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Indian Premier League 2021

Indian Premier League 2021

The Indian Premier League follows the T20 cricket format and is known for its entertainment value. Estimated to have contributed around $160 Million to the Indian GDP in 2015. The IPL is a highlight of the season for the cricket-mad nation. On a global scale, the league is rated 6th in terms of average crowd attendance across all sports leagues. Every year the auction for players is an eagerly watched event. Many cricketers have enjoyed both fame and fortune by participating in the IPL. Superstars such as Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have all increased their personal value tenfold over the years.  For the 2021 season South African Chris Morris became the most expensive player in IPL history. The Rajasthan Royals acquired him for $2.25 Million. 

History and format of the IPL

Formed in 2007, the first Indian Premier League tournament took place in 2008, with Rajasthan Royals winning the inaugural title. In the subsequent years, Mumbai Indians have enjoyed the majority of tournament victories with their fifth win coming in last year’s tournament. The Chennai Super Kings are the only other team to have won more than 2 titles. The last of their 3 victories coming in 2018.

The tournament consists of 8 teams from 8 different Indian cities, and all teams play each other twice on a home and away basis. The top 4 teams then play each other in the playoff phase. The winners of 2 qualifying matches contest the final, where the eventual winner takes home a cool $3 Million (the 2021 amount). While some critics despise this shorter version of the game, we cannot deny the fact that the traditional formats of the game have benefitted from both T20 cricket and the popularity of the IPL.

Locations

The tournament has occurred outside of India on 3 occasions. In 2009, South Africa hosted the IPL due to the Indian general elections taking place. The subsequent safety concerns attributed to the elections were the reason for the decision to move the tournament. In 2014, the first half of the tournament was played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Again, the general elections and the related safety concern being the reason. The teams returned home after 20 games, and the 2014 season was able to conclude in India. The 2020 showpiece moved again to the UAE in response to high Coronavirus numbers within India. The financial benefit of hosting the tournament is significant. A reported $100 Million was injected into the South African economy during the 2009 edition. Considering this, only when the actual tournament is at risk will India consider alternative hosting venues.

South Africans and the IPL

Over the 13 seasons of the IPL, only a handful of South Africans have been on the side of the winning team. In the inaugural event, Graeme Smith and Morne Morkel were both in the winning team (albeit not in the match day 11). In subsequent years, South African’s have consistently been in the mix. There have been 14 South African winners over the years, with 5 of them doing it twice. The last of which being Quinton de Kock, who was part of the successful Mumbai Indians team in 2020.

Surprisingly, a few ‘big’ names are absent from this list of South African winners. None more so that AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn. Both widely considered to be the best at their trade during their careers, it is unfortunate that neither have ever lifted the winner’s trophy. While Steyn is no longer involved in the IPL, de Villiers still has a realistic chance of rectifying this stat. One of the form players in the 2021 Indian Premier League, de Villiers will be hoping his Royal Challengers Bangalore team can go all the way this year.

2021 Tournament

At the time of writing, the 2021 event has been postponed. Due to the rising cases of COVID-19 within India, the authorities took the sensible decision to halt the tournament. Whether the league can conclude at a later stage (in a different country perhaps) is unknown. We are currently at the halfway stage of the IPL, with last year’s runners-up, the Delhi Capitals in top spot. The Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and the Mumbai Indians round out the top 4.

In terms of performances, this year’s event has enjoyed some top cricket by South African players. Faf du Plessis has come into some good form, and he currently sits 3rd when it comes to runs scored. AB de Villiers has been in scintillating form with the bat, and one wonders how long the South African cricket selectors can ignore him- especially with the T20 World Cup on the horizon (we know the de Villiers case is more complex than this, but South African cricket is poorer without him). Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi have all had good spells with the ball. Another positive for the regular Protea squad members.

What’s next for the IPL 2021?

A lot of uncertainty surrounds this year’s tournament, and at this stage nobody knows how things will pan out. We saw in 2020 that sport could recover from such setbacks (think of the 2020 Six Nations), and so we can assume that some sort of conclusion will come about this year. Currently, the well-being of a nation and the health of players must be prioritized. We can only hope that when cricket returns for India that it can be in a happier and healthier time.

If you are new to Cricket or betting on cricket why not have a look at our Cricket 101 beginners guide. If you do not yet have an online betting account check out our review of South Africa’s Best Betting Sites.

