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(...)

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(...)

Jan Serfontein: The South African centre will win his 17th international cap when he lines out against Ireland on Saturday. photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Under a stairwell in the Radisson Hotel Jan Serfontein is asked the only question of the day for which he has no real answer. Do you know Jared Payne (...)

Sean Cronin joins Mike Ross and Jack McGrath in an all-Leinster frontrow against South Africa on Saturday.

Seán Cronin believes Ireland will need to draw on fit-again tighthead prop Mike Ross “big-time” against a powerful South Africa side.Hooker Cronin ha(...)

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(...)

South Africa head coach  Heyneke Meyer. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

As you’d expect from his passionate, oft anguished, sometimes ecstatic persona in the coach’s box – when being a coach does not appear especially g(...)