Monthly Archives: June 2020
We don’t need a reason to braai.
Niekie Pullen, Bandits veteran.
A quote many of the Bandits live by, the only difference is that are some of us call it a BRAAI and others call it BBQ. That’s the beauty of being a part of this team – the diversity that is part of us with our members being mostly expatriates from all over the world.
Wait! What is a BRAAI?
Here is Wikipedia’s description of it:
The word braaivleis is Afrikaans for “roasted meat”.
The word braai (pronounced “bry”, rhyming with the word “cry”; plural braais) is Afrikaans for “barbecue” or “roast” and is a social custom in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. It originated with the Afrikaner people, but has since been adopted by South Africans of many ethnic backgrounds. The word vleis is Afrikaans for “meat”.
The word has been adopted by English-speaking South Africans and can be regarded as another word for barbecue, in that it serves as a verb when describing how food is cooked and a noun when describing the cooking equipment, such as a grill. The traditions around a braai can be considerably different from a barbecue, however, even if the method of food preparation is very similar.
There you have it folks … a braai is not just the act of cooking food on a grill. It’s a social event, a tradition and South Africans all over the world braai just because they can. Come rain or sunshine, they braai and like Niekie said, they never need a reason.
That being said, the braai was hosted on May 23rd, 2020 and was the start of the Bandits monthly socials. Our monthly socials have always been something we enjoyed organizing and hosting, but was brutally and rather inconveniently interrupted by THE VIRUS.
A large number of new members joined the Bandits this year and building a healthy team spirit with expatriates hailing from all corners of the globe is not always easy. The success of an expatriate club like the Busan Bandits depends a lot on social events like this braai. With COVID-19 being a bother and affecting us all in every way possible, this event brought us together to refresh our minds with some much needed banter, delicious food and quality drinks provided by our sponsors, the Gorilla Brewing Company.
Gorilla Brewing provided us with their rooftop to host the braai and bring our club members together. They also provided a large salad and some bread rolls, and a number of people brought various side dishes for the potluck buffet. We all brought our own meat along and grilled on two braai grillers.
The Bandit club members provided the music, which together with the smell of meat on the grill and good company, set the tone for the day. The after-braai vibe was as much fun, with everyone present enjoying late afternoon drinks watching the the early-summer sunset from the Gorilla Brewing rooftop.
As most of us are expatriates, living and working in a country where English isn’t widely spoken, getting together for a social event like a braai, was very important. It allows us to bring our extended rugby community together to meet and interact with our families and friends. For all of us, these socials are so vital in making our experiences in South Korea better. Most of us, if not all, would definitely not be having as much of a fun time as we currently are without being part of this team … this family.
Cheers to another successful evening. We hope to create the same atmosphere at all our events, and bring more lekker vibes at every social.
The 2020 National Spring Rugby League Competition, which was postponed due to the prevention of COVID-19 spread, has received the green light from the Korea Rugby Association. The competion will be held in Jindo-gun, Jeollanam-do for about 12 days from June 24 to July 5.
The event is being hosted by the Korea Rugby Association, organized by the Jeonnam Rugby Association, and sponsored by Jindo County and Jindo County Sports Council.
All competition participants must comply with the 2020 Korean Rugby Association Response Guidelines for the Prevention of Corona Viral Immunity-19. Further to this, an official event draw and opening ceremony will be not take place this year. Masks must be worn at all times within team ranks and on the team benches.
In addition, thorough preventive measures will be implemented, such as the registering of player names and no spitting (spreading of saliva) will be allowed.
If a suspected case occurs, the competition will be suspended at once and the affected squad must take self-isolation measures with immediate effect. The competition will be held without any attendance and will broadcast live on the Korean Rugby Association Facebook Page.
Issued by: Korea Rugby Association
We appreciate your support for the 2020 National Spring Rugby League, which was temporarily postponed due to the prevention of the spread of Covid-19. Also, please understand that this competition will be held with utmost regard for the health and safety of all rugby people.
- Grand Meeting: 2020 National Spring Rugby League Competition.
