World Rugby Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit is on the cover of the latest SA Rugby magazine, which is now on sale.
At the beginning of May, South Africa’s lockdown had been eased to level 4. It offered a glimmer of hope that there was some light at the end of the devastating coronavirus tunnel, particularly with the possibility of level 3 being introduced in June.
On the rugby scene, it has been a particularly challenging time as talk of tournament cancellations and financial distress did the daily rounds. And yet, there were also those who looked for the silver lining, suggesting that the break from action provided an opportunity to consider radical changes for the long-term betterment of the game.
Here at SA Rugby magazine, we’ve also sought to carefully consider the best possible content to offer at this time, and there are no shortage of fascinating stories to be told even in the absence of live action.
One of those comes from our cover star, Pieter-Steph du Toit, who suffered a frightening injury just before Vodacom Super Rugby was suspended. The World Player of the Year opened up about this career-threatening and life-changing experience, revealing how it has provided him with a renewed appreciation of the game.
This theme of compelling off-field stories runs throughout this issue, with former Sharks centre Paul Jordaan detailing a change of career path, while we hear the miraculous stories of New Zealander Michael Fatialofa and Paul Roos star Jordan Venter.
In addition, we have exclusive interviews with Beast Mtawarira, Bloemfontein-bound Frans Steyn, Sharks star Sikhumbuzo Notshe, new Bulls director of rugby Jake White and much more.
Look out for our selection of Bok Dream Teams and an all-time Foreign XV from Super Rugby.
We do take a closer look at the considerable impact of Covid-19 on rugby, and there’s a special report on mental health.
Enjoy the read during this extraordinary time and, most of all, keep safe!