Pretoria's Blue Bulls will have to move with the times, even if it means disposing of a few prime assets.
A talented French team packed with powerful forwards will be a real test for the Boks in the final rugby match of their European tour.
After a two-year absence, second row player Bakkies Botha has returned to play with the national team against Scotland.
New Zealand's superiority showed yet again despite the best efforts of South Africa in the decisive game in the Rugby Championship.
Gone are the good old days when the referee was king and the scoreboard was all that counted.
South Africa achieved a bitter-sweet 28-8 Rugby Championship victory over Australia on Saturday at Newlands in Cape Town.
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".
Blood was spilled and both teams had players sent from the field yet New Zealand's 29-15 victory over SA was based around a simple principle.
Tries from Kieran Read helped New Zealand grab victory over South Africa, who had Bismarck du Plessis sent off for two contentious yellow cards.
The Springboks are prepared for what they call the "ultimate challenge" against the All Blacks after their historic win over Australia.
Cheetahs prop Trevor Nyakane has been dropped for repeated breaches of team protocol as coach Heyneke Meyer announced his squad to Argentina.
Fans adorning both Bafana and Springbok memorabilia have gathered outside FNB Stadium ahead of the inaugural Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day.
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 Springboks have shrugged off a poor start to brush aside Italy with a 44-10 victory in their first match of the international season.
Competitions that fall below the elite radar are often more enjoyable and strengthen the game, writes Andy Capostagno.
A lapse in judgement by England captain and good defensive back pedaling helped the Springboks beat the Roses 16-15 at a rainswept Twickenham.
Springbok prop Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira is recovering from the heart scare before the Boks' European tour and intends to be back in action next year.
Tendai Mtawarira has been dropped from the Springboks' northern hemisphere tour due to his heart condition, and will return to South Africa.
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.