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Springbok Factory: Win a free copy

Springbok Factory: What it takes to be a Bok has been described as a 'must-read for any true rugby supporter'. Now you stand a chance to win a free copy.

rugby365 and Jonathan Ball Publishers have combined to give our loyal readers a chance to win a copy of this wonderful book.

All you have to do is answer a simple question!

Author Liz McGregor spent two years behind the scenes interviewing the players, coaches, wives and girlfriends, mothers and teachers. She also spoke to the Bok doctor and physio, the sponsors, brand managers and the logistics guy. And then there's the boss, the South African Rugby Union.


What she discovered is as fascinating as it is complex: that parents play a crucial role, as do those early coaches and teachers who identify and nurture talent; that injury lurks behind every corner; that it takes incredible courage to go back onto the field to face another battering; and that the 'business' of the Springboks is one that is both well and poorly managed, depending where you look.


By the end of her journey, McGregor had developed a deep regard for the players and many of the people who work to put the best team South Africa can offer onto the field. Nelson Mandela showed how a Springbok team can unite a nation. But there are parts of the Springbok Factory that are in urgent need of repair or, indeed, replacement.


What it takes to be a Bok

L McGregor

John Dobson, Western Province rugby coach: 'This is the best, most insightful, book on Springbok rugby I have ever read.'

Nick Mallett, television analyst: 'A must-read for any true rugby supporter.'

* R195.00

* ISBN: 978-1-86842-469-6

* July 2013

* Jonathan Ball Publishers

* Non-fiction, Paperback, 240 Pages


Question: When was the last time South Africa won the World Cup?

Send your answers to, with entries needing to provide the following details:

– Full name

– Contact number

– Email address

Competition rules:

* One completed entry per person only.

* The winners will be contacted by Absa

* The prizes cannot be exchanged for cash.

* The judges' decision is final and NO correspondence will be entered into.

* Closing date for entries is Friday, August 23!


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