It has been a shocker of a year for Bok coach Allister Coetzee and his players and there is only one way to fix it, writes Jacques van der Westhuyzen.
Allister Coetzee insisted he alone was not responsible for a dreadful run of results as the battered Springboks arrived in Cardiff.
Eben Etzebeth is unlikely to be fit to play against Wales in Cardiff as his recovery from concussion proceeds slowly, coach Allister Coetzee said.
Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss apologised to South Africa after the calamity against Italy.
Even if Allister Coetzee pulls a whole warren of rabbits out of his hat and scrambles a win, he will be fired, writes Mike Greenaway.
Coach Allister Coetzee said it was "embarrassing" to see the Boks butcher a number of try-scoring opportunities inside the Italian 22.
"It used to be that SA went abroad in the twilight of their careers to bolster income. Now they are leaving the country in their prime."
The 20-18 loss to Italy in Florence this weekend ranks among the most humiliating suffered by twice world champions South Africa.
This defeat will plunge them into a hole so deep that it's going to take much more than just physical effort to get them out, writes Wynona Louw.
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee says resigning from the job "is out of my hands" following the disastrous defeat to Italy.
Springbok rugby reached an all-time low on Saturday when a hugely passionate Italy side scored a well-taken 20-18 Test victory over South Africa.
SA Rugby president Mark Alexander says they will "undertake a full review of the year" following the Springboks' latest humiliating defeat.
If Springbok coach Allister Coetzee doesn't tender his resignation after this result, then the SA Rugby Union should show him the door.
South Africa and Italy don't have much in common, but one thing they do have in common is a rather forgettable season.
Mike Greenaway says South Africans are getting used to shock defeats but surely a wary Boks team can't lose to Italy?