The Olympics in Rio are the game-changer. Suddenly nations that care little for rugby have diverted funds to the sport.
Besides transformation and money issues very little was memorable - and there is little cheer going into the New Year.
Drawing on the diversity of talent available will change the team’s game and take it forward.
It is likely to be the last game for several Springboks – and maybe the coach too – so the the play-off against Argentina can’t be taken lightly.
The All Blacks have no real weaknesses so the only way to defeat them is not to let them have the ball.
A backline packed with talent, guile and speed must be used instead of the team’s normal desire to ‘keep it tight’.
Some interesting scenarios lie ahead but despite stuttering form the All Blacks remain favourites.
The wounded Boks's strength and mettle will be sorely tested on Saturday when they do battle with the Scots, who are in pole position.
The coach has made 10 changes to the squad for the crunch game against Samoa – but are they the right ones?
Learning to enjoy the moment should be a big part of the Springboks' World Cup as they start their campaign against Japan.