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British and Irish Lions Tour – Saracens fitness Expert Edwards to join Springboks

SA Rugby announced Friday the appointment of Andy Edwards as the new Head of Athletic Performance for the Springboks. Interested Rugby fans can book their Springboks Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

The experienced Saracens strength and conditioning coach will take up his new role with the Springboks on August 1. Edwards will travel to Cape Town as soon as possible considering the resumption of international travel to South Africa.

He replaces former Springboks coaching staff member Aled Walters, who recently returned to the UK after a successful two-year stint with the South African national team. Rassie Erasmus, Rugby Director, said Edwards will be a good fit for the Springboks in the role of specialists.

British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets - Saracens fitness Expert Edwards to join Springboks
British and Irish Lions Tour – Saracens fitness Expert Edwards to join Springboks

“Andy will bring with him a wealth of international knowledge from his working time with a range of world-class coaches and players in Saracens, achieving success in England and in Europe,” said Erasmus.

“He is highly recommended for what is an important role where you need someone with a proven track record and international experience. During his time with the Saracens, he also worked with many South Africans playing for the club, which will help him establish himself on paper.”

Edwards looks forward to the opportunity to work with the 2019 Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok team.

British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets - Saracens fitness Expert Edwards to join Springboks
British and Irish Lions Tour – Saracens fitness Expert Edwards to join Springboks

“From my conversations with Rassie and Jacques Nienaber, I know they put a great deal of emphasis on creating a family environment for the Springboks, and that is something that means a lot to me personally,” said Edwards.

My family and I are moving to Cape Town and we are looking forward to meeting everyone involved with the Springboks and experiencing the amazing and diverse South African culture.From a personal point of view, I am very excited to work with a new group of coaches and players.

There is a great challenge ahead in the coming years and I look forward to the journey with the team. I leave the Saracens with wonderful memories on and off the field together with lifelong friends. I and my partner Lorena will always appreciate our time here.

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Shock lapses prediction in odds on British and Irish Lions squad that punters are backing

Britain players look set to overwhelm Warren Gatland’s British and Irish Lions choice, at any rate as indicated by the wagering chances of one bookmaker and their punters. Rugby lovers can book their South Africa A Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

Nine England players are top picks in their situations to be chosen for the visit, giving a brief look at what punters undertaking to be Gatland’s beginning Test fifteen. Bookmakers Boyle Sports opened the wagering and punters are unmistakably going for attempted and tried determinations.

Shock lapses prediction in odds on British and Irish Lions squad that punters are backing
Shock lapses prediction in odds on British and Irish Lions squad that punters are backing

England’s 9 Players:

Second to England’s nine players, with three beginning spots, is Ireland; with Conor Murray, Tadhg Furlong, and James Ryan making the Test XV. Grains oversee only two determinations, Jonathan Davies and Josh Adams, while Scotland got only one choice – Stuart Hogg at fullback.

The group is covered with bunches of dubious anticipated oversights. For instance, there additionally probably won’t be space for Racing 92’s Finn Russell on a visit, with the Scot fourth decision at 10 of every a group likely just to bring three out equal parts.

Punters are additionally going for the generally out of structure Conor Murray as most loved at scrumhalf, in front of Gareth Davies and Ben Youngs, while in-structure Ireland nine John Cooney is named in the fourth position.

Robbie Henshaw would likewise miss the visit, being simply fifth most loved among the focuses, a position where Gatland is probably going to pick four at the exceptionally most.

Structure Guinness Six Nations flanker Jamie Ritchie is just the ninth decision back column as per the chances, likely putting him outside a spot on the plane, with harmed Leinster backline Dan Leavy picked in front of him in the eighth. Ritchie made Lions master Ian McGeehan’s beginning Test fifteen at six, as it occurs.

Courtney Lawes, who can play both second and ‘third line’, would likewise miss the plane per the wagering, as would Scotland’s Jonny Gray, an unfortunate non-attendant from the 2017 visit. They are picked at sixth and fifth individually.

Once more, there’s a bad situation for Scot Rory Sutherland, seemingly the Six Nations structure prop. The loosehead is the ninth decision prop and fifth decision loosehead. His sly accomplice, tighthead Zander Fagerson, is put at tenth in general.

