Boks support quake victims

2011-09-15 15:13

Cape Town - The Springboks on Thursday offered their support and assistance to the victims of February’s devastating Christchurch earthquake, which claimed almost 200 lives and devastated the New Zealand city.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers and star players Victor Matfield, Bryan Habana and Jean de Villiers met Red Cross representatives in Wellington. The quartet presented a signed team jersey to John Ware of the New Zealand Red Cross to be auctioned to raise funds for the organisation’s relief activities in the zone.

“This was a tragedy that touched all of us and we wanted to offer our support and assistance,” said Springbok coach Peter de Villiers. “All of us in the Springbok team know Christchurch very well and to see it so devastated and to read the stories of lost lives was shocking.

“With the support of the international rugby community we know the people of Christchurch have the character to overcome this adversity.”

The international Rugby Board has also launched an appeal aimed directly at aiding rugby organisations in the region getting back on their feet. Details can be found at

Peter de Villiers (back left), Victor Matfield (back right), Bryan Habana (kneeling left) and Jean de Villiers (kneeling right) making a presentation to John Ware (Red Cross NZ, back centre), in aid of the Red Cross Christchurch Disaster Appeal at the Ekhaya Centre in Wellington on Thursday. (Gallo Images)


  • Anneleen - 2011-09-15 15:20

    Bokke, thank you for displaying your big hearts!

  • Chief Kok - 2011-09-15 15:34

    Ek sien Victor het ook nou 'n Snor = Snor 2.

      EFFEL - 2011-09-15 15:52

      Tools ,en dit is hoekom ek Kanada so geniet,Ek hoef net nou en dan na n etterblaps soos jy te luister

      Joe_Dirt - 2011-09-15 18:17

      "dok", nie geweet jy kan die kommentaar hoor nie, jy moet goeie ore he jong.

  • Chief Kok - 2011-09-15 15:35

    Wonder how much is that signed jersey worth. I think SBW's tored jumper will raise more funds.

      GHT - 2011-09-15 15:44

      Probably would. Considering he played in that jersey and it was in a landmark game. The start of the last world cup to be hosted in New Zealand.

      Tools1 - 2011-09-15 15:48

      @GHT - Nice @ FL not so nice, Jy is so bietjie van n vernedering vir die ander afrikaners op die vorum.

      Johnny-BB - 2011-09-15 16:21

      ...why is PDV's eyes so red..?? he smoking John Smit's socks...??

      Barry Edwards - 2011-09-15 18:26

      @KOK. You are a real prick

      Wozakiwi - 2011-09-16 00:27

      Hey Chief.......You are absolutely terrible....I'm a Saffa living in NZ and love both countries. How can you say something so stupid about the boks goodwill. What did YOU do for Christchurch????????????? Please don't comment on this site. You and Maori make us sick mate!!!!!

  • Zee - 2011-09-15 16:00

    Awesome gesture Boks!

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-15 16:49


  • Elize - 2011-09-15 16:05

    The photo looks computerized....

      Lebo - 2011-09-15 17:26

      It does, look at Victor's looks skewed!

  • John Jameson - 2011-09-15 16:06

    Got to love this strategy: Use the injured Springboks to handle the PR photo ops and drum up local support while the starting line-up practices for Saturday's game.

      Stirer - 2011-09-15 18:57

      .... without the guidance of Snor

      GraemeBB - 2011-09-15 23:12

      Snor is injured too - long-term head injury - had it for some time now.

  • blackfan - 2011-09-15 16:21

    nonsense just trying to let people forget hoe useless they r . concentrate on rugby than sucking up to people in nz. they know you dont and never cared, boofheads!

      JustinD - 2011-09-15 17:31

      Wow..spoken like a true sheep shagger. BTW how's your wife and my kids doing?

      RandomDude - 2011-09-15 18:51

      You do realize that you're dissing yourself more than you're dissing us ?

      Ruck'n Punt - 2011-09-16 04:16

      @Blackfan, no need for those comments mate, I reckon well done Boks, problem with us fans is that we can be so unforgiving at times.

  • buldozersema - 2011-09-15 16:32

    Good job. Did Snore drop off the webb ellis while they were there?

  • daardrafkoos - 2011-09-15 16:39

    How huge is Bryan Habana's head???? :o

      Tony - 2011-09-15 16:47

      Same size as the distance between his ears!

  • Weepee - 2011-09-15 16:43

    Why take cheap shots at the guys. I think it's a pretty cool thing to do. People here have no idea the respect the NZ public have for the Boks. In a survey taken the Boks have the highest % support by a long way when asked who would they like to win if the AB's did not.

      Karoobloed - 2011-09-15 18:48

      Yes that would be the acid test to differentiate betwen real and fake New Zealanders.

