Super Rugby is at the halfway mark, so who have been the hot South African players pushing for a Springbok place? Rugby writer ...
First Rohan Janse van Rensburg was ruled out, and hours later it was Handre Pollard's turn. It was not a good day for the Lions, Bulls and Springboks.
Handre Pollard's ten-week injury lay-off means the Sharks teenage sensation Curwin Bosch currently leads the race for the Springbok flyhalf jersey.
Sharks tighthead prop Lourens Adriaanse will move to French Top 14 club Pau at the end of the current season.
Curwin Bosch is a rare breed in South Africa and should earn a Springbok call-up if he continues to perform, writes Ashfak Mohamed.
Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus looks set to utilise an exit clause in his contract and take up a senior position with the Springboks.
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee is pleased that Brendan Venter will finally join the team to “help turn things around” as defence coach.
Former Springbok midfielder Brendan Venter has joined the Springboks in a consulting capacity as their new defence and exits coach.