The most disappointing aspect of Heyneke Meyer's tenure as Springbok coach is that his team was a poor reflection of the man he actually is, writes RYAN VREDE.
The Springboks trumpeted naming their most experienced Test side in history prior to their defeat to Japan. That experience was exposed as lacking any substance, writes RYAN VREDE.
The Vodacom Bulls have stagnated and are far from the force they should be. Things need to change and their former scrumhalf Fourie du Preez agrees, writes RYAN VREDE.
No South African scrumhalf has played consistently well enough to unseat Fourie du Preez as the Springboks' premier No 9 for a demanding 2015 Test season, writes RYAN VREDE.
John Dobson has earned the right to be seriously considered for the Stormers' head coach gig, writes RYAN VREDE.
Handré Pollard is quickly developing into a flyhalf of the highest order, writes RYAN VREDE.
Jan Serfontein's immediate Test future will be decided by how he finishes this Vodacom Super Rugby campaign, writes RYAN VREDE.
Yet another season is passing for the Stormers with no signs of progression. They are a franchise in crisis, writes RYAN VREDE.
There can now no longer be questions around Francois Hougaard's best position. It is at wing, writes RYAN VREDE.
In coming back from a life-threatening illness Schalk Burger has underlined his status as a national treasure, writes RYAN VREDE.
The standard of coaching at the South African Vodacom Super Rugby franchises is a grave concern, writes RYAN VREDE.
The Australasian leg of the Stormers' campaign will be critical to their tournament ambitions, writes RYAN VREDE.
Pieter-Steph du Toit's injury throws the spotlight on Victor Matfield's critical importance to the Springboks in a World Cup context, writes RYAN VREDE.
The Stormers' famed physical and accurate defence has resurfaced but they need to add a cutting edge on attack to make them championship material, writes RYAN VREDE.
Allister Coetzee could select 10 players of colour, on merit, to start for the Springboks against Ireland, writes MARK KEOHANE in Business Day.
The loss of coaching intellect in South Africa is as damning and damaging as the ever-increasing player exodus overseas, writes CRAIG LEWIS.
Duane Vermeulen remains the Springboks’ best captaincy candidate and option at No 8, writes JON CARDINELLI.
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