The set-piece battle between the Lions and Sharks on Saturday sent out another stark reminder about the match-defining perils of a malfunctioning scrum, writes CRAIG LEWIS.
Allister Coetzee’s axing was inevitable and overdue, but the real work starts now, writes CRAIG LEWIS.
The next few rounds of Super Rugby will give us a more accurate idea of where the South African teams stand in relation to their more fancied New Zealand counterparts, writes JON CARDINELLI.
CRAIG LEWIS identifies 10 overseas-based players who Rassie Erasmus should consider adding to his Bok plans for the 2019 World Cup. When Erasmus recently fronted up to the media for the first time since taking up his post as South Africa’s director of rugby, he suggested that there were around 10 overseas-based players who could still add value to the Bok… Read more →
England’s bruising battle against Wales at Twickenham served up some valuable lessons for Rassie Erasmus and South African rugby, writes JON CARDINELLI.
A lot of planning and hard work goes into the pre-season, writes Hurricanes assistant coach JOHN PLUMTREE.
Although there has been no official confirmation from SA Rugby over the Bok coaching setup, Rassie Erasmus’ work is already well underway, writes CRAIG LEWIS. Around this time last year, SA Rugby conducted a comprehensive review of the Boks’ dismal 2016 season that yielded just four wins from 12 Tests. Despite widespread calls for Allister Coetzee to face the axe,… Read more →
SA Rugby must review its policy and approach to selecting overseas-based players in order to aid the Springboks’ cause in 2018, writes CRAIG LEWIS. It’s a damning indictment that the Springboks will be forced to press the reset button once again in 2018. After all, it was meant to be so different. When reviewing a 2016 season that yielded just… Read more →
South African rugby’s flyhalf stocks are looking a lot healthier heading into 2018, writes CRAIG LEWIS. In the midst of Western Province’s post-match celebrations following the Currie Cup final last year, there was a throwaway comment from coach John Dobson that largely slipped under the radar, but should not be overlooked. When asked about the influence of young star Damian… Read more →
The Springboks have to embrace a new culture that prizes winning and brutal honesty above all else, writes JON CARDINELLI. Allister Coetzee has presided over 11 wins in 25 Tests. His record includes inaugural losses to Ireland (home), Argentina (away) and Italy, as well as record drubbings at the hands of the All Blacks, Wales and, most recently, Ireland. Nick… Read more →