Springbok sensation Herschel Jantjies and stalwart Frans Steyn are on the cover of the new SA Rugby magazine, on sale this week!
It’s not often that a Test rookie is featured on SA Rugby magazine’s cover. However, the impact of Herschel Jantjies upon his introduction to international rugby was simply too good to ignore. In this issue, chief writer Jon Cardinelli investigates just why Jantjies is worth the hype as we celebrate the discovery of a raw gem in South African rugby.
While Jantjies is just at the start of what promises to be a long and fruitful career, the mercurial Frans Steyn looks set for one final World Cup hurrah. We reflect on Steyn’s career of ups and downs, while exploring what value the experienced utility back could add to the Boks’ cause.
Besides Steyn’s return to the South African fray, former Sharks teammate JP Pietersen also recently rejoined the Durban-based side. The veteran winger chats about his desire to inspire the next generation of young talent.
We find out more about increasingly popular supporters group the Gwijo Squad, whose members are taking sports stadiums around the country by storm.
Away from SA rugby, our overseas-based contributors share the stories of All Blacks flank Sam Cane and Wallabies flyhalf Christian Leali’ifano, who have overcome a serious neck injury and a leukaemia battle, respectively, to relaunch their Test careers.
Furthermore, we pay tribute to the late Bok great James Small. In a poignant feature, veteran scribe Clinton van der Berg reflects on the World Cup-winning wing’s legacy.
We also welcome former Bok Stefan Terblanche to the team as a columnist. In his first piece for the magazine, he says the death of James Small is a reminder that sports stars should only be judged for what they achieve on the field of play.
In our regular World Cup Watch segment, we look at the surfeit of options that the Boks have in the back row ahead of the World Cup.
For the insightful ‘Open Side Q&A’, Ryan Vrede interviews former Bok prop Julian Redelinghuys, who has a renewed perspective on life after suffering a serious neck injury that cut his career short.
We also chat to SA Schools coaches Mzwakhe Nkosi and Phiwe Nomlomo, while catching up with the Blitzboks’ Siviwe Soyizwapi.
In addition, we cover school and club news, and much much more.