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WATCH: Popular 'Boks Office' show returns, FREE to view on RPTV

The popular Boks Office show returns in full, this time only on RPTV

At 37-years-old, veteran Springbok Deon Fourie went from replacement loose forward to ending the 2023 Rugby World Cup final at hooker, and captain of the Springboks. It’s an incredible story, and he’s joined Hanyani Shimange and crew to tell it on the latest episode of the popular Boks Office show.

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Hosted by former hooker ‘Shimi’ Shamange and featuring Bok legends Schalk Burger and Jean de Villiers, the show was thoroughly enjoyed by fans throughout the world cup in France.

Initially just a show to cover the tournament, there were multiple calls for it to become a permanent fixture post world cup, and while it has since been stopped on Youtube – with only select clips going up – fans can now watch the full episodes for free on RugbyPass.tv.

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In the latest episode world cup winner Fourie joined the guys at the Stormers HQ to chat about all things world cup, Schalk’s dislike of the gym, and the intensity of each of those knockout matches, that South Africa won by just one point each.

The latter topic is featured in the short video below, as Fourie went through which game was the most intense, and Burger in particular insisted that there was no luck involved.

“Leading up to the game against France we were public enemy number one from that Sunday,” explained the Stormers hooker.

“So everything, how we planned, how we trained indoors because everyone was watching, Rassie [Erasmus] walking with the speaker to get us used to their national anthem and all the noise and all the crowd… So that build up to the French game was special at the end of the day.”

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He added that after successfully knocking out the hosts, it was clear that the French fans were not in their corner.

“In the semi final and final, I remember warming up and they went through the team sheet on the big screen and with literally every player from the South African team, when they went up, there was a massive boo going up [by the French fans]. And that was semi finals and final.

“We knew what we were up against at that stage.”

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Chris 225 days ago

2019, it was lucky because we only had to play England, Japan and Wales. 2023 we beat 5/6 of the top six with the shorter turnaround both for the semi and the final and still win. 😂. 4/8 RWC’s. That’s 50% . Let that sink in. Another thing, England in that semi final was basically the same team that popped NZ in 2019. I think people underestimate how tough that semifinal was.

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Jon 37 minutes ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

I think the main problem here is the structure of both countries make up. They are going to have very similar.. obstacles(not problems). It will just be part of the evolution of their rugby and they’ll need to find a way to make this versatility more advantageous than specialization. I think South Africa are well on the way to that end already, but Ireland are more likely to have a hierarchical approach and move players around the provinces. Sopoaga is going to be more than good enough to look up one of those available positions for more than a few years I believe though. Morgan would definitely be a more long term outlook. Sacha to me has the natural footwork of a second five. Not everything is about winning, if a team has 3 players that want to play 10s just give them all a good go even if its to the detriment of everyone, this is also about dreams of the players, not just the fans. This is exactly how it would be in an amateur club setting. Ultimately some players just aren’t suited to any one position. The example was of a guy that had size and speed, enough pace to burn, power to drive, and speed to kick and pass long, but just not much else when it came to actual rugby (that matched it). New Zealand has it’s own example with Jordie Barrett and probably shows what Reece Hodge could have been if the game in Australia had any administration. Despite the bigger abundance of talent in NZ, Jordie was provided with consistent time as a fullback, before being ushered in as a second five. Possibly this was due to his blood, and another might not have been as fortunate, but it is what it was, a complete contrast to how Hodge was used in Australia, were he could have had any position he wanted. When it comes down to it though, much like these young fellas, it will be about what they want, and I think you’ll find they’ll be like Hodge and just want to be as valuable to the team as they can and play wherever. It’s not like 63 International Cap is a hard thing to live with as a result of that decision!

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finn 9 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

What a difference 9 months makes! Last autumn everyone was talking about how important versatile bench players were to SA’s WC win, now we’re back to only wanting specialists? The timing of this turn is pretty odd when you consider that some of the best players on the pitch in the SA/Ireland match were Osbourne (a centre playing out of position at 15), Feinberg-Mngomezulu (a fly-half/centre playing out of position at 15), and Frawley (a utility back). Having specialists across the backline is great, but its not always necessary. Personally I think Frawley is unlikely to displace Crowley as first choice 10, but his ability to play 12 and 15 means he’s pretty much guaranteed to hold down a spot on the bench, and should get a decent amount of minutes either at the end of games or starting when there are injuries. I think Willemse is in a similar boat. Feinberg-Mngomezulu possibly could become a regular starter at 10 for the Springboks, but he might not, given he’d have to displace Libbok and Pollard. I think its best not to put all your eggs in one basket - Osbourne played so well at the weekend that he will hopefully be trusted with the 15 shirt for the autumn at least, but if things hadn’t gone well for him he could have bided his time until an opportunity opened up at centre. Similarly Feinberg-Mngomezulu is likely to get a few opportunities at 15 in the coming months due to le Roux’s age and Willemse’s injury, but given SA don’t have a single centre aged under 30 its likely that opportunities could also open up at 12 if he keeps playing there for Stormers. None of this will discount him from being given gametime at 10 - in the last RWC cycle Rassie gave a start at 10 to Frans Steyn, and even gave de Klerk minutes there off the bench - but it will give him far more opportunities for first team rugby.

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