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1ForYou Voucher

1ForYou Voucher

You will be happy to hear that this has finally changed with 1ForYou launching their own site where you can directly purchase your vouchers at no additional cost. They also have an app you can download if this is more convenient for you. In order to use the app you will need your name, surname, email, cell phone number and create a pin/password. 1ForYou was formerly known as 1Voucher and is one of the generally accepted vouchers in South Africa. 

With betting vouchers being quite popular it is such a comfort that you will now not always have to pop down to the shop to buy one but have the option to purchase online. Some of the stores you can buy a 1ForYou voucher from are any Flash Shop, PEP, PEPhome, PEPcell, Shoprite, Checkers, Usave, Dealz,OK, Ackermans and House & Home. 

Betting vouchers are growing in popularity amongst punters, here are a few that South African Bookmakers accept. Kazang, 1ForYou, Blu Voucher and OTT Voucher. 1ForYou is the voucher that cash-first customers love. It allows customers to top up and pay online safely and easily without the use of a bank card. 

South African Betting Sites that accept 1ForYou vouchers

Soon enough you will be able to use 1ForYou vouchers on most betting sites as demand increases. South African Betting sites that do already accept 1ForYou vouchers include the following: 

  • Betway
  • YesPlay
  • GG Gaming 
  • Hollywoodbets
  • GBets
  • Sportingbet
  • World Sports Betting 
  • Sunbet
  • Supabets
  • Playa
  • Bet.co.za

What can you buy with the 1ForYou App

Person to person 1ForYou sending, Airtime, Data, 1V QR scanning, Electricity, DStv, Pay@, Netflix Vouchers, Spotify Vouchers and Uber & Uber Eats Vouchers.

Customer Service Support

  • hello@1foryou.com
  • 083 903 5274 (MTN)
  • 084 193 5274 (Cell C)
  • Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube

How to buy a voucher online

By using a bank card you can now buy a 1ForYou voucher online on their website, simply navigate to their site (1foryou.com) and click on the button on the right top hand corner. Then follow these very easy steps:

  1. Select Your Voucher Type i.e. 1ForYou Voucher and click next 
  2. Choose the amount you would like to purchase, either a voucher value amount or your own amount
  3. Specify how you want to receive the voucher (SMS or Email) and enter your details correctly 
  4. Select Your Payment Type, enter your selected card details and complete the payment. Your 1ForYou voucher will immediately be sent you. 

The simplicity behind buying a 1ForYou voucher online and being able to make this purchase from anywhere you are definitely carries a certain appeal. You have the option of sending the voucher pin to yourself or to someone else via SMS or email.

Have a look at our best betting sites and take your pick from the list where you would like to spend your 1ForYou voucher.

If you are interested in alternative deposit methods please also read our secure online payments guide.

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English Premier League 2020/21

English Premier League 2020/21

Having passed the halfway mark of the season, the English Premier League (EPL) is lining itself up for an exciting conclusion. With fans having essentially waited an extra month for the league to start, one thing they cannot complain about is a lack of excitement. From the opening game on September 12th, there has been action aplenty. While the title race rightly receives most of the attention, the battle to avoid the ‘drop’ is just as exciting. Can Liverpool go back-to-back, who will round out the top four, can the promoted teams from the Championship avoid relegation? These are relevant questions for all the EPL fans out there.

EPL 2019/20 tournament

Following their near miss of the previous English Premier League season, Liverpool finally won the EPL title. Having last tasted success in the now defunct English Football League in the 1989/90 season, Liverpool and their fans had waited long and hard for this moment. The most successful team in the past decade, Man City had to settle for second place after winning the competition the year before. Man United and Chelsea rounded out the remainder of the top four, and thus automatically booked their place into the UEFA Champions League for 2020/21. In the bottom half of the table, Aston Villa narrowly missed finishing in the bottom three. Subsequently Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich City were all relegated. Conversely Leeds United, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham were promoted from the Championship.

Current English Premier League season

With 10 games remaining and the English Premier League Live again, one could say the winner for the 2020/2 season has already been crowned. Man City hold a commanding 11-point lead over second placed Man United. For any other team to realistically challenge for the title, it would require City to drop points. Having only lost three games so far, this does not seem likely. However, stranger things have happened, and so only time will tell. The 2015/16 champions Leicester City are currently third, with Chelsea rounding out the top four. Ten points separate Chelsea from ninth placed Aston Villa, so the battle for the Champions League spots is still firmly up for grabs. Last year’s winners, Liverpool have had a poor run recently, with four losses out of their last five games. The form team over the past few seasons will have to turn things around if they want to remain in the top half of the table.

