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The Poisoned Chalice

The Springboks have had several post-isolation coaches, and if they agree on nothing else, they will concur that everyone in the job suffers enormous pressure. Unlike coaches from other rugby-playing countries, they also face many obstacles outside of the game, such as South Africa's complicated politics and the often unrealistic expectations of both the public and the media. It has been called a poisoned chalice, and everyone, from the ?rst post-isolation coach, John Williams, to the incumbent, Heyneke Meyer, can attest to its veracity. Now, for the ?rst time, their journeys are recorded in one book, and as part of one story. The poisoned chalice takes an in-depth look at each of the coaches in the post-apartheid years, and at the same time examines how the role has evolved over the past two decades. From the triumphs to the controversies, the boardroom to the rugby ?eld, this book reveals exactly what it takes to be the Bok coach, and why each and every one of them, at some time or another in the toughest job in South African sport, lost it. A riveting, often revelatory and de?nitely controversial read!
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About the Author

Gavin Rich is an award-winning rugby writer who is ideally placed to write about the post-isolation Springbok coaches, as he covered the ?rst tour in 1992 and has remained on the beat ever since, a period of 21 years and 183 Tests. He went on tour with the Boks ?rst as the SA Morning Group man and then later as the group rugby writer for Independent Newspapers, before continuing his observations of the coaches as senior rugby correspondent for, the Weekend Argus and other publications, such as SA Rugby Magazine. Author of former Bok coach Peter de Villiers's bestselling autobiography, Politically Incorrect, this is Rich's second book. He was educated at Rhodes University and Northlands Boys High School.

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