Former Irish international John Robbie said on Thursday that South Africa were in the fortunate position to have many loose forwards who could take over from the injured Juan Smith.
This is a big one - for many the climax of their school careers, their life in the 1st XV that they love and honour, an FNB Classic Clash. They are two great schools who have made and continue to make a massive contribution to South African rugby.
Nick Koster has been withdrawn from the Western Province side to face the Lions in a Currie Cup crunch match at Newlands on Friday.
Warren Gatland has responded to Sale Sharks' criticism of the way Wales have handled Dwayne Peel during preparations for the World Cup.
Sir Clive Woodward insists the recent turmoil at the Rugby Football Union has not put him off a possible return to the organisation.
Rugby bosses have promised a rules re-think will make for more adventurous play at the World Cup after previous editions were characterised by dour defence instead of attacking flair.
A look back at the six previous rugby union World Cup finals.
The Golden Lions will be out to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they travel to Cape Town to play Western Province who will be desperate to avoid recording a hat-trick of defeats.
A glance at the teams competing in the 2011 Rugby World Cup which runs from September 9 to October 23 with Pool D.
Benchmark facts for the World Cup hosted by New Zealand from September 9 to October 23:
This Saturday represents the end of the season for most schools teams in the three Western Cape provinces, with only some ten matches scheduled for 27 August.
A glance at the teams competing in the 2011 World Cup which runs from September 9 to October 23 with Pool C.
In the curtainraiser to South Africa vs New Zealand at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, South African Schools play France Under-19.
A glance at the teams competing in the 2011 World Cup which runs from September 9 to October 23 with Pool B.
Wales have adopted a safety-first approach with their former captain Ryan Jones in an attempt to avoid another World Cup injury calamity.