The Rugby Championship

Ruan set for fullback role

Frans Steyn is likely to sit on the bench for the Springboks’ Test in Perth, with Ruan Pienaar starting in the No 15 jersey.

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Wallabies lose key players

The Springboks are likely to face a new-look Australia combination with news that lock Nathan Sharpe and inside centre Berrick Barnes are out of Saturday’s clash in Perth.

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Stick to your strengths

The Springboks must not be hoodwinked into playing ‘entertaining’ rugby, writes Keo in his weekly Business Day column.

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Smith set to play

Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts is confident Juan Smith will be fit to face Australia on Saturday.

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No 1 spot on the line

The All Blacks have closed the gap on the Springboks at the top of the IRB world rankings.

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Australasian litmus test for Boks

The Springboks are two wins away from completing the most outstanding season but their most testing period under coach Peter de Villiers will come in the next three weeks.

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Axe looms for Baxter

Springbok loosehead prop Beast Mtawarira can brace himself for a duel with Ben Alexander as it appears the Australia selectors have lost faith in Al Baxter.

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ABs back Aussies

Graham Henry believes Australia are good enough to claim their first win of the Tri-Nations and down the Springboks on Saturday.

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