Another day, another press conference. Ha, I wish I went to that many, but my second one was infinitely better than my first one a few weeks back. BMW, maker of super sweet German cars, was announced as the official vehicle partner to the Springboks at a flashy press event in Newton, Johannesburg today. The initial deal is set to run for a 5 year period and will see the Boks wearing the BMW logo on the left rear of their shorts.
BMW will also spread their interest in SA Rugby to the Springbok legends, some of which were at the event which was also well supported by current Boks and coach P Divvy.
After all the mandatory suit talk, ever colourful MC, Xola Ntshinga, engaged with the panel of coaches and John Smit on a few rugby issues and then opened it up to the floor for questions. At this very moment I was quickly reminded just how average I am as a media person as I didn’t have the good sense to prepare a question for the Divster. Golden opportunity – gone! To his credit he spoke very well and entertained the audience with his injury fears leading into the World Cup. Very appropriate seeing as Jannie du Plessis was on crutches, Fourie Du Preez was walking gingerly and Heinrich Brussow was well, also injured.
In support of the Boks’ World Cup campaign which kicks off in September, BMW had special white stand alone bonnets on hand for signing and well wishing purposes. Really cool idea which you as the fan can also get involved with by visiting BMW dealerships around the country. When have you ever been able to say that you have signed a bonnet before?
While waiting to write my message, ’95 World Cup legend Joel Stransky was taking an age in deciding what to write.
Me: Joel just keep it simple and it will come to you.
Joel: Ya, but you don’t want to say something that could sound a bit cheesy.
Me: I disagree, cheesy is the way forward. Go on, write ‘Drop goals win the World Cup’ – I dare you
Joel: Nah, I can’t…
Sadly he didn’t go with my suggestion.
With the official announcement phase of the event out of the way, the press then got the chance to interview the players. I hung around while people captured Q&As on a variety of voice recording devices. Within about a minute I really did feel for the guys as members of the press really do ask them a load of bollocks. This one chick in particular crapped on for what seemed an eternity to the Beast about what sounded like injuries, the difficulty of Super 15, and then ended with playing in the front row. The Beast was as confused as I was when she finally stopped speaking and said something along the lines of ‘It’s great to be a Bok’…
Armed with my trusty Blackberry (more evidence of my rookieness) I then had a chat to a few of the guys about more important stuff – cars! Got some nice clips too which I will put up tomorrow. See you back then.