2016: More pain than pleasure

JON CARDINELLI reflects on a year that witnessed far more lows than highs for South African rugby.

Quality coaching still matters

England’s success under Eddie Jones proves that Test teams are more than just the product of a national system. South African rugby would do well to take note, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Denial to stall Bok progress

Allister Coetzee as well as the suits at SA Rugby must be held accountable for the Springboks’ worst season in the professional era, writes JON CARDINELLI.

No defence for dire Coetzee and co

There’s nothing emotional about the demand for a new Springbok coaching staff following a 2016 season that’s witnessed seven embarrassing defeats in 11 matches, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Mediocre Boks lack fear factor

The Springboks need to find their mojo fast if they’re to challenge a combative England at Twickenham and regain the respect of the greater rugby community, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Boks face fight for survival

The Springboks’ four-game tour to Europe will be about damage control rather than player development, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Coetzee takes knife to gunfight

The Springboks look set to continue their decline now that Duane Vermeulen, Frans Steyn and several other experienced performers have been ruled out of the tour to Europe this November, writes JON CARDINELLI.

SA Rugby needs practical solutions

SA Rugby is crying out for men of action who can provide practical and sustainable solutions to its many problems, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Players must follow Duane’s lead

South African rugby needs more players like Duane Vermeulen who are willing to speak out against the evil and indifference that is killing the game in this country, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Boks must ride Morné wave

The Springboks can enjoy short-term success and build some confidence with Morné Steyn at No 10, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Morné can boot Boks to victory

Allister Coetzee needs to back a more traditional game plan if the Springboks are to continue the tradition of beating the Wallabies in Pretoria, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Jantjies’s time is up

Allister Coetzee can no longer afford to back a Springbok halfback pairing that has such obvious physical and tactical flaws, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Boks lack strong leadership

The Springbok senior players as well as the coaching staff should be held accountable for the team’s shocking performances in the Rugby Championship, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Boks have mental mountain to climb

The Springbok leadership group will face its greatest challenge yet when the team fronts Australia in Brisbane, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Wayward Boks have failed to kick on

The Springboks will not finish the 2016 season with a 50% win record unless they address their goal-kicking woes, writes JON CARDINELLI.

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