The quality of the South African franchise coaches is in question to a degree it hasn't been for some time and it will have an adverse effect on the health of our rugby, writes RYAN VREDE.
Having blown away the Bulls in round one, Jake White's Sharks added resilience to their growing list of qualities against the Hurricanes, writes RYAN VREDE.
Even at this early stage of the season, Francois Hougaard has given Vodacom Bulls and Bok fans little to be optimistic about, writes RYAN VREDE.
Jean de Villiers has had to endure pressure that would have cracked lesser men and deserves to be recognised as South Africa's Player of the Year, writes RYAN VREDE.
Victor Matfield's return alone won't be enough to ensure the Bulls are in the conversation for the title. Their poor succession planning will undermine their Super Rugby cause, writes RYAN VREDE.
The fear of losing top South African players to Japan is irrational, writes RYAN VREDE.
The Stormers' success will be built on attacking improvement. Ominously for their supporters, that looks to be beyond their coaching staff, writes RYAN VREDE.
RYAN VREDE reflects on a year filled to the brim with incompetent individuals and teams.
The Springboks have grown tactically, in character and in terms of their individual player resources. There's every reason to feel optimistic about 2014, writes RYAN VREDE.
The Springboks built their 19-10 victory in Paris on granitic defence that completely blunted their hosts, writes RYAN VREDE.
Fourie du Preez's return to Test rugby sparked a vast improvement in the Springboks and his absence could be sorely felt in Paris on Saturday, writes RYAN VREDE.
The outcry for the Boks to play 'expansively' is ridiculous. They must continue to improve their attacking decision-making, writes RYAN VREDE.
The Springboks failed to move out of second gear but still edged past the game's great pretenders, writes RYAN VREDE.
Having Gio Aplon carry tackle bags on the Boks' end-of-year tour is akin to having national darling Willie le Roux do so, writes RYAN VREDE.
The recent return of some senior Springboks gives Heyneke Meyer's men a formidable look, but to expect the veterans to liberally offer trade secrets to the young bucks is naive, writes RYAN VREDE.
The individual performances of several big-name players headlined an otherwise uninspiring round of Vodacom Super Rugby, writes JON CARDINELLI.
Schalk Burger’s performance in Christchurch was the big winner for South African rugby, writes MARK KEOHANE.
Frans Steyn’s siege-gun boot and patent sense of responsibility was the difference in the Sharks’ win over the Lions, writes JON CARDINELLI.
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