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Stephen Nell is a rugby writer based in Cape Town and works primarily for the Die Burger newspaper. He has been contributing to ESPNscrum since 2005.
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May 9, 2011:  "What was impressive about the weekend's victory by the Crusaders is the mental resolve and strength of character that came with the package." Stephen Nell writes
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Apr 11, 2011:  "If the first eight rounds of Super Rugby action are taken as a yardstick, South Africa's World Cup campaign is in a spot of bother." Stephen Nell writes
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Feb 14, 2011:  "More likely we will see players in the twilight of their careers or those that suspect they are no longer in the Bok picture to pack their bags." Stephen Nell writes
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Jan 17, 2011:  "Expect a three-pronged onslaught from South Africa in this year's Super Rugby series." Stephen Nell previews South Africa's challenge for this year's Super Rugby crown
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Dec 13, 2010:  "The victory against England at Twickenham served as a reminder ahead of next year's World Cup of what the Springboks can do." Stephen Nell writes
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Nov 23, 2010:  "There are some things we take for granted in South Africa and beating Scotland at rugby is right up there with sunny skies and big steaks." Stephen Nell writes
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Nov 1, 2010:  "Talent still abounds in this Bok squad, but the challenge is to mould it into something special under trying conditions." Stephen Nell writes
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Sep 29, 2010:  "If they decide to take the drastic action of sacking De Villiers, they are left to put a management team together with a challenging tour just around the corner." Stephen Nell writes
South African Rugby
Aug 30, 2010:  "The empty seats at Loftus Versfeld on the occasion of Victor Matfield's 100th Test told the story of an alarming fall from grace for South Africa." Stephen Nell writes
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Aug 2, 2010:  "New Zealand deserved their victories and for anyone to put it down to refereeing is disgusting, and insulting to the quality of the All Blacks' performance." Stephen Nell writes
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Jul 6, 2010:  "My worry is that South Africa are not picking their best side because Peter de Villiers has an unshakeable faith in Ricky Januarie." Stephen Nell writes
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Jun 7, 2010:  "I can't help wonder what the result did for the Springbok psyche and that of Wales. The WRU made their quick buck, but at what price?" Stephen Nell writes
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May 10, 2010:  "The effects of a Bulls v Stormers final will also be felt by northern hemisphere fans. It's unlikely that any of the players will play against Wales." Stephen Nell writes
Super 14
Apr 13, 2010:  "There was a time not so long ago where South African teams considered any success in New Zealand as a significant achievement." Stephen Nell writes
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Mar 15, 2010:  "South Africa's decision to consider overseas-based players raises the question about just how competitive such a Springbok team will be." Stephen Nell writes
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Feb 16, 2010:  "Are the Sharks a team in crisis? It is a question being increasingly asked by South African rugby followers following some strange goings-on." Stephen Nell writes
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Jan 18, 2010:  "The signing of former All Black fly-half Carlos Spencer on a reported expensive two-year contract is indicative of a desperate recruitment policy." Stephen Nell writes
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Dec 21, 2009:  "While the Kiwis toured better, there was little doubt in the matches between rugby's greatest rivals as to who the better team was." Stephen Nell writes
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Nov 23, 2009:  "I'll go against conventional wisdom and predict that the Boks will finish their season on a high." Stephen Nell writes
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Nov 2, 2009:  "Fatigue, rather than France or Ireland, will be South Africa's biggest opponent on their end-of-season tour of Europe." Stephen Nell writes
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