Schools apparently go to increasing lengths to transform teams, and union agents promise big money to children willing to lie about their backgrounds.
While some Springboks were skittish in the storm, others managed to stand up and be counted.
The Boks coach has instituted a subtle overhaul of the team, which should pay off in the World Cup.
The Rugby Championship will give the coach a final chance to decide between experience and youth.
Statistics offer us a glimpse into the space between reality and history, and, as is well known, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.
Predicting the Super 15 finalists would be simple were it not for the calibre of the teams competing.
Poor form leaves Durbanites with an uphill climb to overcome Super Rugby’s unforgiving structure.
The Durban team need to reverse their recent toothless form if they are to resurrect ambitions of glory.
The Durban team need to follow the example the Bulls set in 2007, when losing was just not an option.
Coach Heyneke Meyer needs to know that he has strength in depth across the squad. Moreover, he needs to give consideration to transformed match days.