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26 August 2013 at 07:29

Do you want your son to be a Springbok? Rian chats to author of “Springbok Factory, Liz McGregor about what it takes to from kids and parents to be a Bok!

Thousands of young boys dream of playing for their country. Few will don the green and gold despite prodigious amounts of talent, passion and dedication. So, what does it take to make it as a Bok?

Rian chats to author of “Springbok Factory, Liz McGregor about what it takes to be a Springbok:


Part 1: The role of parents in the Springbok

Part 2: Rugby and Schools

Part 3: Problems in Rugby

About ‘Springbok Factory’

Imagine for a moment that the Springbok set-up is a factory where the player is the finished product coming off the assembly line. Liz McGregor takes the reader to the heart of the matter through a number of interviews with the likes of Jean de Villiers, the du Plessis brothers Jannie and Bismarck and Coach Heyneke Meyer. She also speaks to some of those behind the scenes: the team doctor and physio, the logistics manager, the wives and girlfriend, and of course the investors – Louis von Zeuner from Absa and Imtiaz Patel from SuperSport, who are ultimately so influential on the game and the players who play it.

McGregor opens a door into The Springbok Factory and finds answers that are as fascinating as they are complex. You can have all the talent and drive in the world, but its a long road to make it into and survive the Springbok Factory.

Follow the link here …