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Jon Cardinelli Jon Cardinelli is a multi-award winning writer with 15 years of experience in the print and digital media. His work has been published in South Africa, Japan, New Zealand and the UK. Jon covered World Cups in New Zealand, England and Japan and is an obsessive on the game's mechanics, and finding the story behind the stories.

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Kolisi is shining as a leading light for Springboks

Siya Kolisi has taken his leadership to another level and is already viewed as one of the great Springbok captains

INTERVIEW
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Ox Nche: Joker in the pack

Ox Nché' has become a thunderously popular tweeter, but social media only scratches the surface of his remarkable tale.

INTERVIEW
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Bismarck du Plessis still rolling back the years

Bismarck du Plessis has enjoyed a stellar rugby career, winning a Rugby World Cup and 79-caps, but the physical hooker still has a…

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A Test of conviction

South Africa must ignore their mounting detractors and stick to their style to have any hope of beating the All Blacks.

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Springboks relish renewed rivalry with All Blacks

New Zealand have had a firm grip on the Freedom Cup but South Africa plan to prise their fingers off the silverware

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Immortality beckons for Boks and Lions

They’re world champions but don’t underestimate how much a series triumph would mean to South Africa

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Thinking outside the Boks

As Covid-19 ravages the Springboks camp, who can the South Africans turn to as the Lions series looms?

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Touched by genius

Former Springbok boss Nick Mallett explains what sets Rassie Erasmus apart as a player and coach

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One last shot

Five years after his last cap, and a month shy of 37, Morné Steyn could again play his part in a Lions series.

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Bigger isn't always better

LIons need to learn lessons of 2009, when Heinrich Brüssow bossed the breakdown for the Boks

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Back seat driver

All Black legend Sam Whitelock is a stickler for New Zealand's traditions

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Steyn alive

Frans Steyn will be 34 in May, but the two-time world champion's lust to play in a second Lions series burns white-hot.

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Land of opportunity

Rugby will be missing a trick if the USA don't get to host a World Cup in the near future

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Back on their perch

The Bulls, sleeping giant of South African rugby has finally awoken

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Generation next

The progeny of a 1930 British and Irish Lion, Jesse Kriel longs to face the tourists in 2021.

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Heavy mettle

Duane Vermeulen says it would be a mistake to write off the Springboks next summer.

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Unfinished business

To some, he will always be known as the coach who lost to Japan. But there is much more to Heyneke Meyer.

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Green-eyed monster

Tri-Nations success has left Springbok fans with a sense of what might have been

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Massive, massive heart

Makazole Mapimpi's story brought Rassie Erasmus to tears but he wants his situation to inspire change

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The only way is up

It's been a year since Kolisi lifted the World Cup but that's only the start for Springbok skipper

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From Russia with love

South Africans swapping heat of Highveld for cold comforts of a big payday in Russia

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Money matters

Professional players face financial ruin if they don’t adapt to the new Covid world.

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Race against time

Jacques Nienaber says his Springboks are playing catch-up but the Lions should be wary

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