The Springboks have dropped to No 6 in the World Rugby rankings after their 25-10 loss to England in Cape Town.
Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen is being pursued by English Premiership side Bath as a possible signing after he finishes his stint in Japan.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says while rugby has changed, World Rugby hasn’t moved with the times.
The Golden Lions XV beat the Blue Bulls 47-29 in Johannesburg, while there were also wins for Western Province, the Sharks XV, Pumas, Boland and Griquas in the Provincial Rugby Challenge.
The Springboks will miss the leadership as well as the big-match temperament of Duane Vermeulen in the more challenging Rugby Championship clashes, writes JON CARDINELLI.
Eddie Jones says he has no doubt that the Springboks can be World Cup contenders in Japan next year, writes CRAIG LEWIS in Cape Town.
Rassie Erasmus is confident that Elton Jantjies has the character to bounce back from a ‘challenging’ outing against England on Saturday, writes CRAIG LEWIS in Cape Town.
Elton Jantjies endured a night to forget in the series-ending clash against England, writes CRAIG LEWIS at Newlands.
England produced a superior tactical-kicking display to beat the Springboks 25-10 on Saturday, reports JON CARDINELLI at Newlands.
Ireland flyhalf Johnny Sexton kicked five penalties as Ireland beat the Wallabies 20-16 in Sydney, reports DYLAN JACK.