Schalk Burger still has a role to play for the Boks, as a starter or substitute, writes JON CARDINELLI.
From the schoolboy too big to lift in the lineouts, Brodie Retallick has become close to the complete lock for the All Blacks, writes MARC HINTON.
Western Province flank Nizaam Carr is starting to realise his true potential, writes BRENTON CHELIN.
Johan Goosen joined French club Racing Métro to develop his game and secure his financial future, writes GAVIN MORTIMER.
Being a regular starter for his Japanese club has helped Elton Jantjies to regain his form and confidence, writes SIMON BORCHARDT.
Alistair Hargreaves has proved to be the ideal replacement for Steve Borthwick as Saracens captain, writes PAUL MORGAN.
IRB Player of the Year nominee Duane Vermeulen has a burning desire to be the best, writes JON CARDINELLI.
England No 8 Billy Vunipola wants to take his game to a new level, writes PAUL MORGAN.
Pat Lambie is fighting desperately to avoid becoming Springbok rugby’s latest forgotten man, writes RYAN VREDE.
Sonny Bill Williams went straight back into the All Blacks squad after a two-year stint in rugby league, writes MARC HINTON.
Armand van der Merwe has produced several explosive performances for the Lions, writes BRENTON CHELIN.
Former Sharks scrumhalf Charl McLeod has settled in quickly at Grenoble, writes GAVIN MORTIMER.
Warren Whiteley followed up Commonwealth gold with a Springbok call-up, writes BRENTON CHELIN.
Thomas du Toit has shown great promise in his first year out of school, writes SIMON BORCHARDT.
JON CARDINELLI applauds the outstanding individuals, teams and moments of the 2014 Test season.
Results and form mean very little in terms of the World Cup, it’s all about who gets it right in the tournament, writes MARK KEOHANE.
JON CARDINELLI picks the best 23 players of the 2014 Test season.
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