Connecting people, ‘Springbok Conversations’ come to SuperSport

rugby19 April 2023 11:32
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The public and private lives of the Springboks are very different, a narrative SuperSport explores in its new short-form rugby series Springbok Conversations.

Underpinned by the belief that the Springboks connect us as a nation more than we realise, the short films, featuring an array of Springboks and those close to them, will explore the social, cultural, historical, and family dynamics that define them.

The first episode (also available on Catch Up) features Damien Willemse, his brother, and their childhood coach Winston Baard. The other episode this week puts the spotlight on Canan Moodie and his family, who speak about support and pride after Canan’s try when debuting for the Springboks against Australia last year. His mother Chantel talks proudly of Canan’s development and the enormous surprise of him playing for South Africa aged just 19.

Springbok Conversations will feature in the lead-up to the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France later this year. All have been carefully crafted with the sole purpose of highlighting that we are in fact stronger when we come together. Siya Kolisi poignantly stated in his 2019 Winning World Cup post-match interview that we can achieve anything if we come together as one.

Subsequent episodes for Springbok Conversations will feature Ox Nche and Matthew Pearce, Siya Kolisi and Siv Ngesi, Eben Etzebeth and Marvin Orie, Makazole Mapimpi and a pair of supporters, Mzwandile Stick and Steven Kitshoff as well as Kurt-Lee Arendse and three youngsters from his alma mater, Paulus Joubert Secondary School in Paarl.


Friday: Episode 1 - SS Rugby 1.35pm; Episode 2 – SS Rugby, 2.20pm.

(Repeats will also be scheduled).