Ken Owens:

At hooker, there’s no room on a visit for Ken Owens, who set forth, notwithstanding being chosen by Gatland for Wales on more than 70 events.

Ian McGeechan also announces his British and Irish Lions Squad
Ian McGeechan also announces his British and Irish Lions Squad

At fullback Leigh Halfpenny, the British and Irish Lions robust at 15, likewise looks almost certain to be precluded as a 10/1 since quite a while ago shot in the eighteenth spot in the rundown of wings and fullbacks. There’s (ideally) a lot of rugby to be played among at that point and now, everything is still to play for.

Lions XV top choices: Stuart Hogg (Scotland); Jonny May (England), Jonathan Davies (Wales), Manu Tuilagi (England), Josh Adams (Wales); Owen Farrell (England), Conor Murray (Ireland); Mako Vunipola (England).

Jamie George of England, Tadhg Furlong (Ireland), Maro Itoje (England), James Ryan (Ireland), Sam Underhill (England), Tom Curry (England), Billy Vunipola (England).

Ian McGeechan Lions Squad: Stuart Hogg, Anthony Watson, Manu Tuilagi, Jonathan Davies, Liam Williams, Owen Farrell, Gareth Davies, Rory Sutherland, Jamie George, Tadhg Furlong, Maro Itoje, James Ryan, Jamie Ritchie, Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – 50 Digital choose to trigger tour on social and digital media

The British and Irish Lions have designated the Fifty Digital agency to activate the rugby team’s digital and social presence on the 2021 tour of South Africa. Rugby lovers can book their South Africa A Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

As part of the bond, Fifty Digital will help amplify the Lions brand on social and digital media, while offering content designed to reach new audiences. This will include creative content driven by real-time information, as well as working with partners to leverage the Tour for global impact.

British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets - 50 Digital choose to trigger tour on social and digital media
British and Irish Lions Tour – 50 Digital choose to trigger tour on social and digital media

The tour against the 2019 Rugby World Cup champions builds on the current momentum generated by the Lions’ success in Australia in 2013 and the series drawn with New Zealand in 2017.

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Shane Whelan, director of digital communication, marketing, and communications for the British and Irish Lions, said the deal will make the South African tour “the most engaging series in history and take our social and digital offering to the next level.”

British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets - 50 Digital choose to trigger tour on social and digital media
British and Irish Lions Tour – 50 Digital choose to trigger tour on social and digital media

Fifty Digital has before worked on social and digital content for the Rugby World Cup. World Rugby, the international governing body, appointed the agency to break traditional rugby stereotypes to reach and appeal to a new and younger audience.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Manu Tuilagi agreed to rumble with Lions if not Tigers

Leicester focuses one of six players allowed to discover another group after dismissing changed agreement terms from a club gazing into a £5 million dark gap brought about by the COVID emergency. Rugby lovers can book their South Africa A Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

Manu Tuilagi is expected to still be eligible for British & Irish Lions selection if he packs his bags and moves overseas. A scenario considered unthinkable pre-pandemic now appears inevitable after the wrecking ball center failed to agree amended contract terms with Leicester and was stood down by the cash-strapped club.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Manu Tuilagi agreed to rumble with Lions if not Tigers

Quitting the Premiership would cost Tuilagi his England place as the RFU policy is to only select players from within the English game.

But the Lions have no such restriction, as Leigh Halfpenny found in 2017 when picked for the New Zealand tour despite playing for Toulon. Before that Toulouse wing, Gareth Thomas not only made the 2005 tour but captained the Lions in two of the three Tests.

In the first instance Tuilagi, 29, has been stood down for a week by Tigers, who revealed last night that 31 staff had been made redundant as a result of a crisis which has already cost the club £5 million and could rise to £10m if they are not back playing in front of fans before next year.

Chief executive Andrea Pinchen name-checked the pay rebels as Tuilagi, Greg Bateman, Telusa Veainu, Noel Reid, and Kyle Eastmond. Jordan Taufua is thought also to be on the list. 

“The vast majority of players fully support our recovery plans,” said Pinchen.

