The Rise of the Dagger
Xolile Dalindyebo comes out of nowhere to play rugby explosively. 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, electrifyingly 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. But nothing is as it seems in the world of rugby and Xolile’s past may still return to haunt him and the team....
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