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The Heroic Heart of South African Rugby: The Springbok Captains by Edward Griffiths and Stephen Nell

The Springbok CaptainsJonathan Ball is proud to present The Springbok Captains by Edward Griffiths and Stephen Nell:

The Springbok rugby captain, over more than a century, has represented many things to many South Africans. He has united, and he has divided. He has thrilled, he has disappointed. He has inspired, he has disheartened. He has triumphed, he has failed. But he has always had an impact.

In this revealing narrative, Griffiths and Nell depict the men who have been able to call themselves “Springbok Captain” through their backgrounds, triumphs and disappointments. Relive the heyday of rugby legends Bennie Osler, Danie Craven, Hennie Muller, Johan Claassen, Naas Botha, Francois Pienaar, Gary Teichmann, Joost van der Westhuizen, Andre Vos and others.

Now fully updated with the accounts of Bobby Skinstad, Victor Matfield and Jean de Villiers, The Springbok Captains is the epic story that lies at the heart of South African rugby.

About the authors

Edward Griffiths began his career as a journalist before becoming the first chief executive of the South African Rugby Football Union in 1995. He is currently finishing a seven-year spell as head of UK rugby club Saracens.

Stephen Nell is an award-winning journalist who is one of South Africa’s most experienced and prolific rugby writers. Nell, currently employed as Die Burger’s senior rugby writer, is known for his ability to break stories and obtain insights that few others can. He is widely respected among players, administrators and rugby’s stakeholders. His experience of covering international rugby dates back to the 1995 World Cup in South Africa. Nell is the author of the books Springbok Glory and Bokspronge.

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