Sharks and Bok winger Makazole Mapimpi is on the cover of the new SA Rugby magazine, on sale this week!
Mapimpi, regarded by many as South Africa’s best finisher, has improved other aspects of his game to become a more complete player.
The 28-year-old made his Bok debut against Wales last year, and went on to start three other Tests on the right wing. However, his 2018 season was disrupted by injury.
Mapimpi has come back strongly this year, having emerged as one of the Sharks’ most influential performers during the Vodacom Super Rugby campaign.
In our new issue, we chat to the flyer from the Eastern Cape to find out more about his journey to the top.
Also in the new issue:
– Dillyn Leyds has been a star performer for the Stormers this year and is suddenly, and once again, being spoken of in a national context.
– Jesse Kriel raised his game after being given a detailed job description, and has set his sights on playing an important role for the Boks at the 2019 World Cup.
– We chat to rising Lions star Tyrone Green, who has moulded his game around All Blacks star Damian McKenzie.
– The All Blacks have built a relatively settled, experienced team since the 2015 World Cup, but they still don’t know their best midfield combination ahead of this year’s showpiece event.
– Australian public opinion is split on Israel Folau’s controversial social media post that recently resulted in the Wallabies star having his contract terminated.
– Chief writer Jon Cardinelli looks at the Springboks’ precarious scrumhalf position, and the alternative options to Sale Sharks star Faf de Klerk.
– Recently retired Springbok legend Schalk Burger reflects on his glittering career, in pictures.
– In our ‘Open Side Q&A. Ryan Vrede chats to former Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez on a career defined by mental strength, failures in the South African rugby system and what should guide Handré Pollard’s decisions about where he plays next.
– Cheslin Kolbe has been hugely influential for a Toulouse team that has rediscovered its identity.
– In addition, we cover school, club and Varsity Cup news, while finding out how Kurt-Lee Arendse overcame several obstacles on his way to becoming a Blitzbok.