Brace yourself, SA. The Springboks are going into the World Cup as joint favourites. It is no place for the timid nor the brave, no land for the tentative nor the cocksure, no time for fence-sitting nor the blindness of patriotism. 

It’s the Rugby World Cup, a time when silliness is serious business, when form meets luck for an uncertain waltz, a whisky tango foxtrot meeting of minds, matter and madness. It’s the Rugby World Cup, and the Boks are favourites, or, at least, second and third favourites depending on who you bet with. Again. The Boks are always second favourites until they become the favourites when the All Blacks flatter to deceive. Again. Maybe...

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