The bottom half of the table is a story on its own. Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United find themselves in the bottom three spots. West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United will struggle to move up in the table. They have only won three and four games respectively thus far. Fulham and the seven other teams ahead of them on the table are all within ten points of one another. This means that realistically there can be quite a few changes before the season concludes in ten games time. At this stage nobody can afford to rest on their laurels. 

Predictions

It is hard to look past Man City as favourites to take the title this year. They have won four of their past five games and have a healthy lead over second spot. The remaining three places in the battle for the top four will be a tight affair. Of Man United, Leicester City and Chelsea- all of whom are within four points of one another. However Chelsea seem to be the team on the best streak. They have been a different team since manager Frank Lampard left mid-season.

West Ham United, Everton, Tottenham United and Liverpool are the next teams down the order in the table. These four teams are within five points of one another. West Ham United are enjoying some time in the top half of the table, after finishing 16th last season. 12th place finishers last year, Everton are also having a good season so far. The question is how well can these two teams finish?

While Liverpool are having a torrid time, one could say Tottenham United are on the opposite end of the spectrum. With three wins in their last four games, they may be the biggest threat for the teams above them. Don’t count them out for a top four spot. Aston Villa and Arsenal round out the top ten. Aston Villa, having only just missed being relegated last season are one of the surprise teams in this edition. They have slipped a bit in their last five games. Thus they will need to have a change of fortune should they wish to remain in the top half of the table. Arsenal, last year’s FA Cup Champions have had a mixed season with too many inconsistent performances. A top four will be unlikely for them, but they will want to finish strong nonetheless.

Who will be relegated?

It is always hard to call who will be relegated, even with ten games remaining. With only nine points separating 11th and 18th spots respectively none of these teams can afford to drop points at this stage. As exciting as it will be to watch how the top half of the table plays out, the relegation battle has a drama of its own.

This seasons live Football, like the last, will go down as one of the stranger editions due to the Corona Virus pandemic. With no fans filling the stadiums and cheering them on, teams have had to come to terms with the new normal. By the time the season concludes on Sunday the 23rd of May, the world will know who the champions will be. The real success, however, is the fact that such a great sporting event has managed to proceed in such challenging times.

South Africa has its own South African Soccer Premier League (PSL), read our article based on last years PSL.

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Six Nations 2021

Six Nations 2021

As the world continues to navigate its way through the pandemic that is COVID-19, the return to sports has been a haphazard one. Sporting bodies and Joe Public have had to reassess how we deliver and view sporting events. Since the return to sports, there have been various strategies employed to ensure player safety. Player exclusion methods such as the ‘bubble’ approach and playing in front of empty stadiums are just some of the measures adopted. The Guinness Six Nations 2021 is no different. Home ground advantage seems like a bit of a fallacy without the various fans being present. Nonetheless, we can be thankful that the tournament is happening and what a cracker it is turning out to be!

2020 tournament

2020 champions England are hoping to make it back-to-back victories in the tournament. While France hope to go one step further than their 2nd place finish in 2020. The 2020 showcase was a strange one in that due to COVID-19, the last round of matches was played in October. With the tournament originally scheduled to conclude on the 14th March. Therefore with essentially only a 3-month break between the 2020 and 2021 tournaments, one would feel that there shouldn’t be too many surprises as to who the main contenders will be this time around.

Six Nations 2021 teams

The 6 Nations tournament pits the might of the United Kingdom (in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales) up against the flair of the French and the perennial wooden spooners Italy. Scotland and Italy are the only 2 nations who haven’t won the 6 Nations format which was established in 2000 when Italy joined. While there is no reason to believe Italy could mount a challenge, the Scots come off a successful 2020 tournament. And thus should be upbeat about their chances (only losing to Ireland and England).

Ireland seem to have come off the boil the past few seasons, last winning in 2018. The Welsh have also struggled to find their 2019 form when they were victors. The youthful French team who lost out on points difference in 2020 will believe that they are capable of winning. While the pressure will sit firmly with England. The form team of the past few years, England, will have to deliver some strong performances to keep top spot in 2021.

