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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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Sep 28, 2009:  "Peter de Villiers, the sometimes eccentric Springbok coach, can't be a complete clown, as critics suggest, can he?" Stephen Nell writes
South African Rugby
Aug 24, 2009:  "Springbok coach Peter de Villiers should do no more than ignore the criticism and continue instructing his side to play to their strengths." Stephen Nell writes
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Aug 5, 2009:  "Will the giants of the southern hemisphere be forced into considering players based in the north in the near future?" Stephen Nell writes
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Jun 8, 2009:  "The Boks could find themselves up the creek without a paddle if they do not pick kickers for the Lions series." Stephen Nell writes
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May 12, 2009:  "The question I put to clubs in the northern hemisphere is: Whose future are you blocking up north when you erode the depth down south?" Stephen Nell writes
South African Rugby
Apr 14, 2009:  "Another possibility is that of De Villiers becoming a political target, now that he is the ANC's man." Stephen Nell writes
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Mar 17, 2009:  "South Africa have the depth to field two highly competitive line-ups against Ian McGeechan's tourists." Stephen Nell writes
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Feb 17, 2009:  Springbok coach Peter de Villiers recently sought advice from an unlikely source as South Africa went into full swing with their preparations for the tour by the British and Irish Lions. Stephen Nell writes
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Jan 19, 2009:  South Africa may just have the power to wrest the initiative from New Zealand in this year's Super 14 competition
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Dec 22, 2008:  "Saru may have reviewed the 2008 season positively, but question marks remain behind De Villiers's acumen when South Africa are confronted with quality opponents." Stephen Nell writes
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Nov 24, 2008:  "The Bok team that annihilated them on Saturday was a fatigued unit playing the last game of their season." Stephen Nell writes
Sep 11, 2008:  "De Villiers's press conferences have sometimes represented a comedy show
Jun 24, 2008:  "The Boks have spoken optimistically about South Africa's chances of beating the All Blacks in New Zealand for the first time since 1998." Stephen Nell reports
Jun 2, 2008:  One of South African rugby's greatest controversies in recent years could get a new twist this week as Luke Watson lines up in the Springbok team to take on Wales in the first test in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Jun 1, 2008:  "Springbok coach Peter de Villiers's bold statement that three South African sides were capable of making the Super14-semifinals ended up being pie in the sky." Stephen Nell analyses South Africa's Super 14 season.
May 16, 2008:  Former Wallaby captain and scrum-half Nick Farr-Jones has called for compromise between the northern and southern hemisphere on rugby's experimental law variations.
Apr 3, 2008:  "The Stormers may well be the dark horse in the competition
Feb 7, 2008:  "It's going to be a tough act for the Bulls to follow
Jan 27, 2008:  "It's difficult to say who is going to be in for the biggest shock - Springbok coach Peter de Villiers or South Africa's players"
Jan 7, 2008:  "Heyneke Meyer, who led the Bulls to success in the Super14 last year, is the marginal favourite and will be the first candidate to be interviewed in Cape Town." Stephen Nell reports on the race to become the new Boks coach
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