“But everyone’s situation is difficult. Some extensions were offered and the financials didn’t tally. They wanted more money than we could afford to pay.”

British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets - Manu Tuilagi agreed to rumble with Lions if not Tigers
British and Irish Lions Tour – Manu Tuilagi agreed to rumble with Lions if not Tigers

Barring a U-turn, therefore, Tuilagi is set to leave the club, though finding another could be a problem. Sources in France told Mirror Sport that the top clubs have already allocated their budgets and some are even renegotiating salary reductions.

In contrast to the financial turmoil at Welford Road, East Midland neighbors Northampton announced they had reached an agreement with their entire playing squad, coaching, and commercial staff to take a 12-month salary reduction.

Saints chief executive Mark Darbon said: “We are incredibly grateful to all our employees for recognizing the gravity of our situation and coming together to support the club.”

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Aphiwe Dyantyi to aspect doping inquiry

25-year-old tested positive for anabolic steroids a year ago and missed World Cup win. A full year after Aphiwe Dyantyi tested positive for anabolic steroids, the Springbok winger is to face disciplinary proceedings. Rugby lovers can book their South Africa A Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

Apparently, with eight doping suspensions handed down to South African rugby players in 2019 alone, there is a backlog of cases. Dyantyi, the 2018 World Rugby breakthrough player, has existed in a sporting limbo since last August. A ‘B’ sample confirmed the presence of banned substances methandienone, methyltestosterone, and LGD-4033 in the 25-year-old’s system.

British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets -  Aphiwe Dyantyi to aspect doping inquiry
British and Irish Lions Tour – Aphiwe Dyantyi to aspect doping inquiry

“We have to develop a procedure and protocol for a virtual hearing and then the athlete‚ his counsel and the arbitrating panel have to agree because this virtual hearing is a new thing,” said Khalid Galant, the CEO of the South African Institute for drug-free sport (SAIDS).

We can’t just say we are going to have a virtual hearing – we have to give the parties the right to accept it or decline it and make sure that witnesses are not compromised.

“We are probably going to do it within the next two months.”

The hearing’s delay has also been blamed on the closure of testing laboratories due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

“Initially we were supposed to have the hearing in early to mid-April but [Dyanti]had to have a couple of supplements analyzed,” explained Khalid to TimesLive without addressing the eight months of delay before the pandemic took hold.

The player’s statement of defense was submitted in January. Unfortunately with the lockdown‚ labs who analyze the supplements were closed‚ but I believe they have opened and we should be receiving the results of the supplements soon.

British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets -  Aphiwe Dyantyi to aspect doping inquiry
British and Irish Lions Tour – Aphiwe Dyantyi to aspect doping inquiry

“The athlete sent a few supplements that he claimed could have been the source.”

Dyantyi, who tested positive while part of the Springbok camp last summer ahead of the Rugby World Cup which he subsequently missed (Springbok director of rugby Rassie Erasmus stated that Dyantyi was excluded from the World Cup squad on injury grounds), is adopting a familiar defense.

“I have never cheated and never will,” he stated last year.

The presence of this prohibited substance in my body has come as a massive shock to me and together with my management team and experts appointed by them, we are doing everything we can to get to the source of this and to prove my innocence.

“I underwent a drug test on the 15th of June 2019 [after a test on July 2nd] which did not return any adverse finding.”

Doping in South African rugby will come back under the microscope this week when SAIDS announces the verdict in the Mahlatse Chiliboy Ralepelle case.

In 2011 Ralepelle received an apology from the South African rugby CEO Jurie Roux despite failing a drug test after the match against Ireland at the Aviva stadium in November 2010.

Methylhexanamine, another substance prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency, was discovered in the “Anabolic Nitro Nitric Oxide Extreme Energy Surge” supplement drink given to players by Neels Liebel, the touring Springboks conditioning coach, but there followed a simple explanation.

Test results for the product they sourced in the UK, while on tour, contained Methylhexanamine, hence the positive test, while the result for the same product manufactured in South Africa was negative.

