South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer left backs JP Pietersen and Frans Steyn and forwards Duane Vermeulen and Andries Bekker out of his latest Springbok training squad, confirming they won't be available for next month's internationals.
South Africa fullback Zane Kirchner will leave the Bulls for Ireland's Leinster, the latest Springbok to head overseas to play for big-paying clubs in Europe and Japan.
Coach Heyneke Meyer included 2012 junior World Cup winners Jan Serfontein and Pieter-Steph du Toit in his first Springbok squad of 2013, and retained Bryan Habana and Morne Steyn despite their intention to play in France.
Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal says he is confident of signing South Africa winger Bryan Habana next season.
South Africa will host Scotland, Samoa and Italy in a four-team tournament next year that will have two rugby tests on the same day at the same stadium.
South Africa ended its tour of Britain and Ireland with a 16-15 win over England to stay unbeaten and almost certainly deprive the hosts of the 2015 World Cup from a top-four seeding.
South Africa's rugby team was given some pre-match inspiration on the eve of its final game of 2012 by two of the country's most famous sports stars.
South Africa winger JP Pietersen is in doubt for the test against England after hurting his groin in the 21-10 win over Scotland.
South Africa outmuscled Scotland to win their autumn rugby test inside the first hour at Murrayfield and kept enough of a vice grip to prevail 21-10 by fulltime.
South Africa made two changes to its run-on team for the test against Scotland, giving starts to France-based prop Gurthro Steenkamp and Currie Cup-winning centre Juan de Jongh.
South Africa prop Tendai Mtawarira was returning home for treatment on Monday after being briefly hospitalised in Ireland with a recurrence of mild heart palpitations.
South Africa came from 12-3 down at halftime to beat Ireland 16-12 at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.
Pat Lambie has been picked ahead of Morne Steyn at first-five for South Africa's test against Ireland at Lansdowne Road.
Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer still wants to recall Toulon lock Bakkies Botha but said he would bring back the veteran World Cup winner only if there was a place for him as a starter.
Western Province ended more than a decade of Currie Cup disappointment as they upset the Natal Sharks 25-18 in a tense final.
New Zealand attacked with clinical precision to beat South Africa 32-16, ending the inaugural Rugby Championship with a perfect six wins from six games and hammering home its dominance.
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Hosea Gear faces a personal challenge as the All Blacks try to continue their unbeaten streak.
The All Blacks are hoping to put an exclamation mark on their unbeaten season to date against the Springboks in Soweto on Sunday morning.
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