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Late Tackle: Grooming around with a Lion

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Nic Groom returned to South Africa from the Northampton Saints and shares his views on the Springboks, England and playing alongside one of the “bad boys” of the game.


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Howie Kahn, Anton ‘Worms’ van Zyl and Morgan Newman dives straight into Rassie Erasmus’ Springbok squad selection before looking back on a Super Rugby weekend that once again brought out some inconsistent sanctions.

Groom, who made 57 appearances for the Stormers, returned to Newlands during Round 15 after leaving the franchise at the end of the 2016 Super Rugby season where he dotted down for the Johannesburg-based franchise to edge the Cape Town-based side.

He opens up about that match at 17:23 before opening up about his time at Saints and the differences between England and South Africa regarding the nurturing of young talent at 19:35.

Groom lifted the lid on the type of person Dylan Hartley is at 24:47 before an interesting discussion emerges about the intricacies around substitutions, especially that of a team’s captain.


At 31:19, the team speaks about newly confirmed Springbok captain Siya Kolisi.

The show rolls towards a conclusion around 35:38 with Groom sharing his thoughts on the upcoming Test series against England before he shares some funny moments about who his worst roommate was while on tour.

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