Something special

Patrick Lambie is the future of South African rugby.

With the 19-year-old Sharks star set to tour with the Springboks in November, SA Rugby magazine looks at his rise to prominence and the debate surrounding where he should play.

Lambie himself says he is in no rush to pick a number, despite what happened to two other Sharks players – Ruan Pienaar and Frans Steyn – when they were labeled utility backs.

‘I’ve enjoyed 15, 12 and 10 and I don’t yet know which one I’m best at or which one I enjoy the most. But with a bit more time and experience I’ll be able to decide on a position, put my mind to it and stay there,’ he says.

‘I have honestly enjoyed all three positions, and maybe it helped that I played 12 after fullback before moving to 10, but the most important thing is that I’ve played a sequence of games in each position. I haven’t played one game here, one game there, and then gone back to the previous position.’

SA Rugby magazine also speaks to Sharks coach John Plumtree and former flyhalf Joel Stransky about Lambie’s future.

Also in the new issue:

– In what he calls his ‘most honest interview ever’, Luke Watson reflects on the mistakes he’s made, his controversial Springbok call up, and the move to Bath that has reinvigorated his career

– The Springboks let themselves down during the home leg of the Tri-Nations – on and off the field

Allister Coetzee or Heyneke Meyer will replace Peter de Villiers as Springbok coach. SA Rugby magazine examines the candidates’ credentials

– Former England centre Will Greenwood on how this year’s Tri-Nations launched a rugby revolution

Robbie Deans on the Wallabies’ progress, the new law interpretations, his relationship with Graham Henry and if he’d coach a South African side

– Why Richie McCaw is the most dominant rugby player on the planet

Lionel Mapoe says he left the Cheetahs because they betrayed him. We find out more from the winger and speak to Free State president Harold Verster and Sarpa CEO Piet Heymans.

– The Springbok Women will not be a force on the international stage until they are properly conditioned and the team is selected on merit

– The Bledisloe Cup provides a very different spectator experience to that of a Tri-Nations match involving the Springboks

– Several South African schools claim their players are being poached by other institutions. SA Rugby magazine investigates

– At the USA’s West Point military academy, rugby is considered the ideal preparation for the controlled chaos of the battlefield

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