Springbok forward Pieter-Steph du Toit is on the cover of the new SA Rugby magazine, on sale this week!
When Du Toit appeared on our cover five months ago, debate was raging over his best position.
Du Toit had started at lock against Wales in Washington DC, but went on to play blindside flank in the Test series against England in South Africa. He returned to the second row for the two matches against Argentina, before wearing the No 7 jersey for the rest of the Rugby Championship. So impressive were Du Toit’s performances in that position that he was voted the Springboks’ player of the tournament by his teammates.
In this issue, chief rugby writer Jon Cardinelli looks at how Du Toit took his game to the next level and the impact he made, no matter what the number on his back.
Other big reads this month:
– Embrose Papier’s meteoric rise shows no sign of slowing down
– Schalk Brits could have a key role to play for the Springboks as a player and leader in the buildup to the 2019 World Cup
– Gio Aplon on being back in the Bok set-up, why he left France for Japan, and his future plans
– Cobus Reinach has not given up on his World Cup dream
– The All Blacks spent nearly a decade having only one genuine Test-quality flyhalf and it nearly cost them the 2011 World Cup. Since then, though, they’ve produced several world-class players in the position
– Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones has benefited from an extended break
– Western Province coach John Dobson on the disappointing end to their Currie Cup campaign, creating a family environment and his coaching ambitions
– Jean-Luc du Preez has turned his attention to Super Rugby after missing out on Springbok selection
– Schoolboy doping: SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport CEO Khalid Galant on the six positive tests at this year’s U18 Craven Week, putting resources into investigations and why rugby players shouldn’t take supplements
– South Africa’s highly effective sevens system is increasingly serving to benefit the 15-man game
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