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Competition: Springbok Factory – What it takes to be a Bok


We are excited to announce yet another competition on RuggaWorld where you can win the amazing book by Liz McGregor; Springbok Factory – What it takes to be a Bok.

Springbok FactoryTo get your hands on this Christmas list must-have, all you need to do is predict the score for this weekend’s match between the Springboks and France where the closest score will get a copy of the book!

Our own Boertjie has reviewed the book and this is what he had to say:

We all know women are different. They see things from a different angle, do things differently and ask different questions. And they are thorough in whatever they do.

That is why this rugby book by Liz McGregor is also different and by far one of the most enjoyable I’ve read, as was it’s predecessor Touch, Pause, Engage.

Having travelled extensively with the Springboks, she parts with interesting tidbits about the functions and expertise amongst the supporting staff of – can you guess? – 47 people (in the case of WC 2011). Did you know that the medical team takes along 23 kg of tape for each player for every week of the tournament?

Apart from travelling with the team, McGregor speaks exstensively to the players, their families, coaches and friends in compiling her insightful profiles on three players: Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis and Jean de Villiers.

Interviews with the Bok doctor, the coaches Peter de Villiers and Heyneke Meyer, physio, sponsors, brand managers, the logistics guy and the woman who deals with the wives and girlfriends on tour sheds new light on the topics rugby scribes ignore because they think it is not interesting.

I found the interview with Louis von Zeuner (the Absa man whose SMS to Oregan Hoskins about black players caused some uproar) very enlightening and can’t feel this is the kind of guy Saru needs on its executive.

Talking about Saru: McGregor also attended some of their meetings and inbetween the lines it is obvious that she does not hold the governing body in high regard.

She also does not steer away from the social divide between black and white players in the squad.

●Published by Jonathan Ball the book sells at R195.00 at good book stores and could be a very useful hint about what you would like on your Christmas list.

Competition Details:

  • This is a website competition only – predictions need to be made in the comment sections below in order to be considered for the prize.
  • The score closest by means of a points difference formula will be declared the winner.
  • Your last prediction will be the only one considered, so while you can change your mind several times before kick-off on Saturday, only the final submitted score will be considered.
  • Should two or more sports-fans have the same prediction or points differential, the individual that made his prediction first (and have not changed the prediction subsequent) will be declared the winner.

So get all your family and friends to come and predict the score to win this amazing book!


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  1. Springboks 20 – 9 France

    Trusting Boks to go through the tour with no tries scored against them.

  2. Ja.
    Heyneke has the Tools.
    like always it depends which
    French side shows up.
    and the desire of the Bokke .

    I’d go Bokke ——- 29
    Les Blues—- 25

  3. 26 – 12 for Bokke – and everybody will tell is how great SA rugby is, new dawn, win percentages….and then we play All Blacks again

  4. Dunno Oom D
    For ten years I’ve been saying the same thing.
    Get a kiwi or frog back line coach and
    work the hands and offload at speed thing.

    that simple

  5. @Morné:

    IS this now official, or are the calculations now being done?

    If it is, I have a lengthy acceptance speech prepared for this occasion.

  6. For the record calculations are done as follow:

    Actual score:

    France 10 – Springboks 19.

    Your French score minus the actual score – x. Your Bok score minus actual score – y.

    Once you add X + Y and you have the lowest score, you win.

  7. I would like to start by thanking Ruggaworld and the persons who made this site a reality.

    My fellow posters and lovers of South African rugby, thank you for your contributions and insights which can broaden ones thinking on the game and players involved.

    In accepting the honour of this prize I am moved not only by a profound gratitude for the recognition of my sincere and earnest efforts in the cause of predicting the score, but also by a very poignant humility before the vastness of the work still called for by this cause.

    May I not take this occasion to express my respect for the far-sighted wisdom of the founders in arranging for a continuing platform where we can express our views on all things rugby? If there were but one such prize, or if this were to be the last, I could not of course accept it. For mankind has not yet been rid of the unspeakable horror of fan criticism. I am convinced that our generation has, despite certain individuals, made notable progress. But it is the better part of wisdom to consider our work as only begun. It will be a continuing labour. In the indefinite course of the years before us there will be abundant opportunity for others to distinguish themselves in the crusade against negativity and in predicting the correct score.

    There is indeed a peculiar fitness in the grouping of these predictions. The cause of support and the pursuit of correctly predicting a score. Even as those who love rugby and devote their lives to predicting, supporting and analysing rugby games, there is no limit set. Whatever has been accomplished in the past is petty compared to the glory and promise of the future.

    (Shamelessly pimped from Woodrow Wilson’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech)

  8. Nice one Craven… but should have been closer to mine… that disallowed try WAS a try lol!

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