Flank Rob Leota will make his run-on debut, with James O’Connor playing in his first international of the year when the Wallabies take on Argentina on Saturday.
The Springboks have officially relinquished their status as the No 1-ranked team in the world to the All Blacks.
Vice-captain Handre Pollard has come out in defence of the under-fire Springbok team, while subtly taking a swipe at Australia’s off-the-ball tactics in Saturday’s Rugby Championship Test.
Here are some stats and facts in preparation for the Rugby Championship clash between the Springboks and Wallabies in Brisbane on Saturday.
Michael Hooper has downplayed becoming the most-capped Wallabies skipper in history, instead focusing on how to take down the world champion Springboks for the second time in six days.
World Rugby has published the ranking permutations for the fourth round of Rugby Championship matches this weekend.
South Africa’s lead at the top of the World Rugby rankings has been reduced to just over two points by the All Blacks, while Australia have climbed two places on the list.
Springbok assistant coach Deon Davids has confirmed that star wing Cheslin Kolbe is in doubt for South Africa’s Rugby Championship Test against the Wallabies in Gold Coast on Sunday. MARIETTE ADAMS reports.
Wallabies scrumhalf Tate McDermott has given a damning assessment of his side’s performance and form ahead of their Rugby Championship clash with the Springboks in Gold Coast on Sunday.
Former All Black Sonny Bill Williams says the struggling Wallabies would benefit from Quade Cooper’s playmaking talents in the wake of an ugly Bledisloe Cup clean sweep.