21.10.2019 10:54 am
The evergreen prop certainly did his best to make up for it on all fronts.
Beast Mtawarira at the weekend blotted his clean copybook by making a tip tackle on his opposite number from Japan during the World Cup quarterfinal in Tokyo.
The evergreen hooker was relaxing in Ibiza after a distinguished career with Saracens when Boks coach Rassie Erasmus called him out of the blue.
South Africa famously went down to Japan in the 2015 World Cup’s ‘Miracle of Brighton’, an upset the Brave Blossoms reprised with their 19-12 win over Ireland.
We chat to three integral members of some forgotten nostalgic moments at the showpiece tournament.
The 38-year-old veteran, who’s actually a specialist hooker, will also captain the Springboks in Saturday’s ‘Africa derby’.
Now it will be up to rookie Thomas du Toit to fulfill the role of scrumming all-rounder.
The genial Springbok prop’s World Cup is over after he tore his calf in the past weekend’s defeat to the All Blacks
The legendary Springbok lock, a World Cup winner in 2007, admits though it’s going to be small margins that determine success.
Yet his value of the fullback’s playmaking abilities to the Springboks’ cause at the World Cup is undeniable.
The national team has been answering some tough questions this past week ahead of the showdown with the All Blacks.
It certainly doesn’t help that Jerome Garces, under whom the Springboks have a poor record, will officiate in Yokohama.
The tournament has the power to unite the nation, SA Rugby says, while Mark Andrews slams the public broadcaster for not showing a single Springbok match.
Those blond locks might not be ideal for Japan’s sticky conditions, but the Springboks’ influential scrumhalf isn’t overly worried.
Much like Eddie Jones in 2007, it at least sounds like Felix Jones is already having an influence on the Springboks’ World Cup assault.
The Springbok assistant coach is wary of Jerome Garces applying too much leeway with the whistle just because the All Blacks are, well, the All Blacks…