When the Springboks play at the Aviva Stadium against Ireland, it will be three weeks short of exactly 100 years since they first played there.
The All Blacks bounced back from a disappointing second Test to punish Ireland 60-0 in a nine-try blitz for a clean-sweep of the series.
As the powerhouses of southern hemisphere rugby take on the UK's top brass, the pressure is on SA as the Wallabies and Kiwis thrash Ireland and Wales.
Jonathan Davies scored a try with 15 minutes left to help Wales beat Ireland 22-10 and reach their first Rugby World Cup semifinal since 1987.
Captain Brian O'Driscoll scored an early second-half try that broke open a tight tussle to help Ireland to a 36-6 victory over Italy on Sunday.
South Africa, England and Ireland head into the final round of World Cup pool action top of their groups, but are not set for quarterfinal spots.
Keith Earls grabbed a brace as Ireland ran in nine tries to beat a spirited Russia side 62-12 on Sunday and remain firmly on track to top Pool C.
Australia's shock defeat to Ireland was an "education" for the players and had brought them to the point where no further losses were possible
Ireland produced the first major upset of the World Cup with a 15-6 victory over Australia, pushing Ireland up to first place in pool C.
Ireland laboured to a error-strewn 22-10 victory over an emotional and fiercly committed United States at a wet Stadium Taranaki on Sunday.
England ensured they set off for the World Cup on a winning note with a 20-9 victory over Ireland in their final warm-up match at Lansdowne Road.
England stayed on course for their first Grand Slam since 2003 on Sunday, defeating Six Nations rivals Scotland 22-16 in a scrappy encounter.
New Zealand overwhelmed a battling Ireland side 38-18 on Saturday to stay on course for its third Grand Slam of the home rugby unions in five years.
If Peter de Villiers truly has the ability to lead the Boks successfully in New Zealand 10 months hence, now is the time to prove it.
The Springboks have made six changes for their tour-endind showdown against Ireland at Croke Park on Saturday.
Ireland made a flying start to the Six Nations championship on Saturday by defeating France 30-21 at Croke Park in Dublin.