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Toronto Wolfpack: Yet another sports franchise militarizes game, stadium

By TONY SEED

On August 31 the Toronto Wolfpack rugby franchise staged an inaugural “Forces and Families Day” at Lamport Stadium in parallel with the Canadian International Air Show being held over the Canadian National Exhibition (see below) to promote war and militarism in Canada. The event included a fly over featuring a CF-18 Hornet fighter jet, CH146 SAT Griffon helicopter and Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter – all aircraft which have been used by Canada to wage war on other nations; displays of Canadian Forces military equipment in the pre-game FanZone (a beer garden) as “family entertainment”; a half time contest with active military members; and free admission for hundreds of well-paid members of the Toronto Scottish Regiment and their families. Continue reading

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All Black gifts gold medal to youth

Sonny Bill Williams
Lines with Williams’ medal

BBC (November 1) – One young rugby fan left Twickenham with the ultimate souvenir after Sonny Bill Williams handed him his winner’s medal.

But the youngster was lucky to make it to his hero after being “smoked” by a security guard, as he was tackled to the turf. Continue reading

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For your information: International Rugby World Cup Timeline 1983-2011

Francois Pienaar receives the Rugby World Cup from Nelson Mandela in 1995. (Getty Images)

THE INVOLVEMENT of the South African national rugby team, the Springboks, in international rugby is rife with controversy. In the 1960s, as international criticism of apartheid grew, the Springboks became increasingly isolated in the international arena as they were seen as representatives of the apartheid government. The 1976 All Blacks (New Zealand’s national rugby team) tour of South Africa, which occurred shortly after the Sharpeville Massacre, attracted strong international condemnation that resulted in 28 countries boycotting the 1976 Summer Olympics. Continue reading

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Who runs world sport? Profile: International Management Group

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