2021 Six Nations tournament so far

After 2 rounds of the 2021 edition, only Wales and France remain unbeaten. Wales can consider themselves lucky to an extent. Both of their victories against Ireland and Scotland came against teams reduced to 14 men for red card offences. Teams must ride their luck though, and the Welsh now have the momentum that winning brings. Alun Wyn Jones and his team will no doubt have begun to believe that they can make a success of this year’s tournament. The French have not won since 2010 and will feel that this is their year. Last year’s runners up were clinical against Italy, and subsequently put away the Irish in Dublin in their second game. If they can avoid the inconsistencies stereotypical of French rugby, then they are strong contenders for the title.

Going into the 2021 six nations tournament as favourites, England were beaten by a passionate Scottish team in their first game. Winning against their arch-rivals at Twickenham for the first time since 1983 was a big result for the plucky Scots. Losing a tight affair to Wales in their second game would have been a disappointing result for the men from the north. How they bounce back will ultimately decide where they finish on the log. As expected, England bounced back with a resounding victory against Italy in their second game. They will still have their sights firmly set on winning the tournament. Beating France and Wales will go a long way in achieving this, but can it be done?

The Irish, without a win and still trying to find their feet under new coach Andy Farrell, will really just be focused on finding their cohesion. And hopefully squeezing out a win or two along the way. They must use this tournament as a building phase for the next period of Irish rugby. They will ultimately be looking to go one up on the achievements realised under previous coach Joe Schmidt. Which is no easy task by any measure.

Speaking of difficulties, the Italians find themselves in an all too familiar position at the bottom of the log. Comprehensively beaten by both France and England, Italy will do well to avoid the bottom of the table yet again. It is hard to envision who the current Italian team could target a win against. Staying competitive for longer in games may have to be their only realistic goal for this year’s 6 Nations 2021.

Favourites

While all the teams will be aiming for success, the eventual victors will come from a smaller pool. Italy will do well to win a game, which may not be achievable this year. Ireland are trying to find their identity again and are firmly in the building phase. They are mid-table finishers at best. Wales’s results have been fortuitous thus far- their victories have been unconvincing. A mid-table finish is easy to believe for them. That leaves England, France, and Scotland. A third-place finish would be a great result for the Scots. While they are surely hoping for more, third may be as far as they can go this year. One must feel that the matchup between England and France will be the decider. Whoever manages to win that encounter on March 13th will most likely have one hand firmly on the trophy.

Whichever way the results go, one thing is certain. Having regular sport being played again is a privilege the world won’t take for granted again in a hurry. The Guinness 6 Nations kicks off the international rugby scene for the year. And if the games played so far are an indication of the standard for the rest of the year, 2021 will be an exciting one indeed.

Head over to our Best Betting Rugby Sites to place a bet on these highly anticipated Six Nations 2021 games.

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WSB exclusive Club Prive

WSB exclusive Club Prive

World Sports Betting (WSB) have just launched Club Prive. It is an exclusive club for any player who plays Live Games online with WSB. This is a well designed rewards program. We were also impressed by the rewards you can earn.

Known as “The People’s bookie”, World Sports Betting is also has a stellar reputation. And to add Club Prive to their portfolio is a winner for sure. Live Games have popped up everywhere in the world since lockdown and South Africa is no exception. The current situation the world sees itself in has definitely accelerated this area of the gaming world. A lot of these games were there before however punters were more likely to bet on live sport games than card games or game shows. We have found a new fondness for these Live Games and the betting world just seems to be adding more fun and excitement as they launch new games on a regular basis.

The awesome news is that you do not have to do much to join this exceptional club. All you have to do is to open an account with World Sports Betting and play any Evolution live game. Then you will automatically join Club Prive and start earning rewards. You will however need to play quite a few times in order to see these rewards pay off. Every time you play (win or lose) you will earn points that you can convert into a Freeplay. Every month you will earn Freeplays and be eligible for special promotions, discounts and lifestyle rewards according to your tier. 

Club PriveTiers

Club Prive consists of 8 tiers and all come with their own rewards. You can play and earn Freeplay while you earn your tier status at the same time. Essentially your tier is based on your Freeplay earned over a rolling 12 months. Tier migration gets reviewed annually. Tier upgrades take place on a monthly basis. Just to be clear, the tiers are based on the Freeplays earned. The more Freeplays you earn the higher up your tier goes. The tiers are as follows:

  • 0 Freeplay = Orange 
  • 150 Freeplay = Bronze
  • 300 Freeplay = Silver 
  • 1000 Freeplay = Gold 
  • 2000 Freeplay = Platinum 
  • 5000 Freeplay = Diamond
  • 15 000 Freeplay = Black 
  • 30 000 Freeplay = Super Black 

Club Prive Rewards & Benefits

Now let us have a look at the rewards and benefits available to members depending on your tier.

