Despite meeting the qualifying world standard, the team failed to fulfil the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee's criteria.
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.
Would you say that the Bokke adequately reflect the black-and-white nature of the game in South Africa?
The All Blacks great is unsure of his own future plans but he is confident the game in his home country is in safe hands.
Drawing on the diversity of talent available will change the team’s game and take it forward.
How much store can you place on links in the Sprinkbok team that go back to rugby's founder?
Prop Jannie du Plessis reveals how he almost cut short his medical studies to save the family farm.
With the Springboks' racial make-up again under scrutiny, agents say mentorship and support, in school and beyond, are key to true transformation.
It calls for the coach to be ruthless, but he will largely get his way and might even increase the Boks' chances of success.
Argentina's triumph over the Springboks heralds the team's migration away from underdog status.
Meyer can rely on sterling assistance in finding the ideal balance between ?youth and experience.
The endless renewal of a plethora of laws can lead to confusion and mistakes on the field of play.
He's unobtrusive and easy on the eye, but he's not so anonymous that he doesn't raise a gentle eyebrow or make a quietly favourable impression.
The injury-hit team must show that they are capable of more than just kicking and tackling.
The Springbok coach has blatantly ignored quotas designed to increase black representation.
Injuries put limits on this weekend's game and the real test for the Boks will be in a fortnight's time.
Injuries and high-paying contracts have been a pain, but there is some comfort to be had.
Whatever happens to the Stormers on Saturday it is the New Zealand team that has been the most destructive this season.