The Springboks have officially relinquished their status as the No 1-ranked team in the world to the All Blacks.
With South Africa and New Zealand set to face off in the 100th Test between the sides, check out the key historic numbers from the game’s fiercest rivalry.
All Blacks coach Ian Foster has downplayed their return to the top of the world rankings, saying it is not on their minds because winning Test matches is all that matters.
Former All Blacks coach Laurie Mains has launched a scathing attack on the Springboks, who he predicts will be no match for New Zealand in the 100th Test between the sides this coming Saturday.
Neil Powell has praised the Blitzboks following their success at the Canada Sevens tournament in Vancouver, where they claimed the title in commanding fashion after beating Kenya in the Cup final on Monday.
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.
The Blitzboks scored 20 tries in three matches on day one of the Canada Sevens and only conceded three as they delivered a strong performance in the opening tournament of the 2021 World Rugby Sevens Series.
The All Blacks will replace South Africa as the No 1-ranked side in the world and Australia will rise to third when the official rankings update is released on Monday.
Here are some stats and facts in preparation for the Rugby Championship clash between the Springboks and Wallabies in Brisbane on Saturday.
Phepsi Buthelezi will captain the Sharks squad, which includes veteran additions Ruan Pienaar and Tian Meyer, during a four-match Vodacom United Rugby Championship tour of Europe.