Former Ireland lock Neil Francis’s attempt to undermine the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup triumph has rightly been seen by respected rugby people such as former Wales coach Warren Gatland for the bitter rant that it was, but that does not mean SA should ignore the issue that gave fuel to his view.

That the Irish media were intending to focus on SA rugby’s supposed drug culture was obvious from the first week of the tournament. The Boks were playing the All Blacks, yet there were Irish journalists present at the early media conferences in Tokyo Bay intent on only asking questions about drugs...

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