Only twice since World War 2 has the team winning the first Test of a series involving the British & Irish Lions gone on to lose the series.
If the past 18 months have shown anything, it's that nothing comes easy in South Africa. For many people a cooked meal or a stable job is a rare thing. It's a country of unimaginable suffering and incredible joy. The Springboks won't have to look far for inspiration as their biggest challenge since the World Cup Final looms in the second Test against the British & Irish Lions after the 22-17 first Test defeat.
The Springboks of Siya Kolisi and Rassie Erasmus, of Jacques Nienaber and Handré Pollard, have made history in the past three years, and they will need to again after a major setback in losing the opening Test against the British & Irish Lions.
Springbok vice-captain Handre Pollard catches a high ball during the Castle Lager Lions Series 1st Test match against the British & Irish Lions at Cape Town Stadium. (Photo: EJ Langner / Gallo Images)
Since Erasmus and Nienaber took over as Bok mentors in 2018 under the hats of director of rugby and defence coach respectively,...