The Wallabies are facing the prospect of playing two consecutive Bledisloe Cup Tests in New Zealand before taking on the All Blacks in Perth in a condensed schedule to accommodate Covid-19 travel restrictions.
No 8 Jack Conan, who was a surprise inclusion in the British & Irish Lions lineup for the first Test, says it was “surreal” hearing his name called out as a starter against world champion Springboks on Saturday.
Four opponents who have been victimised by Cheslin Kolbe’s elusiveness have given a few pointers to the British & Irish Lions as they prepare to negate the Springbok dynamo on Saturday.
All the stats, facts and numbers for the first Test against the British & Irish Lions at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
SARugbymag.co.za readers have had their say about the match-day squad Jacques Nienaber selected for first Test against the British & Irish Lions in Cape Town on Saturday.
Springbok squad has been cut down to 37 players after coach Jacques Nienaber released 10 players back to their franchises and clubs.
Jacques Nienaber says there were specific reasons for certain team selections that caught some by surprise ahead of the first Test against the British & Irish Lions.
In the buildup to the first Test between the Springboks and British & Irish Lions in Cape Town, the SARugbymag.co.za writers select their Springbok match-day 23 that could run out on Saturday.
In the wake of several positive Covid-19 tests in the Springboks’ squad, a New Zealand rugby scribe says “bad karma seems to be lurking around the Springboks” since they withdrew from the 2020 Rugby Championship.
Alun Wyn Jones completed his remarkable comeback from injury in the British & Irish Lions’ 49-3 win over the Stormers on Saturday, but it was young flyhalf Marcus Smith who was the star of the show in Cape Town.