The latest edition of SA Rugby magazine hails the return of Damian de Allende from injury and looks at how the Munster midfielder has made the Springbok No 12 jersey his own despite fierce competition.
De Allende returned from an abdominal injury in March and most recently helped Munster progress to the quarter-finals of the European Cup. The new May edition focuses on how what were once considered De Allende’s weaknesses – his tendency to carry the ball into contact and get involved at the breakdowns – have been turned into the strengths that make him one of the world’s best in his position.
With Handre Pollard and Elton Jantjies lacking on-field game time this year, Lions pivot Jordan Hendrikse and Sharks counterpart Boeta Chamberlain both offer hope for a position that is pretty fuzzy after the Bok regulars.
Bulls president Willem Strauss opens up on his role in the revival of the franchise and club rugby in the province, while we also profile former Bulls lock Paul Willemse, who achieved the rare feat of winning a Six Nations Grand Slam with France.