Fullback Damian Willemse kicked a pressure penalty after the hooter to secure South Africa a 32-29 victory over ill-disciplined Wales in a see-saw test at a raucous Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
First they lost Quade Cooper in the warm-up, then Tom Banks and Allan Alaalatoa succumbed to injury and concussion respectively, and then came the red card. The Wallabies went on to win anyway.
Fullback Damian Willemse is eager to help showcase South Africa's power among the forwards against Wales in the first of three Tests at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.
At last kick-off is upon. Unfortunately for Eddie Jones, the build-up has come without a verbal sparring partner. But there is still plenty to discuss as the Wallabies host England in the first Test in Perth.
The rugby world is set to reunite this July, with World Rugby's Test window bringing the northern and southern hemispheres together across the globe. So what shape are the top 10 in at this key juncture, and what might they be looking to nail down?
A tantalising three weeks of Test rugby kicks off this weekend, as the two rugby hemispheres collide across the globe. Stay across all the line-ups, team news, odds and our individual match previews here.
South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber says facing fit-again Wales back George North will be a challenge for his side as they plot ways to expand their own game with an eye on the defence of their Rugby World Cup title in France next year.
Springboks coach Jacques Nienaber is under no illusions as to the battle ahead for his side in their three home Tests against Wales next month and expects a "proper series" when they clash.
South Africa flyhalf Elton Jantjies was arrested for "malicious damage to property" after an incident on an Emirates airlines flight from Dubai to Johannesburg on Sunday, police said.
Former Springboks flanker Pedrie Wannenburg was killed during a high-speed car chase in Texas on the weekend, while his 8-year-old son remains in stable condition in hospital.
Rassie Erasmus has denied he made public his now infamous 62-minute video critique of the performance of the match officials after the first Test against the British & Irish Lions last year.
The Reds lost Taniela Tupou before kick-off, Tate McDermott before halftime, had little ball nor territory, but still found a way to scrounge what may prove to be a crucial victory on the road in Sydney.
Izack Rodda's contract extension was good news for Australian rugby, but the question must still be asked whether the country puts enough importance on the lock position. Meanwhile, is this the year the Waratahs come unstuck in Super W?
With Super Rugby Pacific underway, and the Six Nations set to resume after a week off, there is plenty happening across the rugby world. Our writers break down some of the big stories in the first edition of Rugby Real or Not.
There are no plans to change the participants of Rugby's Six Nations, the organising body said in a statement on Friday, amid media reports that South Africa are set to replace Italy in the tournament.
A report this week suggest South Africa was closer than ever to joining the Six Nations, potentially at Italy's expense. But could it really happen and is this what the international game really needs?
Rugby Championship organisers SANZAAR have confirmed world champions South Africa will continue to play in the annual competition until 2025.
South Africa have committed to SANZAAR through 2025 despite talk of a move to join the Six Nations, as reports of a fresh plan to set up a Nations Championship appear to have increased backing across the globe.
South Africa will host Wales for the first time since 2014 when the teams clash in three Tests, before two home fixtures against New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.
England will host the All Blacks at Twickenham in November 2022 as part of a four-Test programme which includes world champions South Africa.
South Africa and Saracens prop Vincent Koch will join Wasps next season, the club announced on Thursday.
Leicester Tigers have signed South Africa's World Cup-winning fly-half Handre Pollard ahead of the 2022-23 season, the English Premiership leaders said on Tuesday, to replace departing fly-half George Ford.
South African sport faced a shutdown on Friday due to the detection of a new coronavirus variant, with British rugby teams scrambling to leave before travel restrictions are imposed, and the first event of golf's new-look DP World Tour under threat.
South Africa's director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has withdrawn his appeal against a two-month ban and apologised to referee Nic Berry for his 62-minute video critique of the match official after the first Test against the British & Irish Lions in July.
The halfway point between Rugby World Cups has been reached, with the countdown now on to France 2023. After a fascinating few weeks of cross-hemisphere play, where does the pecking order sit for the game's elite nations?
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- SA2ndPoints Difference 1st New Zealand : 114 Points DifferenceNZL1st24114