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Saracens Set To Complete Signing Of Eben Etzebeth On Short-Term Deal

Saracens CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Eben Etzebeth of South Africa looks on during the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at AMI Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

South Africa second row Eben Etzebeth looks set to join Premiership and European champions Saracens for two months following the Springboks’ November tour. The towering lock is widely regarded as one of the best in the business, and will join up with Maro Itoje or George Kruis to form a frightening partnership. The 24 year-old has already been capped a whopping …

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A Combined Springboks XV Made Up Of Domestic And Overseas Players

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Bryan Habana of South Africa celebrates with teammates Jesse Kriel and Vincent Koch after scoring a try during the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at AMI Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Over the past couple of years a large number of South Africa’s best players and coaches have left in the hope of finding ‘greener grass’ overseas. This mass exodus has left the country with a lack of depth and experience in the national team, and has ultimately caused all their recent struggles. Here we have made a domestic-based team and will …

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What is South Africa’s strongest XV without the quota system?

New Zealand v South Africa

The South African government’s ‘Strategic Transformation policy’, which has as its objective to see 50% of Springbok’s squad made up of non-white players by 2019, has caused plenty of controversy. But what would South Africa’s national team look like without quotas? We take a look at South Africa’s strongest XV without the quota system: 15. Cheslin Kolbe: One of South Africa’s …

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Watch Francois Louw’s Unbelievable Offload To Set Bryan Habana Free

Scotland v South Africa - International Match

Francois Louw demonstrated his amazing handling skills against Argentina. Although the Springboks may have played some conservative rugby against Argentina, Francois Louw showed brilliant handling skills that allowed Bryan Habana touch down in the 45th minute. Despite being known for his barnstorming runs and no nonsense defence, the big flanker set his team mate free by playing an offload Sonny Bill Williams …

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Rugby Championship Combined XV

Australia v New Zealand - The Rugby Championship

The Rugby Championship will kick off this weekend. Following their domination of the 2015 World Cup, the southern hemisphere’s elite international sides are set to do battle over the coming weeks in the Rugby Championship. However, the rugby landscape has changed a great deal since each of the World Cup’s semi final slots were filled by Argentina, Australia, New Zealand …

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South Africa’s Greatest XV

As we continue our series of ‘Greatest XV’ articles, we come on next to South Africa, a country with a proud rugby tradition which has produced some of the greatest players the world has ever seen. All the teams below are based on statistics, rather than just one person’s own opinions. This should then provide an element of objectivity to …

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Opinion: Springboks’ Form A Massive Concern Ahead Of Rugby Championship

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 18: Lionel Mapoe of the Springboks and coach Allister Coetzee celebrate after the 2nd Castle Lager Incoming Series Test match between South Africa and Ireland at Emirates Airline Park on June 18, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Allister Coetzee is only a few weeks into his new role as head coach of the Springboks but he’ll be wishing for more hours in the days ahead to allow him get South Africa up to speed for the Rugby Championship, following his team’s unconvincing series win over Ireland this month. Speaking frankly, Ireland’s injury list prior to their tour was catastrophic and therefore any …

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The Top Three Pairs Of Locks In Rugby

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Maro Itoje of Saracens beats Joe Launchbury in the lineout during the Aviva Premiership match between Wasps and Saracens at The Ricoh Arena on December 27, 2015 in Coventry, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

This Summer’s Internationals see the cream of world rugby’s second-rows on display. But who are the World’s best lock pairings? Here are probably the top three pairs of locks in the world: 1. Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick: To my mind, the best in the World. Since being paired together in 2012, the pair have won three Rugby Championships and a Rugby …

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South Africa Unveil Team To Face Ireland

Springbok Coach Allister Coetzee Portrait Session

Allister Coetzee has named his first Springbok squad. Alastair Coetzee has ushered in his reign as South African coach, by selecting six players who were not involved at the World Cup. However of the six, only Faf de Klerk is the only uncapped player named in the Springboks XV. Although South Africa were involved in a dispute over Duane Vermeulen’s release from …

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Watch: Springbok Teammates Engage In Fist Fight One Day After South African Squad Is Named

Super Rugby Rd 14 - Stormers v Cheetahs

Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager came to blows during the Stormers win over the Cheetahs. Just one day after Allister Coetzee ushered in a new era for the Springboks, two of South Africa’s more experienced internationals exchanged blows during the game between the Stormers and Cheetahs. As Coetzee’s squad includes nine uncapped players, the new Springbok coach would have been hoping his …

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Five Reasons Why Ireland Can Stun The Springboks This Summer

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 19: Joe Schmidt the head coach of Ireland watches over his team warm up prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on March 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Ireland head down to South Africa in June for a three-test series with a genuine chance of earning a first ever series win in one of rugby’s toughest tours. Here Hefin Jones looks at five reasons why Ireland can stun the Boks this Summer. _____ 1. South Africa’s Lack Of Preparation Time New coach Allister Coetzee will only have ten weeks …

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What Are On The Irish Provinces’ Christmas Wish-Lists?

Christmas time is almost upon us, and the Irish provinces face a tricky schedule over the festive period. However, Ulster, Munster and Leinster have had their struggles, and could really do with a boost, even it is for next season. Nonetheless Pat Lam, Leo Cullen, Anthony Foley and Neil Doak will be writing their letters to Santy to tell him …

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5 Reasons Why South Africa Could Shock New Zealand Tomorrow

There is no doubting this New Zealand side are raging hot favourites to progress to the final of the Rugby World Cup with a win over South Africa tomorrow. With arguably the most complete performance by a side ever at the tournament in the quarter-final, Steve Hansen’s side look to close it out by winning two more games. However, it …

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5 Areas South Africa Must Target Against New Zealand

The Springboks are underdogs against the All Blacks this Saturday. South Africa and New Zealand have had contrasting World Cup Campaigns. While the All Blacks responded to Argentina’s challenge in their opening game, the Springboks wilted against that laid down by Japan. Indeed, the manner in which South Africa struggled against Wales differs massively from how New Zealand dismantled France. …

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