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South African prop receives 40 stitches after horrific injury

Scar tissue: Nicholas Schonert after his operation.

8:01 AM   A South African prop in English club rugby has received 40 stitches to his cheek after a horrific injury at Twickenham.

Habana signs off on World Cup career

Bryan Habana: "I will take some time off now and decide where I am as a player."

South Africa's winger Bryan Habana could extend his Springboks career for two more years but has ruled out another tilt at the elusive outright World Cup try record.

Bronze consolation for Springboks

Schalk Burger, Bryan Habana and Victor Matfield celebrate after clinching third place.

South African winger Bryan Habana and flyhalf Handre Pollard fell just short in their bids for individual records despite helping the Springboks to a 24-13 win over Argentina in the bronze medal playoff at the Olympic Stadium on Friday.

Rugby World Cup 2015 Live: Third place playoff: South Africa v Argentina

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 17:  Victor Matfield of the Springboks calls the lineout during the Tri-Nations match between the New Zealand All Blacks and South African Springboks at the Westpac Stadium on July 17, 2010 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

Follow our interactive matchtracker for full live coverage of the third place play-off as South Africa take on Argentina.

Imperfect All Blacks get the job done against Springboks

All Black's Beauden Barrett scores the second New Zealand try.

Mitch Phillips   New Zealand will play Argentina or Australia in the World Cup final next week after the reigning world champions won a rain-soaked thriller at Twickenham on Saturday.

McCaw faces World Cup final ban

Under a shadow: New Zealand's captain Richie McCaw is caught in a ruck during the semi-final.

The All Blacks captain faces a nervous wait after an elbowing incident against South Africa.

Dan Carter rescues the All Blacks from themselves

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24:  Dan Carter of the New Zealand All Blacks celebrates victory at the end of the match during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Paul Cully   The Wallabies' hopes of winning the World Cup have taken a heavy dent without playing a game.

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Your handy guide to getting on the Wallabies bandwagon

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Malcolm Knox   The Wallaby ABC - It's easy as 1 2 3. As simple as, do re mi.

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Hansen says Springboks 'ready to rip our heads off'

Another milestone: All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will lead his country for a record 12th time at a World Cup this weekend.

Andrew Baldock   Steve Hansen says he won't fall for rival's mind games.

Live semi final: South Africa v New Zealand

Duane Vermeulen of South Africa makes a break during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match.

Chris Dutton   Follow full live coverage of the first semi-final as the Springboks and the All Blacks duke it out.

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Coach's murder inspires Habana to 'unite nation'

Wales? Gareth Anscombe claims the ball in front of South Africa's Bryan Habana during the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal match between South Africa and Wales at Twickenham Stadium in London, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Daniel Schofield   Even in a country which occasionally seems inured to violence such as South Africa, there are still random acts of unspeakable brutality that have the power to shock a nation.

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Vermeulen ready for All Blacks mind games

"We know exactly how New Zealand play and they know how we play": Duane Vermeulen.

Duane Vermeulen believes South Africa's World Cup semi-final with New Zealand will hinge on little more than mind games.

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South Africa beat Wales to reach World Cup semi-finals

Adriaan Strauss of South Africa makes a break.

Justin Palmer   A late try by Fourie du Preez and the boot of Handre Pollard sent South Africa into the Rugby World Cup semi-finals with a 23-19 victory over Wales in a thunderous game at Twickenham on Saturday.

Rugby World Cup 2015: Live scores - South Africa v Wales

Taulupe Faletau of Wales is tackled by Francois Louw of South Africa and Tendai Mtawarira of South Africa.

Follow our interactive matchtracker for full live coverage of South Africa v Wales.

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Omens, a 115kg horseman ... and Serge Blanco?

Open minded: Wales coach Warren Gatland.

Richard Shute   Wales coach Warren Gatland is banking on a slice of luck, and a small amount of superstition, as the Springboks loom large.

Boks fired up by Japan shock, says Meyer

Scoring for fun: Bryan Habana.

Mick Cleary   In South Africa sporting discourse is laced with venom, political posturing is the norm and the Springboks are seen as the macho reflection of the country. Defeat is taken personally.

Bet on Black: Wallabies are still second best

Excitement machine: Nehe Milner-Skudder (right).

Georgina Robinson   We size up the remaining eight teams ahead of the Rugby World Cup quarter finals and name the players who've led from the front.

Borat comparison leaves Bok seething


David Sygall   A Kiwi journalist was either brave or stupid for asking a question that riled up the huge South African forward.

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Rugby World Cup: South Africa crush the USA 64-0

Bryan Habana goes over to score his second try and South Africa's sixth during the match between South Africa and USA.

Mark Bryans   Bryan Habana equalled Jonah Lomu's World Cup try-scoring record as he led South Africa into the quarter-finals with a crushing victory over the United States at the Olympic Stadium.

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Mandela inducted to Rugby Hall of Fame

Iconic: The image of Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar from the 1995 World Cup.

Late South African President Nelson Mandela, who brought white and black South Africans together through rugby after the end of apartheid, was posthumously inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame on Saturday.