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All Blacks coach Graham Henry may leave South Africa with more questions than answers when it comes to the make-up of his World cup squad, as his team failed to deliver.
Ireland's nightmare run-up to the World Cup continued as they slumped to their third consecutive defeat when they were largely outplayed in a 26-22 defeat by France at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.
Springbok captain John Smit warned that although the 18-5 win over the All Blacks was vital to his team's morale, there is still a lot for them to work on ahead of the defence of their World Cup title.
Much like they have done on so many occasions in the past, just when even the most die hard supporters begin to doubt the Springboks' capabilities, they produce a fantastic performance against their arch rivals New Zealand.
Stand-in All Black skipper Keven Mealamu lamented his side's inability to finish off the opportunities that they created against the Springboks in their 5-18 Tri-Nations loss in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
The Springboks salvaged some pride by winning their final Tri-Nations game of the season in Port Elizabeth which gave them a much-needed boost ahead of the defence of their World Cup title next month.
The Springboks produced their best performance of the season by some distance with a fantastic 18-5 triumph over the All Blacks in the Tri-Nations in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
South African Schools beat France Under-19 21-14 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth after leading 16-0 at half-time.
The Cheetahs taught a woeful Pumas side a serious rugby lesson in a runaway 80-16 hiding in Bloemfontien in the Currie Cup on Saturday.
Sharks coach John Plumtree battled to take any positives from his side's disappointing performance against the Leopards on Friday night and admitted to being 'frustrated' with his team.
Canterbury completely dominated Taranaki at Rugby Park in Christchurch on Saturday, completely shutting the visitors out on their way to a convincing 27-0 bonus-point win which took them to the top of the standings.
Fiji confirmed lock Leone Nakarawa in their World Cup squad on Saturday, a day after he was cleared to enter New Zealand when he resigned his army commission.
French wing Yoann Huget, who was axed from the country's World Cup squad after falling foul of doping regulations, was handed a three-month ban on Friday by the federation's anti-doping body.
All Black legend Sean Fitzpatrick said on Friday that the result of Saturday's Test between the Springboks and the All Blacks in Port Elizabeth is of paramount importance if the South Africans wish to head to the World Cup New Zealand in the right frame of mind.
Clermont's Georgian international prop Davit Zirakashvili is racing to be fit for the World Cup after suffering a right knee sprain training with the French Top 14 team.
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The entire All Blacks apparel line has been updated for 2013/14. Check out the New Zealand All Blacks polo.
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