All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has poured lukewarm water on the notion their Test against South Africa is a significant pointer to the teams' World Cup group stage blockbuster.
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Rugby World Cup winner Frans Steyn was a bag of nerves before returning to the South Africa side in their 35-17 Rugby Championship victory over Australia, as he targets a late push for a place in the Springboks' World Cup squad.
South Africa have much to work on following their Rugby Championship-opening 35-17 success against Australia at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday, Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus says.
Two bombed tries and a controversial yellow card meant the Wallabies again left Ellis Park empty-handed after a 35-17 loss to South Africa in their Rugby Championship opener.
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Bulls prop Lizo Gqoboka is also set to make his Test debut off the bench at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg.
South Africa prop Tendai Mtawarira is ready to give his "mind, body and soul" to the Springboks, and he has backed coach Rassie Erasmus to lead the team to Rugby World Cup glory in Japan.
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On the cusp of a first Test in almost four years, Nic White says he is now better equipped for international rugby after honing his halfback craft overseas in the northern hemisphere.
The winger seems likely also to miss the Springboks' second Rugby Championship Test against New Zealand in Wellington on July 27.
Small played 47 Tests for South Africa between 1992 and 1997, and was a part of the Springboks team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup on home soil.
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South Africa are to take a "conservative approach" with injured captain Siya Kolisi ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan,
South Africa international Travis Ismaiel will join Premiership club Harlequins after this year's World Cup.
"Van Staden has been drafted in as cover for Siya Kolisi and will remain in camp until there is absolute clarity about whether Kolisi will be able to take part in the initial stages of the Rugby Championship," SA Rugby said in a statement.
Duane Vermeulen, Handre Pollard, Lukhanyo Am, Sibusiso Nkosi and Francois Louw headline the additions, with Ruan Botha, Dan du Preez, Warren Whiteley, Damian Willemseand Jan Serfontein not considered due to injury.
Steyn, who plays for French Top 14 club Montpellier, and who has not featured for South Africa since 2017, in one of nine overseas-based players in the camp.
SANZAAR has expressed its disappointment at the loss of the "golden opportunity" offered by the Nations Championship, the potentially transformative Test competition which could have brought about a vital financial windfall.
World Rugby has abandoned its plans to create a Nations Championship after failing to gain support from unions, the sport's ruling body said on Wednesday.
The model also ensures the unions and the Springboks work in partnership to develop "players of national interest", and younger players will be offered "commitment clauses" that will reward them for staying in South Africa.
The former Springboks captain has illustrated the toll of his injuries by showing off what he described as "a loose" knee.
The Bulls and Springboks star will miss six to eight weeks of Super Rugby.
The Lions captain returns after missing seven weeks having sustained a pectoralis major muscle tear in the match against the Stormers in Cape Town.
Branco du Preez has played in more matches for South Africa's Sevens team than any other player, but the Blitzboks playmaker experienced a completely new feeling in winning the HSBC World Rugby Singapore Sevens on Sunday.
- SA2ndTRIES SCORED 1st New Zealand : 33 Tries ScoredNZL1st2133
- SA2ndPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st New Zealand : 93 Points DifferenceNZL1st693