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High praise for all-action props

Coenie Oosthuizen and Trevor Nyakane have received high praise from coach Johann van Graan for more than just their scrummaging.
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Out with the old, in with the new

Heyneke Meyer expressed confidence in the latest crop of Springboks after Bakkies Botha's decision to retire.
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Player ratings: No depth

OPINION: Italy made life unpleasant for South Africa, but ultimately came up well short - losing 6-22 in Padua on Saturday.

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Boks rally late to overcome Azzurri

MATCH REPORT: South Africa produced a late score to ease past Italy, winning 22-6 at Stadio Euganeo, in Padua, on Saturday.

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Boks the 'form team'

INTERVIEW: rugby365 brings you the final views from the Italian and South African camps ahead of their Test encounter in Padua on Saturday.

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Preview: Italy v South Africa

Paul Dobson looks at the match when the Springboks travel from circumspect, understated England to spontaneous, exuberant Italy.

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Azzurri and Boks down the years

The Springboks played Italy in a Test for the first time in 1995, but rugby contact between the two countries goes back much further than that.

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Fijian flavour for Azzurri

Italy coach Jacques Brunel has selected Fijian-born flank Samuela Vunisa in the only change to the team to face the Springboks on Saturday.

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Can Pumbaa pass the Castro test?

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Martín Leandro Castrogiovanni is the ultimate test for any prop hoping to make his mark on the international stage.

Italy cut the fat as Boks await

Tommaso Allan and Robert Barbieri have been released by Italy ahead of this weekend's Test against South Africa.

Goosen one of four Bok changes

The Springbok starting team to face Italy in Padova on Saturday shows four changes from the side which beat England at Twickenham.

Top two inches key for Boks

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Springbok breakdown consultant Richie Gray believes games are mostly won and lost in the 'top two inches'.

Azzurri 'fighting fit' for Boks

The Italian team was given a clean bill of health ahead of their encounter with South Africa at Stadio Euganeo in Padua on Saturday.

Goosen to step up from dirt trackers

Johan Goosen is ready to emerge from obscurity and stake a claim to be once again a regular member of the Springbok squad.

Lions prop gets Bok call-up

Golden Lions prop Ruan Dreyer has been called up to the Springbok squad as injury cover for Jannie du Plessis. 

Boks show their RWC gameplan

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer said his side had played "World Cup-winning rugby" after seeing off 2015 tournament hosts England 31-28.

Boks to face recharged Azzurri

Italy captain Sergio Parisse said that his side hope to take advantage of their extra day of rest ahead of the clash with the Springboks.

Pumas hang on for tight win

Argentina battled back in the second half to claim a tight 20-18 victory over Italy in Genova on Friday.