Springboks re-wind, re-boot for Japan re-visit
The Springboks have reverted to the starting XV and replacements that recorded a 49-3 victory over Italy a fortnight ago for the do-or-die Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Japan in Tokyo on Sunday.
Facts & Stats: Springboks v Japan, RWC quarter-final
Japan qualified to play in the quarter-final match of the ninth Rugby World Cup tournament by winning all four pool matches in Pool A. It is the first time that Japan have progressed beyond the Pool stages in nine RWC tournaments.
Erasmus: "We are up for the challenge"
The Springboks will be ready for a massive challenge when they face RWC hosts Japan in the fourth and final quarter-final in Tokyo on Sunday, a match described by Rassie Erasmus as a good challenge against a well-coached team.
Cheslin Kolbe ready, and raring to go
Springbok fans will have breathed a sigh of relief on Monday when Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby, declared Cheslin Kolbe “99 percent” ready to go. On Wednesday the man himself declared himself 100 percent ready!
“It’s going to be fun” – Vermeulen
If any of the 248 players left in Japan from the eight quarter-finalists are feeling the pressure, Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen is not one of them.
Fifty-up for Peyper as Boks get Barnes in RWC quarter-final
Experienced South African referee, Jaco Peyper, will have a memorable 50th Test appearance with the whistle on Sunday after being appointed to take charge of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final between Wales and France at the Oita Stadium in Japan.
Mission accomplished for Imbokodo – Zintle Mpupha
The Springbok Women's Sevens team travelled to Tunisia with one mission – to claim the Rugby Africa Women's Sevens crown – so it was very rewarding for the team to arrive back in Cape Town with that feat accomplished, according to Imbokodo captain Zintle Mpupha.
All eyes on Japan
The Springboks completed a second day of Tokyo media engagements on Tuesday morning and have yet to be asked a question about their own play or team – almost.
Four new players in SA squad for Kenyan sevens safari
Springbok Sevens captain Siviwe Soyizwapi will lead an interesting mix of experience and youth to Nairobi this week where South Africa will make a return to the Kenya Safari Sevens.
Smith hands over high-flying Toyota Cheetahs to Fourie
Toyota Cheetahs coach Franco Smith officially handed over control of the high-flying Guinness PRO14 side to Hawies Fourie on Monday, as he departs the franchise to take up the Italian national coaching position.