At the 1999 Rugby World Cup, the rugby world gasped in astonishment as Springbok flyhalf Jannie de Beer, kicked a world record five drop goals in a single Test match, helping the Boks defeat a formidable England team 44-21 in that historic quarter final clash in Paris. This transformed Jannie into a ‘National Hero’, and earned him the recognition as a legend of the game. Since then Jannie has turned down numerous offers to write his story, as he felt the timing was not right. Now for the first time ever his amazing story is published.
Travel with Jannie as he takes you to his humble beginnings in the Free State, through those tough early days of growing up as a ‘miner’s kid’, facing extreme financial pressures, family strife and yet still managing to excel on the rugby field. This is an incredible journey showing that without much you can still achieve your dreams if you never give up!
Progressing from school to university to provincial (Free State, Lions), Jannie eventually made his Springbok début in 1997 against the British Lions, however later fell out of contention due to injury. In an amazing turn of events, and after an 18-month absence, Jannie was recalled to the Springboks in 1999 and selected for the World Cup as cover for Henry Honiball. Through Honiball’s injury the stage was set for Jannie to become the star of that tournament.
This book reveals in depth ‘behind the scenes’ information about his never before published life story. With contributions from former Springboks, Johan Ackermann, Brendan Venter, Pieter Rossouw and foreword by Jannie’s former Bok coach, Nick Mallett.