- Competition Period: June 24 – July 5, 2020 (12 days).
- Place of competition: Jindo County, South Jeolla Province (public playground).
- Application Closing: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 16:00 p.m. – The website of this association (competition participation system) Link – app.sports.or.kr
Complete the questionnaire and submit an e-mail (email@example.com) for each participant with the school principal’s confirmation. Please adhere to the application deadline.
- Meeting of Representatives: June 12, 2020 (Friday) 15:00 p.m. /Jindo Public Stadium Conference Room.
a) The registration process for competitors (athletes and coaches) must be completed before applying for participation.
b) Comply with the guidelines for responding to competitions hosted by the Korea Rugby Association to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infections (see the notice on the website).
- Always use hand sanitizer in the stadium.
- Entering the stadium (practice field) after temperature measurement.
- It is essential to wear a mask during the competition/training time.
- Active cooperation in testing and examination when finding unattended rugby bags and other gear.
c) It will be a non-attendance competition (live broadcast on Facebook).
* Refer to the attached document for the schedule, regulations, and guidelines for the competition.
* Whether or not the competition will be held may change depending on the trend of corona diffusion.
Asia Rugby, the Regional Association of World Rugby, has made a decision to further extend the cancellation of all competitions for this year to the end of the 3rd Quarter of 2020. That includes all competitions that were scheduled to be played from July 1st to September 30th.
The decision was made in consideration of the World Rugby guidelines player welfare and the safe return to rugby.
Asia Rugby President, Mr Qais Al Dhalai said …
The welfare and safety of players, fans and everyone working on the events is always Asia Rugby’s highest priority. This prudent decision has been taken to help protecting Asia Rugby community and the wider public.
He further added …
Our decision is based on the feedback from the Player Welfare and Medical Committee, who have followed the guidelines set by World Rugby on the safe return to rugby, the relevant public authorities and the prevailing local and global travel and health guidelines.
The latest decision was made on the back of the cancellation of all first and second quarter tournaments. The following tournaments have been affected:
Asia Rugby Championships
- Asia Rugby Championship Men: HK, South Korea and the Philippines – originally planned for May-June, 2020.
- Asia Rugby Men’s Division 2: Thailand, China, Pakistan, Chinese Taipei – originally planned for February 26th, 2020.
- 15s Rugby dates were never confirmed:
- Men’s Division 1
- Division 3 West
- Division 3 Central
- Division 3 East
- Division 3 ES
- Women’s Division 1 & 2
- Asia Rugby Under 19 Championship 1 and 2
Asia Rugby Member Unions
It remains to be seen if Asia Rugby member unions will go ahead with their scheduled 2020 competitions in light of this decision. In terms of local affairs, member unions have complete autonomy and can decide to go ahead with scheduled competitions, providing they adhere to World Rugby guidelines as set forth.
This is well demonstrated with the Korea Rugby Association’s decision to go ahead as planned with the country’s National Spring Rugby League, scheduled for the end of June 2020.
The World Rugby Landscape
In general, there is little doubt about the Covid-19 pandemic’s disastrous effect on the rugby landscape at present and the foreseeable future, both regional and global.
Medical guidelines from World Rugby have suggested no large crowds until a vaccine is available, which could be up to 18 months away. This will have a severe effect on union and club revenues, as already demonstrated by USA Rugby’s filing for bankruptcy. Down under, Rugby Australia faces losses of around $62K, having already laid off 75 per cent of its staff.
World Rugby has mention that the implications for all areas of rugby will be thoroughly worked through and solutions discussed and developed with the clubs and unions. The fact of the matter is that even if rugby returns in the near future, it will come too late to stop severe job losses at many unions worldwide.
Asia Rugby has yet to release information about financial losses suffered due to the cancellation of a host of regional tournaments but it has no doubt been fairly substantial.
Nevertheless, let’s hope that the Asia Rugby 2020 competition cancellations will be reversed in the 4th Quarter, even if limited crowds are allowed.
SOME rugby is better than no rugby.