The highly anticipated World Cup kicks off this Friday. Make sure you grab our bumper 164-page special edition of the new SA Rugby magazine, on sale this week!
The World Cup is finally upon us. After an extensive and meticulous buildup by the Springboks, there is an undeniable feel-good aura surrounding the national side in search of their third world title in Japan.
The making of a World Cup team is a painstaking and arduous task – one that is set in motion practically the moment the previous campaign ends. For the Boks, in particular, it has been a rocky road considering the state they were in just two years ago before finding a sense of calm under coach Rassie Erasmus.
In this special edition of SA Rugby magazine, chief writer Jon Cardinelli – who will be in Japan covering the World Cup – chats to captain Siya Kolisi and investigates the new team culture that is set to stand the Boks in good stead.
We also talk to a host of former World Cup-winning Springbok players and coaches who identify the key ingredients to success. To complement our compulsive World Cup reading, there are detailed profiles on each Springbok squad member as well as probing pool previews on every team.
There’s a handy fixtures calendar, a look at the Boks’ World Cup battlegrounds and Japan-based contributor Rich Freeman provides unique insight into the sights and sounds that await.
In addition, we asked some of the finest overseas writers to unpack the new role of All Blacks superstar Beauden Barrett and explain how David Pocock fought his way back into the Wallabies squad.
Away from the World Cup, there’s a fascinating interview with Deon Davids, who opens up on his time as Kings coach.
On a final poignant note, we sadly learned of the death of former Bok great Chester Williams once the magazine had gone to print. A special tribute to the legendary wing will feature in part two of our special edition on sale next month.
Enjoy the read and the showpiece event in Japan as the Boks go for gold!