  • OzzyInSA - 2011-09-15 16:51

    Wow, a whole 7 months after the quake and, despite being in NZ previously, all they can muster is one signed jersey that probably wont raise that much money as they will be going home by the QF's. What a great gesture!

      Tony - 2011-09-15 17:02

      What did you do to help?

      OzzyInSA - 2011-09-15 17:27

      @Tony, me personally or the ARU? If me personally, then fyi I donated $15,000 (R100,000) to the appeal as I was in Christchurch a couple of months prior to the quake. A little more than a R500 jersey, don't you think?

      Tony - 2011-09-15 17:59

      Sorry, didn't realize you were a saint, we all just Sarf Efrican plonkers!

      RandomDude - 2011-09-15 18:58

      Ozzy you're clearly a prince of a person

      Spark72 - 2011-09-15 19:59

      Ozzy, with such remarkable humanitarian traits, have you thrown your wallet at any crises out here? We need people like you.

      FopSpeen - 2011-09-15 20:26

      Smug alert!!! Stupid Aussie troll You are so full of crap dude. Do you really expect that jersey to get only R500? It's a gesture, it's not supposed to magically fix the fault lines running under Christchurch.

      OzzyInSA - 2011-09-15 20:37

      @FopSpeen, troll? Really? So care to explain why it took SARU or the Boks 7 months to do anything for the people of Chistchurch? It may be a "gesture" as you put it but it is a token gesture at best.

      Ruck'n Punt - 2011-09-16 04:23

      Hey Ozzy, remember the Sharks playing the Saders in Twickers, remember where the proceeds went to? Were you kicked out of OZ, give credit where it's due man.

      St.Andrew - 2011-09-16 08:18

      I find it strange that a person with such an open heart as yours has such a negative spiteful attitude at someone else offering help - regardless of wheather it competed with yours or not

  • Sly Bacon - 2011-09-15 16:58

    A gesture that makes me feel a proud I am a South African........well done to our team and my knowledge they are the first team to to this ? History has shown there has always been respect between the AB's and ourselves which underlines why there is such great rivalry........that would never happen with the arrogant Wobblies .........go my Bokke

      OzzyInSA - 2011-09-15 17:25

      The rivalry between the Wallabies and the All Blacks far exceeds any rivalry between the Boks and the All Blacks. Heard of the Bledisloe Cup? FYI, do some reseach on how much the Australian Rugby Union, its players and officials contributed to the Christchurch appeals not to mention the various Australian Super Rugby teams.

      Wooly Bugger - 2011-09-15 18:20

      @OzzyinSA: You call the Bledisloe Cup a rivalry? More like another walkover competition for the All Blacks to win, seeing that wins for the Wobblies are few and far between. When was the last time the Wobblies actually won the Bledisloe Cup?

      Barry Edwards - 2011-09-15 18:43

      Bledisloe who ? It that the thing the AB and the mongrels play for in the tri-nations ?

      Adrian - 2011-09-15 21:03

      @OzzyinSA What a turdhead you are, ever heard of the Mandela Cup. if you are such a Saint as you claim you are, show us some proof of your "huge" financial contribution - anyone can talk crap - phuckhead.

      splatgunnz - 2011-09-16 01:22

      @ OzzyInSA The ONLY time The Bledisloe Cup rivalry was so fiece was during the '99-02' era. Before or after that? Your're dreaming. Us kiwis KNOW Sth Africa are our biggest rivalry. Look through the years and see. Australia are our biggest rivalry in alot of things i.e netball, rugby league, banter; but Australia still has a fair way to go to reach the hights of the Springbok/All Black clashes. I think the last 2-3 years of Aussie propaganda has distorted your view somewhat.

  • maycenz - 2011-09-15 18:03

    Nice one Springboks. Good stuff on making the effort no matter what some of the people above have said. Cheers from a kiwi.

  • eddy.c - 2011-09-15 18:08

    Well done Bokke. It seems there is a little bit of jealously here from the not so supportive Bok supporters in NZ. Now you wonder why they no longer live in SA!

  • jan du preeaz - 2011-09-15 18:14

    n pragtige foto van hasbeens en AA

  • Barry Edwards - 2011-09-15 18:32

    Check the grey in Victor's beard.

  • Johann - 2011-09-15 18:34

    Very nice gesture!! proud of SA rugby

  • Drummerboi - 2011-09-15 19:31

    Well done boys!

  • Andries - 2011-09-15 19:32

    This makes me so proud of our guys!!!!

  • Juan More - 2011-09-16 00:48

    Careful on the knee Bryan!

  • Matt - 2011-09-16 04:24

    Ignore the trolls. I live in Christchurch and we are all very grateful for the support. Imagine how much will that jersey be worth if they win another World Cup!

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