Wales and South Africa - who clashed on Saturday in Nelspruit - will use the experience as preparation for next year's World Cup.
Springbok captain Jean de Villiers has been pulled out from several matches due to a knee injury.
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.
Andy Capostagno reflects on the South African rugby team's good season and muses on what lies ahead for the team.
South Africa showed their pedigree as the world's number two side, despatching Scotland 28-0 with clinical efficiency in a one-sided contest.
After the disaster of the Millennium Stadium playing field, Murrayfield also has some surprises, writes Andy Capostagno.
With so many rugby players battered by the Currie Cup, the Springbok team may need a moment to catch its breath.
Heyneke Meyer has deviated from his usual selection tactics and made drastic changes to the Springbok rugby squad heading to Europe.
Springbok Flip van der Merwe has been cited for alleged foul play during the match between South Africa and Australia on Saturday.
Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer senses his team is getting stronger and will be ready for the challenge against New Zealand next weekend.
South Africa is bringing in the enforcers in the expectation of being on the sharp end for a change
Following his revamp of the Brumbies, the former Bok coach may be in line for the Wallabies job
Even if Heyneke Meyer eventually managed to lose his blue-tinted glasses, he has kept his blinkers on.
It's hard to understand why certain teams give the Boks sleepless nights. Wales have produced plenty of champion sides and yet they have but one win.
Gwede Mantashe was right to say black rugby players are not given the support to perform on the field in the starting 15, writes Lloyd Gedye.
Ruan Pienaar has taken his Bok chances with both hands and will hope to stake a claim for the number nine jersey for an extended period.
Coach Heyneke Meyer says South Africa must become more clinical if they hope to beat New Zealand in Soweto next weekend.