The story of the Springboks 2019 Rugby World Cup victory is one of the
most inspiring in South African sporting history.
It is about how two men – coach Rassie Erasmus and captain Siya Kolisi
– led a team of warriors into battle and conquered the world when
inequality and division are still undeniable realities in South African
society. When the Boks won the 2007 World Cup final, they did so with
20 white players in their match-day squad of 22.
In 2019, there were five black Africans in their starting line-up for
the Yokohama final and the images of Kolisi lifting the Webb Ellis Cup
will be replayed forever.
None of this seemed possible just two years ago when the Boks had
reached an all-time low. They had slipped to No 7 in the world and had
lost the faith of the rugby-loving public. Erasmus came in with just 18
months to prepare for the competition.
Sports writer Lloyd Burnard takes the reader on a thrilling journey
from the time when no-one gave the Boks a chance of winning, to the
delirious victory tour. He covers the key roles played by Erasmus and
Kolisi, and their special relationship. There are ups and downs en
route to victory: the first signs of self-belief when they beat the All
Blacks in Wellington, Kolisi’s injury, the fall of Aphiwe Dyantyi when
he was caught with banned substances in his system, and the Langebaan
incident involving Eben Etzebeth that threatened to derail the
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Sat, 24 Oct 2020 | Review by: Nick H
Fantastic read! Has everything you would want to relive the Bok World Cup victory. Bought a second copy for my Dad for Christmas.
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