There is no June international window in Rugby World Cup year and the Rugby Championship has been cut to three fixtures per side, with the Boks to open their campaign against Australia at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on July 20.
SANZAAR issued another typically vague response to reports Super Rugby may revert to a 14-team competition from 2021. It's not such a bad situation, though, and one the governing body would be wise to embrace, Sam Bruce writes.
Siya Kolisi and Aphiwe Dyantyi have both come a long way in 2018. Now, they are aiming to close out a historic year with a victory for the Barbarians.
Rassie Erasmus says he is using the Barbarians match against Argentina Saturday as an extra opportunity to prepare for next year's Rugby World Cup.
New Zealand were beaten, Ireland and Wales were not. England secured important results while Australia looked broken. ESPN looks at the key takeaways from this month.
A clean sweep in November showed just how much Wales will challenge for honours in Warren Gatland's final 12 months in charge.
Wales notched up a ninth consecutive Test victory by defeating South Africa in Cardiff thanks to two first-half tries.
Can England finish their year on a high with a sixth straight win against Australia? And will Scotland bounce back against Argentina?
Springboks' coach Rassie Erasmus has made only one change to his match day squad to face Wales in Cardiff on Saturday as Eben Etzebeth returns to the bench.
Liam Williams will starts at full-back as Wales coach Warren Gatland restored Gareth Anscombe to the fly-half berth for their final November international against South Africa.
Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of Wales' final autumn international against South Africa after failing to recover from concussion.
South Africa captain Siya Kolisi has been cleared to play against Wales this weekend after escaping sanction for an apparent headbutt on Scotland's Peter Horne.
Wales will represent South Africa's "most difficult opponent" of the November Tests on Saturday, says Rassie Erasmus.
Springboks and Blue Bulls legend Victor Matfield was announced on a shortlist of candidates for the role of the Bulls Super Rugby head coach on Monday.
Rassie Erasmus has credited the Springboks' improved poise in tight matches for their 26-20 victory over Scotland.
Ireland's historic win over the All Blacks was a magic moment for rugby, but highlighted just how large the gap is between Australia and those who actually know how to play the game.
Just as Scotland were showing why they are one of the most entertaining sides in world rugby, South Africa shut them down to show why they are one of the world's best.
Fly-half Handre Pollard scored 18 points to provide the platform for a narrow 26-20 win for South Africa over hosts Scotland in their Test match at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Scotland vice-captain Stuart McInally says South Africa are "the most physical team in world rugby" ahead of the Springboks' visit to Murrayfield on Saturday.
Can Scotland build on their home run against South Africa? And will England's second-string side impress against Japan? ESPN assesses the biggest talking points and players to watch.
Embrose Papier makes his starting Test debut while Duane Vermeulen replaces Warren Whiteley as Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus makes six changes to his starting side.
One of South Africa's more understated players, Franco Mostert, seems to bring a calmness to the Springboks' lineout thanks to his calling and skill in the air.
South Africa have released first choice scrumhalf Faf de Klerk to play for his club Sale Sharks this weekend, allowing him to miss Saturday's test against Scotland at Murrayfield, officials confirmed on Tuesday.
South Africa will have Eben Etzebeth back in contention for Saturday's November international against Scotland at Murrayfield, but could be without number eight Warren Whiteley.
Wallabies halfback Will Genia admits nothing less than a convincing Test victory will suffice against European minnows Italy on Saturday.
- SA2ndTRIES SCORED 1st New Zealand : 33 Tries ScoredNZL1st2133
- SA2ndPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st New Zealand : 93 Points DifferenceNZL1st693