Failure to win in India is "not going to be the end of the world" for South Africa, feels the team's Pep Guardiola-inspired interim team director, Enoch Nkwe. In a role that is all-encompassing, Nkwe, 36, is the national cricket team's head coach, selector and team manager, with other members of the support staff reporting directly to him.His first assignment is daunting: a full-fledged tour of India."I understand that it's going to be a big challenge, but I strongly believe that we can really make an immediate impact," Nkwe said at his first official press conference.Close "And if it doesn't happen, it's not going to be the end of the world. There's always a big picture to everything." related news IND vs BAN, 1st T20I: Bangladesh dominate India to record maiden T20I victory India vs Bangladesh, 1st T20I Highlights: As it happened India vs Bangladesh schedule: Match timings, weather forecast, live streaming and squads South Africa start the India tour with limited overs … [Read more...] about Not winning in India is ‘not going to be end of world’ for South Africa, new interim director
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Now his time with Wales has come to an end, Warren Gatland will shortly get to work with his new role at the Chiefs back in Waikato. Not that Gatland will keep his feet under the desk for all that long. The British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa is a shade over 18 months away, and after relatively successful World Cup campaigns for England and Wales, and major disappointments for Ireland and Scotland, there is plenty to ponder. Taking all those performances into account, if the first Test against the new world champion Springboks was taking place tomorrow, and everyone was fit, who would Gatland select? 15 Liam Williams (Wales) Age by June 2021: 30Lions Tests: 3 Missed by Wales in the... … [Read more...] about British and Irish Lions tour 2021 – Who will Warren Gatland select to face world champions South Africa?
It is the abrupt finality of World Cups that makes them so brutal. As the Springboks danced beneath a shower of golden ticker tape, celebrating a victory which will resonate far beyond Africa’s rugby pitches, England’s players stood silently in the shadows trying to rationalise what had occurred. It may take a while because Saturday’s final was among the more disappointing endgames in red-rose history. Whatever happened to the likely lads who left New Zealand looking equally glassy-eyed and helpless on this same stretch of turf the previous week? Where did all their oomph go when it mattered? What was the invisible virus that seemed to have drained legs and dulled minds, even before the concussed Kyle Sinckler’s unfortunate early departure? Even Eddie Jones, who has an answer for everything, seemed baffled. Huge credit, clearly, needs to be given to South Africa who, by contrast, were obviously galvanised by the occasion. Plenty of teams would also love to be in … [Read more...] about Best days lie ahead for this England team despite World Cup final flop
From the RWC to 6 Nations, we've got it covered from £1 per week The final of the Rugby World Cup takes place today and England have a chance to win the Web Ellis Trophy for the second time in their history, 16 years after the 2003 triumph. But South Africa have a habit of winning the World Cup every 12 years. 1995, 2007 and now possibly 2019. Before the final took place, we gave our Telegraph Sport rugby columnists the tough task of making their predictions for the World Cup final. Follow England v South africa live coverage. Mick Cleary's prediction England have the better all-court game than South Africa, an ability to create as well as take chances from a variety of different sources.... … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup 2019 final predictions: Our experts’ verdicts on England vs South Africa – who do they think will win?
Get a Telegraph Sport subscription for £1 per week England take on South Africa in the final of the 2019 World Cup in Yokohama on Saturday, and in the lead up to the game our experts will be taking a closer look at the two teams in key positions. This week, Austin Healey broke down the back threes and here, 2003 World Cup winner Will Greenwood casts an eye over the centres on both sides. South Africa Damian de Allende and Lukhanyo Am When these two are on song, and South Africa have their press defence really working, with their centres completely in unison with their wings, it is a pretty brutal prospect. Am is basically a super-speedy openside playing at 13. You get the impression the 25-year-old... … [Read more...] about Will Greenwood’s verdict on England and South Africa’s centres for the World Cup final