After coming up short against Argentina in a match they probably should have won, Italy welcome South Africa with only the faintest hint of sincerity.
It wasn’t easy, with more strong team performances than individual ones, but a team has been scraped together with 12 different countries represented!
England were handed their 5th defeat on the trot as South Africa took a 3 point victory, coincidentally their 5th straight win at Fortress Twickenham.
South Africa crumbled in a shock loss in Dublin last weekend, and now head to London to find redemption. England do not look likely to make that easy.
Well, what can you say? A monumental upset, arguably Joe Schmidt’s finest hour as a coach, and one of the great Irish performances of the professional era.
There seems to be an awful lot of optimism swimming around Irish circles at the moment for this one. Anything but a Springbok victory would be a miracle.
The Rugby Championship is a wrap, so it’s time to get down to business and pick the best XV of the tournament. A few tough choices… drum roll please!
Just one Australian and three Argies have managed to sneak in between the two obvious front runners from Ellis Park this week.
What is it about these two sides in Johannesburg that brings out the best that rugby has to offer? Why don’t the Springboks play like that every game?
This seems a bit anti-climactic given that the All Blacks have already claimed the title, but remains one of the highlights of the international calendar.