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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.

FEATURE
Analysis

Why Jesse Kriel is fundamental to the Springboks' rush defence

While the Springboks may miss some of the silky handling of Lukhanyo Am, they certainly benefit from Jesse Kriel's defensive steel

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
22 Sep 2023, 4:01
Opinion

Five reasons why the Springboks will beat Ireland

We’ve never been here before. Thanks to a quirk of the draw and recent inconsistencies from the New Zealand All Blacks, we’ve …

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
19 Sep 2023, 10:28
Opinion

Wales player ratings vs Portugal | Rugby World Cup 2023

Wales made it two wins from two on Saturday evening against Portugal in Nice, but it was far from a vintage performance.

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
16 Sep 2023, 13:13
Analysis

Springboks player ratings vs Romania | Rugby World Cup 2023

Springboks player ratings: A hard one to judge, really. They were obviously the better side and the scoreline would sugge…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
17 Sep 2023, 11:56
FEATURE
Interview

Canan Moodie: 'I can’t get ahead of myself but I really feel that this is just the start.'

The fascinating journey the young Springboks flyer had to make to the top of the game

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
15 Sep 2023, 10:10
Opinion

How do the Springboks cope without arguably their most important player?

It’s the news every South African rugby fan was dreading. Rumours had already started circulating late on Wednesday night. But s…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
14 Sep 2023, 4:33

Wales player ratings vs Fiji | Rugby World Cup 2023

Wales player ratings: A single knock-on. That will be the reason many cite when trying to figure out how Wales won a matc…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
10 Sep 2023, 17:10

South Africa player ratings vs Scotland | Rugby World Cup 2023

South Africa player ratings: It wasn't perfect. Far from it. The scrum and line-out misfired as much as it worked and the backline…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
10 Sep 2023, 12:37

Japan player ratings vs Chile | Rugby World Cup 2023

The scoreline might trick you into thinking Japan were brilliant today. They were anything but. A disjointed performance was made …

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
10 Sep 2023, 9:33
Opinion

The Springboks are not just 'huge mutants'

“Huge mutants”. Those are the words used by the 1.91 m tall, 108 kg Alix Popham to describe South African rugby players. 

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
07 Sep 2023, 9:40
FEATURE
Opinion

Biltong, brandy and Boks: The ties that bind South Africa's ex-pats

For the almost one million South Africans who now live abroad, the rugby team the Springboks are the most powerful anchor to their…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
06 Sep 2023, 6:31
Opinion

The sad demise of Elton Jantjies

Still, they played an attacking brand that was soon dubbed 'Lions rugby'. The beating heart of this enterprising play was Elton Ja…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
31 Aug 2023, 10:50
FEATURE
Opinion

The Springboks 2.0 are finally giving us the feels

Canan Moodie's electric try may have been chalked off on a technicality but it was symptomatic of a newfound freedom and lifted a …

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
31 Aug 2023, 1:49
Opinion

Springboks player ratings vs All Blacks | Qatar Airways Cup

Springboks player ratings: Sound the alarm. Ring the bells. Tell your friends and neighbours. The Springboks are coming to France …

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
26 Aug 2023, 1:31
Opinion

Bulls Daisies have shown the way, now the rest of South Africa must follow

“In a way it would actually be a good thing for everyone if the Bulls Daisies win,” admits Stanley Raubenheimer, whose Western…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
25 Aug 2023, 7:32
Opinion

Libbok can take Springboks to new heights... if Nienaber is willing to risk it

Jacques Nienaber is a self-identifying 'numbers guy'. He sees the game of rugby as if he’s plugged into the Matrix. That isn’t…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
23 Aug 2023, 10:44

Four-word answer highlights how Eben Etzebeth doesn't miss a beat

Eben Ezebeth was already breaking out into a wry grin before the journalist on the video call had finished his question to the Spr…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
22 Aug 2023, 10:45

Springboks player ratings vs Wales | 2023 Summer Nations Series

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
19 Aug 2023, 11:35
Opinion

The Springbok conspiracy theory raises an awkward point

The Springboks’ World Cup squad announcement ceremony last week was, let’s face it, pretty ridiculous. Hulking men in tightly …

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
18 Aug 2023, 4:40
Opinion

Springboks can still win World Cup with Plan B

The best thing about a bulletproof strategy is that there is little need for another one. Four years ago in Japan, South Africa bu…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
11 Aug 2023, 10:30
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