European Professional Club Rugby chief executive Vincent Gaillard says South African teams will not be in the Champions Cup next season.
Here’s a closer look at how the Springbok players are performing in leagues around the world in the lead-up to the much-anticipated three-Test series against the British & Irish Lions.
World Cup-winning wing Cheslin Kolbe has hit out at his detractors questioning his ability to perform at the highest level because of his size.
Leinster boss Stuart Lancaster believes the introduction of the ‘heavier’ South African teams to the PRO14 will help the competition’s existing sides to better prepare for big European games.
Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard is pleased with how his knee held up during his return to the field for Montpellier this past Saturday.
Former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll has described Springbok wing Cheslin Kolbe as a player for the big moments after he helped Toulouse into the European Cup final.
A powerful second-half performance from La Rochelle was enough to overcome a more fancied Leinster side 32-23 and book their spot in the Champions Cup final.
Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard is set to feature prominently for Montpellier in the coming weeks after making his return from a long-term injury to help the French club book a place in the European Challenge Cup final.
Toulouse did enough to overcome a spirited performance by Bordeaux and claim a 21-9 victory in the Champions Cup semi-final.
Outgoing Munster and Ireland forward CJ Stander has been named an Honorary Limerick Man at the Limerick Person of the Year awards on Thursday.