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CARDINELLI COLUMN

Saffas end 2017 on low note

The Blitzboks – like the Springboks – delivered a substandard performance in the final tournament of the year, writes JON CARDINELLI.


Culture of mediocrity must fall

The Springboks must embrace a new culture that prizes winning and brutal honesty above all else in the wake of Allister Coetzee’s inevitable departure, writes JON CARDINELLI.


Limited Boks need coaching X factor

Rousing forward performances against France and Italy should not overshadow the Springboks' tactical and technical shortcomings, writes JON CARDINELLI.


More questions than answers

The Springboks' narrow win in Paris did little to alleviate tactical and personnel concerns ahead of the clashes against Italy and Wales, writes JON CARDINELLI.


Dark day for rugby

The decision to award France the 2023 World Cup has robbed South Africa of a golden opportunity and made a mockery of World Rugby’s selection process, writes JON CARDINELLI.


Bok rabble in need of rescue

The shambolic Springbok performance against Ireland, as well as Allister Coetzee’s post-match statements regarding the coaching team’s inferiority should be read as a cry for help, writes JON CARDINELLI.


Boks in limbo

The Springboks continue to be hamstrung by the bizarre decisions taken by the coaching staff and the SA Rugby administrators, writes JON CARDINELLI in Dublin.


Dublin result will echo into World Cup

Psychological points will be on offer when two teams, who are likely to meet in the 2019 World Cup quarter-finals, clash at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, writes JON CARDINELLI.


Odds stacked against depleted Boks

The Springboks look set to battle on their four-Test tour of Europe with a squad that is short on quality and experience, writes JON CARDINELLI.


Bosch’s big statement

Curwin Bosch’s clinical kicking display bodes well for the Sharks ahead of the Currie Cup final – and for the Springboks ahead of their challenging tour to Europe, writes JON CARDINELLI.


Boks must face beautiful truth

The 2017 Springboks can learn from the team that won the 2007 World Cup, writes JON CARDINELLI.


Tour a watershed for Boks

The Springboks must use the four-Test tour of Europe to settle on a game plan and develop a squad with the 2019 World Cup in mind, writes JON CARDINELLI.


Halfbacks hurting Bok cause

The Springboks will challenge the All Blacks at the 2019 World Cup if they persist with a traditional approach that is enhanced by a tactically astute halfback pairing, writes JON CARDINELLI.


Boks doomed to chase shadows

Recent results and performances have highlighted the poor planning and tactical shortcomings of the Springbok coaching team, writes JON CARDINELLI.


2023 can be catalyst for change

A successful 2023 World Cup bid would force SA Rugby to address its structural flaws and ultimately boost the Springboks’ performance over the next six years, writes JON CARDINELLI.


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