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(...)

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 (...)

  Schalk Burger of South Africa will line out against Ireland on Saturday.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Today Schalk Burger is urbane, courteous, a smiling, open book. Yes, there’s Luke Fitzgerald, who may hold a bolder view on the Springbok flanker. (...)

Former Munster centre Jean de Villiers will captain South Africa against Ireland on Saturday. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

South Africa named a full-strength side for their opening autumn international against Ireland on Saturday, with just one enforced change to the match(...)

Victor Matfield on Paul O’Connell: “”You can see he puts in a lot of hours in analysing, preparing and getting his whole unit ready for the weekend. So it is always tough going up against him.” Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

The importance of the lineout as a starter point in attack and also a key area when it comes to defence was at the nub of a question directed to South(...)

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(...)