South Africa

Physical but struggling: The continued poor form of the Cheetahs has forced Naka Drotske to retire

A letter from South Africa – May

NAKA STEPS DOWN Beleaguered Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske announced in early May that he would retire from coaching at the conclusion of the 2015 Super Rugby season. The Cheetahs have…

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The Springboks test out their new kit

The Springboks test out their new kit

It looks like the arms race has begun… In 2003, England were ahead of the rest of the Rugby World Cup pack because they were the first ones to utilise…

Hands up: Sharks chief executive John Smit has apologised after his side's third red card. (pic Action images)

Letter from South Africa – April

Apologies for Shark’s third red card  Sharks chief executive John Smit took to social media to apologise to fans this month after a third franchise player was red-carded and suspended…

Tendai Mtawarira

Letter from South Africa – March

Springboks to be 50 per cent black by 2019 The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has set a target of 50 per cent black player representivity in the Springbok team by 2019. SARU…

Duane drain: Duane Vermeulen could be leaving South Africa

The February letter from South Africa

SA player drain continues South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer’s penchant for picking players based in Europe and Japan appears to have hastened the rush of promising players to lucrative foreign…

Everything's going to be all White: Jake White takes training with Montpellier

The latest rugby letter from South Africa

FEELING THE HEAT South Africa’s Super Rugby players sucked in their bellies after a short holiday break and returned to the most feared part of the year, pre-season in brutal…