Sporting authorities have reintroduced racial quotas for SA's teams in a bid to encourage more black sportspeople to emerge through the ranks.
Flanker Morgan Cushe, either the worst form of apartheid collaborator or a neglected trailblazer, died having never earned his Springbok rugby blazer.
A knockout at this stage, which cannot be ruled out, would force a rethink of the structure of the competition â€” again.
A clash at the top of the domestic table means Springbok rugby players will have to play through their end-of-season weariness.
Gone are the good old days when the referee was king and the scoreboard was all that counted.
Discipline dilemmas, a bruising in Brisbane and Fourie du Preez back for the Springboks spells humiliation for the Australian rugby team at Newlands.
With all the changes under new director of rugby Brendan Venter, Sharks's coach Brad Macleod-Henderson is pleased with the team's rotation policy.
There is nothing wrong with using technology to help officials to make decisions â€” it is the â€¨human at the controls who is the problem.
The red card against Springbok Bismarck du Plessis in Saturday's rugby test between South Africa and New Zealand has been removed from his record.
The IRB said the first yellow card given to Springbok Bismarck du Plessis in the 17th minute of the match against the All Blacks was "incorrect".
South Africa will face New Zealand at Eden Park as a team determined to end 76 years of hurt.
After the scare in Mendoza, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer is playing it safe at a venue that historically favours the Wallabies.
If history is the best guide, South Africa's nine-match victory streak will end in Australia on Saturday.
Rugby's new scrum law could simply see the crooked feed replace the collapse as the source of contention.
Sometimes itâ€™s important to stop and take stock of how far we have come. On Saturday the Springboks will play the Pumas in Soweto
The South African Rugby Union will introduce a racial quota system in its domestic competition next year to encourage more black players to emerge.
Western Province rugby players Marcel Brache and Chris Heiberg have signed with Australia's Western Force to play in the 2014 Super Rugby season.
Deon Fourie will lead the Stormers in their Vodacom Super Rugby encounter against the Cheetahs at Newlands.