Gone too soon

When the news broke that former All Blacks loose forward Jerry Collins had died in a car crash in France, the rugby world expressed its collective grief. MARC HINTON reports.

Jean: Never say die

Jean de Villiers hopes his return from a horrific knee injury will inspire the Springboks to a third World Cup title, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Fourie’s the special one

Fourie du Preez remains the Springboks’ best option at scrumhalf, writes RYAN VREDE.

Louw’s the inside man

Francois Louw’s experience of northern hemisphere conditions with Bath will benefit the Springboks at the World Cup, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Nonu’s perfect storm

Ma’a Nonu's outstanding Super Rugby form bodes well for the All Blacks, writes MARC HINTON.

Creating space for Folau

Matt Giteau and a straight-running inside centre could be just what Israel Folau needs to make him the hottest fullback in the world, writes MARK CASHMAN.

Brothers in arms

Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis made massive contributions to the Sharks, writes MIKE GREENAWAY.

Faf’s taking the gap

Faf de Klerk’s Super Rugby performances have put him in line for higher honours, writes BRENTON CHELIN.

Stander’s a standout performer

CJ Stander became the first non-Irishman to win Munster’s Player of the Year award and qualifies to play for Ireland after the World Cup. GERRY THORNLEY reports.

Schalk’s new lease on life

Schalk Burger has taken nothing for granted since recovering from bacterial meningitis, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Bakkies finishes with a flourish

Bakkies Botha capped off a glittering career by claiming a third European title with Toulon, writes GAVIN MORTIMER.

Tecklenburg’s proving a point

Lions loose forward Warwick Tecklenburg has come a long way since leaving the Bulls, writes BRENTON CHELIN.

Serfontein must adapt or die

Jan Serfontein has transitioned from promising rookie to marked man, writes RYAN VREDE. How he negotiates this challenge will determine his future.

Attitude adjustment

JP Pietersen has had a big role to play on and off the field for the struggling Sharks this season, writes MIKE GREENAWAY.

Commanding respect

Duane Vermeulen continues to impress as a player and leader, writes JON CARDINELLI.

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