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After the retirement of Jean de Villiers from international rugby, Fourie du Preez has been named as the player to lead the charge in the Springboks' next Rugby World Cup game against Scotland on Saturday. Schalk Burger will be the vice-captain.
After playing for South Africa for 13 years, Springbok captain Jean de Villiers has announced his retirement from international rugby due to a fractured jaw he sustained during the Rugby World Cup Pool B match against Samoa on Saturday.
Five South Africans were among the 25 inductees into the World Rugby Hall of Fame. The ceremony, conducted in England as they host the 2015 World Cup, honoured players who have made a positive impact on the world game.
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer named his squad for the five matches leading up to the Rugby World Cup later this season. Eight players are being called up to the national team for the first time, while there are a number of players who are off the field as they recover from injuries.
The Springbok Women's Sevens team has been drawn to face France, China and Mexico in their pool matches at the IRB Women's World Sevens Qualifier in Hong Kong next month, the International Rugby Board announced on Tuesday.
The Springboks' most capped player of all time, Victor Matfield, has overcome injury and been named in the Springbok squad for their Australasian leg of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship.
Juan Smith will complete a remarkable return to international rugby when he runs out for the Springboks against Argentina in Salta on Saturday. His inclusion at flank is one of three changes to the starting XV, with a further four changes on the bench.
South Africa face a tough test when they take on Australia in Macoussis, outside Paris, on Friday afternoon in their opening match at the 2014 IRB Women's Rugby World Cup.
The Springbok Women departed for the IRB Women's Rugby World Cup in France on Sunday with high hopes of achieving their best ever finish in the tournament following months of preparation and specialist skills training.
The Springbok Women's rugby team leaves for Paris on Sunday for the IRB Women's World Cup, where they will meet hosts France, Australia and Wales in a very tough group. Captain Mandisa Williams says the mood in the squad is "electric".