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Mandela inducted to Rugby Hall of Fame

10:32 AM   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.

Springboks out to regain top billing against Scotland

Tough ask: Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw predicts a physical battle against the Springboks.

​ Twice world champions South Africa seek to reassert their standing as a pre-eminent power when they take on Scotland in their Rugby World Cup crunch game on Saturday.

South Africa bounces back with big win over Samoa

JP Pietersen of South Africa breaks clear to score the opening try.

A week after losing to Japan, South Africa has bounced back, beating Samoa in a resounding win.

Boks reveal reason for Japan stinker

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David Sygall   The Wallabies and All Blacks had no problems when they trained there. But when the South Africans arrived, they were joined by visitors that made the experience very sticky.

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Jones still pinching himself over Japan win

'I haven't got a great voice': Japan coach Eddie Jones.

Rupert Guinness   The day after Japan upset the World Cup apple cart with their stunning victory over South Africa, winning coach Eddie Jones was still in disbelief.

Hail the minnows: Japan win is rugby's next great leap forward

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Paul Cully   Japan, and to a lesser extent Georgia, have buried the idea that the World Cup is that in name only.

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Meyer: Japan loss a huge wake-up call

Devastated: South African captain Jean de Villiers, centre, and his players.

After saying sorry to the nation's distraught rugby fans, South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer vowed to turn his team's fortunes around.

Social media meltdown after South Africa's shock loss to Japan

Tough loss: Eben Etzebeth is dejected following defeat to Japan.

Lucy Cormack   As the Springboks prepared to leave South Africa for the Rugby World Cup earlier this month, the nation's sports minister bid them farewell with a somewhat ominous message.

I had to check scoreboard to see it was true, says Eddie Jones

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Japan coach Eddie Jones checked the scoreboard to be sure his eyes were not playing tricks after his team pulled off the greatest shock in Rugby World Cup history.

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Matfield signs for English club Northampton

Unstoppable force: Victor Matfield.

The most capped Springbok has joined English Premiership side Northampton.

Race row threatens Springboks' campaign

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer.

Daniel Schofield   Old wounds reopened as squad are deemed 'too white' and legal challenge is mounted, writes Daniel Schofield.

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Springboks can still win World Cup, says Matfield

"We know we disappointed our country last week": Matfield.

South Africa can recover from last weekend's shock defeat by Argentina in Durban by going on to win the World Cup, captain Victor Matfield said on Friday.

Imhoff hat-trick stuns Springboks

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 08: Argentina players celebrating after the win over South Africa during The Castle Lager Rugby Championship 2015 match between South Africa and Argentina at Growthpoint Kings Park on August 08, 2015 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Nick Said   Three tries to winger Juan Imhoff lead Argentina to an upset win over South Africa.

Steyn released by Boks after brother's death

Family tragedy: Frans Steyn has been given leave.

The Springboks have released experienced backline utility Frans Steyn from their squad following the death of his brother.

South Africans question legality of McCaw lineout try

The lineout in question. All Blacks captain Richie McCaw snares the throw to charge over for the touchdown.

South Africans are questioning the legality of Richie McCaw's sensational lineout try that secured the All Blacks' latest win over the Springboks.

Sopoaga and Broadhurst to make debuts for All Blacks

In the frame: Lima Sopoaga will make his All Blacks debut on Sunday against the Springboks.

Richard Knowler   Lima Sopoaga and James Broadhurst will make their Test debuts against the Springboks in Johannesburg on Sunday.

All Blacks expect Bok backlash at Ellis Park

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Super Rugby, Crusaders v Lions, AMI Stadium, Christchurch.

New Zealand are expecting a South Africa backlash at a hostile Ellis Park when the teams meet in a crunch Rugby Championship fixture on Saturday.

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A World Cup winning team is in Cheika's Wallaby squad

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Spiro Zavos   There is something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue about Michael Cheika's Wallabies squad.

Boks great says Higginbotham can add new dimension to Wallabies

Scott Higginbotham signs autographs during an Australian Wallabies Fan Day at the Queen St Mall Stage

Phil Lutton   South African great Bob Skinstad believes Wallabies number eight Scott Higginbotham is an ace up the sleeve of Michael Cheika.

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Sio wants to make World Cups a family tradition

Brumbies prop Scott Sio: hoping to add to his five Test caps this weekend against the Springboks.

David Polkinghorne   ACT Brumbies prop Scott Sio wants to begin a "tradition of Sios" playing at World Cups, but he's still unsure whether he's done enough to make the Wallabies 23 to take on South Africa in Brisbane on Saturday.