Blood runs down the face of South Africa’s lock Victor Matfield during the Pool B match against  Samoa. The forward will missthe Scotland match with a knee injury. Photograph: AFP Photo

A bone of contention ahead of this match was the assertion Scotland were fielding a side that was some way short of their strongest team with an ey(...)

 South Africa’s Duane Vermeulen: “If we don’t win we are out. We have to give our all. I’m ready to do that.” Photo:  Steve Haag/Gallo Images

A history of violence. Recent cuddlings of these gargantuan men is drenched in bloody yet wincingly enjoyable rugby. There have been 50-pointer(...)

South Africa’s centre and captain Jean de Villiers will start in their opener on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

Fiji coach John McKee named his team on Wednesday for the opening Rugby World Cup Pool A match against hosts England at Twickenham on Friday. “(...)

As in other sports, there’s nothing quite like it; the only tournament that brings all the leading and developing nations together on a relatively equ(...)

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(...)