Back in the groove: Fourie du Preez sets up an attack against Samoa. (Photo: Getty Images)

Of course, the fact that du Preez has the talent to play in the latter stages of a World Cup is not in question – he won the thing in…

Bryan Habana

South Africa comfortably gained the bonus point they needed to top Pool B, after just 46 minutes. Two tries in the first half, the first by Damien de Allende and…

Damien de Allende

Injuries are occurring at a far greater rate than the last World Cup but in the case of South Africa, they might have a silver lining. It was of course…

WP Nel

Nel is the man at tighthead Despite WP Nel only having a smattering of caps, the doughty South African-born prop has formed a crucial partnership with Al Dickinson in the…

Stunning score: Jubilant Japan celebrate Karne Hesketh's winning try against South Africa

If the endgame of these global tournaments is to catapult the sport into the wider consciousness and inspire fresh fans, Rugby World Cup 2015 may have already reached a zenith. A 34-32 victory for…

The Kriel thing: Jesse Kriel has made a big impact with the Boks. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kriel, 21, played full-back for the Bulls in this year’s Super Rugby tournament, but switched to outside centre to make his Test debut against Australia on 18 July, and grabbed…

Springboks

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

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

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…