Rugby offers great drama. From the moments we can see on the field, to hidden bits in dressing rooms, on the physio’s table, in the bars and committee rooms, and at times in the orthopaedic wards, the game delivers drama few other sports can match.

In SA, you could add politics to the drama. Once it was parochial, now it’s about lucre. Ben Mercer could write a book about our rugby. Instead he has written one about French rugby, and the game there is not very different from ours.

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, ProfileData financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now