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Analysis | Time for senior Springboks to shape up … or ship out

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Springboks coach Jacques Nienaber and captain Siya Kolisi
Springboks coach Jacques Nienaber and captain Siya Kolisi
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If the trustiest elements of the engine are spluttering, what price the whole contraption getting you safely over the mountain pass?

The last two weeks, which have served as such a rude awakening around supposed Springbok “supremacy”, also show this inexplicable characteristic: a quite acute drop in standards by many of their senior players.

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