Vodacom is celebrating Women’s Month by giving away 10 copies of ‘The First Lady of Springbok Rugby’ – enter now to stand a chance of winning!
The book is packed with stories and insights from the Bok camp about Annelee Murray’s 20-year career as the team’s beloved public relations manager.
Murray was the go-to person on all things related to the Springboks outside the actual playing of Test matches, a sentiment shared by those who captained South Africa during her long association with the team.
Murray has two World Cup-winner’s medals, but it is the countless memories that define her journey with South African rugby supporters’ favourite sons. She has experienced the good, the bad and the ugly, but her journey is a celebration of Springbok rugby.
Many among the Springboks affectionately call her the ‘mother of the Springboks’ because of her protective nature and unconditional love and support of the players, and because of her competency and ability to get any job done. But she was also the First Lady of the Springboks and a pioneer in the previously exclusive male-dominated Springbok management teams.
Murray gives the reader an insight into her 20-year life with the Springboks that goes beyond the 80 minutes of a Test match and leaves one with a sense of having been on the journey with her that included five World Cup tournaments, 244 matches, seven coaches, 21 captains, six Test centurions and the welcoming of 248 Springboks.
Every one of these living captains and centurions has complemented Murray’s words with a tribute of their own, in a book that will make your understanding of and love for the Springboks even greater.