In the newly-released SA Rugby magazine, which is now on sale, we take a look at the changes the game has undergone this year and investigate why there is lots to look forward to in 2021.
After a year filled with extraordinary challenges and disruptions, many will view the festive season as an opportunity to reflect on all the changes that took place in 2020.
There are very few aspects of life that have been unaffected by the pandemic, and there have certainly been numerous curveballs for the rugby industry to contend with. In this issue, we reflect on the fundamental changes to SA rugby which have been accelerated by the pandemic, setting the game on a new course.
Yet, there are also a number of positives to take out of this game-changing year, and we look ahead to the bold new dawn that’s on the horizon.
Elsewhere in this issue, we look at the revival that appears to be under way at the Bulls after Jake White’s charges clinched the maiden Super Rugby Unlocked title.
There is also a fascinating interview with Frans Malherbe, who continues to defy preconceived notions with regard to stereotypical conditioning.
Talented youngster Wandisile Simelane chats to us about a challenging but ultimately rewarding lockdown and how he subsequently found formidable form in the domestic season with the Lions.
Also look out for the extract from Heyneke Meyer’s recently released book as the former Bok coach opens up about his experiences at the 2015 World Cup.
On the sevens scene, we hear from coach Neil Powell after an incredibly challenging year for the Blitzboks and we catch up with Pumas wing Neil Maritz who hopes to feature at the 2021 Olympics.
The new year also brings further excitement around the highly anticipated British & Irish Lions series and SA Rugby magazine investigates the back-three depth available to the Boks in the first part of a series building up to that historic tour.
Enjoy the read, stay safe and a happy new year from everyone at the SA Rugby magazine team!
– Craig Lewis