Bryan Habana scored a hat-trick to move level with Jonah Lomu as the World Cup’s all-time leading try scorer as South Africa routed the USA at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Reuters

South Africa 64 USA 0 No one expected the Brave Blossom heroics of several weeks ago. Lightning striking twice in Pool B with South Africa on t(...)

The opening weekend of the World Cup saw the TMO in use 25 times in eight games, a rate that has thankfully slowed down since. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

There is a particular focus on discipline under Joe Schmidt. Giving up penalties results in lost territory, lost points and lost games. With 17 penalt(...)

 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(...)

Japan celebrate Ayumu Goromaru’s try against South Africa. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Japan 34 South Africa 32 Japan pulled off the biggest shock in Rugby World Cup history with a stunning 34-32 win over South Africa in Brighton. Karne (...)

 Jean de Villiers of South Africa will make his comeback against Argentina. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jean de Villiers will complete his remarkable comeback from a horrific knee injury when the experienced centre leads South Africa in the Rugby Champio(...)

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(...)