From tier Orange to tier Super Black the benefits include Freeplay monthly and live games promotions. From Bronze to Super Black includes an annual Live Games birthday voucher and entry into a monthly tiered draw for cash prizes. Black and Super Black includes a 2 night stay at Mangwa Game Lodge per year and 15% or 20% discount on all travel bookings through Mars Travel. Platinum to Super Black will receive 2 tickets each year for the Durban July or MET. Super Black tier will include a free game of Golf with 3 friends per quarter and VIP invitations to various exclusive events.

There is a variety of discounts available on “All Shuffle up Poker” poker tournaments from tier Silver to tier Super Black. Lastly you will receive a 5% discount on purchases from Direct Deal from tier Gold to Super Black. 

How to claim your Club Prive rewards

  • Freeplay is issued and earned monthly 
  • The live games birthday voucher will be issued automatically on your birthday.
  • To claim your free entry event ticket, players need to email rewards@wsb.co.za a minimum of 14 days in advance before the event. 
  • Free tickets are issued on a first come first serve basis as well as availability. 
  • Invitations to the VIP events will be sent to the qualifying accounts throughout the year.
  • Golf booking requests must be made 14 days in advance and are subject to availability. 
  • When booking through the Mars Travel team you will have to email them your ID and account number in order to qualify for the relevant discount as per your account tier. 
  • All Live Game players are automatically entered into their various monthly tier bonus draws and one winner is randomly selected per tier each month. 
  • Any additional rewards queries must be emailed to rewards@wsb.co.za or contact their support line 24/7 on 0860 10 33 93.

Once you are part of Club Prive and start to earn your Freeplays be sure to book your rewards so that you don’t lose out. You can win a maximum of 75 times your voucher value with any Freeplay and must be used in full once converted before your winnings will be paid. Terms and Conditions apply. 

WSB Live Games

Premium suppliers of Live Games like Evolution, Golden Race and Ezugi, have given us plenty of choice! There are so many Live Games to choose from, herewith a list of a few we recommend giving a try. And you can read to full games review we have done on most of these Live Games:

  • Craps Live
  • Dragon Tiger 
  • Monopoly Live
  • Lightning Dice 
  • Dream Catcher 
  • Lightning Roulette 
  • Deal or No Deal 
  • Crazy Time 
  • Side Bet City 
  • Football Studio 

World Sports Betting’s Club Prive is all about the customer and playing Live Games Online has never been more rewarding! This reward scheme is just another example of how WSB rewards loyalty in their punters. In addition to Club Prive, they offer a deposit match up to R10 000 as a welcome bonus to new customers. If you want to know more about World Sports Betting, have a look at our detailed WSB review. 

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The Rainbow Cup

The Rainbow Cup

The Rainbow Cup is a new competition and will follow the Guinness Pro14 once the final concludes in March. This 16 team tournament will pave the way for the four new South African sides who will join an expanded Guinness PRO16 in the 2021/2022 season. The South African “Super” sides are the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers. The tournament will kick off on the 17th of April. And will take place across April and June with the final on 19 June. The Rainbow Cup includes the 12 European teams that compete in the PRO14 from Ireland, Scotland, Italy and Wales.

The Tournament

The tournament will consist of two pools of eight teams. There are two South African, two Irish, two Welsh, one Italian and one Scottish side in a pool. The team that finish top of their pool will face off in the final. Each team will play one game against each pool opponent. This will be a different ball game to Super Rugby. It will be tough, highly competitive and a learning curve for coaches and players as stated by Jacques Nienaber. Each and every player from the “Super” rugby teams will have to dig deep and be ready for a challenge. One thing we know is that South African players do not shy away but invite new challenges. Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby and former Springbok coach welcomes the new competition.

