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All eyes on Bok top job

Appointing a new coach for the Springboks will be a top priority for the Saru while they re-evaluate the implementation of the quota system.

Bereft, bedondered: Boks bid breker Bakkies Botha bye-bye

Boks don't cry, but there's no shortage of emotion in the Springbok camp following the news that injured lock Bakkies Botha will be returning home.

Beast bets Boks’ best is yet to come

A lot of hard work lies ahead of the South African rugby team before they will reach their peak, Springbok Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira says.

Bismarck du Plessis: ‘Rugby is a contact sport’

Bismarck du Plessis said filling captain John Smit's boots would be one of the goals he would like to achieve when South Africa take on Samoa.

Matfield to lead Boks against Samoa

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has confirmed that Victor Matfield will captain South Africa for the first time in a Rugby World Cup match.

Namibia match could be final World Cup trial for Boks

While the Boks respect their Namibian opponents, they also see Thursday's World Cup match as an way to fine-tune their game for more brutal battles.

Bakkies to return for Bok game against Fiji

After fears that he may not feature in the Rugby World Cup, Springbok lock Bakkies Botha has made a miraculous recovery from an Achilles injury.

Habana out, Muller in doubt for Fiji clash

Bok wing Bryan Habana is out because of a knee injury, while lock Johann Muller is nursing a hamstring injury -- highlighting the Boks' lock crisis.

Bismarck calls for better Bok lineouts

Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis says South Africa need to improve their lineout play ahead of Saturday's Rugby World Cup match against Fiji.

Injuries plague Springboks at World Cup

Lock Victor Matfield and centre Jean de Villiers' World Cup dreams are still alive, Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts confirmed on Monday.

‘Focus on the Boks, not transformation’

South Africans should focus their attention on the Springboks and not on issues like transformation in rugby, Fikile Mbalula has said.

It’s about the team, not my retirement, says Matfield

Victor Matfield says the team's timeout between now and their match against Wales is being used to focus on the team, and not his upcoming retirement.

Cake Tin’s winds worries Matfield

Even though the Boks played more matches at Westpac Stadium, it does not necessarily mean they would have an advantage, says Victor Matfield

Injury could force Bakkies to miss World Cup opener

Lock Bakkies Botha could miss the Springboks' opening match of the Rugby World Cup against Wales because of an Achilles injury.

Tough pool game will prepare us: Muller

Springbok lock Johann Muller says their three world cup pool matches may be the best possible preparation for the team ahead of the knockout stages.

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