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 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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

 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 African captain Jean de Villiers is tackled by the Welsh duo of  Dan Biggar  and Rhys Webb  during the  match  at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Jean de Villiers will be out of action for at least eight months, casting a huge doubt over the South Africa captain’s availability for the World Cup (...)

Robbie Henshaw in action against South Africa during Saturday’s  Test match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho 5:47

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(...)

  Ireland’s Jared Payne and Robbie Henshaw combine to tackle Jan Serfontein of South Africa during the game at at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Jared Payne could miss Ireland’s autumn Test against Georgia next weekend after suffering a suspected foot sprain in the 29-15 victory over South Afri(...)

Victor Matfield: one of the best lineout operators the world has ever seen. Photograph:Billy Stickland/Inpho

Two weeks ago I spoke of all things Bakkies Botha. Tomorrow he’s back, but before his arrival, we can feast on the brilliance contained within both nu(...)