Inspiring Springbok star Makazole Mapimpi is on the cover of our latest SA Rugby magazine, which is now on sale!
It’s been more than six months since South Africa’s professional teams were last seen in action. Yet, squads returned to contact training from September, and we are finally entering the home straight towards the kick-off of domestic competition.
In the words of our cover star Mapimpi, this time away from the game has provided the opportunity to ‘think about subjects a little differently’.
Besides finding out more about Mapimpi’s inspiring journey to the peak of the sport, he opens up about his passion to fight against gender-based violence. It’s a powerful, pertinent message.
As we continue to tackle topics that have come to the fore in South African rugby in recent times, we lay out the facts related
to the lack of opportunities for black coaches. Former Blitzboks coach Paul Treu also shares his story, having taken up a position at the University of the Western Cape.
For this issue, SA Rugby magazine caught up with Nizaam Carr, who has undergone considerable personal and professional growth in England before completing a surprise move to the Bulls.
Meanwhile, former Vodacom Bulls captain Burger Odendaal tells of the disappointment of being ‘left out in the cold’ and subsequently finding a home at the Lions.
Werner Kok is another player who is looking for new beginnings after making the switch from the Springbok Sevens to the Sharks, where he aims to make a success of a new role in fifteens.
At national level, there remains hope that the Springboks will be able to enjoy some Test action this year, and we take a closer look at the depth available as the British & Irish Lions tour looms.
On the international front, we have interviews with New Zealand’s Dane Coles and England superstar Anthony Watson, and we hear from Rory Kockott in France.
Also look out for the feature on Springbok Women’s captain Babalwa Latsha, who has taken up a historic professional contract
Enjoy the read and, most of all, stay safe!
– Craig Lewis