For the first time since November 2019, the Springboks return to action with a two-match Test series against Georgia, kicking off on Friday at Loftus Versfeld.
Scrumhalf Cobus Reinach says now is not the time for the Springboks to reflect on and bask in the glory of their 2019 World Cup triumph because their focus needs to be on the Tests against Georgia and the British & Irish Lions, writes MARIETTE ADAMS.
World Cup-winning lock Franco Mostert has predicted that the battle among the tall timber would be critical as the Springboks prepare for a busy few weeks of top-class international action.
Hooker Malcolm Marx is adamant there’s no hint of fear within the Springbok camp that they might have lost their winning momentum having last played internationally 19 months ago.
Toulouse-based Springbok duo Cheslin Kolbe and Rynhardt Elstadt could miss the first of two Test matches against Georgia after their club progressed to the Top 14 final.
SA Rugby confirmed on Friday that the two Tests against Georgia will be played in Gauteng to give the Springboks a jump-start before the Lions Series.
The Junior Springboks will make a welcome return to the field for the first time since 2019 in an international series in Stellenbosch in June.
England and France booked their places in the Autumn Nations Cup final after respective wins over Wales and Italy, while Ireland edged out a tenacious Georgian side in the final game of the weekend.
Duhan van der Merwe scored as Scotland beat Italy 28-17, while England thrashed Georgia and Ireland cruised past Wales in round one of the Autumn Nations Cup.
Jack Willis and Max Malins will make their Test debuts for England in their Autumn Nations Cup encounter with Georgia at Twickenham on Saturday.