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2015 Rugby World Cup preview


The world rugby community is buzzing with anticipation as the 2015 Rugby World Cup inches ever closer. The international showcase that was established in 1987 enters its eighth instalment this year. Twenty international sides will assemble in England to compete for world rugby’s most coveted trophy.

Hosts England will look to be inspired by talisman winger Jonny May and the leadership of Chris Robshaw as they hope to recapture the form that saw them as the epitome of world rugby in 2003. However, England will face a tricky situation being pitted in a group of formidable nations, including the likes of Wales and Australia.

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What it takes to be a warrior

What it takes to be a warrior


The sixth Jeep Warrior Race of the year took place at Hobby Park in Krugersdorp over the weekend of 22 August. The elite course was held over 15 km. UP student Greg Avierinos not only finished in an overall position of third in the mens category, but was selected to represent South Africa in the Warrior Championships to be held in the USA later this year. UP medical student Michelle Meyer will also be competing in the World Championships and managed to place fifth in the womens category on Sunday, 23 August. Perdeby spoke to both competitors after the race.

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Hotpod Yoga reaches the Jacaranda City


Yoga is a spiritual, mental and physical discipline that originated in India and is practised by many South Africans. A new type of yoga has reached the capital city after widespread success throughout the world. Hotpod yoga promises to sculpt the body, work the mind, enhance performance of the body, relax and sooth tight and injured muscles, and detoxify the body. Perdeby spoke to Mischa Els, the SA representative of Hotpod Yoga to find out more.

What is the concept behind Hotpod Yoga?
Accessibility on all fronts is our mission. The cocoon-like pods [used in the classes] are portable, so that logistical accessibility can never be an excuse. Hotpod Yoga made sure it’s affordable so that money’s not too much of an issue. Even the most ardent sceptic can be guaranteed at the very least a good workout. Beginners [need not worry as] this is the perfect place for [them] to move [their bodies]. I promise you don't need to be able to touch your toes.

What makes Hotpod Yoga different from a normal yoga class?
The yoga takes place inside a cocoon-like pod, [which] looks like a giant jumping castle from the outside. The dim lighting makes for a great, calm atmosphere, [and an] encouraging one to concentrate on your own practice. You would hardly notice the person next to you. It’s hot [and] it’s filled with lots of energy, sweat and laughter.

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Varsity football update: rounds five and six


Thursday 20 August saw UP-Tuks’ chances of making the playoff stage of the Varsity football competition take a knock as they were beaten by a persistent University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) side, losing 2-1 at the UP stadium. This brought Wits back into playoff contention while ending the Tuks side’s two-match unbeaten streak.

The match saw both sides create a multitude of chances with the UP team struggling in the beginning stages of the match, unable to capitalise on their chances. The best chance came in the form of an indirect free kick after a back pass in Wits’ box, which Jeremiah Nkwana shot wide. Wits had the better of the exchanges, which saw them rewarded with a goal in the 23rd minute as Muzimkhulu Nhlengethwa beat David Ribero to give Wits a 1-0 lead.

Tuks began to get comfortable with the ball and started to create chances, with Wits keeper Brylon Peterson being called into action a number of times. Wits were able to maintain their 1-0 lead going into half time. The second half saw UP-Tuks continue their attacking ways, but it was only in the 51st minute that UP capitalised when a free kick was awarded to them. Nkwana scored a good goal from outside the box to equalise 1-1.

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UP students excel in Warrior Race


The Hakahana Trails in Hartbeespoort recently hosted the fourth Jeep Warrior Race of the year. On Sunday 3 May, a question that is asked before the start of each race was shouted over the speakers to the crowd at the starting line: “Where are my soldiers at?” Perdeby is pleased to report that many of them are UP students.

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