Boks' task in Rugby Championship: Almost like long 'Super Rugby' tour

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Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)
Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

At least we can confidently say this much: if South Africa win the 2021 Rugby Championship it will amount to their finest achievement yet in the competition, since its roots as the old Tri-Nations from 1996 onward.

The Springboks are four-time winners (Tri-Nations 1998, 2004 and 2009, Championship 2019) of the notably New Zealand-monopolised event, and for a variety of reasons adding a fifth title this year, in the ongoing pandemic climate, would be particularly memorable if they can pull it off.

It is safe to say the dice is unavoidably loaded in favour of the two Antipodean powers - the All Blacks and Wallabies - from a pure scheduling point of view, given the necessary skewing of the roster in their favour for travel-related reasons during Covid-19 times.

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