Ox Nche says the decision to replace the Springboks’ starting front-row at half-time was not pre-planned and that he was ready to play the full first Test against the British & Irish Lions if needed.
Rassie Erasmus has responded graciously to the British & Irish Lions’ 22-17 victory over the Springboks in Cape Town on Saturday.
Faf de Klerk said the Springboks will be coming back fired up in next weekend’s second Test against the British & Irish Lions after a disappointing loss in the first Test on Saturday.
The British & Irish Lions scored 19 second-half points to secure a come-from-behind 22-17 victory in the first Test match over the Springboks in Cape Town on Saturday.
The British & Irish Lions have been forced into one change to their starting lineup for the first Test against the Springboks in Cape Town on Saturday.
Tight contests are often tilted by a memorable moment in the match and so the SARugbymag.co.za writers have predicted which player will produce the magic in the crunch first Test between the Springboks and 2021 British & Irish Lions.
Winning a series against the Lions will be a bigger achievement for the Springboks than their 2019 World Cup triumph, says former Springbok coach Nick Mallett.
Former Ireland international Neil Francis was sacked from his role as a rugby pundit on Friday after making a racist remark about British & Irish Lions flyhalf Marcus Smith, who he described as having an “Oompa Loompa tan”.
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.
Former international referee Alain Rolland has called on World Rugby to investigate the Springboks’ use of Rassie Erasmus as the team’s water carrier.