Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
4 minute read
2 Nov 2020
3:51 pm

RWC19: Only the Boks, in SA team sport, have achieved greatness on the world stage

Wesley Botton

The South African cricket team, often regarded among the favourites at global events, hasn't even featured in a World Cup final.

Frans Steyn is a two-time World Cup winner, in 2007 and 2019. The Boks have won three world titles; the best performing national team of South Africa. Picture: Getty Images

Aside from highlighting the national rugby team's tremendous ability, the impressive World Cup results produced by the Springboks since 1995 have also exposed the gaping chasm that exists between South Africa's other national sides. National teams in some codes, like netball and hockey, have consistently tried - and repeatedly failed - to punch above their weight at World Cup tournaments as they continue to receive a lack of support. In other codes, like football and cricket, the national squads have been given sufficient opportunities and significant resources, but they simply haven't reached their potential at the highest level. Rugby Just...