• Times Column 5/02/05 In South Africa, prop forward is the position to play.  The prop is ox-strong and stubborn.  He represents qualities that South Africans traditionally value, and when the Springboks have a charismatic front-row they invariably prosper.  More than that: in the unforgiving arena of Test rugby, an archetypal Bok prop like Os Du Randt can make a virtue out of traditional perceptions of national character. In the days when props were fat and wingers were thin, it was easier to imagine that each position attracted a different type of personality.  The Welsh treasured their nimble and visionary fly-halves, implacable Merlins in the best traditions of mystic Welsh folklore.  The Scots prized their ferocious mongrel breakaways, one among

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