New Zealand’s winger Nehe Milner-Skudder  evades South Africa’s flanker François Louw  during the  semi-final  of the 2015 Rugby World Cup  at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary, the first man to conquer Met Everest For the ages. The greatest team of all time (...)

New Zealand’s Jerome Kaino scores his side’s first try during the Rugby World Cup semi-final against South Africa at Twickenham. Photograph:  David Davies/PA

New Zealand 20 South Africa 18 “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves,” - Edmund Hillary For the ages. The greatest team of all time met an(...)

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer says he has the full backing of his players after the country’s largest trade union accused him of making ‘racist choices’ when picking his squad. Photograph: Getty

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer says he has the full backing of his players and is committed to a transformation in Springbok rugby after coming unde(...)

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(...)

England’s head coach Stuart Lancaster has work to do after defeat to South Africa. Photograph: Philip Brown / Reuters

England captain Chris Robshaw bemoaned the fact his side had to play catch up as they slumped to a fifth defeat on the bounce, losing 31-28 to South A(...)

Jan Serfontein of South Africa celebrates as he runs in the opening try against England at Twickenham Stadium in London. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

England 28 South Africa 31England’s faltering build-up to the 2015 World Cup continued after South Africa inflicted a pressure-building fifth successi(...)

Robbie Henshaw in action against South Africa during Saturday’s  Test match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Robbie Henshaw admitted he was relieved to kick-start Ireland’s life after Brian O’Driscoll with an impressive 29-15 victory over South Africa.Connach(...)

Rhys Ruddock  breaks off a maul to score Ireland’s first try in the game against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Ireland 29 South Africa 15 There was an elemental beauty to Ireland’s victory, not in the conventional sense of aesthetically pleasing running (...)

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 (...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt: “Tthe All Blacks would tbe nice but South Africa and Australia will be challenging enough.” Photo: Dan Sheridan

On the face of it, this looks almost like the perfect storm. About the only redeeming feature is that an injury ravaged Ireland are not facing the All(...)