Englishman Maro Itoje will be a key figure during the British & Irish Lions' tour of South Africa. The lock, whose parents are Nigerian, says he is ready to make his second tour as a Lion a memorable one.
First published in the Daily Maverick 168 weekly newspaper.
The line-out is one of the strongest plays that the Springboks possess in their vast catalogue of winning strategies. However, after almost two years of non-competitive rugby due to Covid-19, the Boks' line-out prowess will be tested continuously by the British & Irish Lions' giants.
Warren Gatland, the Lions' coach for the 12-yearly Test series, knows that nullifying that area of the Boks' game will be crucial if the visitors are to leave SA with at least two victories when the three-match series ends.
Gatland has at his disposal the likes of veteran lock Alun Wyn Jones, as well as his second row partner Maro Itoje. Additionally, there are also the likes of Courtney Lawes, Irishmen Jack Conan and Tadhg Beirne for the legendary New Zealander to call on. And that's just the first Test.
If Gatland's men are to have any joy against the world champions, these bruising behemoths will have...