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Max Murphy, an Australian guy who plays rugby with me and has been here in Taiwan for about two and a half years now, has just recently opened up a pub here in Taipei called The Brass Monkey. Besides charging very reasonable prices, for both food and drinks, Max has definitely made every effort to make the pub as homely as possibly and just like a sports pub back home, or in Australia, or anywhere else for that matter ... and to great effect.

The big bonus for us South Africans is that he has satellite TV, with Supersport!!! Yep, direct from the homeland, broadcast live here in Taiwan. As you can see on the attachment, you can watch all the cricket World Cup matches, as well as the soccer, and of course the Super 12 matches (not previously available in Taiwan!) ... and all of it live. I think this is fantastic for us rugby mad, sports mad South Africans and this is definitely a place to stop in for a few drinks and good company and atmosphere, as well as some good old SA sports coverage!

Although the pub is in Taipei, I think all South Africans in Taiwan should know about it, so when anyone is in Taipei, for business or whatever, they know where to go for a good evening out!

Also, I want to remind all South Africans here in Taiwan that there is a rugby club here, as I’m sure there are many who don’t know about it, or know about it but do not know how to go about contacting us and getting involved. As you know, we lost 5 dear friends in Bali last year, but the club has been able to deal with it, due mainly to the fact that we stuck together and helped each other out — in true sports club fashion. Just like a club back home, the Taipei Baboons has become like a second family to me, and of course I love playing rugby. So, if anyone is interested, they can contact me regarding training and games, tours and social events. I am at present on the committee and am also the team captain. We have many South Africans already playing for the Baboons.

For those outside of Taipei, I also have information about other expat rugby teams in the other big cities of Taiwan, like Taichung and Kiaoshung. Should South Africans living in those areas want information, they can contact me about that. The Taichung Teletubbies Rugby Team in Taichung has a large South African contingent playing for them, and the two teams regularly compete against each other.

Best regards

Gregory Assink

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