Jonathan Mokuena
2 minute read
4 Dec 2021
8:00 am

The challenge of stop-start rugby is keeping players motivated

Jonathan Mokuena

The new wave of Covid means rugby is again on hold, with more uncertainty in the air.

Is South African rugby going to be put on hold again, and leave stadiums like Loftus Versfeld, home of the Bulls, standing empty? Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Just when we thought things were getting back to normal, we’ve been hit by a fresh new wave of coronavirus. And sport, and in my case especially rugby, has felt the blow once again. As a Varsity Cup coach I’m all of a sudden concerned once again for the competition next year. While kickoff is only on February 14, which is some time away, this current Covid wave could last well into the new year and complicate matters significantly. The biggest challenge will be to keep the players motivated. The stop-start nature of rugby over the last 18 months has...