World Rugby today announced the match official appointments for the 2017 Rugby Championship with 18 officials and five TMOs taking charge of the 12 matches and the standalone Bledisloe Cup match in October.
The pool draw for Rugby World Cup 2019 will take place on Wednesday 10 May in the historic Japanese city of Kyoto at the iconic Kyoto State Guest House. Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa await which Pool they will be drawn into for the tournament.
Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Jamba Ulengo and Uzair Cassiem will make their Springbok debuts against Wales in Cardiff while a fourth uncapped player, Jean-Luc du Preez, has been included on the bench for the final match of the November Tour.
Record try-scorer Bryan Habana is back at left wing for the Springboks when they face Italy in Florence on Saturday, while Nizaam Carr will get his first start for South Africa against the same opponents he made his Test debut against two years ago.
The Springboks have made several changes for the Test against England at Twickenham. Only five players who started in the 31-31 draw against the Barbarians last week are included in a much changed line-up for the Test.
World Rugby has unveiled the shortlists for seven top awards, including the men's and women's sevens players of the year, to be presented at the World Rugby Awards 2016 dinner in London on 13 November.
Several promising young players who have shot to prominence on the domestic scene this year, have been included in the 30-man Springbok squad for the international clash against the Barbarians on 5 November at the Wembley Stadium in London.
New Zealand equalled the record of 17 consecutive Test wins with a 57-15 victory over the Springboks at Kings Park. They also completed a perfect Rugby Championship clean sweep – six wins six bonus points.