In support of the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund, Springboks stars such as Ox Nche and Eben Etzebeth entertained an exclusive audience at The Wharf in Teddington, London on Thursday morning.
South Africa are currently gearing up for an intense battle against England in the final Outgoing Tour match at Twickenham on Saturday, but the ‘Breakfast with the Boks’ ultimately served a far greater cause as several items were put up for auction in support of The Players’ Fund, which is the official charity of SA Rugby and the Springboks.
Below you can see some of the videos acquired by The South African as some of the Springboks shared their thoughts – and a few laughs – at this breakfast event on Thursday morning.
About the Player’s Fund
The Players’ Fund is the official charity of SA Rugby and the Springboks, and has supported over 600 seriously injured rugby players in South Africa since it was
founded in 1980.
Known as Rugby’s Caring Hands, The Players’ Fund is the team that partners with players who suffer catastrophic, life-changing injuries playing the game they love. Our role is to help these players adapt to their “new normal” by providing physical, psychological and emotional support along their journey, where their ongoing care and quality of life is our top priority.
The funds we raise are used to provide our current 102 recipients with wheelchairs, mobility equipment, home modification, physiotherapy and rehabilitation sessions, medical supplies and services, transport, and financial support.
To learn more about what we do please visit www.playersfund.org.za
SPRINGBOKS RECORD AGAINST ENGLAND:
Played 44; Won 26; Lost 16; Drawn 2; Points for: 945, Points against: 756; Tries scored 86, Tries conceded 57; Highest score 58-10; Biggest win 48 points. Win % 59%.
Siya Kolisi is the second most capped Springbok captain having led the side in 44 Test matches.
Eben Etzebeth is the second most capped Springbok lock with 109 Tests.
The total Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 708.
There are 322 caps in the backline, with 387 caps among the forwards. On the bench there are a further 197 caps.
The average caps per player in the backline are 46, the forwards 48, while the players on the bench average 24.
Springboks – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche.
Subs: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Marco van Staden, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Jaden Hendrikse, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Canan Moodie
England – 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Tommy Freeman, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Owen Farrell (captain), 11 Jonny May, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Jack van Poortvliet, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Alex Coles, 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Subsitutes: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Will Stuart, 19 David Ribbans, 20 Sam Simmonds, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Henry Slade, 23 Jack Nowell..