Our Blood Is Green, - Gavin Rich (Paperback)

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Product Details

10 Sep 2019
Content Source
South African
Supply Source
South Africa


Gavin Rich
Paperback / softback
Struik Publishers (Pty) Ltd
Number of Pages
234 x 153 x 15mm (234g)


If, as a Springbok rugby fan, you have always wondered what goes on behind the scenes - in the dressing room, at practice, in team talks and on tour - this book will provide the answer to those questions, and many, many more. Renowned rugby scribe Gavin Rich has interviewed a wide cross-section of Springboks from the post-isolation era and asked them a variety of questions, including pertinent ones about politics, the exodus of players overseas and about life after rugby. In Our Blood Is Green, more than 40 Springbok rugby players talk about their careers: how they made it to the top of their profession, what it was like to face the pressures of playing for South Africa’s national team, how they dealt with the media, the officials, and yes, the coaches who didn’t know what they were doing! <br><br> They answer questions like: is there still a divide between English- and Afrikaans-speaking players, does the ‘quota’ system work, is Bok rugby all about playing for the jersey or is it, as former All Black coach Graham Henry once said, nationalism that drives the South African team? And what is it like to play against the British & Irish Lions, or to face the haka, or sing our national anthem before an international Test...? By allowing the players to tell their own stories in their own words, Rich offers readers a comprehensive view of the players’ personal experiences, as well as their thoughts on the game today and the way forward for rugby in this country. Our Blood Is Green is a compelling read for rugby fans of all ages.


General Subject
BISAC Subject 1
Sports & Recreation / Rugby
BIC Classification 1
Rugby Union
BIC Classification 2
Biography: sport

Author Bio

Gavin Rich is an award-winning rugby writer who is ideally placed to write the stories of the post-isolation Springboks, as he covered their first tour in 1992 and has remained on the beat ever since, a period of 27 years. He went on tour with the Boks first as the SA Morning Group man and then later as the group rugby writer for Independent Newspapers, before continuing his observations of the Springboks as senior rugby correspondent for Supersport.com, the Weekend Argus and other publications, such as SA Rugby Magazine. Rich is the author of former Bok coach Peter de Villiers’s bestselling autobiography Politically Incorrect, Mitch - The Real Story, the autobiography of John Mitchell, and The Springbok Coaches. He was educated at Rhodes University and Northlands Boys High School.