Springboks

Wallaby Will Skelton laces up for NRC hit-out before facing Springboks

Rupert Guinness Wallabies forward Will Skelton will rub shoulders in a line-up on Sunday that includes players from Test, Shute Shield and sub-districts rugby. And he says he is nervous.

Veteran second-rower Victor Matfield fit to tour with Springboks

The evergreen Victor Matfield (centre), seen here in a Super Rugby match between the Bulls and the Brumbies in May, is ready to go again after 113 Tests.

Victor Matfield has been declared fit to tour Australia and New Zealand with South Africa and boost a forward pack that struggled in both Rugby Championship Tests against Argentina.

Springboks to provide Wallabies with a test of a different kind

Matt Burke dinkus Dinkus

Matthew Burke Two games are gone against New Zealand and it's now time to move the attention to South Africa. That is a whole different kettle of fish.

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Juan Smith handed new Springboks chance against Pumas

Return: Juan Smith.

Flanker Juan Smith, who had virtually quit rugby after an Achilles tendon injury in 2011, makes a remarkable South Africa comeback by turning out for the Springboks against Argentina on Saturday.

Damian de Allende chosen to make Springboks debut against Argentina

Returing: Bryan Habana is one of eight changes made to the Springboks side to face Argentina.

Outside centre Damian de Allende will debut for South Africa on Saturday against Argentina in a Rugby Championship first-round match in Pretoria.

Rugby

Matt Giteau to captain World XV against Springboks

Jonny Wilkinson and Matt Giteau celebrate winning the French Top 14 final last weekend.

Matt Giteau will captain a World XV against South Africa in a non-cap game on Saturday.

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Rugby

Matt Giteau to lead World XV against Springboks

Matt Giteau

Australian fly-half Matt Giteau will lead a strong World XV side out against the Springboks on Saturday in Cape Town.

Springboks hammer World XV in Cape Town

South Africa survived an early scare to begin their international rugby season with a thumping 47-13 win against a World XV in Cape Town on Saturday.

Mystery as Frans Steyn quits Springboks

Frans Steyn's sudden and unexplained withdrawal from the Springboks days out from their first Test of the year contributed to what coach Heyneke Meyer has called his 10 toughest days in the job.

Willie le Roux leads Springboks rout of Wales

Willie le Roux

A first-half blitz from Willie Le Roux propelled the Springboks to a 38-16 rout of Wales in Durban on Saturday in the first of a two-Test rugby series.

Rugby

Franco van der Merwe joins growing Springboks injury list

Franco van der Merwe

South Africa lock Franco van der Merwe has been ruled out for six months after undergoing ankle surgery on Monday, adding to a growing list of Springboks likely to miss this year's Rugby Championship.

Rugby

Waratahs prop Benn Robinson returns Springboks jersey thought to have been lost for decades

Safely returned: David Malan and Benn Robinson with the jersey that had been thought to be lost.

Georgina Robinson Wallaby Benn Robinson was on a mission to return former Springbok captain Abie Malan's missing jersey to his son in Cape Town.

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Rugby

James O'Connor set to take on Springboks

James O'Connor will appear alongside Drew Mitchell and Matt Giteau.

Former South Africa coach Nick Mallett will take charge of a World XV made up European-based club players in a game against the Springboks in their build-up to next year's World Cup.

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'Inevitable' Springboks will join Europe says Saracens chief

Julian Guyer South Africa will join a European-based competition "sooner or later" because of the commercial demands of television, according to the chairman of English Premiership side Saracens.

Victor Matfield and Schalk Burger in Springboks training squad

Mark Gleeson Veterans Victor Matfield and Schalk Burger plus eight uncapped players were included by South Africa in a 36-man squad to attend a training camp later this month to prepare for this year's...

Union

How Springboks legend Victor Matfield nearly signed for the ACT Brumbies

Victor Matfield almost played for the Brumbies.

Chris Dutton Springboks legend Victor Matfield has revealed he nearly signed for the Brumbies.

Springboks skipper De Villiers injured

Injured Springboks skipper Jean de Villiers has withdrawn from a three-day national training camp that starts in Durban Sunday.

Victor Matfield rumoured to make comeback for Bulls, Springboks

Victor Matfield

Gerald Imray Victor Matfield will return to top-level rugby in this year's Super Rugby competition and make himself available again for the Springboks, it is being widely reported in South Africa.

Rugby

Springboks hand Frans Malherbe Test debut

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Prop Frans Malherbe is to make his debut for South Africa against Wales on Saturday, while other injuries have forced coach Heyneke Meyer to pick an experienced backline.

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Rugby

Springboks could challenge All Blacks: Meyer

Heyneke Meyer.

Andrew Gwilym South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer believes his side's victory over Wales proved they will be serious contenders at the next World Cup.

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