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(...)

Schalk Burger, seen here in action against Australia in Brisbane, will captain the Springboks against New Zealand at Ellis Park. Photograph:    Dan Peled/EPA

Schalk Burger will become South Africa’s third captain in as many Tests when he leads the team in the Rugby Championship clash against New Zealand at(...)

Victor Matfield is an injury doubt for South Africa ahead of their upcoming New Zealand game. Photograph: EPA

South Africa’s injury woes continue unabated with captain Victor Matfield and flank Marcell Coetzee serious doubts for the Rugby Championship clash wi(...)

 Jean de Villiers looks set to make his return from injury in time for the Rugby World Cup. Photo: Steve Haag/Getty Images

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer will have been encouraged by the sight of Jean de Villiers running hard at an ongoing national training camp in Johan(...)

South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer - SARU did not name individuals, but confirmed they have reached a blanket agreement with the five South African teams to rest players with World Cup in mind. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has reached an agreement with the country’s Super Rugby teams to limit the game-time of key Springbok players and(...)

South Africa captain Jean de Villiers gets a thumbs up from centre partner Jan Serfontein before being taken from the pitch   at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

South Africa captain Jean de Villiers will see an orthopaedic surgeon in Cape Town this week to gauge the full extent of an injury that could have maj(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

Bismarck du Plessis is one of the five South African players to lose out after the Irish defeat. Photograph: Steve Haag/Gallo Images

South Africa have recalled World Cup winners JP Pietersen and Schalk Burger among five changes for Saturday’s QBE International against England at Twi(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt praised Ireland’s  new midfield pairing of Jared Payne and Robbie Henshaw after the victory over South Africa at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA 2:06

Joe Schmidt was expected to emerge from the locker-room with a grin like the cat that got the cream. Nobody, save the coach and his crew, had expected(...)