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  • Dec 19, 2014
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South Africa Rugby

Springboks and All Blacks set for explosive showdown

Bismarck du Plessis returns to give the Springboks bite.

The next World Cup may still be two years away, but today's Rugby Championship decider between South Africa and New Zealand at Ellis Park could provide an early psychological blow for the victor.

Friday, 28 February, 2014, 8:22pm

Du Preez may be catalyst to Springbok victory over Australia

Fourie du Preez could be the catalyst for victory over Australia. Photo: AFP

Veteran South Africa scrum-half Fourie du Preez could be the catalyst for victory over Australia on Saturday in a vital Rugby Championship Test.

28 Feb 2014 - 7:21pm

Boks prepare to battle upbeat Australians

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer says his team need to re-focus on the basics. Photo: AP

South Africa will concentrate on the basics as they try to dispatch a bullish Australia at Newlands on Saturday in the hope of setting up a final-day showdown against New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.

28 Feb 2014 - 7:26pm

Springboks relish All Blacks crunch match

South Africa warm up as they train for today's clash with New Zealand, in a match between the world's top two sides. Photo: AFP

The Springboks are bristling with confidence that they can break open fortress New Zealand when they face the All Blacks today in a top-of-table Rugby Championship clash.

28 Feb 2014 - 7:30pm

Tough test against Scots good for us, says Meyer

Heyneke Meyer.

South Africa were given a far tougher test than expected by an injury-ravaged Scotland on Saturday. But coach Heyneke Meyer said the Springboks would learn from the unconvincing 30-17 win.

28 Feb 2014 - 8:06pm

Outstanding youngster Willie Le Roux, Bulls’ Jano Vermaak in Boks debuts

Heyneke Meyer said it was not easy picking the team. Photo: AP

Fullback Willie le Roux and scrumhalf Jano Vermaak will make their test debuts for South Africa tomorrow against Italy in the opening round of a four-nation tournament.

28 Feb 2014 - 10:01pm

Rugby Sevens blow for defending champs Fiji

Eary birds England arrive at Chek Lap Kok yesterday to prepare for their Sevens campaign. Photo: SCMP

A high attrition rate from injury has hit defending champions Fiji and perennial Cup under-achievers South Africa, throwing next week's Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens wide open.

16 Mar 2013 - 4:55am

Springboks aim to strike right balance against All Blacks

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer is a realist rather than a romantic and that is set to show when his team confront New Zealand in a Rugby Championship final-round fixture at Soccer City  today.

28 Feb 2014 - 8:37pm

Win over Wallabies sets South Africa up for game against New Zealand

South Africa’s Bryan Habana scores a try against Australia. Photo: AFP

Coach Heyneke Meyer said South Africa must become more clinical finishers if they hope to beat New Zealand in Soweto this weekend.

28 Feb 2014 - 8:42pm