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Daniel Gallan

Daniel Gallan is a journalist and university lecturer specialising in the politics and history of sport at St Mary's University and the University of East London. From Johannesburg and now based in London, he has contributed to The Guardian, CNN, ESPN, The Telegraph and various sports titles around the world.

Opinion

South Africa have painted themselves into a corner

Fair play to Jacques Nienaber and Rassie Erasmus. They don’t play by anyone else’s rules. 

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
26 Oct 2023, 15:30
FEATURE
Opinion

How the France and England wins showed the Springboks are built different

After narrow one-point wins over France and England, South Africa have proved a resolve that few can match

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
25 Oct 2023, 11:57

The crunch decision making that turned the Springboks' tide

Was there ever a point where they didn’t believe it would happen? Every time the camera switched to the Springboks coaches’ bo…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
21 Oct 2023, 17:21

Springboks player ratings vs England | Rugby World Cup 2023

Springboks player ratings: How on earth did they do that? So many of them were terrible. Truly terrible. And yet they found a way.…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
21 Oct 2023, 16:20
Opinion

Rassie Erasmus has let us all down

Rassie Erasmus has told us often and loudly that the Springboks represent the best of South Africa. He’s right. They are proof o…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
20 Oct 2023, 7:50
Exclusive

Louis Koen on the tackle that shook the rugby world

It was a hit that shook the foundations of the game. Not just women’s rugby. Not just South African rugby. But the entire galaxy…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
20 Oct 2023, 4:57
Opinion

The Springboks have just made it harder for themselves

For only the second time in their time together in charge of the Springboks, a run that stretches 64 Tests...

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
19 Oct 2023, 11:51
FEATURE
Opinion

'The Boks will go again. It is what they do.'

In sport, there can only be one winner and at the Stade de France, France mourned for its stars, while South Africans rejoiced for…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
17 Oct 2023, 4:03
Opinion

Where does the Rugby World Cup go from here?

What happens next? Not just for France who must now accept that their fairytale is over. Not just for South Africa who march on wi…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
15 Oct 2023, 17:53

Springboks player ratings vs France | Rugby World Cup 2023

South Africa triumphed in what is surely one of the greatest games of rugby ever played. A truly sensational show that could have …

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
15 Oct 2023, 16:14
Opinion

This Springboks selection will knock France out of their own World Cup

Well done Jacques Nienaber. Well done Rassie Erasmus. You nailed it. No notes. Ten out of ten. This is the side that will advance …

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
13 Oct 2023, 7:58
FEATURE
Opinion

Can Handre Polllard and Manie Libbok be accomodated in the same team?

With the crucial quarter-final against France incoming, the Springboks need to nail their selection with questions at 10 and 12

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
12 Oct 2023, 7:05
Opinion

Springboks' hopes of defending World Cup rest on getting Am call right

Let’s work under the assumption that Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber wouldn’t waste around £3,000 (or R70,000) of SA Rugb…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
04 Oct 2023, 10:52

Springboks player ratings vs Tonga | Rugby World Cup 2023

Springboks player ratings: South Africa have one muscled leg in the quarterfinals after a seven-try, 49-18 win over a spirited Ton…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
01 Oct 2023, 16:19
Opinion

The grain of truth buried in rumoured Springboks plot

Tin-foil hats? Check. An evidence board with criss-crossing red strings? Check? A Joe Rogan podcast at the ready? Buckle up Spring…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
28 Sep 2023, 6:32
Opinion

Let's get real about Manie Libbok

Manie Libbok is unquestionably a talented fly-half. Despite only being a Springbok since November last year, one could still make …

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
24 Sep 2023, 5:15
Analysis

Wales player ratings vs Wallabies | Rugby World Cup 2023

Wales were simply brilliant. They made an admittedly ropey Australian side look an absolute mess as they dominated from front to b…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
24 Sep 2023, 16:19
FEATURE
Opinion

Ireland use their breakdown smarts to outwit Springboks in clash of the titans

South Africa may come to rue missed opportunities where the Irish showed their collective resolve to thwart the World Champions at…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
24 Sep 2023, 9:45
Analysis

South Africa player ratings vs Ireland | Rugby World Cup 2023

South Africa gave as good as they got and were it not for some very wayward goal kicking they might have won this. However, if Spr…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
23 Sep 2023, 16:23
FEATURE
Exclusive

For Chile's Martin Sigren, it's a family affair

Chile will face the might of England at their first World Cup but for the Sigren family, it's all part of life's inspiring journey

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
22 Sep 2023, 9:40
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