About all that James Dalton and Tendai Mtawarira have in common is that both inhabited the front row of the Springbok team — though years apart — and that their biographies have been timed for the same Christmas.

Even the writing is a contrast. Bullet: The James Dalton Story by Mark Keohane is full of robust, crash-ball verbs and startling revelations; Beast: Tendai Mtawarira with Andy Capostagno is more subtle and at times even gentle. Keohane’s prose is Damian de Allende at full tilt; Capostagno’s more like Cheslin Kolbe slipping tackles.

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