While South African cavemen ponder the workings of a simple wheel, the All Blacks spaceship looks set to go where no tier-one Test side has gone before, writes JON CARDINELLI.
All Blacks wing Julian Savea will start against the Wallabies in Auckland on Saturday.
Jaco Kriel is the obvious candidate to replace Francois Louw, but the injury to the Boks’ first-choice openside flanker may also precipitate a recall for Heinrich Brussow on the end-of-year tour, writes CRAIG LEWIS.
Star fullback Leigh Halfpenny has been included in Wales' 36-man squad to play the Springboks, Wallabies, Argentina and Japan in November.
All Blacks scrumhalf Aaron Smith has been issued with a formal warning and will voluntarily miss this weekend's Bledisloe Cup Test following a misconduct meeting.
David Pocock and Sean McMahon have returned from injury to bolster the Wallabies squad for the final Bledisloe Cup Test against the All Blacks next weekend.
French duo Jérôme Garcès and Romain Poite will referee the Springboks' Tests against England and Wales respectively in November.
Duane Vermeulen says he wants to be part of finding a solution to the Springboks' woes, but can't see a 'positive outcome' with the way things are currently going.
The Springboks have dropped to fourth in the World Rugby rankings following their humiliating 57-15 loss to the All Blacks in Durban.
Lood de Jager has been banned for one game after charging into a ruck during the Springboks' 57-15 loss against the All Blacks in Durban.