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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

Why South Africa hosting WXV2 is a step forward on National Women's Day

The WXV is simply the start. Strong performances against higher ranked opposition could galvanise a rugby-hungry public and morph …

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
09 Aug 2023, 4:54

Springboks player ratings vs Argentina | 2023 RWC Warm-ups

Springboks player ratings: They called this a B-team. That didn't quite tell the full story. It would have been more accurate to …

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
06 Aug 2023, 2:19
Opinion

A prediction for the 33-man Springboks Rugby World Cup squad

Spare a thought for Jacques Nienaber and Rassie Erasmus. Whether you’re reading this before or after the Springboks’ match aga…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
04 Aug 2023, 5:26
Opinion

The gnawing doubt at the heart of the Springboks selection policy

If you’re a fan of the Springboks and still in your 20s, you’re in luck. No other side with a realistic shot at winning the Wo…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
28 Jul 2023, 3:23
Opinion

Malcom Marx is the world's best hooker. Why is he not starting?

Let’s put jingoism and blinkered biases aside. Malcom Marx is undeniably world class. We can quibble over the title of world’s…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
20 Jul 2023, 8:18
Opinion

The great strength that makes the Springboks the envy of the world

Let’s start with the players who are absent. Siya Kolisi, the most inspirational leader in world rugby and one of the most dynam…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
12 Jul 2023, 7:59

Springboks player ratings vs Wallabies | 2023 Rugby Championship

Springboks player ratings: The Springboks steamrolled the Wallabies without leaving third gear and did so without nine first choic…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
08 Jul 2023, 13:16
Opinion

What Kleyn's selection really says about the Springboks

“It will always be different, you know, it’s your home country.” Jean Kleyn spoke for all South Africans on Wednesday when h…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
06 Jul 2023, 5:56
Opinion

Overreaction to Baby Boks defeat needs perspective

On Thursday, the South African U20 ‘Baby Boks’ lost in the mud and sludge to their Italian counterparts in Paarl by a score of…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
30 Jun 2023, 9:40
FEATURE
Interview

'Make sure you get this right': Bismarck du Plessis' tears as Springbok warhorse retires

The Springbok legend wells up as he talks brotherhood, Dan Carter, mobile phone frustrations and ending his incredible career.

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
24 Jun 2023, 2:33
Opinion

The key to the Springboks' World Cup defence

South Africa’s potential lies in its diversity - and though corrupt politicians and bigoted citizens...

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
22 Jun 2023, 12:47
Opinion

Farrell may come to regret Kleyn call

Two years ago World Rugby proposed a radical change to the game’s eligibility rules. Recognising that too many developing nation…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
16 Jun 2023, 4:50
Interview

South Africa's Bulls Daisies: 'It wasn’t until that first payslip came through that it sank in.'

At the start of May, the Bulls Daisies made history by becoming the first fully professional women’s rugby team in South Africa.…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
05 Jun 2023, 6:02
Opinion

Opinion: Climate activists in rugby and sport deserve support, not hate

Speaking after his team’s painful loss in the Gallagher Premiership final on Saturday, Sale Sharks boss Alex Sanderson was asked…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
31 May 2023, 8:25
Opinion

Sale player ratings vs Saracens | 2023 Premiership final

Sale player ratings: We were told throughout the season that “Northern Rugby Matters”. Sale Sharks had body-surfed across this…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
27 May 2023, 11:07
Exclusive

'I was stunned, it was surreal... I couldn't have dreamed of it'

Ivan van Zyl has learned plenty of new tricks since he joined Saracens in 2021. By his own admission he needed to sharpen his skil…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
24 May 2023, 2:34
Interview

Kate Zackary: 'This is bigger than me. It’s bigger than any player'

If there’s anyone who understands that club rugby and the international game are worlds apart, it’s Kate Zackary

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
04 May 2023, 5:31
Interview

'We looked at our recruitment strategy and we went out to get the players that could make a difference'

Gloucestershire is gorgeous. With its endless green hills and valleys, it’s a nature lover’s dream. It's no wonder Extinction …

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
19 May 2023, 11:58
Opinion

Opinion - Why many people hate Leinster

Not all champions are loved by the masses. Floyd Mayweather, Novak Djokovic, Manchester City, the New England Patriots; no matter …

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
20 May 2023, 3:02
Analysis

Premier 15s: 'All dynasties eventually wash away. In Devon, a new power is rising.'

Since its launch in 2017, the top tier of women’s club rugby in England, has been dominated by Saracens. However, like undulatin…

Daniel Gallan
Daniel Gallan
13 May 2023, 1:59
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