Bullish Butch

Butch James’s knees have a World Cup left in them.

sar126.jpg Speaking in the latest SA Rugby magazine, on sale Wednesday, the Bok flyhalf dismisses claims that he is a liability considering his past injury problems. “Brilliant medical attention at the Sharks got me back on the field and I honestly feel that I could go on for another three years at least.”

James also speaks about his desire to get a World Cup winners medal, his tackling technique and his Maritzburg College days with England cricketer Kevin Pietersen.

Also in the new SA Rugby magazine:

– Ashwin Willemse on his comeback: “Not even my family knows what I’ve been through”

– Pierre Spies on the battle for the No 8 jersey: `”It’s a myth I disappear when the game is tight”

– BJ Botha on his scrumming technique: “I’m no cheat”

– How Piri Weepu got back in shape and Lote Tuqiri regained his speed

– Naas Botha slams the Bok backline. There are also columns from Nick Mallett, Jonathan Kaplan, Shaun Sowerby, Corne Krige and Keo

PLUS: Jaque Fourie’s crib, Emerging Boks, Jaco Pretorius’s other life, Hard Bastards XV, Rassie on counterattacking, Provincial & Bok focus, Tri-Nations review, World Cup countdown