Nienaber’s Boks have ‘work to do’ before Rugby World Cup after France loss | The Citizen

South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber said on Saturday his side “have work to do” to challenge hosts France at next year’s Rugby World Cup after losing 30-26 to Les Bleus in Marseille. The Springboks played more than an hour at the Velodrome with 14-men after Pieter-Steph du Toit’s red card before captain Antoine Dupont … Read more

France team named to face Boks in Marseille | The Citizen

Centre Jonathan Danty has been named to start France’s Autumn Nations Series Test with South Africa this weekend despite missing training to be with his partner and new-born child, head coach Fabien Galthie said on Thursday. Danty became a father on Sunday for the first time and keeps his place in the team for Saturday’s … Read more

Boks back Libbok to play his ‘natural game,’ says boss Nienaber | The Citizen

Flyhalf Manie Libbok may get an opportunity to show what he can do on the international stage after he was included on the Springbok bench for their clash against France at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Saturday night. The Boks have gone through a flyhalf crisis this year, and currently have Damian Willemse starting … Read more

Why Willie le Roux has been given Boks’ No 15 jersey for France Test | The Citizen

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber said on Tuesday he had named Willie le Roux at fullback for Saturday’s Test with France in Marseille to deal with the hosts’ “unique” kicking game. Le Roux, 33, is one of five changes from last weekend’s loss to Ireland as winger Makazole Mapimpi drops to the world champions’ bench for … Read more

Boks update: Mostert could be back in No 5 jersey after Lood injury | The Citizen

Springbok utility forward Franco Mostert could be thrust back to the fore as the Springboks‘ starting No 5 lock, after a worrying shoulder injury to Lood de Jager during this past Saturday’s loss against Ireland could rule him out of the rest of the end-of-year-tour. De Jager was certainly in the wars against Ireland, after … Read more

Boks and Ireland have moved on since 2017’s 38-3 thrashing — Rassie | The Citizen

It has been a long five years since the Springboks and Ireland have come face to face, with the two set to battle it out in the Boks first European end-of-year-tour clash at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening. The last time the two sides met was at the same stadium towards the end of … Read more

Ireland team to face Boks named: Murray set for century landmark | The Citizen

Conor Murray will become the eighth Irish player to reach the 100 caps landmark when he starts against world champions South Africa in Saturday’s autumn international Test match at Lansdowne Road. The 33-year-old scrumhalf gets the opportunity as Jamison Gibson-Park, the man who has replaced him as first choice, has yet to play this term … Read more

Boks can beat ‘any side in the world’, says captain Kolisi | The Citizen

Siya Kolisi-captained world champions South Africa hope to extend a winning run over France and end losing streaks against Ireland and England when they tour Europe in November.  The Springboks have won their last three Tests in France, most recently four years ago when they snatched a 29-26 victory through a late Bongi Mbonambi pushover … Read more

Stormers give some Boks a break during European tour | The Citizen

The Stormers have opted to give four of their Springbok stars a break while they take on an early season European tour in the United Rugby Championship (URC) over the next three weeks. They take on Zebre in Italy this Saturday, followed by games against Ospreys and Cardiff in Wales, before returning to South Africa. … Read more