The other day I chatted to a sports agent about how players and the game of rugby have changed over the past half-century. Take the legendary flank Frik du Preez, who played for the Bokke between 1961 and 1971, as an example. At 1.89m and 106kg Oom Frik was an excellent all-rounder who later even played lock. Compare this with our 2.02m Springbok lock Bakkies Botha, who weighs a scale-crunching 125kg. Even our backline players Jean de Villiers (1.90m and 103kg) and Francois Steyn (1.91m and 110kg) are about as big as Oom Frik used to be.