The Springboks huddle up. Photo: Reuters / Toby Melville
DURABN – It’s Euro summer time and autumn Tests are on the menu this weekend. Lined up are some tasty international match-ups including Mzansi Boks versus the French cockerels ... Les Français sont de retour.

Indeed, the French are back.

Let’s hope we do as well or better than the Baby Boks fared against the French ... I’d rather draw the first than lose ... Boks are at a little under 4/10 with the French at 22/10. That’s the sauce, Clair sees blue!

Other tasties outside of our shisanyama is Italy vs Scotland in Rome and England (11/10) travel to Beunos Aires to face the new and improved Argies (8/10).

Clair said blue, so stick with it, kid.

Ah, the Champions Trophy. No words.

As your resident sangoma called it, Pakistan will come right, he said, and they did. What the sangoma didn’t say was that the Proteas would be the upset clowns. I didn’t want to put the mockers on, but that piece was tasty.

Favourites England are through and looking strong, but watch out for Bangladesh this weekend, boys.

The mighty French Open comes to a head with the real Cremona this afternoon. The bones say forget rules and regulations and have fun with the underdogs today. The books have it that Stan (7/10) my man’s the favourite to pip the Brit, an unlikely underdog 11/10.

One is sure to come good, but I fancy the upset of the season to be Djoko’s heart-break kid, Dominic Thiem, at 7/2 to take out the king of clay in a repeat of Rome.

The Austrian is 9/1 for the championship. Just to hurt ‘em!

The ladies draw is wide open with a novice winner no doubt here. Look into the 19-year-old Latvian who took out my girl, Caro Wozniacki. She is Ostapenko and Bones like it a lot! Halep surely is the favourite, but we don’t roll like that.

Then there is a gang of footy on with Euro and Afcon qualifiers on the go. Top shots are are France (7/10) to topple Sweden (5/1) at home, Bafana to win or draw against Nigeria, and Burkina Faso to chow Angola.

My original muse calls Joburg Lions, Thiem and All Blacks all to lift the trophy! How do you like that? Shout out, Strange Loving Ron.

Theres a small matter of Under-20 World Rugby Champs which has me seeing the Junior Boks improving, but it seems England and New Zealand are the business.

Sangoma OUT.

The Mercury

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