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Lack of distractions, tradition... and 'porridge': Why Bloem remains the hub for scrum wizards

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Ox Nche. (Photo by Chris Ricco/Getty Images)
Ox Nche. (Photo by Chris Ricco/Getty Images)

Amidst the drama and question marks that have dominated the Springboks' end-of-year trip to Europe, one of the more heartening and interesting aspects of the tour has been Bloemfontein's steadfast reputation for being the haven for South Africa's great scrummers and gurus. 

Indeed, Ox Nche - nowadays a Shark, but front-rower who made a name for himself as an HTS Louis Botha pupil and Cheetahs star - has ended the year as the national side's preferred starting loosehead.

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