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The South Africa national rugby union team commonly known as the Springboks, is the country's national team governed by the South African Rugby Union. The Springboks play in green and gold jerseys with white shorts. Their emblem is a native antelope, the Springbok, which is the national animal of South Africa. The team has been representing South African Rugby Union in international rugby union since 30 July 1891, when they played their first test match against a British Isles touring team. Currently, the Springboks are the number one ranked rugby team in the world and are the reigning World Champions, having won the World Cup on a record four occasions. They are also the second nation to win the World Cup consecutively.


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South Africa's netball team needed the backing given to the Springboks at the World Cup, says caps record-holder Bongi Msomi.
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World Cup-winning South African rugby player Hannes Strydom has died in a car crash aged 58.
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Springboks' big bet spices powerhouse World Cup final

South Africa are deploying a high-risk strategy in the highest-stakes game as New Zealand await in the Rugby World Cup final.
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South Africa 'know how to handle the pressure'

Former South Africa World Cup winning head coach Jake White says the Springboks "know how to handle the pressure" ahead of Saturday's final with New Zealand.
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'Springboks got out of jail to reach final'

Springbok legend Joel Stransky says a never-say-die mentality helped South Africa beat England at the Rugby World Cup - but New Zealand are favourites in the final.
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The history & rivalry of New Zealand v South Africa

Saturday's Rugby World Cup final between the All Blacks and the Springboks will provide another chapter in a storied rugby union rivalry.
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Match-winning kick was 'fun' - Pollard South Africa's hero once again

Two high pressure penalty kicks in two weeks from fly-half Handre Pollard propel the Springboks into Saturday's World Cup final.
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Springboks condemn online threats sent to Reinach

Cobus Reinach "is in a good space", says South Africa assistant coach Mzwandile Stick, after the scrum-half was sent threats online.
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How England can upset odds and beat South Africa

Former England international Paul Grayson and ex-Springbok Bobby Skinstad plot a path to victory for underdogs England in Saturday's World Cup semi-final.
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Dupont 'ready to suffer' against physical Springboks

Antoine Dupont says he is "ready to suffer" against South Africa in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final on Sunday.
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France pick fit-again Dupont to face Springboks

France captain Antoine Dupont will start at scrum-half in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final against South Africa in Paris on Sunday.
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Springboks return will not be perfect - Pollard

South Africa fly-half Handre Pollard says his return to World Cup action after injury will be "a big jump" that will not be "perfect".
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SA's Pollard to start against Tonga, says Erasmus

Handre Pollard will play for South Africa against Tonga in their final World Cup pool game, says director of Springbok rugby Rassie Erasmus.
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'Ireland face biggest test as Springboks showdown finally arrives'

Ireland face the biggest test of the Andy Farrell era as Saturday's much-anticipated World Cup match against holders South Africa finally arrives.
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'Irish emotions will be tested against Springboks'

Ireland coach Andy Farrell says his side are ready to be tested emotionally in Saturday's big World Cup encounter against holders South Africa.
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Ireland's attack can 'damage' Springboks - Doris

Back row Caelan Doris believes Ireland's attack can 'cause damage' to South Africa if the forwards can physically match the world champions.
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Springboks recall frontline stars for Ireland game

Eben Etzebeth is passed fit for South Africa's World Cup game with Ireland as they include 14 starters from the opening win over Scotland.
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Springbok Pollard will not face Ireland - Erasmus

South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus says fly-half Handre Pollard will not be involved in Saturday's World Cup match with Ireland unless they suffer injuries.
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Murray expecting the unexpected from South Africa

Ireland's Conor Murray says the Springboks coaches are the "type of guys who come up with new plans and tricky little things" in games.
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Can Scots find 80 minutes of mayhem to upset Springboks?

