South Africa beat South Africa at St James’ Park stadium in Newcastle to remain on track for a place in the last eight. Photograph: EPA

South Africa 34 Scotland 16 South Africa held their nerve to outmuscle Scotland 34-16 in a heart-stopping Pool B match on Saturday and keep the(...)

 Samoa’s Viliamu Afatia is tackled by South Africa’s Lodewyk De Jager and Frans Malherbe during the Rugby World Cup  Pool B match at  Villa Park in Birmingham. Photograph:  David Jonjes/EPA

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South Africa’s JP Pietersen scores the second of his three tries in the Pool B win over Samoa at Villa Park. Photograph:  Peter Cziborra/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

South Africa 46 Samoa 6 JP Pietersen scored a hat-trick of tries as South Africa bounced back from their shock loss to Japan with a 46-6 six-try, bonu(...)

 South Africa’s Duane Vermeulen: “If we don’t win we are out. We have to give our all. I’m ready to do that.” Photo:  Steve Haag/Gallo Images

A history of violence. Recent cuddlings of these gargantuan men is drenched in bloody yet wincingly enjoyable rugby. There have been 50-pointer(...)

South Africa’s lock Lood de Jager, prop Tendai Mtawarira and backrow Francois Louw: “It is really going to be a test of character this week.” Photograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

In Adam Hochschild’s 1992 book The Mirror at Midnight, a journey to the heart of South Africa, the American journalist provided insight into the Afri(...)

Officials have been told to sin-bin players who dive or feign injury during the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

Rugby World Cup officials have been told to sin-bin players who dive or feign injury during matches in a bid to clamp down on a growing football cult(...)

Bulls scrumhalf Rudy Paige is the only uncapped player in the South Africa squad for the World Cup. Photograph: Theo Karanikos/AFP/Getty Images

Several key South Africa players, including captain Jean de Villiers and Duane Vermeulen, have won their fitness battles and were named on Friday in t(...)

Bryan Habana’s dive is in vein as Takudzwa Ngwenya burns past him at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

The 2007 World Cup was undoubtedly the tournament where Bryan Habana cemented his status as the best winger in world rugby. However, it was also the t(...)

Keith Wood dives to score his third of four tries in Ireland’s win over the USA in the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Jonah Lomu, Bryan Habana, Chester Williams, Marc Ellis, Chris Latham and Keith Wood - what do they all have in common? Well, they’ve all scored four t(...)

Bryan Habana was the best winger on the planet in 2007 and it showed as he ran in four tries against Samoa in South Africa’s 2007 World Cup opener. Photograph: Getty

Having made his test debut against England in 2004 the 2007 World Cup was the perfect stage for South Africa’s electric winger Bryan Habana. By now f(...)