The Springboks and the Holy Grail

The Springboks and the Holy Grail is the epic story of South Africa’s amazing quests for the Rugby World Cup, 1995-2007.
Retief, Dan
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Title: The Springboks and the Holy Grail
Subtitle: Behind the scenes at the Rugby World Cup, 1995-2007
Type: Sports Topics
Author: Dan Retief
Publisher: Zebra Press; Random House Struik
Cape Town, South Africa 2011
ISBN 9781770221475 / ISBN 978-1-77022-147-5
Softcover, 15x23 cm, 288 pages, numerous colour photographs


The Springboks and the Holy Grail focuses on the Rugby World Cup tournaments from a Springbok perspective, and it is perfectly timed to come out ahead of the seventh RWC tournament, to be held in New Zealand in September and October 2011. The Springboks will travel to New Zealand as the defending champions with a chance to become not only the first team to successfully defend the Webb Ellis Cup, but the first to win it three times. It lifts the lid on the intrigues around the Springboks, the rugby community and the media in a forthright and honest way. The final chapter provides an interesting discussion on the many similarities and qualities common to the teams who have won the cup. From the triumphs of Ellis Park in 1995 and Paris in 2007 to the heartbreak of 1999 and the shame of 2003, renowned journalist Dan Retief records the stories of human heroism and frailty, of great dignity and patent jealousy that transcended the realm of sport.