Matfield’s locked and loaded

Victor Matfield has proved he can not only survive but excel at Test level again, writes RYAN VREDE.

Chavhanga’s making it count

Tonderai Chavhanga was struggling physically and financially when Jake White offered him one last chance to revive his career, writes MIKE GREENAWAY.

Kaino’s back in black

A revived, refreshed and reinvigorated Jerome Kaino is living proof that a stint in Japan is no kiss of death for your career, writes MARC HINTON.

Tough times strengthened Toomua

Matt Toomua overcame several obstacles on his way to the top, writes ALEX BROUN.

Creevy’s patience pays off

Argentina’s new captain Agustín Creevy has finally secured the No 2 jersey, writes FRANKIE DEGES.

Le Roux is Bok miracle man

Willie le Roux has learned to play the situation at the highest level, writes JON CARDINELI.

Hendricks’ Bok dream fulfilled

Cornal Hendricks became a Springbok because he had the courage to pursue his goals, writes RYAN VREDE.

Hooper’s high value

Michael Hooper may be one of the world’s smallest loose forwards but he’s worth his weight in gold for the Wallabies, writes ALEX BROUN.

Ex-Pumas skipper shifts focus

Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe will be able to concentrate on his own game after losing the Pumas captaincy, writes FRANKIE DEGES.

All Blacks’ reluctant superstar

Ben Smith is the most unassuming of blokes with the most dazzling of repertoires, writes MARC HINTON.

Kriels pose twin threat

Jesse and Dan Kriel played together for the Junior Boks, writes SIMON BORCHARDT. Now they want to make their mark with the Bulls.

Stevens comes full circle

The Sharks expect former England prop Matt Stevens to make a major impact when he returns to Durban in August, writes MIKE GREENAWAY.

Diack answers Ireland’s call

Former Western Province and Stormers loose forward Robbie Diack made his Test debut for his adopted nation in June, writes SIMON BORCHARDT.

Hungry for more

Bryan Habana still wants to improve his game, score more tries and win more trophies, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Uncelebrated champion

Danie Rossouw leaves a legacy of success matched by only a select few in the game, writes RYAN VREDE.

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