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RWC19: My five highlights of the victorious Bok World Cup journey

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There were a number of things that stood out about the national team in the build-up to, and during, the tournament in Japan, but these stand out above everything else.


02 Nov 2020
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RWC19: My five highlights of the victorious Bok World Cup journey

Cheslin Kolbe and Willie le Roux with their Rugby World Cup winners' gold medals. Picture: Getty Images

The bravery of coach Rassie Erasmus, his honesty and the straight-shooting manner in which he dealt with the players: It took a lot of bravery for Erasmus to ignore what the likes of New Zealand were trying to do and return to traditional South African strengths, to the style of play needed to win Test matches rather than the flowing, high-scoring games with limited emphasis on defence or kicking for territory we have seen previously in Super Rugby. The extraordinarily meticulous planning that went into the World Cup campaign was a standout feature. The players responded to the courage and...

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