There’s a big year in store
The oval-ball sport’s borders are expanding noticeably in 2016, with the Olympics on the roster, along with an expanded Super Rugby format and a Currie Cup that features Namibia
For rugby, 2016 will be a year of change in which new frontiers will be explored and, along the way, the next generation of Springboks will emerge. Far-flung destinations such as Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Tokyo in Japan and Singapore have been placed on the map as World Rugby, driven by the Sanzar southern hemisphere powerhouses, seeks to expand its borders.
The game will return to the Olympics by way of Sevens and make its reappearance in a country where football is akin to a religion.
The Springbok Sevens squad, or the aptly named Blitzbokke, have an excellent chance of winning a medal, perhaps even a gold one to go with the gilt Commonwealth pendant they claimed in Glasgow in 2014.