One of the World Cup’s leading players to date sustained a twisted ankle in the victory over Canada.
This is why the veteran Springbok hooker is one of the most popular players on the planet.
The Bok skipper is close to full match fitness again, meaning he’s hardly concerned over starting two games in four days.
The utility back only replaced Jesse Kriel less than a week ago as Rassie Erasmus deals with only a four-day turnaround from the Italy win.
The Springbok midfielder assures all that he and his teammates are switched on for a challenging outing against Italy.
Beast Mtawarira and Bongi Mbonambi also storm into contention as the Springboks take no chances for a must-win meeting with Italy.

Brits not over: His ‘vital’ Rugby World Cup role at 38

The evergreen hooker was relaxing in Ibiza after a distinguished career with Saracens when Boks coach Rassie Erasmus called him out of the blue.

Rassie wary of ‘scary’ giant-killers Japan

South Africa famously went down to Japan in the 2015 World Cup’s ‘Miracle of Brighton’, an upset the Brave Blossoms reprised with their 19-12 win over Ireland.

An alternative history of the Springboks at the World Cup – Part One

An alternative history of the Springboks at the World Cup – Part One

We chat to three integral members of some forgotten nostalgic moments at the showpiece tournament.

No 8 on the back for evergreen Schalk Brits

The 38-year-old veteran, who’s actually a specialist hooker, will also captain the Springboks in Saturday’s ‘Africa derby’.

Proudfoot expresses sadness for ‘great guy’ Nyakane

Now it will be up to rookie Thomas du Toit to fulfill the role of scrumming all-rounder.

‘The Tank’ called up as unlucky Nyakane receives devastating blow

The genial Springbok prop’s World Cup is over after he tore his calf in the past weekend’s defeat to the All Blacks

Bakkies: We have the All Blacks’ number now

Bakkies: We have the All Blacks’ number now

The legendary Springbok lock, a World Cup winner in 2007, admits though it’s going to be small margins that determine success.

Mercurial Willie: Sometimes I don’t know where I find myself

Yet his value of the fullback’s playmaking abilities to the Springboks’ cause at the World Cup is undeniable.

Rassie: Boks not distracted by Etzebeth assault allegation

The national team has been answering some tough questions this past week ahead of the showdown with the All Blacks.

It’s a ‘fact’ – Rassie says refs favour All Blacks

It certainly doesn’t help that Jerome Garces, under whom the Springboks have a poor record, will officiate in Yokohama.

SABC’s Rugby World Cup blackout ‘lets country down’

SABC’s Rugby World Cup blackout ‘lets country down’

The tournament has the power to unite the nation, SA Rugby says, while Mark Andrews slams the public broadcaster for not showing a single Springbok match.

Faf won’t be having a bad hair day against the All Blacks

Those blond locks might not be ideal for Japan’s sticky conditions, but the Springboks’ influential scrumhalf isn’t overly worried.

Rassie’s Irishman already has the feel of a trump card

Much like Eddie Jones in 2007, it at least sounds like Felix Jones is already having an influence on the Springboks’ World Cup assault.

Mzwandile Stick: We want equal treatment against the All Blacks

The Springbok assistant coach is wary of Jerome Garces applying too much leeway with the whistle just because the All Blacks are, well, the All Blacks…




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