This led to Ralepelle’s complete exoneration. The hooker played four more times for his country before receiving a two-year ban for anabolic steroids after being caught by an out of competition tester while contracted to Toulouse in 2014.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Aphiwe Dyantyi to aspect doping inquiry

Ralepelle returned to South Africa, playing three more times for the Springboks after his ban, until the growth hormone Zeranol – mainly used on cattle – appeared in his urine after training with the Natal Sharks in April 2019.

Ralepelle, like Dyantyi, continues to claim he did not knowingly take performance-enhancing drugs. SAIDS has published 54 doping sanctions for rugby players since 2011. The names of minors are not published. Nor does the list include former Munster lock Gerbrandt Grobler.

Perhaps because the current Gloucester player admitted to using anabolic steroids in 2014 and served a two-year ban. The culture of doping inside the South African rugby system appears to be stronger than ever with six positive tests for anabolic steroids during Craven Week.

The Under-18 trials that determine which players receive professional contracts, in 2018. There were 16 positives from 342 tests on South African rugby players that year with Galant noting a “high tolerance by parents and coaches to doping practices.”

“Steroids are going to give you everything that a young rugby player would want – strength, power, speed,” Dr. Jon Patricios, a past president of the South African Sports Medicine Association, told the BBC.

Schoolboys in Ireland are not tested and do not face the prospect of being dope tested until they are selected by provincial teams.

“It is going to make you a much better athlete, regardless of what position you play,” Dr. Patricios added.

“Those are the benefits. What these young players don’t realize are the side effects.”

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Champions League Final – Werner enlightens snub of the tournament

Timo Werner said he needed to “hurt one side” after quitting RB Leipzig’s UEFA Champions League Final to join a new club, Chelsea. Werner is set to interface up with Premier League mammoths Chelsea on Wednesday following his detailed €53 million ($87m) move from German outfit RB Leipzig.

The Germany global forward played his keep going counterpart for Leipzig on Saturday – netting support in a 2-1 Bundesliga triumph over Augsburg to turn into the club’s unequaled driving scorer. Champions League fans can book Champions League Final Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Champions League Final – Werner enlightens snub of the tournament

Additionally, Werner uncovered his decision to abandon Leipzig’s 2019-20 coronavirus-hit Champions League Final, with Julian Nagelsmann’s men adequately through to the quarter-finals going before the COVID-19 crisis in the wake of encouraging past Tottenham.

It harms me that I can’t assist [RB Leipzig] to play in the Champions League, Werner told Sportbuzzer. Be that as it may, I’m a Chelsea FC player from July first and I’m being paid by Chelsea from that point on.

All gatherings – Chelsea, RB, and my side – ought to and must settle this. I attempted to keep out of the Champions League issue as much as possible since I would need to hurt one side. That is the reason my operator at long last concurred it with the clubs.

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Champions League Final – Werner enlightens snub of the tournament

Werner scored four objectives in eight matches to assist Leipzig with advancing to the last eight of the Champions League, which is set to be situated in Lisbon for one-coordinate knockout installations. The 24-year-old completed the Bundesliga crusade with 28 objectives in 34 appearances this term.

I am perpetually associated with Leipzig and RB, will sit before the TV during the quarter-finals and keep my fingers crossed – possibly I can even be nearby in Lisbon,” Werner said.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Chiliboy Ralepelle handed 8-year prohibition for doping

Former South Africa international Mahlatse ‘Chiliboy’ Ralepelle has been handed an eight-year ban for doping which could spell the end of his career. The hooker’s ban was confirmed by the South Africa Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) after he tested positive for a banned anabolic agent in January 2019.

Ralepelle was subject to a random check at the Sharks last year, where he tested positive for Zeranol. He also had two positive drug tests in 2010 and 2014. Rugby lovers can book their South Africa A Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Chiliboy Ralepelle handed 8-year prohibition for doping

Ralepelle, who previously played for the Bulls and French side Toulouse, has 21 days to file an appeal against the sanction, which was detailed in a statement issued by SAIDS. At 33, the ban will likely spell the end of his disgraced career.

“The Independent Doping Tribunal Panel handed down its decision in two parts this week on the doping charge against former Springbok and Sharks rugby player, Mahlatse “Chiliboy” Ralepelle,” the statement read.

