Springboks

Exodus reaching critical point

RYAN VREDE, in Dublin, writes Heyneke Meyer is deeply concerned about the rate South Africa is losing top young talent to Ireland.

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Better equipped Brits boon for Boks

RYAN VREDE, in Dublin, reports that Schalk Brits says his time in Europe has refined him into a player capable of adapting his style to suit any match situation.

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Meyer seeks quartet of qualities

RYAN VREDE, in Dublin, reports that Heyneke Meyer has outlined four key foundations on which he believes the success of his touring squad can be built.

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Ireland hope for O’Connell boost

Ireland are hoping that veteran lock and sometime skipper Paul O’Connell will make a timely recovery ahead of Saturday’s Test against the Springboks.

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Lambie set for Bok start

RYAN VREDE, writing from Dublin, says Pat Lambie ran at flyhalf for the bulk of Monday’s training session in a strong indicator that he will play ahead of Morne Steyn at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

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Heyneke to hail Heinke

Reports from Ireland suggest that Heinke van der Merwe is the probable latest European-based South African to be added to the Springbok touring squad.

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No breathing space for Boks

RYAN VREDE, writing from Dublin, says there needs to be some tempering of expectation around the quality of the Springboks’ performances, but not of the expectation of a clean sweep.

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All eyes on Bok backs

JON CARDINELLI writes there’s a strong possibility that Heyneke Meyer will return from Europe with significant answers to nagging backline questions.

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