The Bulls are all over the place as they this week head north in the hope of sustaining their Champions Cup challenge against Northampton Saints. Their travel arrangements has been a hot topic this week and director of rugby Jake White again raised concerns about how the dice is loaded against South African teams travelling to Europe. Having recently completed Red Disa's equity deal with WP, Johan le Roux, the interrim CEO, maps out the future of the franchise and the well supported and...
Published 04/11/24
The Blitzboks are in Hong Kong this week where they will try and break their duck in that particular leg of the World Sevens Series. They go into the tournament with not much going for them but Brenden caught up with new head coach Philip Snyman to get a sense of how confident the team is heading east. Later in the show Liam got to put some questions to the world player of the year and the man many consider to be the best player on the planet, Ardie Savea. It is his firm view that there are a...
Published 04/04/24
Published 04/04/24
In this week's episode Brenden and Liam reflect on the Lions' sterling performance in Ireland and they look ahead to this weekend's URC clashes in which the top eight could get another shake up. In our big interview Lungani Zama, chief writer on Chasing the Sun 2, gives us a glimpse into the production, how they set out to top the previous instalment and how watching the Springboks cry resonate with the viewing public.
Published 03/28/24
Lood de Jager faced a long and uncertain path to fitness since he was diagnosed with the heart condition that kept him out of the Rugby World Cup. De Jager recounts his patient return to fitness and how he had to get his heart rate up, seemingly one beat at a time. He explains why Japan and the Panasonic Saitama Wild Knights in particular, is the perfect environment for a player with a young family. He also looks ahead at his Bok prospects.
Published 03/21/24
It is hard to imagine but former Bok wunderkid Frans Steyn now has an office job. He admits it will take getting used to but so far he is taking being director of rugby at the Cheetahs in his stride. Steyn is not the conventional director of rugby but he has been given licence to craft the job around his strengths. He talks with passion about the Cheetahs brand and attracting people who share his vision. He tells Liam and Brenden he's had to go slow on the tipple.
Published 03/14/24
Front rowers, even when they are retired, give it to you straight. Brenden and Liam caught up with former Springbok prop Robbi Kempson who shared his wisdom across a wide range of topics, not least the role of schools rugby in the domestic game. Kempson also reveals his love of wine.
Published 03/07/24
Neethling Fouche is no ordinary tighthead prop. Jovial and affable Fouche lifts the lid on why the Stormers have become such a tight knit group. He talks about how he has dealt with adversity and playing in the considerable shadow of Frans Malherbe. He also shares a poignant story about his late father-in-law who was a huge Stormers fan.
Published 02/29/24
Having spent the weekend with the Sharks, Brenden and Liam are back to report on their short trip to the East Coast. They reflect on the Sharks' defeat to the Stormers and the home defeat of the Lions to the Bulls. The Bok alignment camp also caught their attention and they finish off the show with an interview with Sharks Dr CEO Ed Coetzee who explains why the franchise will keep fighting and why building partnerships in their community is now part of their DNA.
Published 02/22/24
Veteran journalists Liam del Carme and Brenden Nel are teaming up with AME (African Media Entertainment) to bring you "To the Last Drop", where you'll find them chewing the fat about the latest developments coming out of the world of Rugby.
Published 02/15/24
The World Cup final that apparently "everyone wanted to see" went by as a damp squib, and caused a few chuckles as Brenden and Liam dissect the opening round of Six Nations and then delve deeper into the rabbit hole that is Springbok rugby. Rassie is back as coach until 2027 and it is clear he wants another crack at the World Cup. So what can we expect from his new assistants, and from him as a new Bok cycle dawns. All this and more in this week's podcast
Published 02/08/24
This week, something a little different. Veteran journalist and rugby communications guru Matt McILraith gives us the lowdown on the Japan Rugby League One and so much more. The Kiwi who was Wallabies media manager in the Robbie Deans era discusses the impact of the league, at a time clubs elsewhere are feeling the pinch. McILraith talks up the South Africans playing and coaching in Japan and shares his distinct views on the structure for the Rugby World Cup and the Springbok v All Blacks...
Published 02/01/24
The latest edition of TTLD is entirely dedicated to retiring referee Jaco Peyper. Peyper, one of the game’s most decorated referees, chats about his future and what role he may yet play in the game, some of the most bizarre moments he encountered on the field and which laws he might tweak. He also reveals his tipple of choice which may leave him at odds with many in the Free State.
Published 01/24/24
In the latest edition of TTLD Marco Masotti, the Sharks’ majority shareholder chats to Liam and Brenden from his New York office. He talks about the state of affairs at the franchise, how displeased he is with results and where he intends taking the brand. He believes franchise owners and SA Rugby can be more collaborative going forward. The hosts also give their predictions for the final round of pool matches in EPCR competitions.
