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Breakdown battle to resume

“We’ve got to do a lot of research and planning to make sure our stuff works well for us.”

Tattooed Samoans to don skin suits to avoid offending Japanese hosts

“The extra skins are only for when we go to the (swimming) pools though. At the training we can wear our normal clothes.”

Farewell to our Fab Five

Whether it’s at centre, fullback or flyhalf, or from off the bench, or kicking a winning 50m penalty, Steyn will have some say in Japan

Stick wants officials to play fair

The Springbok management clearly want Saturday’s officials to be aware that the Boks know that the world champion All Blacks unfairly receive preferential treatment, and that this must change

Bok defence worries All Blacks

The Boks’ line speed, and by extension how the All Blacks respond to it, will have a big say in how the game plays out. Knowing Steve Hansen, I’m sure he has his plans in place firmly

Reasons to smile and to frown for Boks

The Boks are often at their most dangerous when they have been written off, or not given much of a chance.

Tweaks Rassie could  consider

Bok chief Rassie Erasmus has got a good look into all his squad members, and his first -and second choices are clearly marked in his notebook

Pollard will be key to Bok campaign, says Matfield

“I am glad Rassie gave him that 30 minutes against Japan and hopefully he will also give him a start against a team like Namibia”

Quinny: Captaincy isn’t exactly rocket science

“I’m never going to be the head boy. I’m a little outside the box and I enjoy being a little different to people”.

A mental game

The result of the Springbok's Rugby World Cup opener against New Zealand in Yokohama will depend on more than just these teams' physical abilities