Baby-faced assassin

South Africa’s great prodigy continues to exceed expectations.

In October 2010, SA Rugby magazine hailed the arrival of a special talent. Pat Lambie exhibited all the attributes of a match-winning flyhalf, although at the time of writing, he was yet to substantiate the speculation; he was yet to take control. That article was written about a promising teenager, and few could have predicted the accelerated metamorphosis he would undergo in the next five months.

Lambie has ascended; he has begun to spread his wings.

In the new issue of SA Rugby magazine, we speak with Lambie’s kicking coach, former Bok flyhalf Braam van Straaten, about the work they’ve put in to the youngster’s game. Sharks backline coach Grant Bashford also talks about Lambie’s progress in recent months and why he’s such a special player.

Also in the new issue:

Willem Alberts‘ physicality allows him to get over the advantage line regularly and hurt players in the tackle, but he also has an impressive skill set

Waylon Murray is rebuilding his life one game at a time

Andries Bekker has taken his game to a whole new level

– Rookie Super Rugby coach Jamie Joseph has turned New Zealand’s weakest franchise into a competitive unit

– At the end of this season, Adam Ashley-Cooper will leave his ‘family’ in Canberra to join his girlfriend in Sydney

– South African Super Rugby franchises like the Sharks and Stormers should consider playing one home game at Twickenham every year

Bunker Capital’s involvement with the SWD Eagles was supposed to transform the game in the region. SA Rugby magazine finds out what went wrong

– The Cheetahs’ Super Rugby future rests on Saru’s capacity to find a workable solution to a very complex problem

– The Vodacom Cup still has a very important role to play in South African rugby

– Former France tighthead prop Pieter de Villiers on coaching in Cape Town, the Bok front row and why the All Blacks scrum is the best

– The Baby Boks are selecting bigger players in a bid to win the Junior World Championship in June

– Former Sharks prop Eduard Coetzee has embraced Basque culture and made Biarritz his home

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