Perfect Xmas gift for rugby fans

The SA Rugby Annual 2012 – the official record of South African rugby, the SA rugby bible, and the first thing any rugby commentator packs before squeezing into the booth – hits book shops this week, making it the earliest publication of the title in the history of its 41 editions.

Considered by many to be the finest yearbook in world rugby, the annual has chronicled rugby in this country for over four decades. The latest issue, edited by Duane Heath and Eddie Grieb, raises the bar yet again with a host of facts and figures that will settle any pub or braai-side argument.

“The SA Rugby Annual has become essential reading for every player, coach, manager, administrator, sponsor, agent and fan,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) at a launch of the Annual in Cape Town yesterday.

The 2012 edition is the perfect Christmas stocking-filler for any rugby-mad sports lover who wants to know anything about South African rugby but who didn’t know where to go looking for the answer. After all – Not everyone can have an ipad or smart phone at hand …

The 2012 Annual records more than 200 first-class matches involving South African teams in 2011, as well as the detailed biographies of each and every one of the more than 750 players who appeared in those matches – for whom the book therefore doubles as an invaluable keepsake to be passed down to children and grandchildren.

The Annual publishes a unique list of all 898 men who have played in a Currie Cup final since the first final was held in 1939. The Annual also lists every player who has captained a team in an Currie Cup final as well as their winning records.

It records the sport’s rich history with its comprehensive records section, which includes the career details of all 830 players to have worn the Springbok jersey since 1891 – from the very first, Benjamin Duff, to the newest Bok, Gerhard Mostert.

And it lists the details of each and every one of the 743 matches the men in green and gold have played over the past 120 years – all 404 Test matches and 339 overseas tour games.

It’s 480 pages covers detailed tournament reviews of everything from Super Rugby and the Vodacom Cup to the Varsity Cup, Craven Week, Sevens World Series, Club Championships and even some details on yours truly’s time in the SA Schools jersey!!

So if you need to know who the seven players are that have been sent off for the Boks, those fiends who have spent time in the sin bin, how many Tests Big Ollie played as a bench warmer, and who has played the most Test matches in each position … This is your book my friends …

And at only R 175.95 on Kalahari, it’s the perfect Xmas gift … Click Here to buy the 2012 SA Rugby Annual


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