Racial edicts in the form of the current empowerment regime have been presented as a non-negotiable by President Ramaphosa, writes Terence Corrigan.
Whatever the effect on morale of Eben Etzebeth potentially vacating RWC, from a purely staffing perspective the Boks are dreamily covered at lock, says Rob Houwing.
Springbok lock Lood de Jager insisted that South Africa won't get ahead of themselves in this year's Rugby World Cup.
The Springboks are bracing fro a fired-up Argentina outfit in Saturday's Test at Loftus Versfeld.
Western Province are wary of the prospect of facing Springbok lock Lood de Jager in their Currie Cup opener against the Blue Bulls.
The Bulls have confirmed the departures of lock Lood de Jager and centre Jesse Kriel who will be leaving the franchise after the conclusion of the Super Rugby season.
Star Springbok lock Lood de Jager has signed for English Premiership side Sale Sharks from the Bulls.
The Bulls have been struck a massive injury blow with the news that lock Lood de Jager will be sidelined for up to four months with a shoulder injury that requires surgery.
Bulls captain Lood de Jager has been ruled out for at least two weeks with a shoulder injury.
Rob Houwing was suitably impressed by Lood de Jager’s first showing as Bulls captain in Super Rugby on Saturday.
The Bulls are not perturbed by their pre-season loss to the Stormers at the Cape Town Stadium.
Front-rowers Tendai Mtawarira and Bongi Mbonambi, as well as lock Lood de Jager, have been promoted to the Springbok starting XV to face Italy.
Certain of Saturday’s starting, ‘next tier down’ Springboks have chances to push harder for first-choice status at the World Cup, says Rob Houwing.
Lood de Jager's encouraging return to action at Newlands means the Springboks probably have their “big four” frontline locks primed for Test duty, writes Rob Houwing.
Springbok lock Lood de Jager looks set to return to action after a long injury layoff.
Uncertainty regarding the future at the Bulls prompted Springbok lock Lood de Jager to leave the Pretoria franchise.
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus says he is in constant communication with the country's Super Rugby coaches over how best to manage his players.
The loss of injured skipper Lood de Jager has heightened fears among Bulls supporters that the team may once again fail to build on a great start.
The Bulls are sweating on the availability of captain Lood de Jager and prop Trevor Nyakane.
Springbok lock Lood de Jager expects "more brutal than usual" clashes to be at the core of the 2019 Super Rugby season.
The Bulls have confirmed that lock Lood de Jager will captain the team in this year's Super Rugby tournament.
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