The 'sold-out' sign for the opening match of the Lions Series has been put up as Toll Stadium, Whangarei prepares for the eagerly awaited match between the British & Irish Lions and the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians.
Warren Whiteley has been named the 58th Springbok captain and will get his first opportunity to lead the team when a much-changed squad, which includes eight uncapped players, gets together for the June Test Series against France at a training camp in late May.
The pool draw for Rugby World Cup 2019 will take place on Wednesday 10 May in the historic Japanese city of Kyoto at the iconic Kyoto State Guest House. Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa await which Pool they will be drawn into for the tournament.
Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Jamba Ulengo and Uzair Cassiem will make their Springbok debuts against Wales in Cardiff while a fourth uncapped player, Jean-Luc du Preez, has been included on the bench for the final match of the November Tour.
The Wallabies showed their mettle to overcome a spirited French outfit 25-23 in a nailbiting match at Stade de France. David Pocock, leading the Wallabies as captain was instrumental forcing crucial turnovers and halting the French attack with his brick-wall defence.