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JC ON TOUR

Door still open for Matfield

The Springboks have taken giant strides in 2013 but are still missing a world-class No 5 option, writes JON CARDINELLI.


Tour Tales – Paris

JON CARDINELLI reflects on a week of frog legs, Springbok francophiles, and passion personified at the Stade de France.


Superb defence seals Bok win

Composure complemented physicality in the Springboks' monumental win in Paris, writes JON CARDINELLI at the Stade de France.


Meyer realises development goal

Heyneke Meyer should be lauded for the balance he's struck between winning matches and developing the next tier of players, writes JON CARDINELLI in Paris.


Control key for Boks in French finale

The Boks will need to improve their discipline if they hope to prevail over the street-fighting French on Saturday, writes JON CARDINELLI in Paris.


Ponderous Boks get job done

The Springbok performance lacked precision and intensity but it was good enough against a second-rate Scotland side, writes JON CARDINELLI at Murrayfield.


Tour Tales – Edinburgh

JON CARDINELLI reflects on a week of sub-zero temperatures, haggis washed down with whisky, and a kilted Springbok coach.


Boks right to invest in Jean

Saru's decision to contract Bok captain Jean de Villiers until the end of the 2015 World Cup should be hailed as monumental, writes JON CARDINELLI in Edinburgh.


Lambie’s future is at 15

Saturday's Test in Cardiff showed why the Springbok flyhalf pecking order needs revision, writes JON CARDINELLI in Edinburgh.


Tour Tales – Cardiff

JON CARDINELLI reflects on a week of Welsh hype, a South African polar bear, and a blue-rinse brigade capable of sabotaging a Springbok press conference.


Boks break brittle Welsh

The Springboks played the big moments better than the Welsh and were again deserved winners, writes JON CARDINELLI at the Millennium Stadium.


Lambie must make 15 his own

Heyneke Meyer's selections for the clash against Wales on Saturday confirm that Pat Lambie and Willie le Roux are still viewed as utility players rather than specialists, writes JON CARDINELLI in Cardiff.


Progress makes ambition possible

The Springboks can afford to set goals beyond winning matches thanks to their Test record this season, writes JON CARDINELLI in Cardiff.


Battered Boks on borrowed time

Jannie du Plessis is the latest Bok to fall foul of a backward South African system. He won't be the last, writes JON CARDINELLI in Cardiff.


Returning stars to bolster Boks

Expect the recall of established players rather than the selection of a bolter to headline the Springbok squad announcement on Monday, writes JON CARDINELLI.


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