Yokohama — The last time the Springboks played in a Rugby World Cup final their current captain, Siya Kolisi, watched it in a tavern.

It might not have been intoxicating viewing because John Smit’s team bruised their way to a 15-6 win over England in that final in Paris‚ but Kolisi could not be further removed...

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