for me the RWC starts this week end --bring it on and can all the boring drivel on the blogs--time for action--go bokke

  • Gary - 2011-08-11 15:16

    Good point Zinzan, but we will WIN the next two games (and maybe even the 3N also)

  • sholoza - 2011-08-11 16:02

    Good old Zinzan, what a legend. But, I'm sure most of you have seen the New Zealand rugby equivalent of Boots & All, a show called 'Reunion’. Well, good old Zinzan frequents that show from time to time as one of their talking heads and I'm afraid to say, that as much of a legend as he was on the field, on the record he tends to come across as an old bag of self opinionated hot air with a slightly stale after taste. Can’t blame him for that however as he is a Kiwi.

      Jaron Corless - 2011-08-11 18:44

      I watch Re-Union all the time and I am yet to see Zinzan on there. Most likely because he lives in the UK

      Howzitekse - 2011-08-12 09:09

      Can't be worse than Daryn Clarke, who does not know much about Rugby and is limmited to snide remarks.

  • Bradley - 2011-08-11 16:05

    Soomeone please send this guy an email and tell him that his silly psychology does not work here in S.A.

  • reinert.wentzel - 2011-08-11 16:27

    yes you clown. it was a b team that went to play those first 2 games. you cant compare apples with oranges. the team that is playing this weekend and onwards are way more experienced! In 2007 tri nations we won 1 out of 4 games and we went on to win the world cup so your article is clueless. Samoa has no BMT so they wont progress out of the group stages, and if they do the quarters is where it will stop

  • Steyts - 2011-08-11 16:40

    This guy is seriously stupid!! Firstly, SA will top the group and secondly NZ will not win the world cup as they will choke like they normally do! Thank you and good night!

  • Johan van Zyl - 2011-08-11 16:52

    Open letter to Zinzan: Remeber WC '95? Remeber a young guy named Joost van der Westhuizen who wanted to shake your hand because he admired you as a player, but you told him to "f*ck off"... you remeber you said that? Go play with mother on the railway tracks you bastard!

      Johan van Zyl - 2011-08-12 08:00

      And I seemed to have mistyped "remember" every time!

  • pants - 2011-08-11 17:58

    Zin save your warnings for the AB chokers.....

  • Richard - 2011-08-12 03:26

    I cannot believe the vitriol and hatred you guys express at a time when you need to get united behind your flagging team. Zinny is actually on the money. You are not going to come to NZ underdone and win, I'm afraid. This is not 2007. Gerhard is right. That was an abberation and you had an extraordinary depth of talent to call on then. Today there is no such depth as you have already seen by embarrassing losses in Australia and NZ. I'm also picking you'll lose at least one more at home. Making yourselves feel better by continuing to denigrate the All Blacks as chokers is as ridiculous as it is insulting to the great relationship we Kiwis share with you. You should be ashamed. I cannot wait for the Semifinal, IF the Boks make it that far...

      ozzymate - 2011-08-12 08:37

      hiya Richard . theses wannabes cannot handle honest constructive unbiased criticism from anybody mate, tell them how great they are in the face of historical failure and they are a happy bunch. They overate themselves continuously & you watch matey , Even if they lose these last 2 games on SA home soil they will still believe they can win this 2011 RWC on NZ soil. I reckon Samoa or Wales will be the teams that will stop them long before the semi's. They write off our island bro's Samoa to their peril.The bok supporters with their coach do provide good entertainment value for foolishness though

      sam - 2011-08-12 21:12

      I agree SA will struggle to win the World Cup this year (and im a South African), but I will still be 100% behind the Bokke, win or lose. Thats what true supporters do. And no matter what anyone says or believes, the fact of the matter is that SA STILL HAS THE BEST RECORD AT THE WORLD CUP OF ANY NATION ON EARTH. So until that changes, i think all you Ozzies and Kiwis should shut ya big mouths.

  • Whoosa - 2011-08-12 06:00

    Yes Zinzan, since when are the kiwis experts on winning world cups? Winning wc's is all about peeking at the right time, something you muzza's dont now how to do! I reckon you will choke, again! Bwahahahaha

      ozzymate - 2011-08-12 09:04

      Oi Whoosa even the moderators cannot handle they deleted my post on so called peaking ! lol I say it again with a bit more diplomacy aye!. Whoosa if you care so much about peaking mate & by your reckoning then the boks "peaked "in 2007 aye? Then by now 4 yrs later they are way past their sell by date and are obviously in denial. Still you blokes expect the same high performance result ? Even after these same players failed to add value to their S15 sides? Mate your expectations are too high and samoa /wales is about as far as you can go this time with these old guys.

  • Chief Kok - 2011-08-12 08:28

    What a wise man.

  • Marius - 2011-08-12 09:11

    Ou Zinny, ons almal weet die Bokke se wedstryde oorsee was nie goed nie, en almal weet die Bokke wat teen die Aussies & Kiwi's in die tuis wedstryde gaan speel gaan bietjie verroes wees. MAAR....., hierdie span het ervaring, hope daarvan, en selfs al sukkel hulle met die "Pool games", hierdie span het baie karakter. Ek dink jy moet jou waarskuwings eerder hou vir die All Blacks, hulle is NOU die vorm span....gaan hulle die vorm & karakter he vir die wereld beker? Pasop vir die Bok!!!

  • int1m1d4t0r - 2011-08-12 10:49

    Says the guy that won what World Cup? F off and f a sheep...legend or not.

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