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Green left high and dry

By Mark Etheridge

Chinese laundrymen must have been quaking in their boots as the biggest man in the South African team at World Games 2009 went on the warpath this week!

Well not literally, because KwaZulu-Natal’s Brian Green is a really likeable fellow. It’s just that he was rather like an Emperor with no clothes.

Powerlifter Green, who weighs in at more than 125kg,┬á checked his Team South Africa “everyday outfits” in for washing early this week but nothing came back and he was reduced to wearing casual gear for more than two days.

Luckily the problem was resolved Monday. Said manager and former World Games powerlifter Peter Erasmus: “The problem was that his laundry went back with the Sevens Rugby sides’ stuff .. they somehow misread the name. But luckily it all came back eventually so everyone’s happy.”

The Durban High School schoolteacher is scheduled to compete at the weekend.

Also missing in action will be Sevens playmaker Gio Aplon who was cited in Western Province’s Currie Cup loss to the Blue Bulls. The resultant hearing and possible action will not leave Aplon enough time to get to the Games. Utility flyhalf Paul Delport will now join the team.