With the column’s origins in late 2008, Rob set off on a trip to Edinburgh to watch his beloved Boks play Scotland in a test at Murrayfield. After a few ales and a lack of sleep, Rob wrote about his experiences at the match a mere 27 hours later; mindtheruck was born and became the staple source of rugby gonzo-meets-opinion journalism for The South African until the end of 2013.
Rob enjoys feedback and debate on his articles, so please be a keyboard warrior (but don’t be one of “those” who makes unsubstantiated claims). Healthy, lively debate is what we’re after.
Rob is a passionate rugby fan and former (social) player and has lived in Cape Town, London and Melbourne. He has travelled the world to watch rugby, always preferring to imbibe over a beer or two with other fans and get their opinions, rather than writing blow-by-blow match reports and technical analysis.
His writing style thus poses interesting questions, humorous anecdotes and well-balanced views, all in the name of spreading his love for the magnificent game of rugby.
This is your forum as much as it is Rob’s.
P.S. Rob also enjoys writing in the third person.