Schalk Burger returns to  South Africa’s starting line-up for Saturday’s Test against England at Twickenham. Photograph: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images.

It is the question faced by every coach of every team ahead of this series of phoney war clashes a year out from next year’s Rugby World Cup. Are you(...)

Ireland’s Rhys Ruddock makes a break for the tryline with the support of Paul O’Connell during Ireland’s victory over South Africa on Saturday. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Ireland 29 South Africa 15 After the biffing and boshing Ireland took in the second quarter, the 6-3 lead looked a little flimsy and there we(...)

Rhys Ruddock  breaks off a maul to score Ireland’s first try in the game against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho 5:47

Ireland 29 South Africa 15 There was an elemental beauty to Ireland’s victory, not in the conventional sense of aesthetically pleasing running (...)

South Africa forced New Zealand to produce a staggering 252 tackles in their recent Rugby Championship match in Johannesburg. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Image

A nation’s rugby teams is at its most potent when it performs with the style of play and mindset that personify the character of its people. Like Afri(...)

Sean Cronin joins Mike Ross and Jack McGrath in an all-Leinster frontrow against South Africa on Saturday.

Seán Cronin believes Ireland will need to draw on fit-again tighthead prop Mike Ross “big-time” against a powerful South Africa side.Hooker Cronin ha(...)

Ruan Pienaar will undergo a fitness test in Dublin next week ahead of South Africa’s opening game of their European tour against Ireland. photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Some good news for Leinster in yesterday’s 36-man Springbok squad for the European tour that begins in Dublin on November 8th as Heyneke Meyer has (...)

South-African born, Irish-qualified Richardt Strauss in action against his native country in 2012. He qualified under Project Player scheme. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster chief executive Mick Dawson says the province will continue to pursue private money to fund rugby in the future. Speaking in the Aviva to pro(...)

 Bismarck du Plessis will line out without his brother Jannie against Wales. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

South Africa have recalled the Japan based duo JP Pietersen and Jaque Fourie for their game against Wales in the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.Fouri(...)

Zane Kirchner (centre). Photograph: Getty Images

Zane Kirchner and Chiliboy Ralepelle have been added to the South Africa squad that will face Australia and New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.Spri(...)

Argentina’s Juan Martin Hernandez falls heavily during the Rugby Championship test match against South Africa at the Soccer City stadium in Soweto. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South Africa 73 Argentina 13: South Africa ran in nine tries as they overwhelmed Argentina 73-13 to ensure an easier than expected start to their R(...)