The Rise of The Dagger



ISBN 9780620667920


FORMAT Portait; 165mm x 240mm; Paperback



What happens in a rugby story when life interrupts?

Xolile Dalindyebo comes out of nowhere to play explosive rugby. He is from the Eastern Cape, speaks Xhosa and, mysteriously Japanese. His history is uncertain but the fans love him because he is, in effect, a black Christian Cullen – small yet very strong, electryfyingly fast with an intelligent side step and an instinct for the game.

He forms a long term business arrangement with Allison Meyer, a divorcee in her forties and maverick journalist.

Together they construct his public persona carefully using twitter and other social media both to project his image and to protect his past.

As his popularity increases, his role within the team grows stronger and he assumes the captaincy after some inner club manoeuvring.

In parallel with this, Xolile embarks on a series of reconnaissance visits to unlikely places to recruit extra players, a bit like the search for special skills in the Magnificent Seven film. He eventually recruits six additional players.

With extra talents and a slew of tactics on the field, this could finally be the year of the Lions…

But nothing is as it seems in the world of rugby and Xolile’s past may still return to haunt him and the team…

Gcobani Bobo played professional rugby for 15 years for a number of local and foreign teams, including the  Springboks, the South African National side. He currently coaches and commentates on rugby.

Elvis Jack is the author of a number of books.