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In an attempt to level the playing fields and assist the Springboks in avoiding an embarrassing home test series loss, the International Rugby Board (IRB) has made an unprecedented decision.

The Springboks suffered a devastating 20 – 26 defeat at the hand of Ireland in the first test at DHL Newlands last Saturday.

This, after the visitors played with 14 men for just less than 60 minutes of the match.

It was new Springbok coach Allister Coetzee’s first match in charge of the Springboks.

“We know Springbok selection is governed by strict quota requirements, so we felt the need to step in and do something to restrict the visiting team too,” said IRB spokesperson Basil Wideball.

Wideball said the IRB had been in discussion with the Irish Rugby Football Union and an amicable agreement had been reached.

Wideball explained, “Ireland will be restricted to 14 men for the first of the second test at Emirate Airlines Park on Saturday.”

Wideball said depending on the score after 40 minutes, Ireland might be forced to remove another player for the second half.

“We don’t have an exact score deficit in mind just yet for the half time decision, but we’ll discuss it with both coaches during the break,” Wideball said.

The Springboks have not lost a test series at home in 19 years and have never lost one to Ireland.

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heynekeSpringbok coach Heyneke Meyer has turned to an unlikely source for assistance after Saturday’s historic loss to Japan.

Meyer’s Springboks became only the second team to ever lose to the Cherry Blossoms at a Rugby World Cup after they were shocked 34 – 32 in Brighton on Saturday night.

The only other team ever to have lost to Japan at a Rugby World Cup was Zimbabwe.

Bok coach Meyer said, “I cannot just sit here and do nothing. I must change something. I am not too proud to ask for help if I think it is needed,” Meyer said.

Meyer was speaking to reporters as well as an angry mob outside the team hotel early on Sunday morning.

He said, “When I got back to my hotel room last night, I watched Invictus, hoping it would give me inspiration and also a few ideas and alternative game plans.”

Meyer said he was really impressed at how Matt Damon ‘got the knack of rugby’ so quickly, and said praise must go to director Clint Eastwood for his part in that transformation.

“I have spoken to [SARU President] Oregan Hoskins and we have agreed to call on the services of Eastwood on an urgent consultancy basis. If he could transform Damon from an ordinary actor into a Rugby World Cup winning Springbok, even just on the screen, I’m sure he has a great deal to offer us,” Meyer shouted triumphantly with his fists in the air.

Hoskins confirmed Eastwood had been contacted with a very attractive offer on the table.

Scene from Invictus
Scene from Invictus

“We’re hoping Clint is able to join us in England by Thursday this week, at the latest,” Hoskins confirmed.

Invictus is the story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the Springboks as the country won its first ever Rugby World Cup in 1995.

Hoskins also called on Springbok fans to stop posting insulting and derogatory messages on social media as it ‘deeply upset Heyneke’.

“We need to treat Heyneke with the love and respect he deserves,” Hoskins said.

The Springboks’ next match is against Samoa on Saturday.

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The South African Rugby Union called an emergency press conference earlier today to reveal the names of its two newest sponsors.

Flanked by Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha, SARU president Oregan Hoskins and head coach Heyneke Meyer addressed the media at an old age home in Sandton.

The two new sponsors, Salusa 45 and Super Corega, were represented by their respective marketing managers, Luke Oldman and Bernice Rozenkratztooth.

Hoskins reiterated how important it was for the Springboks to remain associated with brands that not only reflected the tireless work ethic for which the ‘Boks strived, but also those which had practical use.

Shouting into a walkie-talkie while shaking about, coach Meyer said, “Move that bladdy (sic) youngster out the way so that Matfield can get his commode into the room.”

Rozenkratztooth said Super Corega was honoured to be a part of the Springbok brand. “The public is tired of hearing Matfield trying to communicate with his players without teeth. We deserve more than that.”

The sponsorships will take effect from 1 September 2014. “We cannot wait any longer than that,” said Hoskins. “If we aim to be competitive at next year’s World Cup, we cannot be losing our teeth in the scrums.”

Unbeaten so far in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, the Springboks will be in action again on Saturday 6 September, when they face Australia in Perth.

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