Heyneke Meyer was named coach of the South Africa rugby team, taking charge of the two-time world champions until after the 2015 World Cup.
South Africa captain John Smit will join English Premiership champion Saracens after playing at the Rugby World Cup later this year.
Defending champion South Africa scored 12 tries yesterday to defeat Namibia 87-0, the largest margin of victory at this year’s Rugby World Cup.
South Africa named 18 members of its 2007 Rugby World Cup championship squad to its 30-man roster for this year’s tournament in New Zealand.
South Africa opened its Rugby World Cup defense by coming back to beat Wales 17-16 and avoid the first upset of the 20-nation tournament in New Zealand. Australia and Ireland also began with victories.
South Africa coach Peter de Villiers signaled he would step down after the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup defense ended in a quarterfinal defeat to Australia.
The captain who lifts the World Cup in two days may get a head start for life post-rugby as professionalism leaves players with less time to prepare for a career after sport.
Australia made seven changes to its starting lineup for this week’s Tri-Nations rugby opener against South Africa as it tries to rebound from an upset loss to Samoa.
Defending champion South Africa beat Fiji 49-3 to move atop its group at the Rugby World Cup, while Argentina got its first win at the tournament in New Zealand by beating Romania 43-8.
A Qantas Airways Ltd. plane carrying South Africa’s Springbok rugby team was forced to return to Johannesburg after an engine started overheating.