Gelant should have fronted Italy

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has missed a trick by picking fullback Andries Coetzee ahead of Warrick Gelant in the starting side, writes JON CARDINELLI in Padua.

‘Bongi must play natural game’

Allister Coetzee admits that Bongi Mbonambi will bring something different to the hooker position in what will be the player’s first Test start on Saturday. JON CARDINELLI in Padua reports.

Watch: Springbok press conference

What Allister Coetzee, Francois Venter and Pieter-Steph du Toit had to say after Thursday's team announcement in Padua.

Bongi in for Marx

Bongi Mbonambi will start his first-ever Test for the Boks in Saturday's clash against Italy in Padua.

15 Springbok stats and facts

For the match against Italy at the Stadio Euganeo in Padua on Saturday.

Superbru: Boks to sink Italy by 9-14

Before you make your Superbru picks for this weekend's Test and Pro14 matches, take a look at the SA Rugby magazine team's predictions.

Italy swap two for Bok clash

Coach Conor O’Shea has made two personnel changes to Italy’s lineup for Saturday’s Test against the Springboks in Padua.

Blommetjies starts for Cheetahs

The inclusion of fullback Clayton Blommetjies is one of five changes to the Cheetahs team for their match against Edinburgh in Bloemfontein on Friday.

Kurtley Beale scrum fail

The Wallabies back didn't know what to do when asked to scrum down at flank against Wales.

All Blacks to front Wales without Read

Sam Whitelock will captain the All Blacks against Wales in the absence of the injured Kieran Read on Saturday.

Moore to bow out as Tupou debuts

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has named Stephen Moore to start in what will be his 129th and final Test this Saturday.

Ireland back Byrne

Adam Byrne will make his Test debut on the right wing for Ireland against Argentina in Dublin on Saturday.

Novès wields axe over France XV

France have made eight changes to their starting XV for Saturday's match against Japan in Nanterre.

Wales recall big guns

Leigh Halfpenny will start at fullback as one of 12 changes to the Wales team to face the All Blacks in Cardiff on Saturday.

Jones revamps England XV

Coach Eddie Jones has made nine rotational changes to England’s starting lineup for Saturday’s Test against Samoa at Twickenham.

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