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 Springboks conceded four tries in a Test match for the first time since 2018 during Saturday’s disappointing defeat by Australia in Brisbane.
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.
Take a look at the match-day squads for the fourth-round Rugby Championship clash between Australia and South Africa on Saturday.
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.
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.
The charges of assault against All Black Shannon Frizell for abusing a woman and her partner, have been dismissed after he completed police diversion.
Following the announcement of his planned retirement at the end of the season, legendary Italy captain Sergio Parisse has ranked the five toughest opponents he faced in Test rugby.