Shouldering responsibility

Schalk Burger’s growth as a leader bodes well for the Boks in a World Cup year.

Burger has led the Stormers and WP to three play-offs in the space of two seasons, and the fact that the Cape-based team hasn’t won a championship trophy is no indictment on his leadership ability.

In the new issue of SA Rugby magazine, on sale Wednesday, former Bok captain Corné Krige says Burger is the right man to take the franchise forward, and that his burgeoning leadership skills will be a boon to the Boks.

‘I had my doubts initially about Schalk as a captain because I thought he didn’t want it enough, but he’s proved me wrong with some passionate and determined performances,’ says Krige. ‘He leads by example which is exactly what a captain needs to do. It’s a pity he never got the chance to carry that form through to the Tri-Nations because he would have added value to the Boks’ leadership core.

Burger also talks about his leadership style and development, and looks ahead to his third World Cup campaign.

Also in the new issue:

– Why South Africa’s top Super Rugby franchises fell short this season

– The new Super Rugby format took its toll on players and spectators

Heyneke Meyer on how Super Rugby will shorten players’ careers, why he believes the Boks have a good chance of defending the World Cup, and whether he will apply for the Bok job

– The Tri-Nations changed the face of southern hemisphere rugby

Frans Steyn has grown up as a player and a person during his time with Racing Métro

– Are the players, the referees or the impractical laws to blame for the profound mess at the scrum? SA Rugby magazine’s panel of experts identifies the problems and offers possible solutions

– The Baby Boks couldn’t handle the pressure at this year’s Junior World Championship

– Griquas scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius on his move to the Waratahs, being snubbed by the Springboks and why the Currie Cup format should stay the same

Frédéric Michalak has rekindled his relationship with the Sharks

– Schoolboy rugby players who take performance-enhancing drugs are playing a dangerous game

– South African-born Saracens lock Mouritz Botha has set his sights on playing Test rugby for England

– Kings coach Alan Solomons on winning the Nations Cup, their latest signings, and why they don’t want to play in a European club competition

Butch James tells his funniest tour tale

Free double-sided poster of Schalk Burger and Frans Steyn

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