Paul Willemse and Bernard le Roux, who both qualified for Les Bleus on residency grounds, have been at the heart of a side which has dispatched World Cup runners-up England and Italy so far.
The Aussie giants are in trouble, leaking 99 points in three games to date.
Franco Smith, who was Allister Coetzee’s assistant in 2017 and highly successful as Cheetahs coach, is nowadays mentoring the Azzurri.
The Japan side’s contingent of South Africans make their mark.
But they didn’t have it all their way against a resurgent home team.
The flanker, son of former Lions coach Johann and considered a rising prospect, was on holiday in SA from the UK, where he’s currently playing under his dad at Gloucester.

World Rugby Gareth Thomas ‘upset’ by Israel Folau signing

Thomas, also a dual-code international, but who made his name in rugby union, is gay and said he would refuse to watch any matches involving the Australian.

World Rugby Controversial Aussie star Folau signs for French club, sparks outrage

The 30-year-old, an ardent Christian and former poster boy of Australian rugby, was fired in May by Rugby Australia over a social media post warning “hell awaits” gay people and others he considers sinners.

World Rugby Springbok guru officially defects to England

Matt Proudfoot, a man credited for the Springboks’ brilliant forward play at the World Cup, didn’t have his contract renewed at SA Rugby.

World Rugby Tales of the unexpected: ex-Wales star Hook pens children’s books

He revealed the idea to put pen to paper came form accompanying his oldest son Harrison to a book fair.

World Rugby Rugby fans mob Japan’s Brave Blossoms at victory parade

The hosts reached the quarter finals for the first time at this year’s World Cup, bagging stunning wins over Six Nations sides Scotland and Ireland before a gutsy last-eight loss to the Springboks.

World Rugby ‘We didn’t back down’, Rugby Australia insists after Folau payout

Under the settlement, both sides apologised for “any hurt or harm” caused, with Folau taking to YouTube to claim he had been “vindicated”.

World Rugby WATCH: Former Bulls props’ incredibly dangerous and cynical on-field act

Pierre Schoeman was very lucky to have escaped with this!

World Rugby Folau, Rugby Australia reach settlement in anti-gay sacking row

Folau, an ardent Christian, was fired in May over a social media post warning “hell awaits” gay people and others he considers sinners. 

World Rugby ‘Two penises kissing passionately’ – Twitter hammers Crusaders’ logo fail

The franchise had to develop a new one after the mosque shootings in Christchurch earlier this year.

World Rugby WATCH: ‘Humble’ Kolbe set for Toulouse return as Etzebeth arrives in France

But the towering, controversial lock will have to wait to make his French debut.

World Rugby Sacked Folau raises compensation claim to staggering R140m

The stridently Christian fullback was fired in May for “high-level” misconduct after posting on Instagram that “hell awaits” gay people and others he considers sinners. 

World Rugby WATCH: ‘Hey horsey’ – Is this the weirdest rugby interview ever?

English prop Joe Marler clearly believes horses talk in an Irish accent!

World Rugby Wallabies poach coach Rennie under All Blacks’ noses

The former Chiefs mentor says his home country contacted him too late for his services.

World Rugby Folau at it again, saying Aussie bushfires are payback for legalising same-sex marriage

The former Wallabies star was banished from rugby earlier this year for repeated utterances that gay people would go to hell.




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