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Springboks Analysis: Would An Overseas XV Beat A Domestic XV?

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 08: Francois Louw of South Africa during the The Rugby Championship match between South Africa and New Zealand at Growthpoint Kings Park on October 08, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Former Springbok coach Jake White questioned South Africa’s policy on picking overseas players in a recent column for All Out Rugby. The South African Rugby Union recently introduced a new policy on overseas players, that would not allow those with under 30 caps to be picked for the Springboks, outside of a World Cup year. In his column, White stated: “Whenever …

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Scotland Move Up To Highest Ever World Ranking

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 25:Tim Visser (l) celebrates his try with Finn Russell (c) of Scotland during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium on February 25, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Scotland have been enjoying a remarkable Six Nations Championship. A nation which has traditionally prided itself on surefire physicality up front, saw such power desert them in recent years. Indeed, having won the final Five Nations Championship they can forever dine out on being the last champions. They have had little else to celebrate in recent years, however. Picking up …

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South African Reports Link Munster’s Rassie Erasmus With Springboks Job

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 14: Munster Rugby director of Rugby Johan 'Rassie' Erasmus during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Glasgow Warriors and Munster Rugby at Scotstoun Stadium on January 14, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus continues to be linked with becoming the Springboks’ new head coach today, despite playing down the rumours over the weekend. As reported by Sport24, it’s widely expected that current South Africa rugby coach Allister Coetzee will see his contract terminated in the very new future. SARU would of course then be in need of a …

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France’s Summer Tour Details Announced

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 26: Wesley Fofana of France collects the ball during the international rugby match between France and New Zealand at Stade de France on November 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The eyes of world rugby will, with good reason, be very much fixed on New Zealand this summer. The Lions tour the Land of the Long White Cloud in June and July next year, and the tests will likely be the sport’s pinnacle in 2017. However, it will not be the only party in rugby-town come June 2017, as highlighted …

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Scathing Player Ratings Highlight Sad State of South Africa Rugby

ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 19: Faf de Klerk of South Africa in action during the international match between Italy v South Africa at Stadio Olimpico on November 19, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Italy edged out South Africa 20-18 in Florence on the weekend, in one of the more sensational results of the weekend. The win was Italy’s first ever against South Africa and their celebrations were suitably jubilant at full time. It was a story of David against Goliath, the strength of the collective and the seismic progress made by their nation …

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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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Three Contenders To Replace Adriaan Strauss As Springbok Captain

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22: Duane Vermeulen of Toulon runs with the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Wasps and Toulon at the Ricoh Arena on November 22, 2015 in Coventry, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss’ surprise announcement last week that he would be retiring from international rugby at the end of the year means the Boks will need to find a new skipper for next season. Here are three contenders to replace Strauss: 1. Warren Whiteley Whiteley led the Lions to their first ever Super Rugby final this year and has …

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Rugby Championship: Springbok Rugby’s Big Dilemma

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 25: South African captain Adriaan Strauss and South African coach Allister Coetzee chat after the match during the 3rd Castle Lager Incoming Series Test match between South Africa and Ireland at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Shaun Roy/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The quota system is a major problem in South African rugby, especially if you look at the best South African team in Super Rugby, the Lions. The Johannesburg-based team only had four players of colour in their match day 23 for their Super Rugby semi-final.  With South Africa set to name their squad for the upcoming Rugby Championship on Saturday, …

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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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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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The Two Biggest Challenges Allister Coetzee Will Face With South Africa

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 05: Stormers coach Allister Coetzee during the Super Rugby match between DHL Stormers and Waratahs at DHL Newlands Stadium on April 05, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Shaun Roy/Gallo Images)

The new South Africa coach was named last week, bringing to an end a six-month wait for Heyneke Meyer’s replacement. Here Hefin Jones discusses two of the biggest challenges the new coach, Allister Coetzee, will face: 1. Selection As a part of the South African Rugby Union’s Strategic Transformation Plan – a plan to boost non-white participation in the game at all …

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New Springboks Coach Set To Be Named

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Bronze medalists South Africa pose for a team photo after the 2015 Rugby World Cup Bronze Final match between South Africa and Argentina at the Olympic Stadium on October 30, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) are set to name a new coach over the coming days. The SARU’s General Council meets today in Cape Town and high on the agenda will be appointing a new coach. A preferred candidate has been identified and South Africa Rugby’s power brokers will now seek to ratify this in the coming days. An …

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South African Legend Retires From Rugby

World Cup winner Fourie du Preez announced his retirement from rugby on Thursday – his 34th birthday. The scrum-half was an integral part of South Africa’s 2007 World Cup winning side and captained the Springboks in four matches during last year’s tournament in England. The 34-year-old Du Preez represented South Africa in 76 Tests between 2004 and 2015, captaining the …

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Reports: Stormers Wing May Have To Retire Because Of A Heart Condition

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 25: Israel Dagg of New Zealand with a big tackle on Cornal Hendricks of South Africa during The Castle Lager Rugby Championship 2015 match between South Africa and New Zealand at Emirates Airline Park on July 25, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Blitzbokke player Cornal Hendricks might be forced into early retirement due to a serious heart condition, reports Die Burger. The condition came to light when Hendricks joined up with the South African sevens team late last year. Die Burger began asking questions about Hendricks when they found out Cheslin Kolbe and Juan de Jongh were released by the SARU from …

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Southern Kings Offered Toulon Lifeline

Big spending Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal is digging deep into his pockets for a desperate cause. Reports are stating that Boudjellal is keen to buy the Southern Kings Super Rugby franchise, due to their continuing financial difficulties. SuperXV claims that the Kings ‘have been experiencing financial troubles for months and a ZAR 200 million promised sponsorship has not materialised, which …

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