Rugby World Cup: How to make this year’s tournament the best yet

As this year’s build-up for the Rugby World Cup is in full swing, we’ve put together a nifty list to help you make this year’s Rugby World Cup taking place in Japan the best yet.

As the Springboks are preparing to win the World Cup for what will hopefully be the third time, you can also start preparing for your own World Cup ‘watch parties’ (i.e. how to entertain your guests!).

How to throw a Rugby World Cup ‘watch party’

Start a ‘Potluck’

First of all, get all of your friends to join in on a ‘potluck’. Throw all of the Rugby World Cup contenders’ names into a hat. Each person has to ‘buy ín’ to ultimately pick a random name from the hat. In the end, the person whose team triumphs, wins all the prize money.


You can also challenge your friends in Superbru’s free rugby predictor game. To make things interesting, put a prize up for grabs for the person who wins the ‘tournament’ in the end.


Having a braai is probably one of the most ‘South African’ things you can do while watching the world cup. On 21 September 2019, the Boks will be playing their first match against New Zealand at 18:45 (SAST). This will be the perfect match for hosting a ‘watch party’ with your family and friends.

Making Fan-Favorite Shooters

What would more appropriate than making a ‘Springbokkie’ shooter for your friends to enjoy?

All you need is creme de menthe (or Peppermint Liqueur) and Amarula. How to prepare it: Pour the Creme de Menthe into a shot glass and layer the Amarula carefully on top.

Party Platters

Find the best South African food to make a delicious party platter to satisfy your guest’s hunger needs. Also, try to put up a ‘classic South African braai menu’.

BBC Good Food even suggests making party platters that are shaped according to a certain country’s flag. See examples below:

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What to eat and drink for those early morning kick-offs

Early morning kick-offs might not be the best time to host a braai, but you can still enjoy the match with some appropriate food and drinks made on a fire. Jan Braai suggests making a ‘breakfast of champions’ accompanied by some coffee or even Mimosas.

“This recipe is pretty self-explanatory and I trust that even the casual observer will see how great it is by simply reading through it,” says Jan. “You make a very high-quality relish in your potjie on the fire and then you bake or poach some eggs in hollows in the relish. Simple as that.”

Find the full recipe here.

Also read: Rugby World Cup: Teams set for unique Japanese welcome

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