South African Super Rugby teams the Stormers and the Bulls have both made "emergency" player signings early in the season.
The Cape rugby team have something to prove after a public dressing down from captain Jean de Villiers.
Pretoria's Blue Bulls will have to move with the times, even if it means disposing of a few prime assets.
Comeback king Victor Matfield may be the key to bulldozing the Sharks into the ground – aided by the new rugby scrum laws.
There's an air of expectancy surrounding the Sharks ahead of this year's Super Rugby tournament, with a new chief executive and director.
Two referees for rugby games in future, the expansion of the "mark" law and a rejig of the Currie Cup set the tone for rugby in the year ahead.
South Africa is still satisfying the voracious global appetite for elite rugby players – not just has-beens, writes Andy Capostagno.
South Africa's Sevens rugby team has reached the final of the Dubai Sevens under coach Neil Powell, who took over from Paul Treu earlier this year.
Andy Capostagno reflects on the South African rugby team's good season and muses on what lies ahead for the team.
A talented French team packed with powerful forwards will be a real test for the Boks in the final rugby match of their European tour.