Ken Borland
Sports Journalist
3 minute read
19 Sep 2019
10:17 am

What South African cricket can learn from the Springboks

Ken Borland

Former Bok skipper Wynand Claassen, a man who still loves his cricket too, points out the stark contrast between the two sports.

Former Springboks captain's Wynand Claassen, Warren Whiteley and Antonie Claassen (Wynand's son) at World of Rugby on June 18, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Zoe-Lee Botma/Gallo Images)

As a boy growing up in Middelburg and as a student at the University of Pretoria, former Springbok rugby captain Wynand Claassen loved his cricket and he believes the two sports face starkly contrasting fortunes based on their current trajectories. The Proteas have already bombed out of the Cricket World Cup in dismal fashion, but Claassen is far more positive when it comes to the Rugby World Cup. He says the Springboks’ upward curve is due to embracing former players like coach Rassie Erasmus in crucial roles. “In South African sport we tend to chase the old players away, which...