The Gwijo Squad helped to change the face of South African rugby last year. Now they’re ready to take on England’s Barmy Army at the cricket!
Gwijo Squad founder Chulumanco Macingwane chats to RugbyRocks.com’s LERATO MKHONDO about getting behind the Proteas, their plans for the Wanderers Test (from 24 January), and the Bok Tests they will be attending in 2020.
How different is cricket to rugby from a supporter’s point of view?
It’s very different. The biggest difference is the length of time it takes to play a match. With rugby, you come in, the game starts and it’s done in just over an hour and a half. Whereas with cricket, the time investment is much more significant. You have much longer quiet periods. You need to manage your time and you also need your voice to last.
How many members of the Gwijo Squad will be at the Wanderers for the fourth Test between the Proteas and England?
We’ve split our team so people can choose which days of the Test they would like to attend. We didn’t commit everyone to all five days. The Saturday and Sunday will likely be the most highly attended days. For the Saturday, we’ve target about 400 seats.
Will the Gwijo Squad sing the same songs as they do at the rugby?
Yes, gwijo is gwijo and there aren’t really songs specifically designed for rugby or cricket. We simply come through and sing whatever song moves us and is popular at the time.
Are you looking forward to your battle with the Barmy Army?
It’s something we’ve been talking about for quite some time. In early 2019, there was already excitement building around the clash with them. More recently, it’s been the topic of banter and conversations on our various platforms. We are looking forward to the clash with the Barmy Army.
Which Bok Tests will the Gwijo Squad be attending in 2020?
Our targeted Bok Test this year is definitely the one against the All Blacks. SA Rugby doesn’t like hosting the All Blacks in Cape Town so the game will probably be in Johannesburg or Pretoria. But wherever that Test is played, we will be there. We may also attend one of the Springboks’ Tests against Scotland or Georgia in July if it’s played in Joburg. It would be great to see other regions such as Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein given more Tests, though.
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