Rugby in Our Blood

Read about Oscar Pistorius' first love and Joost van der Westhuizen's one love. Plus, true stories from Smit, Skinstad, Kallis, Holomisa, Schuster & more. South Africa's biggest sports stars and celebrities, as well as everyday fans, share their most extraordinary rugby stories. Epic wins and humbling defeats. Heroes and hilarity. And the passion, pain and glory. Everything that makes rugby South Africas greatest game.

In Rugby In Our Blood:
  • Bantu Holomisa wows Parliament with his try-scoring feats
  • Joost van der Westhuizen looks back with candour
  • Mark Boucher is in awe of the Boks' World Cup record
  • Kobus Wiese helps Toks van der Linde buy panties in Paris
  • Bruce Fordyce fails to escape a female rugby fanatic
  • Tony Leon exploits rugby mania in Argentina
  • Ryk Neethling takes Vrystaat! gees to the USA
  • Simnikiwe Xabanisa wants to be friends with the Bok coach
  • Hugh Bladen plays against the 1970 All Blacks
  • Rob van Vuuren will tackle anything that moves. Seriously!
  • Sherylle Calder gets a nickname from the queen
  • Gayton McKenzie grapples with the ghosts of rugby racism
  • Mark Andrews discovers symmetry in the 1995 RWC final
  • Andy Capostagno sees a strange redemption at Twickenham
  • Obie Oberholzer publishes the funniest Bok photograph ever.
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    Short Description

    Read about Oscar Pistorius' first love and Joost van der Westhuizen's one love. Plus, true stories from Smit, Skinstad, Kallis, Holomisa, Schuster & more. South Africa's biggest sports stars and celebrities, as well as everyday fans, share their most extraordinary rugby stories. Epic wins and humbling defeats. Heroes and hilarity. And the passion, pain and glory. Everything that makes rugby South Africas greatest game.

    In Rugby In Our Blood:
  • Bantu Holomisa wows Parliament with his try-scoring feats
  • Joost van der Westhuizen looks back with candour
  • Mark Boucher is in awe of the Boks' World Cup record
  • Kobus Wiese helps Toks van der Linde buy panties in Paris
  • Bruce Fordyce fails to escape a female rugby fanatic
  • Tony Leon exploits rugby mania in Argentina
  • Ryk Neethling takes Vrystaat! gees to the USA
  • Simnikiwe Xabanisa wants to be friends with the Bok coach
  • Hugh Bladen plays against the 1970 All Blacks
  • Rob van Vuuren will tackle anything that moves. Seriously!
  • Sherylle Calder gets a nickname from the queen
  • Gayton McKenzie grapples with the ghosts of rugby racism
  • Mark Andrews discovers symmetry in the 1995 RWC final
  • Andy Capostagno sees a strange redemption at Twickenham
  • Obie Oberholzer publishes the funniest Bok photograph ever.
  • Long description

    Rugby - is it love or addiction?

    There’s little doubt that South Africans are mad for rugby. In this book some of the country’s most famous rugby fans, and a Springbok or two, put into plain words what the game means to them. The likes of DA leader Tony Leon, Spud author John van de Ruit and 702 talk show host John Robbie share their favourite rugby stories.

    Leon Schuster claims that playing pranks on his Shimla teammates kick-started his career in comedy, while former Springbok Kobus Wiese reveals a hilarious anecdote about a fellow tight forward on tour in Paris. Some tell of life lessons learnt on and off the field, while others recall memorable moments in Springbok rugby, or the glory days of student rugby - when they could still run!

    Product details

    Editor:
    Angus Powers
    Format:
    Paperback
    Publisher:
    Tafelberg Publishers Ltd
    ISBN:
    9780624048763
    Audience:
    General
    Pages:
    224
    Width (mm):
    137
    Length (mm):
    213
    Additional Info:
    Angus Powers is Features Editor of Sports Illustrated magazine and has interviewed and written about virtually all of South Africas top rugby players, as well as many other elite South African sportsmen and women. His work has been published in Sports Illustrated South Africa, India and China. His essay The Art of Sport was published in the book Sport versus Art: A South African contest (April 2010). Prizes and awards PICA Awards 2011: Feature Writer of the Year SAB Sports Media Awards 2011: SAB Sports Media Award for Print SAB Sports Media Awards 2011: Sports Feature of the Year Media24 Magazines: Journalist of the Year 2011 Media24 Magazines: Investigative Journalist of the Year 2011

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