Rugby trumps Miss World in Coelen-Rey house

2014-12-15 10:24

South Africa’s first Miss World, of 56 years ago, Penny Coelen-Rey, is annoyed, to say the least.

She told Beeld newspaper she missed most of the Miss World competition last night, won by Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss, because the men in her house were watching rugby.

“I live in a household full of men and they wanted to watch the sevens rugby. Suddenly I heard my cellphone ring in my room and it’s a friend saying I should immediately switch over to the Miss World broadcast,” Coelen-Rey (74) told the Afrikaans daily newspaper.

“I had to run around to find a TV that did not have rugby on. Rolene is very, very pretty! I am quite annoyed with the men and their sevens rugby. I hope the competition gets broadcast again so that I can watch from the start.”

Strauss, of Volksrust in Mpumalanga, was crowned Miss World 2014 in London yesterday.

South Africa’s sevens team defended their title on home soil by beating current series holders New Zealand 26-17 in an enthralling final of the third round of the world sevens circuit.

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