Published 01/18/24
Brenden and Liam kick-off the year by discussing the malaise at the Sharks and why poor form continues to dog them in the URC. They catch up with former Bok and Bulls prop Gurthro Steenkamp who is the scrum coach at back-to-back Champions Cup winners La Rochelle. Steenkamp explains why SA teams have been a wonderful addition to European competitions and he talks up the virtues of a glass of Rosé or two.
Published 01/11/24
Brenden and Liam kick-off the year by discussing the malaise at the Sharks and why poor form continues to dog them in the URC. They catch up with former Bok and Bulls prop Gurthro Steenkamp who is the scrum coach at back-to-back Champions Cup winners La Rochelle. Steenkamp explains why SA teams have been a wonderful addition to European competitions and he talks up the virtues of a glass of Rosé or two.
Published 01/11/24
We sign off the year with one of the enduring voices in South African rugby. Bulls director of rugby and former Springbok coach Jake White is our guest for our final episode before our resumption in the second week of the new year. White delves into the oldest rivalry in the local game, what he has had to unlearn as a head coach, how much he misses not coaching at Test level and he spills some home truths about his favourite tipple.
Published 12/21/23
As its Christmastime, To the Last Drop is in the mood for giving, and this week we have a bumper episode that spans continents and is full of festive flavour. Brenden and Liam chat to Glasgow Warriors coach Franco Smith about Champions Cup, life in Glasgow and the perils of finding good wine. Then we give you a sneak glimpse of a roaring lunch Liam hosted at Pirates Rugby Club with Springbok brothers Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis before we dive into our predictions for Round 2 of the...
Published 12/14/23
The jamboree that is the Cape Town Sevens is again expected to be the mother of all parties this weekend. SA Rugby's marketing manager Marlon Kruger explains the logistics behind the event, its extreme safety precautions and the headline act that slipped through their fingers at the 11th hour. Liam and Brenden also gaze into their crystal ball ahead of this weekend's fixtures in the Champions Cup, as well as the Challenge Cup.
Published 12/07/23
This week To The Last Drop catches up with a player who literally takes the cake, and a coach who doesn't stroke egos. Bok prop Ox Nche waxes lyrical from his favourite confectionery to trophy tour confetti. He also assesses where the Sharks are at after their underwhelming start to the URC. Later, Blitzboks coach Sandile Ncgobo lays bare the changes in his team including how he cleansed it of egos.
Published 11/29/23
In this week's 'To The Last drop' Liam flies solo. He sits down affable Lions scrum coach Julian Redelinghuys who talks about the increasing belief and mongrel in the Lions team. He also shares his distinct views on the scrum, the seven/one split, and his fears for the sport. Later Donovan Goliath tells us how he came up with the edgy, inspiring, and at times devilishly funny content he dropped on social media during and after the Rugby World Cup. The content creator and former comedian...
Published 11/22/23
Sean Everitt plied his trade with the Sharks for 15 years before taking up a short-term job with the Bulls last year. On Friday, the new Edinburgh coach will test his mettle against old mate and grizzled adversary Jake White when his team takes on the Bulls in the URC. On the latest instalment of To The Last Drop, Brenden and Liam catch up with Everitt who is 10 weeks into his new job. Everitt gets quizzed about the move and the challenge of operating in a different rugby culture, coming up...
Published 11/15/23
This week Brenden and Liam gaze into their crystal ball to the next Rugby World Cup and who of the current crop of Springboks are likely to make the trip to Australia. Four, if not more Springboks will retire in the next year or so but the nucleus of the squad will be in the 35/36 age group bracket by the time the next RWC comes around. Our hosts also take a look at some of the players who have dropped off the Bok radar that may be back in contention.
Published 11/08/23
The World Cup is over, the trophy tour is rolling through the country and the entire Mzanzi is united in celebration. But across the world the sour grapes continue, as pundits question the style, authenticity and every little detail of a magnificent Springbok victory. Why won't they give the Boks their due, and in reality, do we really care? Brenden Nel and Liam del Carme unpack eight weeks of rugby, address the sour grapes abroad, and dissect France 2023 as a tournament. They also pick...
Published 11/02/23
What can be bigger than a World Cup final? Not much in reality, and the To the Last Drop team dissect the Springboks' chances against the All Blacks in Saturday's massive game, reflect a bit on the heart-stopping win over England and one of the strangest weeks in modern rugby since. There is also a cameo by former Bok captain John Smit on the nostalgia of France 2007 and the Boks chances, while another former Bok, Hanyani Shimange, chats about the importance of Bongi Mbonambi to the...
Published 10/27/23