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Nov 1 2012 8:41AM
 
Days of our Lives cast visits SA
THE DAYS: Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker and Drake Hogestny, days of our lives actors. Picture: Thapelo Morebudi
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Zwelakhe Shangase

It seems the South African visit of the Days of our Lives cast is going to bear more fruit for the country in terms of community development and sports.

Actors Drake Hogestyn, Arianne Zucker and Galen Gering arrived last Sunday for their five-day South African tour as a form of giving back to their fans as the soap remains the most popular shows in its genre on South African television.

Hogestyn revealed to The New Age that he was working on a multimillion dollar plan that involves South Africa to introduce rugby to the American market.

The 59 year old has been off the small screen for a while due to a decision made by his producers.

“But that also allowed me to explore other things that I’ve always wanted to do. When I got off the show I realised that I didn’t have the emotional attachment that I had with Days.

“However, I did find one thing and it has to deal with South Africa: rugby. Next year we’re putting together a million dollar world cup championship challenge at the home depot centre.

“We have 20 of the best teams in the world; there were 40 teams but we took the best and the Springboks were among the top five teams to be entered.

“I am meeting the representative from SA Rugby in Cape Town today and we’re going to discuss forming a league in America and it’s my job as the president of Grand Prix Entertainment Studios to introduce this sport in the US.

“Not only through reality TV programming but actual webcasting and live broadcasts – my plan is to have cameras following these players around when they land in America, to record their coach strategy meetings, how they prepare for the game – they can even use the cameras themselves and use their phones and post to their websites and blogs and also make it easy for their fans to interact with them.

The trio will meet their fans the Canal Walk shopping centre tomorrow between 11am and 12pm and thereafter return to the US.

zwelakhes@thenewage.co.za

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