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The Springboks And The Holy Grail

by Dan Retief

The Springboks have won the Rugby World Cup twice, the last time in a fiercely competitive battle against England in Paris in 2007.

Now, as the rugby world prepares for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, comes an inside look at the Springboks’ quest for the Holy Grail of the sport.

The story unfolds from the nation-building triumph of Ellis Park in 1995 to heartbreak in 1999, shame and embarrassment in 2003, and victory again in 2007. The book covers the events that brought about the professional era and the division of the rugby world into southern and northern hemispheres, and opens the door on the secret machinations of the South African rugby administration during turbulent political times.

Writing for the South African Sunday Times, the country’s biggest newspaper, and SuperSport, Dan Retief was one of an elite few who were privy to the workings of the inner sanctum of rugby in the post-apartheid era.

The Springboks and the Holy Grail provides a fascinating insight into an event that is now one of the biggest in the world of sport, and contains numerous interviews with key players and officials.

Controversy and drama are never far away from the Springbok camp, and the book covers many well-known issues, such as the challenge of dealing with a rampant Jonah Lomu, Nelson Mandela’s famous appearance in the No. 6 Springbok shirt of captain Francois Pienaar, the public relations disaster of the Kamp Staaldraad affair, and the disallowed try by England against South Africa in the 2007 World Cup.

Dan Retief has established himself as one of South Africa’s pre-eminent sports journalists in a career that has spanned over 40 years. A multiple award winner, he covered numerous test matches in South Africa and on tours, and reported on all four Rugby World Cups in which the country has competed


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Pages: 230 Words:
Size: 230 x 150 ISBN: 9781770221475
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"Having been privy to many of the players, Retief's interviews are particularly incisive. He examines in great detail the various coaches South Africa employed during this period and their results, failures and triumphs. For any rugby-lover, the book is entertainment of the highest order and is extremely well written and researched. I have no hesitation in recommending it."

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This review was posted: 26/09/2011 15:06:21 by The Daily Dispatch

"A thorough account of each World Cup and pretty much everything in between. The book provides an extremely worthwhile trip down memory lane and serves as a timely reminder of just what it takes to win a World Cup and what goes on behind closed doors."

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This review was posted: 26/09/2011 15:09:14 by Daily News

"This book is a must-have for the bookshelf of any Springbok supporter."

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This review was posted: 11/11/2011 11:29:22 by The South African

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