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.
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.
World Rugby has published the ranking permutations for the fourth round of Rugby Championship matches this weekend.
Sir Clive Woodward has taken another unprovoked snipe at South Africa, saying rugby will be “dead in five years” if the sport follows the route of the world champion Springboks.
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.
Check out the Springboks’ post-match media conference following their agonising two-point Rugby Championship defeat by the Wallabies this past Sunday.