Adam Jones walks off with a dislocated shoulder  during the second Test  between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions in 2009, after Bakkies Botha hit him with a no-arm clearout. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

“That’s a very interesting one” said a current Test official when shown a video of a 19-stone international prop taking out an opponent with a flying (...)

“Two hours each morning, two hours each evening, ‘three on, one off, double splits’. The gym was the one place I had control. I didn’t have to spea(...)

Italy’s Quintin Geldenhuys tackles  South Africa’s Jean De Villiers   at the Euganeo Stadium in Padova. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo / Reuters

Italy 6 South Africa 22 South Africa claimed an unconvincing 22-6 victory over Italy on Saturday with a late try from Bryan Habana adding some (...)

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(...)

Victor Matfield: one of the best lineout operators the world has ever seen. Photograph:Billy Stickland/Inpho

Two weeks ago I spoke of all things Bakkies Botha. Tomorrow he’s back, but before his arrival, we can feast on the brilliance contained within both nu(...)

The Springboks are “coached by the fist-pumping, eye-bulging, table-thumping, shall we say expressive Heyneke Meyer.” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

And so it’s autumn again, or as the Yanks would have it, “fall”. The season of wonder and mystery is well under way as long, balmy nights have given w(...)

  Schalk Burger of South Africa will line out against Ireland on Saturday.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Today Schalk Burger is urbane, courteous, a smiling, open book. Yes, there’s Luke Fitzgerald, who may hold a bolder view on the Springbok flanker. (...)

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 (...)

Stuart Olding: returns to Ulster’s starting line-up for the visit of Toulon. Photo: Jonatahan Porter/Inpho

On paper these things sometimes seem to never quite add up. If you have Bakkies Botha, James O’Connor and Ali Williams and you leave them on the benc(...)

Toulon’s outhalf Matt Giteau  is tackled by Llanelli Scarlets’ full back Liam Williams during last week’s  European  Champions Cup clash at  the Mayol stadium in Toulon,  France. Photo: Bertrand Langlois/Getty

I’ve long been a fan of Saracens’ sub outhalf Charlie Hodgson. He was sensational in London’s Allianz Park in January facilitating a monster victory o(...)