Touch, Pause Engage!: Exploring the Heart of South African Rugby

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Touch, Pause, Engage!
Liz McGregor

ISBN 9781868423095

South Africa is a land of contrasts, as the tourist brochures promise, and this is true for the game of rugby. From the Pretoria heartland to the aspirant Eastern Cape, from the hardscrabble Cape Flats to the islands of privilege at Bishops and Grey College. No other rugby-playing nation has to grapple with so much diversity.

Different languages, classes, races and cultures – each bearing the wounds of the country’s fractured past – have to be melded into winning teams.

Liz McGregor has spent the past three years shadowing Currie Cup, Super 14 and Springbok teams across the country, and has come to the conclusion that it is this very diversity, combined with the pain of the past and the dreams of a great united future, that provide the elusive alchemy that separates a good team from a great one.

Touch, Pause, Engage! is more than a book about rugby. It is an intimate look at how South Africa’s erstwhile elite is adapting to its new circumstances. Team South Africa has been through many a maul and bruising scrum, but is inching closer and closer to the tryline.

The Author

Liz McGregorLiz McGregor is an author and rugby columnist. Her latest book is Springbok Factory: What it takes to be a Bok. Prior to that came Touch, Pause, Engage! Exploring the heart of South African Rugby.


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