The stage is set — seemingly from nowhere the Springboks are now the most feared team on the planet going into the World Cup after a dominant Rugby Championship campaign.

In just 18 months, coach Rassie Erasmus has taken the Boks from being a laughing stock to genuine World Cup contenders. Their rapid turnaround has shaken the rugby world and added another enticing subplot to the Japanese showpiece starting in a little more than five weeks...

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