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  • South Africa fullback Warrick Gelant listens to South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus during the warm-up ahead of the Rugby Union World Cup warm-up match South Africa against Argentina at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, on 17 August 2019. Picture: AFP

    Master planner Erasmus will have Boks firing for World Cup

    Rassie Erasmus’ reputation as a methodical coach with an eye on innovation is well-founded as he leads a resurgence in fortunes for South Africa that has elevated them to among the favourites to lift the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

  • Ireland's coach Joe Schmidt gestures after the warm-up rugby union Test match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on 7 September 2019. Picture: AFP

    Ireland go to Rugby World Cup top of world rankings

    Ireland gave head coach Joe Schmidt and captain Rory Best the perfect farewell to home Tests at Lansdowne Road with their 19-10 win over Wales on Saturday putting them top of the world rankings for the first time.

  • FILE: Australia loose forward David Pocock during a training session. Picture: AFP

    Pocock confirms World Cup will be his Wallabies swansong

    The 31-year-old flanker, who will captain Australia in their final World Cup warm-up against Samoa in Sydney on Saturday, had already made it clear in May he would not be seeking a new contract with Rugby Australia.

  • Springbok flanker Siya Kolisi evades a tackle from Argentina wing Sebastian Cancelliere (R) during their 2019 Rugby Union World Cup warm-up match at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, on August 17, 2019. Picture: AFP

    Kolisi: Japan loss in 2015 made Boks stronger

    Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, along with the rest of the Bok squad, will be looking to banish the memories of the 2015 World Cup defeat to the same opposition in what was one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history.

  • Picture: @JRFURugby/Twitter

    Fearless Japan relish rematch against vengeful Boks

    The last time the teams met, hitherto tournament no-hopers Japan stunned the Springboks 34-32 on the English south coast in their opening game of the 2015 World Cup - an upset of such seismic proportions a movie about it has just been released.

  • South Africa's captain Siya Kolisi in action against England on 9 June 2018. Picture: Reuters

    Springboks roll out big guns for Japan World Cup warm-up

    Captain Siya Kolisi comes back into the side after fully recovering from a knee injury - the only change from the 23 selected for the 16-16 in New Zealand in July that set South Africa on their way to winning their first Rugby Championship.