Jean de Villiers has not played a competitive fixture since last November having had a complete reconstruction of his knee. Photo: Nick Bothma/PA

Jean de Villiers is set to make his return for South Africa when they face Argentina in their final Rugby Championship test of the year in Durban on A(...)

Ben Smith (L) of the All Blacks on his way to score a try past Willie le Roux of the Springboks at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa, 25 July 2015. Photo: EPA/Nic Bothma

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw grabbed a late winning try as the All Blacks edged South Africa 27-20 in a gripping test match at Ellis Park on Satur(...)

Richie McCaw of New Zealand during the Rugby Championship clash against Argentina last weekend in Christchurch. Photograph: Reuters.

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw will play for potentially the last time in what he considers the “ultimate” challenge of a Rugby Championship Test a(...)

Tevita Kuridrani’s last minute try gave Australia an opening victory over South Africa in the Rugby Championship. Photograph: Afp

Tevita Kuridrani scored a last gasp try to give Australia a dramatic 24-20 victory over South Africa in their Rugby Championship opener at Lang Park o(...)

Bath’s Stuart Hooper tries to get to grips with Cian Healy during the Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Leinster 18 Bath 15 You could almost reach out and bite the tension during a taut, fraught endgame and so the natives will remain a little res(...)

DUBIan Madigan’s kicks were crucial but can Leinster win without Johnny Sexton. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images 3:19

Nothing Nothing new about Leinster anyway. This season they have been decimated by injury and denied regular access to their many international(...)

Bath’s Sam Burgess: his tackle technique is a cross between Trevor Brennan and a dumper truck. Photo:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Hollywood actor and co-owner of South Sydney Rabbitohs Russell Crowe defines him as the ‘sparkly eyed man’ where ‘those sparkly eyed men carve their (...)

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor speaks during a press conference in UCD. Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

What are Leinster going to do against Bath, Matt O’Connor was asked. It seemed a simple enough question. Were they going to give the Premiership side (...)

South African flanker Francois Louw believes emergence of such English talent as George Ford and Jonathan Joseph bodes well for Somerset club. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Francois Louw, the Springbok flanker, sounds like a man who lives in the moment, his focus not on some other week or other place but very much this w(...)

Bath’s Francois Louw dives over for the bonus-point try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match against Toulouse at Stade Ernest Wallon. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

European Champions Cup round-up: Francois Louw scored Bath’s fourth try in the closing stages to complete a bonus-point 35-18 European Champions Cup v(...)