The Pandemic

Are you wondering where you can follow the action? Fans will be able to watch it all unfold with Super Sport right through until the last kick of the ball in June. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on the rugby season across the globe. Australia and New Zealand have been able to bounce back quicker than South Africa but we are hopeful the powers that be will be more kind in 2021. This is unfortunately an unprecedented time and everyone hopes to pack the stadiums full again in support of all their rugby teams. The pandemic was the main reason that prevented the Cheetahs and Southern Kings from taking part in the Guinness PRO14 2020/2021. The Kings terminated operations in September 2020. With the Kings out, SA Rugby had to explore entering the 4 Super rugby teams.

Rainbow Cup Venues and final 

Many of you are wondering where the final will take place and which venues The Rainbow Cup will be played at. For the final the Pool winner with the highest total of match day points won will have the honor to host the final. If by some fluke or miracle both pool winners have the same amount of points, the deciding factor will be the number of games won. 

Why the Guinness PRO14 is accommodating a competition with the SA teams

As most of us have seen in the news, the Welsh are not too keen that SA has been added to The Rainbow Cup. Most of these comments have come from fans which means they are none the wiser on the reasons behind the decision. So let’s educate them. SA Rugby has been a valued partner and participant in the Guinness PRO14 since 2017. Thus PRO14 Rugby is eager to support a key stakeholder. Especially ahead of the 2021 British & Irish Lions tour. South Africa face the possibility of no international club fixtures in order to prepare for this greatly significant Test series. 

The South African ex-Super sides will be reintroduced to competition in the Rainbow Cup. This will offer the British & Irish players a rare opportunity to test themselves against the Springboks. And consequently fans will enjoy a build-up to a highly anticipated Lions tour. One game away in South Africa will be played by the European teams. Three away games in Europe will be required by each SA Super team. One trip to Europe will fall over two and a half weeks where all these fixtures will occur. 

In conclusion, this is a BIG win for South African fans! Exiting the Rugby Championships was not ideal but had to be done. We look forward to this exciting and extraordinary tournament and support our Super teams all the way.

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10 Fun Facts about Boxing

10 Fun Facts about Boxing

Boxing is a exciting and challenging sport enjoyed by many. It is a great confidence builder, it makes you strong, boosts your endurance and is just all round great for you mentally and physically. Boxing has a long and interesting history. In this article we give you 10 fun facts about boxing we thought you would find fascinating to read. Thankfully there are more boxing matches to look forward to this year.

Two-time heavyweight champion, George Foreman, has made more money selling his famous grills than for his boxing career. 

His nickname was “Big George” during his boxing career. His career spanned between 1969 & 1997. On top of being a former professional boxer and entrepreneur, he is a minister as well. 

Ali never refused an autograph 

To begin with Sugar Ray Robinson denied Muhammed Ali an autograph as a child. Ali was Robinson’s biggest fan saw him as his boxing idol. Thus when Ali became a professional boxing champ he never refused an autograph request. He even had a PO Box specifically for signature requests. Consequently he honored this throughout his career. 

Liam Neeson was an Irish boxer

Liam Neeson was an Irish amateur boxer up to the age of 17. Before he turned his talents to acting he was a forklift driver for Guinness.

Chess Boxing is an actual sport

There is a growing sport called Chess Boxing. Chess Boxing started in Berlin in 2003 and has just continued to grow from there. Therefore it has become very popular in South Africa, UK, Russia, France and Germany to name a few.  Chess boxing is a hybrid sport. It combines two traditional past times, boxing and chess. The rounds alternate between boxing and chess which makes the sport a physical and mental challenge. A win comes by means of checkmate, knockout or technical stoppage.

The origin of the phrase “pound for pound”.

The phrase was created by boxing writers to compare boxers irrespective of weight. This rating is also used in other combat sports such as wrestling and martial arts.

The ancient Greeks made boxing part of the Olympic games as early as 688 BC. 

Running, shot put, javelin, pankration (wrestling and boxing combined), long jump and equestrian events were all part of the ancient Greek Olympic games.  

Apollo is regarded as the inventor of boxing. 

During ancient Greek times boxing was not per round. Challengers fought until they surrendered or by mutual exhaustion. 

Youngest professional boxer ever

Wilfred Benitez is a former professional Puerto Rican boxer that was born in New York. Also he is the youngest world champion in boxing history. He turned pro at the age of 15 and had earned his first three career world titles in separate weight divisions at the age of 17. 

Longest boxing match in history 

Two Americans, Andy Bowen and Jack Burke, entered into the longest boxing match in history on 6 April 1893. The boxers fought for 110 rounds. The match started at 9pm and was terminated at 4am the next morning. In the end the match ended in a draw because both boxers were too exhausted to continue.

