A nation expects: The Springboks have touched down in the UK in a low-key fashion

Letter from South Africa – September

SPRINGBOKS TURN TO VETERANS FOR RWC Coach Heyneke Meyer, as expected, has turned to a core of 2007 World Cup winners for the 2015 campaign. The squad boasted 1297 Test…

John Smit

John Smit picks his top five hookers

John Smit played in three World Cups, winning 111 caps for South Africa and lifting the 2007 trophy after defeating England in the final in Paris. After two years in…

Springboks

Letter from South Africa

SPRINGBOKS WINLESS FOR THE FIRST TIME Since the inception of the Tri-Nations in 1996, and then the expansion to the Rugby Championship in 2012, the Springboks have never gone through…

Richie McCaw

Rugby Statistics: Does World Cup form matter?

How much attention should be given to form going into a World Cup? Significance may well be attached to ‘building momentum’ in competitions such as the Rugby Championship beforehand, but…

Richie McCaw

Rugby Championship Talking points – Round 1

The first weekend of Rugby Championship action gave rugby watchers their first chance to see what sort of shape four of the world’s top 10 sides were in with the…

Jean de Villiers

Letter from South Africa – July

DE VILLIERS MAKES CAUTIOUS BUT SUCCESSFUL COMEBACK Springbok captain Jean de Villiers returned to action for the first time in nine months when he came off the bench against a…

Dan Carter

Top 14 transfers: Comings and goings

The Top 14 transfer market has more or less closed for the summer. Clubs are still permitted to sign up to two supplementary players in addition to ‘World Cup jokers’,…