Springbok Victory: More than a moment?

“...maddest of all; to see life as it is and not as it ought to be” - Cervantes The Springboks are home, the victory parades are over and the Webb Ellis trophy is safely under lock and key. By now, the players are getting some well-earned rest with their families. They’ll need it: one can only imagine the force with which the opposition will come at us now... It’s back to reality for the rest of us too. Soon though, if we’re not very careful, the “Miracle of November 2nd” could become a point of nostalgia rather than a national call to action. Assuming the Springboks really are the catalytic heroes everybody says they are, how are we to steward their amazing achievements? We find ourselv

The Day the Springboks said "Thuma Mina"

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are Yesterday I cried. South Africa’s stunning World Cup victory was, at least for me, the final chapter of a story that began 3 years ago. It was June 2016 and I was a visitor to Zwide township outside Port Elizabeth, the birthplace of the now legendary Siya Kolisi. I was there as a participant in SA Rugby’s “Project Intrepid”, a deep dive into both the Springbok “Brand” and the public’s perceptions of rugby in general. It was deep winter - not just at the Met office but on the rugby field as well. The Springboks were having one of their worst seasons on record which included their first-ever loss to Argentina and an a

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