The Springboks will start the defence of their Rugby Championship title against Argentina, when they return to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium for the first time since 2018 in the opening two Tests of their 2021 campaign.
The Wallabies are facing the prospect of playing two consecutive Bledisloe Cup Tests in New Zealand before taking on the All Blacks in Perth in a condensed schedule to accommodate Covid-19 travel restrictions.
The southern hemisphere’s showpiece Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup matches were in jeopardy after Australia’s latest Covid-19 outbreak popped its trans-Tasman travel bubble with New Zealand.
All Blacks coach Ian Foster has named his 36-man squad for the Rugby Championship, which features the return of a couple of key backline players.
World Rugby on Wednesday announced five law trials which will start next month, including a so-called ’50/22′ kicking adaptation.
Environmental group Greenpeace is pressing New Zealand Rugby to call off a proposed sponsorship deal with a UK-based petrochemicals manufacturer.
Legendary Springbok Bakkies Botha has been ranked No 1 on a five-man list of most ill-disciplined players in rugby history.
SA Rugby has announced that the Currie Cup Premier and First Divisions will be back to normal this year, while also confirming new provincial U20 competitions after last year’s Covid-19 interruption.
Bryan Habana has come out in defence of his former coach, Peter de Villiers, who was criticised by a Springbok supporter online.
All Blacks great Jerome Kaino – who is expected to announce his retirement soon – has included two South Africans on the list of five toughest opponents he has faced throughout his career.