Today in history: SA withdraws from the Commonwealth, Collins Chabane dies, rebels take Kisangani, a rugby hero is born and a school is founded.
Only overseas-based Springboks with more than 30 Test caps will be eligible for selection in future, following a decision by the Executive Council.
The Springboks do not have any fixtures before a three-Test series against France in June so will not have an opportunity to improve their ranking before the World Cup draw, meaning they are likely to be drawn in the ‘Pool of Death’.
SARU reaffirmed its support for Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, as it announced their coaching and management staff.
Robert Sobukwe, founder of the PAC and anti-apartheid activist, died in Kimberley on this day in 1978.
De Jager, who gained 40 Super Rugby caps for the Cheetahs, has been named along five Springboks Test players in the starting team to face the Stormers.
The Bulls announced that former Springbok winger Cornal Hendricks has joined the Bulls for medical and fitness testing.
With the start of Super Rugby a week away, the Springbok coaching staff and local franchise coaches met for a third time on Wednesday.
Mandela had been serving a lifetime sentence for committing sabotage against South Africa’s apartheid government since June 12, 1964.
Van der Westhuizen died after a long battle with motor neuron disease on Monday.