Springboks

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi lifts the Webb Ellis trophy after the team won the Rugby World Cup 2023 final between New Zealand and South Africa in Saint-Denis, France, 28 October 2023. Photo: EPA/YOAN VALAT

Why South African rugby is the absolute best in the world

South African rugby is all about proving that you are worthy of pulling on the green and gold and becoming a Springbok.

Springboks

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi lifts the Webb Ellis trophy after the team won the Rugby World Cup 2023 final between New Zealand and South Africa in Saint-Denis, France, 28 October 2023. Photo: EPA/YOAN VALAT

Bulls star Nizaam Carr believes that South African derbies in the United Rugby Championship are the pinnacle of franchise competition. 

South African rugby is the best in the world

Carr is chomping at the bit to get his chance to prove that he is worthy of a Springbok recall and hopes to impress this term.

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Carr feels that in South African rugby everyone is out to prove that they can be a Springbok.

Having seen some incredible fairy tales come true in past seasons, his belief is founded in truth.

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“My whole career since high school is always sort of having to prove myself, and I guess it’s like that for every other player – you want to show that even at this age you still belong at this level,” Carrs said.

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“A number of times, especially with my family, they say, I’m old and bald and things like that. But I always want to prove that I’m capable of being at this level and outshining guys who are current Springboks.”

To be the man who have got to beat the man

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Carr hopes that shining against Springbok-filled teams and other international heavy teams will put him back in the frame for international duty.

“I [have played for Springboks] and a good example for me is Deon Fourie winning a World Cup [aged 37] this year,” he said.

“That is hope for a lot of us to get back in the set-up, and there’s no better platform than against those guys.”

The Bulls face Saracens at Loftus to open their Champions Cup campaign this weekend.