Bok lock Etzebeth wary of threat posed by Irish pack | The Citizen

Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth is wary of the threat posed by the Irish forward pack ahead of South Africa’s end-of-year European tour match at Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening. Ireland’s forwards put in a strong showing during their 2-1 series win in New Zealand in July and Etzebeth believes they will provide the Boks with … Read more

Bok loose-forward Nizaam Carr returns to Loftus to play for Bulls | The Citizen

Springbok loose-forward Nizaam Carr will play for the Bulls once again, following the demise of Wasps in England. Carr has already joined the Pretoria-based team and will wear the blue jersey until at least June 2024. The loose-forward, who went to school at Bishops in Cape Town, previously played for the Stormers and also turned … Read more

Vermeulen’s Bok omission part of the plan, Roos’ time to shine | The Citizen

The surprise omission of eighthman Duane Vermeulen from the Springboks 35-man squad named for their European end-of-year-tour on Friday, was always part of the plan, according to SA Rugby Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus. Since making an underwhelming return from injury to the Bok team during the Rugby Championship, Vermeulen has struggled for form and … Read more

Libbok, Mngomezulu included in Bok squad; Goosen in SA ‘A’ group | The Citizen

Former Junior Springbok backs Manie Libbok and Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu earned their first Springbok call-ups on Friday, while there was a recall for Jason Jenkins, who is back in the national set-up four years after making his Test debut, as head coach Jacques Nienaber named his 35-man squad for the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour. South Africa … Read more

It really doesn’t make any sense to not pick Elton Jantjies for Bok tour | The Citizen

How very disappointing that the Springbok management team have dropped Elton Jantjies from the squad for the November tour of Europe. I was shocked this week to see that Jantjies was not included in the 26-man training squad that will gather in Stellenbosch ahead of the tour. The only flyhalf named in the squad is … Read more

WATCH: Canan Moodie on Bok call-up, the debut try and his return to Bulls | The Citizen

Bulls and Springboks wing Canan Moodie is almost at a loss for words when trying to express his feelings about the last few months of his life. Just over a year ago not too many South Africans had heard of Moodie, who was still playing junior rugby. But fast forward to today and Moodie is … Read more

Cheslin Kolbe tips Bok opponents France as World Cup ‘favourites’ | The Citizen

South Africa’s Rugby World Cup winning winger Cheslin Kolbe said on Monday that France are “favourites” for next year’s competition. Les Bleus emphatically beat New Zealand in November before winning their first Six Nations title since 2010 in March. The tournaments hosts are in Pool A with three-time winners the All Blacks, Italy, Uruguay and … Read more

SA Rugby refutes Bok drug use allegations ahead of Argentina test | The Citizen

SA Rugby were scrambling to refute damning allegations being put to them by certain sections of the South African media just a few hours before the Springboks’ important Rugby Championship clash against Argentina on Saturday night. Earlier on Saturday released a story claiming that publication Rapport was due to publish a story on Sunday, … Read more

Jesse Kriel on taking over Lukhanyo Am’s Bok No 13 jersey: ‘It’s a big opportunity’ | The Citizen

Springbok utility back Jesse Kriel is just happy to be back in the team, after he was named in his regular position of outside centre to front up against the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship on Saturday. Kriel was named in the position after regular starter Lukhanyo Am was ruled out of the remainder of … Read more

Bok coach Nienaber on Korobeite tackle, Faf de Klerk yellow card, poor finishing | The Citizen

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has steered clear of criticising two refereeing decisions that impacted his team in their 25-17 Rugby Championship defeat to the Wallabies in Adelaide on Saturday. Both incidents happened jut before half-time with the Boks 10-3 down. The first was when Marika Korobeite appeared to use no arms to tackle Makazole Mapimpi … Read more