As South African rugby prepares for a showcase of its current and future stars in this weekend’s Springbok Showdown at Newlands, former Springbok Stefan Terblanche reaffirmed his belief that the reigning Rugby World Cup champions have the talent to keep dominating for years to come.
South African rugby’s best and brightest have been selected amongst the two Springbok Green and Springbok Gold squads that will play each other in a trial match at Newlands this Saturday.
Terblanche was speaking at the #RugbyUnites initiative at Loftus Park on Sunday, where the R330 000 raised by the Vodacom Bulls, Cell C Sharks, Emirates Lions and DHL Stormers at Vodacom Super Fan Saturday bought 1000 food parcels for the South African Rugby Legends Association (SARLA) project to help combat the economic devastation in families caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As he watched the players from all four franchises working together to pack the food parcels for transport, Terblanche said he was again struck by the strength of South African rugby both on and off the field.
“Rugby was a great winner on Saturday to have all those teams back on the field and playing again. But to have all those players here a day after they bashed the living hell out of each on the field and uniting around #RugbyUnites is just as amazing. I get goosebumps,” he said.
“You know, we have the best schoolboy rugby talent in the world. We have the players who have the physical size, speed and ability. We have everything. I firmly believe that if we properly manage the talent we have in this country from a young age, we will never lose a Rugby World Cup again.”