Boxing is known by a few names

The number 10 fun fact about boxing is also the different names boxing is also know as. Pugilism, prizefighting and ‘the sweet science’ are but some. It is a contact sport where the main aim is to punch your opponent with boxing gloves. You can win by knocking your opponent out or win by scoring the most points.

We have covered some of the most exciting boxing matches of 2020, have a look at Tyson vs Jones Jr. – the return of 2 boxing legends or Joshua Vs Pulev: a long time coming. And when the time comes for legends to meet again in 2021, beat your opponents to the punch and look at our best betting sites when you place your bets.

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2021 Rugby World Cup Draw

2021 Rugby World Cup Draw

2021 Rugby World cup will be the ninth Rugby World Cup for women. Furthermore it will be held in New Zealand between 18 September and 16 October 2021 in the cities of Auckland and Whangarei. 

There are currently very few places in the world where spectators can attend and watch our greatest players run out onto the field. Indeed New Zealand fall under this category currently. This will be the last RWC tournament with 12 teams playing, as of 2025 there will be 16 teams competing. Furthermore women and girls now account for 28% of the global playing population. Thus the decision to increase the number of teams competing was designed to increase global competitiveness. Therefore this gives more teams the opportunity to compete on some of the biggest stages in the world.

New Zealand

New Zealand is a picturesque island in the Southern Pacific Ocean with more than enough to offer any traveler. Firstly they are hosting the most prestigious Rugby Tournament in the world to find the number one Women’s Rugby Team. Secondly the Southern hemisphere will be hosting the women’s Rugby World Cup for the 1st time ever. 

The World Rugby Chairman, Sir Bill Beaumont believes that the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand will influence more women, girls and boys to get into rugby. In other words RWC 2021 is set to inspire a generation of “see it, be it, play it” participants. Out of the 9 tournaments thus far The Black Ferns have claimed the title five times. New Zealand are the defending champions and the most successful team in RWC history. 

Do not dismiss any of the other teams due to NZ’s success the last decade. England and France, to only name a few, are top notch teams and we could be in for some surprises even on NZ home ground. 

The RWC Draw

The 2021 Rugby World Cup draw started off with a wonderful traditional welcome from the locals. Thereafter Sir Bill Beaumont had a few words to say and expressed how exciting it is to showcase the best in the world. Jacinda Ardern was welcomed to the stage and what an inspiration this woman has been throughout the pandemic. In her opening statement she said that this tournament has now taken on an extra special dimension for the entire world for this is one of the very few places rugby can be played in front of packed stadiums. The stadiums are boutique style stadiums with a festival feel and we cannot wait to see the spectacular event unfold. 

The seven pre-qualified teams for RWC 2021 are: Wales, Australia,Canada, USA, France, England and New Zealand. In the regional competition South Africa and Fiji have booked their places in the RWC. The remaining 3 teams will come from Europe 1, Asia 1 and the final qualifier tournament in 2021. The Rugby World Cup 2021 draw took place with New Zealand rugby titans Melodie Robinson, Dr Farah Palmer and Dan Carter and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden.

Pools

Pool APool BPool C
New ZealandCanada England
AustraliaUSAFrance
WalesEurope 1South Africa
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South Africa is currently 13th in the world rankings but at the same time they did not compete in the 2017 Rugby World Cup. However they did win the Rugby Africa Women’s Cup in 2019 thus qualifying for the RWC 2021. There has not been much opportunity to play on international level due to Covid since 2020. Thus the rankings are based on where all teams were ranked on 1 January 2020. 

We are very excited to see what the Springbok Women will achieve in the RWC, despite it being the first time in seven years that they will be competing. It will be the 1st time that the Springbok Women face Fiji and England but they did compete against France in 2006 and 2014. Coach Stanley Raubenheimer reacted to the pool draw by saying  “We always knew we would be in a tough pool but that is just the reality if you are playing on this stage. Therefore we will train for the challenges ahead and hopefully give a good account of ourselves”. 

In 2019 World Rugby launched the global “Try and Stop Us Campaign” by using 15 ‘Unstoppable’ rugby women’s inspirational stories from around the world. The objective is to lift the profile of women’s rugby, attracting new players and fans. The 2021 Rugby World Cup can not come quicker, we wonder what magic awaits from all the ‘Unstoppables’ around the globe. 

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