Nelson Mandela, wearing the number six jersey, congratulates  Springbok captain Francois Pienaar after victory in the 1995 World Cup final against New Zealand in in Johannesburg. Photograph: Getty Images

There was a lovely moment, or indeed minute, before kick-off in the Munster-Perpignan game at Thomond Park on Sunday. It only required one clap at the(...)

Lions captain Willie John McBride (right) looks on as then leader of the opposition Edward Heath strokes lion cub “Fiji”, given to the Lions on their arrival at Heathrow after the famous (and infamous) tour to South Africa in 1974.

Willie John McBride stood in his underpants and surveyed the scene. The wreckage of his hotel lobby lay all around, with pieces of tables, bits of ch(...)