Ruan Pienaar will undergo a fitness test in Dublin next week ahead of South Africa’s opening game of their European tour against Ireland. photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Some good news for Leinster in yesterday’s 36-man Springbok squad for the European tour that begins in Dublin on November 8th as Heyneke Meyer has (...)

Richie McCaw, the All Black captain, who will make his record breaking 134th appearance for the All Blacks with coach Steve Hansen at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

Richie McCaw has put the historic achievement of breaking the All Blacks appearances record out of his mind as he focuses on leading New Zealand to vi(...)

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose has been nominated for the Junior Player of the Year Award. The Blackrock centre scored a try in the semifinal against England> Photograph: ©INPHO/Photosport/David Rowland

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose is among four nominees for the IRB Junior Player of the Year 2014. The outside centre carried well and repeatedly got over th(...)

Richie McCaw poses during the New Zealand  captain’s run at Ellis Park. It will be the flanker’s first game at the ground on Saturday.  Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw will fulfil a boyhood ambition when he leads the All Blacks out in their final Rugby Championship match against South(...)

Bismarck Du Plessis of South Africa tackles Dan Carter of the All Blacks at Eden Park on September 14th. Du Plessis received a yellow card for the tackle. Photograph: Sandra Mu/Getty Images

Bismarck du Plessis, the central character in last month’s controversial test between New Zealand and South Africa, was restored to the Springbok side(...)

Zane Kirchner (centre). Photograph: Getty Images

Zane Kirchner and Chiliboy Ralepelle have been added to the South Africa squad that will face Australia and New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.Spri(...)