Has any sports team ever played such an integral role in the emotional, social and political heartbeat of a nation?
The story of the birth struggle and growth of the Springboks has been constantly entwined with the development of South Africa as a country. The Official Springbok Opus is the ultimate celebration of the extraordinary history of this symbol of a nation, from the first games played in 1891 through wars, social change, unification and, ultimately, recognition as Rugby World Cup champions.
The Official Springbok Opus takes the reader on an emotional journey both on and off the field of play. The story of the development of the iconic jersey, the first tours, the challenges of wartime and social unrest, the battles with great rivals from Australia, New Zealand and the British Isles, the unique influence of Danie Craven, the unification of a nation, the move into the professional era, the glory of the World Cups and, of course, the incredible players that have worn the famous Green and Gold shirt; every detail of this iconic story told through inspirational words and stunning imagery.
The history of the origins of the jersey and the Springbok badge
The Springbok Saved
Background to and the defining roles played by various individuals in retaining the Springbok emblem, including a feature on rugby played on Robben Island
The beginnings of rugby in South Africa
Lions of the Empire
The Springboks versus The British and Irish Lions
The unique influence of Danie Craven on our rugby history, the unification of a nation and the transition to the professional era
Consider Your Country At War
The great rivalry between the Springboks and the All Blacks
How rugby developed in the various racial rugby bodies during the Apartheid years, and the history of black rugby which started in the 19th century and which played an integral part in the growth of the game
Unification talks and the ultimate unification of all rugby bodies
Champions of the World
The Rugby World Cup, highlighting the 1995 and 2007 triumphs
Three beautiful fold-out gatefolds including two celebrating the Springboks World Cup triumphs in 1995 and 2007.