Scotland are huge underdogs against the brutal power of South Africa but have players that can hurt the World Cup holders, writes Tom English.
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Springboks record biggest win over All Blacks

New Zealand second row Scott Barrett is sent off as South Africa register their biggest win over the All Blacks, scoring five tries at Twickenham.
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Springboks edge impressive Pumas by single point

South Africa produce a strong defensive performance to beat a dominant Argentina and finish Rugby Championship runners-up.
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Goosen inspires Bulls as Cardiff suffer biggest loss

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Bulls welcome back their Springboks who show class as visitors Cardiff are thumped 45-9 in United Rugby Championship.
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Springboks not given due respect - Nienaber

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South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber accuses the rugby world of lacking respect for his team in the wake of director of rugby Rassie Erasmus' ban for social media posts on referees.
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Erasmus 'making South Africa so easy to dislike'

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Director of rugby Rassie Erasmus' behaviour makes South Africa "so easy to dislike", says Springboks great John Smit.
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Kolbe returns to Springboks team for Ireland game

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South Africa are boosted by the return of Cheslin Kolbe at full-back for Saturday's Test with world number one side Ireland in Dublin.
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South Africa 30-14 Wales: Hosts end tourists' dream in Cape Town

Wales bravely fail in a bid to win a first series against the Springboks in South Africa as the hosts triumphed in the third Test decider in Cape Town.
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South Africa 12-13 Wales: Late drama as tourists make history

Wales make history by beating the Springboks in South Africa for the first time with a dramatic win in Bloemfontein.
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South Africa v Wales: Revamped Springboks selection spices up Bloemfontein battle

They say never change a winning side but that mantra has been well and truly ripped up this week in South Africa.
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South Africa 32-29 Wales: Welsh hearts broken by last kick of Springboks thriller

South Africa's Damian Willemse breaks Welsh hearts with a match-winning late penalty in a pulsating first Test in Pretoria.
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Rassie Erasmus and SA Rugby apologise and withdraw appeal over World Rugby ban

South Africa's director of rugby Rassie Erasmus apologises and withdraws his appeal against his World Rugby suspension.
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Matt Dawson column: England claimed biggest win since 2019 against Springboks

Ex-England scrum-half Matt Dawson says Saturday's victory against South Africa is England's biggest win since their 2019 World Cup semi-final defeat of New Zealand.
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England v South Africa; Springboks may underestimate us says Richard Cockerill

Forwards coach Richard Cockerill warns South Africa that England have full faith in the inexperienced front row being sent into battle with the Springboks,
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Wales 18-23 South Africa: Malcolm Marx try sets up Springboks victory

World champions South Africa battle back to defeat Wales in a compelling contest at the Principality Stadium.
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Wales v South Africa: Wayne Pivac's side seek to make most of home advantage against Springboks

Team news and preview as Wales welcome world champions South Africa to the Principality Stadium on Saturday.
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Faf de Klerk and Cheslin Kolbe ruled out of Springbok's autumn Tests in Britain

World Cup winners Faf de Klerk and Cheslin Kolbe will both miss South Africa's autumn Tests in Britain through injury.
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Zintle Mpupha: Exeter Chiefs' South Africa women's international aims to blaze trail for more Springbok players

Zintle Mpupha - the first South Africa international to play in the Premier 15s - hopes to inspire more Springbok players to come to England.
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Rugby Championship: Springboks edge All Blacks in final-game thriller

Elton Jantjies scores a penalty after the final hooter as the Springboks beat the All Blacks 31-29 in a thrilling final match of the Rugby Championship.
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British and Irish Lions: 'Lions loss rather than Springboks win', says Rob Kearney

Former British and Irish Lions full-back Rob Kearney says the current side will be "full of regret" after losing the series against South Africa.
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South Africa 27-9 British and Irish Lions: Springboks level series in fiery encounter

The British and Irish Lions' series with South Africa will go to a decider after the Springboks win a fiery second Test 27-9 at Cape Town Stadium.
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British and Irish Lions furious at having South African TMO for first Test against Springboks

The British and Irish Lions are furious at the decision to have a South African as the Television Match Official for Saturday's first Test against the Springboks in Cape Town.
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British and Irish Lions 2021: Warren Gatland rejects Springboks call for fixture change

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland rejects calls from the Springboks camp for his side to play South Africa A twice in a row.
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British and Irish Lions in South Africa: Five Sale players in Springboks squad

Five of Sale's Premiership title-chasing side are named in South Africa's preliminary 46-man squad to face the British and Irish Lions.
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