The player tested positive for the banned anabolic agent, Zeranol, during an out-of-competition test on the 17th of January 2019. The athlete challenged the doping charge and was allowed to seek legal counsel to present his case and version of events to the tribunal panel.

The hearings were adjourned multiple times and were held over six months. The panel reached a decision first on the merits of the case where they found the player guilty of a doping offense. Ralepelle had previously tested positive on two separate occasions while playing overseas.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Chiliboy Ralepelle handed 8-year prohibition for doping

The Zeranol positive case was his third positive dope test during his playing career within 10 years. However, the player’s first positive case was ruled a No-Fault decision and he then received a reprimand. The panel had to refer to sports jurisprudence to determine the appropriate sanction which they ruled to be the player’s second doping offense.

“The Independent Doping Tribunal Panel ruled that Mr. Ralepelle must serve an eight-year ban for doping. The ban will expire on the 27th of January 2027. The player has 21 days within which to file an appeal against the sanction.”

Ralepelle won the last of his 25 international caps in a 25-10 defeat to England in Cape Town in June 2018.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Dates for South Africa could depend on the international calendar

South African Rugby has confirmed there is a slight possibility the following summer’s British and Irish Lions visit could be moved to suit an expected updated worldwide schedule. Rugby lovers can book their South Africa A Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

The Lions visit has an arranged July 3, 2021 beginning, with the three Tests on back to back ends of the week from July 24 onwards; however, a mooted change to the game’s worldwide schedule could see a switch.

British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets - Dates for South Africa could depend on the international calendar
British and Irish Lions Tour – Dates for South Africa could depend on the international calendar

The visit is going on and the time is as yet fixed on where it is, however, there may be a date change,” South African Rugby CEO Juries Roux said in a press preparation.

“There is a slight possibility that to line up with another worldwide schedule, it may move to either a September/October or October/November window and that is simply because if that is the main obstacle of getting the worldwide schedule over the line, we would not have any desire to be the deterrent to that.”

Roux said a choice on the recommended worldwide schedule move, which would get rid of mid-year internationals, could come when July 1, which would give conviction on when the Lions visit, will occur.Second just to the World Cup, it is the greatest thing on the schedule,” Roux included.

British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets - Dates for South Africa could depend on the international calendar
British and Irish Lions Tour – Dates for South Africa could depend on the international calendar

The business model we have set up as a joint endeavor among us and the Lions is in reality entirely ‘out there’.

“We have discarded the coursebook on it. It is an extraordinary model. It is a sharing of income, logos, and IP (licensed innovation) and business worth, and something that in a post-COVID world will enable us to work as a going concern.”

Exchanges to adjust the club and global schedule to ease apparatus blockage have been quickened by the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the game.

Among the thoughts being talked about is a move of the Six Nations Championship, potentially to a month or two later than its flow February/March opening, and for Europe to embrace to a greater degree a midyear club rugby season.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Damian Willemse reveals about gender violence

Springbok and Stormers, Damian Willemse, say rugby players should use their platform to ensure that gender-based violence in South Africa is addressed. Rugby lovers can book their South Africa A Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

Willemse and his fellow Boks Siya Kolisi and Herschel Jantjies. As well as Blitzboks and Imbokodo captains Siviwe Soyizwapi and Zintle Mpupha, delivered food packages to a group of Peakview High School students in Athlone, Cape Town, yesterday as part of the #StrongerTogether for R32- 12 campaign.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Damian Willemse reveals about gender violence

“Gender violence is very common in South Africa, and it is our responsibility as men to talk about it, said Willemse. It is something that we have to look at, it is our responsibility to make sure that our women are safe. We as rugby players have a platform to make a difference and we need to use it.”

Players urged schools to join the #StrongerTogether for R32-12 campaign, which helps alleviate hunger. Food Forward SA is another charity that benefits from the campaign, where raffle tickets are sold for R32.12.

Players give away some of their prized possessions from last year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. The school that sells the most tickets will be visited with the Webb Ellis Cup.

Siya Kolisi

The Bok Kolisi patron had some inspirational words for the students before the food packages were delivered to the 67 matrices.

