World Cup-winning Springbok Naka Drotske shot in robbery

Reports suggest that Naka Drotske, a World Cup winner in 1995, lost a huge amount of blood while trying to fend off his attackers.

Former Springbok hooker Naka Drotske was in  critical condition in hospital on Friday after being shot during an armed robbery outside the South African capital Pretoria.

World Cup-winning Springbok Naka Drotske shot in robbery
World Cup-winning Springbok Naka Drotske shot in robbery

World Cup-winning Springbok Naka Drotske shot in robbery

Reports suggest that Naka Drotske, a World Cup winner in 1995, lost a huge amount of blood while trying to fend off his attackers.

Four (early) questions the Blitzboks need to answer

Four (early) questions the Blitzboks need to answer

Neil Powell and his troops are back to defend their World Sevens Series crown and start at a happy hunting ground. But the winds of change are blowing.
Struggling WP off the hook for alleged discrimination

Struggling WP off the hook for alleged discrimination

Stormers assistant coach Paul Treu had alleged that he was being undermined by his colleagues, prompting an independent review.
Boks ‘worse off’ under Rassie, says former guru

Boks ‘worse off’ under Rassie, says former guru

Yet Brendan Venter uses that provocative thought to actually justify the national team holding on to their head coach.
Meet the Blitzboks’ Impi

Meet the Blitzboks’ Impi

For one thing, the national sevens team’s newest member is a mechanical engineer and, yes, that’s actually his real name…
Humble Marx’s work ethic mustn’t become obsessive

Humble Marx’s work ethic mustn’t become obsessive

The Springbok hooker reflects on what was actually a pretty remarkable 2018, but also how the Twickenham debacle affected him.
Marathon man Kyle returns for one last Blitzboks shot

Marathon man Kyle returns for one last Blitzboks shot

South Africa’s Sevens legend is back from an injury that actually delayed his retirement plans. Coach Neil Powell … and Dubai for that matter are grateful.
Springboks’ World Cup squad has already taken shape

Springboks’ World Cup squad has already taken shape

It’s certainly no cut-and-dry scenario, but Rassie Erasmus probably has his core for the showpiece next year ready.
The hits and flops of the Springboks’ tour

The hits and flops of the Springboks’ tour

This was a trip where there was more to lose than gain. Some did shine, but other stalwarts soured their respective international seasons.
Rassie: Chat with Duane wasn’t sinister in any way

Rassie: Chat with Duane wasn’t sinister in any way

Social media speculated at the weekend that the on-field communication between the two, which is technically illegal, was possibly undermining Siya Kolisi’s captaincy.
Battle-weary Boks have yet another chance to press World Cup claims

Battle-weary Boks have yet another chance to press World Cup claims

But is it really a good thing for the overplayed Siya Kolisi, Aphiwe Dyantyi and Pieter-Steph du Toit to play one more game for an invitational side?
Springboks involved in bogus bomb scare

Springboks involved in bogus bomb scare

Jesse Kriel and two other teammates caused some embarrassment after their plans for a party at the weekend saw the team’s hotel being evacuated.
WATCH: Dyantyi is officially international rugby’s best rookie

WATCH: Dyantyi is officially international rugby’s best rookie

The Springbok winger walks away with World Rugby’s prestigious breakthrough player-of-the-year award.
Springbok player ratings: Champion Cheslin, but the rest … eish!

Springbok player ratings: Champion Cheslin, but the rest … eish!

The diminutive winger takes full advantage of his unexpected start in Cardiff, but the rest of his teammates pretty much fail to shine.
Wayward Springboks end 2018 on a low note

Wayward Springboks end 2018 on a low note

The curse of Cardiff continues for Rassie Erasmus’ men as Wales play the bigger moments better on a frustrating evening.
Cheetahs launch comeback for vital Pro14 victory

Cheetahs launch comeback for vital Pro14 victory

But they certainly made heavy weather of finally taming a game Treviso outfit.
Kolisi: I would never hurt an opponent intentionally

Kolisi: I would never hurt an opponent intentionally

The Springbok captain reveals he was pretty ‘chilled’ about last week’s incident where he was alleged to have headbutted Scotland centre Peter Horne.
Final Springbok team of 2018 is actually a bizarre one

Final Springbok team of 2018 is actually a bizarre one

Thought 2018 was a year of selection stability under coach Rassie Erasmus? Think again…
Will the Boks’ enforcer be back against Wales?

Will the Boks’ enforcer be back against Wales?

While Eben Etzebeth is available again, it’s not as if the national team missed him exactly in the last few weeks.
The Springboks and the (other) Cardiff curse

The Springboks and the (other) Cardiff curse

It’s not just recent results at the Principality Stadium that have plagued the national side…
Willie’s greatest strength is not his playmaking ability

Willie’s greatest strength is not his playmaking ability

It may sound old-fashioned, but the mercurial fullback’s passion for the Springboks is arguably the biggest factor in his successful return.
Assessing the shortlist for the Bulls coaching job

Assessing the shortlist for the Bulls coaching job

The union formally announced that there are three men in the running for the job. But which one is the best candidate?
Rassie praises handling of Kolisi incident

Rassie praises handling of Kolisi incident

Regardless of which way the decision would’ve gone, the Springbok coach said he would’ve accepted it because of this…
Kolisi cleared of foul play

Kolisi cleared of foul play

World Rugby rules that his headbutting of Scotsman Pete Horne was ‘moderate’ and had ‘mitigating circumstances’.
We were right on Embrose, says Rassie

We were right on Embrose, says Rassie

The rookie 21-year-old scrumhalf’s run-on debut certainly was full of promise.
Springbok player ratings: Energetic Embrose, solid Siya

Springbok player ratings: Energetic Embrose, solid Siya

A rookie scrumhalf suggests he was worth the hype after all and the captain plays his best Test on tour to date.

 

 

 

 

 

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