In the latest SA Rugby magazine, now on sale, we celebrate the imminent arrival of the British & Irish Lions for the highly anticipated series in South Africa.
The British & Irish Lions are coming to South Africa. It’s cause for jubilant celebration, and it certainly feels good to discuss and debate national topics once again after nearly 18 months of inactivity for the Boks.
With less than 80 days to go before the arrival of the Lions, Springbok head honchos Jacques Nienaber and Rassie Erasmus are accelerating their preparations, and they are sure to be feeling at least a bit more reassured than they would have been a few months ago – when most of their key players were either sidelined with injuries or had barely played.
Over the past few months, South Africa’s leading franchises have been able to get through an extended Currie Cup, followed by a preparation series and now a local ‘Rainbow Cup’. Many overseas-based players have also been impressive in northern-hemisphere competitions, and it’s sure to be a highly competitive Bok squad that is assembled for action.
Understandably, our cover feature focuses on the Lions’ fast-approaching arrival, while in the latest addition to a continued series, we take a closer look at the enviable array of player options available in the Springboks’ tight five.
This issue also features intriguing interviews with the likes of powerhouse lock Lood de Jager, England assistant coach Matt Proudfoot and Rosko Specman.
We reflect on the illustrious career of retiring CJ Stander, and cast an eye towards Johan Goosen’s move to the Bulls.
Our popular ‘blast from the past’ series continues with another look at the Junior Springbok class of 2012, and there are interesting articles pinpointing some of the best South African side-steppers in the game, while New Zealand Rugby World editor Jim Kayes has a go at picking his best flyhalves following Dan Carter’s retirement.
We hope you enjoy this latest issue, and as always, stay safe!
– Craig Lewis