Cast your mind back to November 2019. The streets of South Africa were electric with excitement as a bus crammed with Siya Kolisi and his jubilant boys did a slow victory drive around the country. The Boks had done it – they’d won the Rugby World Cup and for a while the world seemed like a brighter place. And oh, how we need something to make that happen again.
Right now there’s a lot of darkness – thanks, Eskom – and there’s nothing quite like the magic of sport to make us realise not everything is doom and gloom.
So can they do it again? Right now South Africa is ranked fourth in the world behind Ireland, France and New Zealand but in 2018 the Boks were at an all-time low ranking of seventh and look what happened just one year later.