As rugby's greatest rivalry prepares to pen another chapter in its storied and complicated history, it is worth pausing to reflect on why the All Blacks and Springboks coming to blows is so compelling.
Lood De Jager returns after missing the Springboks' 30-17 defeat by Australia last weekend as he completed concussion protocols, and his return will boost the team's lineout proficiency and ability from the rolling maul.
South Africa loose forward Jasper Wiese has been found not guilty of foul play after being cited following the 30-17 Rugby Championship defeat to Australia at the weekend, but will not feature against New Zealand on Saturday.
All Blacks forwards coach John Plumtree is expecting a "titanic" battle up front when New Zealand and South Africa meet in their 100th Test match in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.
Level-headed, fierce and resilient, three words that could easily be inscribed in stone beside Michael Hooper's name, his teammates lifted to his level and had fans dreaming again as they defeated the Springboks 30-17 in Brisbane.
Taniela Tupou showed his many talents as the Wallabies overcame a lopsided penalty count and another controversial yellow card to beat world champions South Africa for a second-straight weekend.
Can the Wallabies diffuse the Springboks maul? Do the Boks have anything else to attack with? And what impact will some "clips" sent to World Rugby have on this week's referee? Here are your talking points for the Wallabies-Springboks rematch.
Disruption isn't always bad, especially when it comes to the old guard that largely continues to govern the rugby world. But is shoehorning in another format, this time the World 12s, really an answer to the game's issues?
Chalk another one up for this extraordinary third decade of the 21st century. At 33 years of age, having not played a Test in more than 1500 days, Quade Cooper produced one of the finest performances of his Test career to lead the Wallabies to victory.
Quade Cooper has capped an incredible Wallabies return, kicking a match-winning penalty after the siren to beat South Africa 28-26 in his first Test for more than four years.
The Bledisloe trophy may already be locked back up in New Zealand and a Rugby Championship title may be all but ruled out, but there's still plenty for the Wallabies to play for this weekend when they take on the Springboks on the Gold Coast.
Four years after he last pulled on the gold jersey, Quade Cooper has been given the Wallabies No.10 in a desperate bid to help Australia end their current three-game winless streak.
It's been a tough year so far for Wallabies coach Dave Rennie, with a 2-4 record from his six matches so far and another seven - potentially eight - more to come, what must the Wallabies do to get a pass mark?
South Africa rugby winger Cheslin Kolbe is joining Toulon from fellow French giants Toulouse, the Top 14 club said on Friday.
Rugby Australia chief Andy Marinos hit back at New Zealand Rugby boss Mark Robinson, stating he doesn't believe NZR ever had any intention of playing the third Bledisloe Test on the 28th of August.
Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has said South Africa was ready to host the remainder of the Rugby Championship, as the competition's organisers scramble for a venue for the rest of this year's matches in the coming days.
Tries from wing Makazole Mapimpi and Malcolm Marx helped South Africa secure a comfortable 29-10 victory over Argentina in their Rugby Championship clash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.
New Zealand have pulled out of the scheduled third Bledisoe Cup match in Perth, as SANZAAR scrambles to finalise the draw for the Rugby Championship that could see the back half of the tournament either be played in Queensland or be rerouted to Europe.
Lood de Jager will earn a 50th cap for South Africa in their Rugby Championship Test against Argentina in Nelson Mandela Bay on Saturday -- a milestone that had looked doubtful as he battled a career-threatening injury last year.
South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber has rotated his team for their second Rugby Championship clash with Argentina in Nelson Mandela Bay on Saturday, reverting to something close to a full-strength side.
First half tries by scrum-half Cobus Reinach and wing Aphelele Fassi led much-changed South Africa to a scrappy 32-12 victory over Argentina.
The 20-minute red card and the 50:22 are among several law variations that have been greenlit for the Rugby Championships set to kick-off on Saturday.
The Rugby Championship is back for 2021 with world champion Springboks chasing what would be an historic treble. The All Blacks remain their biggest obstacle, but the Wallabies and Pumas also appear to be on the improve.
South Africa made 10 changes to their side to kick-off the Rugby Championship against Argentina in Nelson Mandela Bay on Saturday.
South Africa hooker Malcolm Marx believes the Springboks will have no trouble lifting themselves for the start of their Rugby Championship campaign against Argentina in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) on Saturday.
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- SA2ndPoints Difference 1st New Zealand : 114 Points DifferenceNZL1st24114