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WATCH | Women behind the Boks: Springbok physio Rene Naylor’s journey to the World Cup

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Vivian Verwant, Tanushree Pillay, Rene Naylor and the team doctors Konrad von Hagen and Lehlogonolo Jerome Mampane.
Vivian Verwant, Tanushree Pillay, Rene Naylor and the team doctors Konrad von Hagen and Lehlogonolo Jerome Mampane.


From club rugby, to the world stage, Rene Naylor has conquered it all. This pioneer was the first ever woman physiotherapist to join the Springbok squad.

She navigated her role in this male-dominated industry, along with motherhood, until 2015, before retiring from the national team. But when coach Rassie Erasmus asked her to join his World Cup-winning Springbok squad, she came out of retirement, because she simply "missed the game so much".

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