There is big praise for the Toyota Cheetahs’ start to the season (and why not!) as well as news of some injury replacements in Ireland.
But let us start with the Cheetahs. Two bonus-point wins from two, both against play-off teams a year ago, and 111 points on the board. It could not have gone any better.
And while South Africa have all but booked their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, SA rugby Magazine have not forgotten about the big story that is developing back home.
The Cheetahs lead the way in Conference A, and this weekend will face the Conference B leaders Munster, who got the better of the Isuzu Southern Kings last week. That win came at a cost, with former Kings back-rower Chris Cloete ruled out of the remainder of the tour, meaning that Jack O’Sullivan has flown out to join up with the squad.
Elsewhere, Ronan Kelleher is still getting big raps for his remarkable hat-trick for Leinster against the Ospreys. The young hooker has seized his opportunity while the World Cup contingent are away, and will certainly have a big role to play when everyone is back.
Sticking with Leinster, they have former Connacht fly-half Craig Ronaldson training with them at the moment. Ronaldson has not played since last October because of a knee injury, but The42.ie are reporting that he is ramping up his rehab in Dublin.
Zebre are still looking for their first win of the season, falling at home to the Dragons last weekend. And for Michael Bradley, it was indiscipline that killed them in the game in Parma.