More than Rugby - Part 1

SportsLIVE podcast host Sbu Mjikeliso spent a week in Japan where he witnessed the Springboks lose to the All Blacks in a game that the South Africans controlled and bossed for large chunks.

But they were hit by two All Black counter-punches from which they could never recover, although they made a valiant effort through Cheslin Kolbe's second half performance.

What was it like to witness Japan hostile first Rugby World Cup – the first one ever held in Asia – and the magic of the Yokohama Stadium that held the clash between the Boks and All Blacks, as well as Ireland and Scotland.

Sbu bumped into plenty Irish fans who wondered exactly why it's so important to have a black African Springbok captain for the World Cup.

And to really do so, SportsLIVE had to step back in time to a conversation at Grey College (Bloemfontein) between SA Schools coaches Mziwakhe Nkosi and Phiwe Nomlomo, as well as former Bulls lock and now SuperSport commentator Fudge Mabeta.

The conversation chronicles the stories of the rise of two most promising young coaches in the system and how SA Rugby helped place them where they can have the most impact – at schoolboy level.

Anyone listening to part one of this episode might watch the World Cup with different eyes.