‘Boks need fear factor’

Duane Vermeulen is determined to help the Springboks restore their intimidating aura, writes JON CARDINELLI.

A necessary Super Rugby cull

With South Africa set to lose two Super Rugby franchises, JON CARDINELLI looks at four possible scenarios.

Stander has heart of a Lion

Brian O’Driscoll believes CJ Stander’s courage and determination will boost the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand. GAVIN MORTIMER reports.

Reinach’s burning Bok ambition

Cobus Reinach won’t be eligible to play for the Springboks once he joins the Northampton Saints in November, but the scrumhalf insists he will still be available for selection. CRAIG LEWIS reports.

Branco back with a vengeance

Branco du Preez tells SIMON BORCHARDT how he put last season’s disappointments behind him to help the Blitzboks win the World Rugby Sevens Series.

‘It’s not about me any more’

After losing his mother to cancer, Rohan Janse van Rensburg is more motivated than ever to perform, writes CRAIG LEWIS.

Calder’s eye for an edge

Dr Sherylle Calder’s visual awareness training is helping to improve the skills of England’s players, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Du Plessis cousins are heirs apparent

The sons of South African rugby royalty appear destined for great things, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Lukhanyo is lucky No 13

After a loan spell with the Kings for last year’s Super Rugby tournament, Lukhanyo Am has risen to prominence as the Sharks’ first-choice outside centre. CRAIG LEWIS reports.

Thriving under pressure

Francois Hougaard produces his best rugby when relegation-threatened Worcester need it most, writes SIMON BORCHARDT.

Strength through adversity

Having served a two-year drug ban, former Stormers lock Gerbrandt Grobler is making headlines for all the right reasons with Racing 92. GAVIN MORTIMER reports.

Speckman’s making magic

Rosco Speckman’s journey to the top of rugby’s abbreviated code started with rejection at the Sharks, writes MARIETTE ADAMS.

Kolisi’s leading the change

Siya Kolisi is captaining a diverse Stormers side that has embraced a more attacking game plan, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Jean-Luc: Born to be a Bok

Sharks flank Jean-Luc du Preez wants to add to his Test tally this season, writes CRAIG LEWIS.

Rieko’s got natural talent

Blues back Rieko Ioane has already packed a lot into his young rugby career, though all indications are the best is still to come. MARC HINTON reports.

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