The Rugby Championship

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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Blacks’ midfield mess

New Zealand centres Conrad Smith and Luke McAlister are likely to miss the remainder of the Tri-Nations through injury.

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Boks back Aussies

Peter de Villiers says a Wallabies win over the All Blacks should make life much easier for the Springboks.

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Schalk to start in Perth

Schalk Burger is likely to wear the No 7 jersey next week with Juan Smith still battling an ankle injury.

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