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The Springboks opened their Rugby Championship account with a 34-21 come-from-behind victory over Argentina at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday.
Super Rugby is done and dusted and now attention focuses on the Rugby Championship as the national coaches announce their extended straining squads.
Super Rugby took a break in June due to the international test window - here is a review of the action and the players who stood out ahead of The Rugby Championship later this year...
England won the Third Test in wet conditions in Cape Town but the Springboks won the series 2-1 and now look forward to The Rugby Championship.
Its down to the wire for the Wallabies against Ireland while the All Blacks and Springboks are chasing whitewash victories.
The Springboks overturned a 12-0 deficit to win 23-12 against England in Bloemfontein to win the June Series with one match to play.
The All Blacks, Springboks and Wallabies have all named their teams for the Second Tests of the June international series...
Springboks come from 21 points behind to overhaul England and then hang on to win a sensational match 42-39 at Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg.
S’busiso Nkosi, Aphiwe Dyantyi and RG Snyman will make their Springbok debuts when South Africa face England in the First Test in Johannesburg.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has confirmed his squad for the blockbuster three-Test Ireland Series that kicks off at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday 9 June.
A brace from new cap Hadleigh Parkes helped Wales beat South Africa 24-22 in their end-of-year Test at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Warrick Gelant and Dan du Preez will get their first starts for the Springboks in the final Test of 2017, against Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
The Springboks produced a workmanlike performance in terrible conditions to beat Italy 35-6 and record their second win of their November Tour.
Bongi Mbonambi will make his first start for the Springboks against Italy, while Pieter-Steph du Toit returns to the starting team for the match in Padova.
The Springboks dug deep and earned a hard-fought but nail-biting 18-17 win over France at Stade de France in Paris.
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has made 10 changes to the match-23 for the Test against France in Paris, which include starts for experienced No 8 Duane Vermeulen and flyhalf Handré Pollard.
The World Rugby Council has awarded Rugby World Cup 2023 to France, which was selected following two rounds of voting during its interim meeting in London.
Ireland produced a perfectly composed and controlled performance to record a record 38-3 win over the Springboks at a bitterly cold Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
Experienced props Tendai Mtawarira and Coenie Oosthuizen, as well as inside centre Damian de Allende, all return to the Springbok starting team to face Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.