One of the most memorable quotes I've ever heard being uttered by a sportsman came from tennis icon Venus Williams during her inspiring run at the Australian Open (where she lost in the final to younger sister Serena) earlier this year.

I thought about it again this week after learning of SA Rugby's laudable decision to launch a mental health helpline to assist players with their psychological needs.

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