Springboks

Andrew Blades says Wallabies ready for physical test against Springboks

Georgina Robinson A two-year transformation under collision king Richie Gray has turned South Africa into the most ferocious breakdown competitors in Test rugby, Wallabies forwards coach Andrew Blades has warned.

Richie McCaw's try gives All Blacks tense win over Springboks

Skipper's score: Richie McCaw scores the all-important five-pointer.

The All Blacks have a third successive Rugby Championship crown in their sights after beating South Africa 14-10 Saturday in a top-of-the-table clash involving the world's top ranked sides.

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Springboks call up Schalk Burger for final two Rugby Championship Tests

Japan-based flanker Schalk Burger was on Wednesday called up as replacement for the injured Francois Louw in the South Africa squad for the final two Rugby Championship Tests.

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Wallabies v Springboks

Nic White

Stephen Samuelson Australia have a point to prove against the Springboks following their walloping by the All Blacks last time out.

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Springboks glasses to help jet lag before Rugby Championship clash with Wallabies

Georgina Robinson

Georgina Robinson The Springboks are trialling top secret new technology to give themselves an edge in the gruelling Rugby Championship.

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Springboks recall Handre Pollard for All Blacks Test

Wellington: South Africa have made one change to their team for the Rugby Championship Test against the All Blacks on Saturday, recalling Handre Pollard at five-eighth.

Springboks want to deny Israel Folau opportunities in Test

Always a threat: Wallaby fullback Israel Folau.

Georgina Robinson Perth: The Springboks will look to "cut off supply" to Israel Folau to continue a remarkable 90 per cent success rate on the road for the past two years. 

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Gritty Matt Hodgson can give Wallabies inside edge in battle with Springboks

Veteran: Matt Hodgson is known for his toughness.

Georgina Robinson Nothing less than true grit will get the Wallabies over the line against South Africa in Perth, and Matt Hodgson knows it. 

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Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie needs plans, not mind games, against Springboks in Perth Test

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Spiro Zavos At half-time at Eden Park during the second Test between Australia and New Zealand the All Blacks jogged off the field but the Wallabies, who were in need of regrouping, stayed on the ground exposed...

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Wallabies edge Springboks in Perth with late seven-pointer

Captain fantastic: Michael Hooper of the Wallabies fends off a tackle by Tendai Mtawarira of the Springboks.

Georgina Robinson It was magic they needed and magic they produced, just in time.

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Wallabies Test brings Springboks' Bryan Habana both pain and satisfaction

Springboks flyer Bryan Habana.

Georgina Robinson The Wallabies have been the source of great pain and great satisfaction in Bryan Habana's glittering Test career. 

Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer full of praise for wounded Wallabies

Experienced: South African Victor Matfield.

Georgina Robinson Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer has turned to his most experienced players to prevent a Wallabies comeback in Perth this weekend. 

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Springboks refuse to hang loss to Wallabies on Bryan Habana's controversial yellow card

Bryan Habana

Georgina Robinson The Springboks will seek "clarity" around Bryan Habana's controversial sin-binning but have refused to blame match officials for their one-point loss to the Wallabies in Perth.

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Bryan Habana: The 100-Test Springboks winger who personifies the new South Africa

Out of Africa: Bryan Habana trains with the Springboks in Perth this week.

Georgina Robinson Bryan Habana always talks about what rugby has done for him.

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.

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

Different class: Wallabies cult hero Will Skelton will play for Sydney Stars in the NRC on Sunday.

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.

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Wallabies' loss to All Blacks to play part in selection for Springboks Test, says Ewen McKenzie

Aberrant: Israel Folau after the defeat to New Zealand.

Rupert Guinness Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie is still of the belief that his side's thrashing by the All Blacks at Eden Park last Saturday week was more an "aberration" than than a measure of the gulf between the...

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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.

Springboks to provide Wallabies with a test of a different kind

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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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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.