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Our World Cup victory last year was the result of a lot of hard work

“I am always excited to visit a school, even more during this difficult time,” said Kolisi. Kolisi is giving away a matching jersey he wore in one of the RWC group matches.

We know that their very important school year was severely disrupted by the coronavirus and that their communities are suffering. However, it is important that you show determination to finish your academic year. I want to urge you to work much harder.

“Our World Cup victory last year was the result of a lot of hard work. So you should approach your studies and exams with the same determination. You are the leaders of tomorrow and, although it is difficult at this time, persevere and give your best.”

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Lions will find Springboks in ill-mannered health appreciations to Rassie

As we reflect on the Springbok triumph of 1995, It is a curious fact of the professional rugby era that British and Irish Lions tours to South Africa correlate with the Springboks being world champions. Interested Rugby fans can book their Springboks Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

It is also a fact that on each occasion the Boks have a different coach to the one who won the World Cup two years previously. In 1996, ill-health saw Kitch Christie pass the reins on to Andre Markgraaff who (after being disgraced when a racist remark he made went public) resigned.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Lions will find Springboks in ill-mannered health appreciations to Rassie

He was succeeded by the inexperienced Carel du Plessis for the ’97 series against the Lions. Carel should never have been appointed and the momentum generated by the ’95 World Cup win was lost and the Boks lost a series to a fairly average Lions team.

It was a different story when the Lions returned in 2009. The team that Jake White had built to win the 2007 World Cup was preserved by incoming coach Peter de Villiers and while there was an indifferent success for the Boks in 2008, 2009 was one of the best years in Bok history.

The Boks winning the Tri-Nations – including three consecutive victories over the All Blacks – and the series against a very strong Lions outfit. Next year, the Lions are scheduled to return once more and they will find Springbok rugby in rude health thanks to the legacy of Rassie Erasmus.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Lions will find Springboks in ill-mannered health appreciations to Rassie

He carefully rebuilt and transformed the Springboks after some lean years and the structures this perfectionist has put in place should ensure the Boks sustain the excellence they displayed in Japan, particularly with Erasmus ensuring continuity by appointing his assistant last year, Jacques Nienaber, as his successor as head coach.

When White he took over the Boks after the shambles of the 2003 World Cup he made the extravagant promise to the players that they would win the World Cup four years later.

The fulfillment of that promise, quite frankly, was down to the coach’s relentless perseverance, some would say rank stubbornness – Jake assembled a core of players for his very first match in charge and stuck with them through thick and thin, and there was plenty of the latter.

Nine of the players that White picked for his first match in charge in 2004 started in the World Cup final in Paris. Jake immediately won the Tri-Nations in 2004; 2005 was a mediocre year and then 2006 was just short of a disaster. The Boks lost to France, Ireland, England, twice to Australia (including the 49-0 humiliation in Brisbane) and twice to New Zealand.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Lions will find Springboks in ill-mannered health appreciations to Rassie

And twice the coach’s neck was on the line that year. He was first saved when the Boks beat the All Blacks 21-20 in Rustenburg (he would have been fired had they lost). Then on the end-of-year -after White had been called back to South Africa for discussions with his employers at Saru – when the Boks beat England in their second Test against them.

The very same Bok line-up that had been so poor in 2006 flourished in France the next year and boy did Jake White have the last laugh. He had stuck to his guns and eventually reaped the most handsome of dividends.

And 12 members of the team that won the final against England in Paris started in the second Test that clinched the series against the Lions two years later at Loftus Versfeld.

In 1995, Rassie was a 22-year-old flanker playing for Free State, the team he would coach in 2005 to their first Currie Cup title since 1976. It was just his second year in coaching (after retiring as a player in 2003) and his first crack at the Currie Cup. it was only a question of time before he would coach the Boks.

Apart from the legacy of a contented, successful team, Rassie’s commitment to transforming the Springbok side is highly commendable. In the Boks’ 2015 World Cup semi-final defeat to the All Blacks, Heyneke Meyer started with three black players and had one among his substitutes.

In last year’s final, Rassie doubled that number in both respects, including, of course, our first black captain.

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