World Cup-winning flyhalf Handre Pollard is on the cover of the latest SA Rugby magazine, which is now on sale.
Rugby received a much-needed boost when New Zealand led the way with the start of Vodacom Super Rugby Aotearoa in June and Australia put in place plans for its domestic competition to kick off in July.
And while it remains a waiting game in South Africa, there was hope of a return to training as the country moved to level three of lockdown at the start of June.
Here at SA Rugby magazine, and I’m sure like many of you at home, we’re excited by signs of light after an extended period without on-field action to entertain us over the weekends.
Yet, it’s also been a time to reflect on some of the untold stories, and we hope you enjoy our cover feature on Pollard as a few of his teammates and coaches provide fascinating insight into his progression as a player and leader.
Similarly, his halfback partner Faf de Klerk opens up about his experiences at the World Cup, while we also find out from those close to Makazole Mapimpi just what makes him such a lethal wing.
With the 2020 rugby season thrown into disarray as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many players have turned to the next big goal.
Marcell Coetzee and Malcolm Marx are just a couple of Springbok stars who chat to us about their ambitions for the 2021 British & Irish Lions series, while we also take a closer look at the careers of youngsters such as Damian Willemse and Ox Nche, who could have key roles to play for the national side in the near future.
On that note, check out our chat with the highly-regarded young flyhalf Kade Wolhuter, who is returning to the Cape, and our feature in which we identify a host of talented stars to keep an eye on.
We continue to keep you updated on the impact of Covid-19 on rugby, but also look at some of the inspirational outreach being conducted at this time.
Enjoy the read and, most of all, keep safe!
– Craig Lewis