South African rugby players and fans have had 10 weeks to enjoy Rugby World Cup 2019 triumph, but this weekend sees the 2020 season come into focus. Will it reveal a World Cup hangover or the start of a new, successful Super Rugby era?
The memory of Makazole Mapimpi's beautiful try as the Boks crushed England 32-12 in the final of RWC 2019 will never become old or stale. Watching it for the 79th time is as much fun as seeing it for the first time on that glorious Yokohama day on November 1, 2019.
It's the same for Cheslin Kolbe's jaw-dropping step on his way to the team's second try and Siya Kolisi's historic moment when he raised the Webb Ellis Cup. Those are images and, more important, memories that must be clung on to and recalled often.
As much as those memories bring joy to fans and inspiration to the entire country, for the 160-odd players that will represent the four South African franchises in Super Rugby in 2020, it must be a bar that needs to be reached at all times.
For the 16 members of the RWC 2019 Springbok squad that will play in Super Rugby...