The Springboks’ emphatic 27-13 victory over England was a statement of intent less than a year before the Rugby World Cup,  a tournament that is possibly the most open in its 36-year history.

The win, the Boks’ first at Twickenham in eight years, completed a year that had challenges on and off the field. The quality of the performance — unrelenting power combined with adventurous attack — highlighted a team of world-class potential. The Boks pushed Ireland and France close in the first two tour fixtures, and then blew Italy and England away. ..

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