South Africa’s JP Pietersen scores the second of his three tries in the Pool B win over Samoa at Villa Park. Photograph:  Peter Cziborra/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

South Africa 46 Samoa 6 JP Pietersen scored a hat-trick of tries as South Africa bounced back from their shock loss to Japan with a 46-6 six-try, bonu(...)

 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(...)

Bulls scrumhalf Rudy Paige is the only uncapped player in the South Africa squad for the World Cup. Photograph: Theo Karanikos/AFP/Getty Images

Several key South Africa players, including captain Jean de Villiers and Duane Vermeulen, have won their fitness battles and were named on Friday in t(...)

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(...)

South Africa captain Jean de Villiers gets a thumbs up from centre partner Jan Serfontein before being taken from the pitch   at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

South Africa captain Jean de Villiers will see an orthopaedic surgeon in Cape Town this week to gauge the full extent of an injury that could have maj(...)

Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny is tackled by South Africa’s Cornal Hendricks during the  match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.  Photograph:   David Davies/PA

Wales 12 South Africa 6 Wales finally cracked the code of success against major southern hemisphere opposition as fullback Leigh Halfpenny’s relentles(...)

Italy’s Quintin Geldenhuys tackles  South Africa’s Jean De Villiers   at the Euganeo Stadium in Padova. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo / Reuters

Italy 6 South Africa 22 South Africa claimed an unconvincing 22-6 victory over Italy on Saturday with a late try from Bryan Habana adding some (...)

In action against fellow IRB World Player of the Year nominee Jonathon Sexton in the Aviva the weekend before last. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Willie le Roux will have a scan on a suspected fractured cheekbone on Monday which could rule him out of the remainder of South Africa’s European tour(...)

Jan Serfontein of South Africa celebrates as he runs in the opening try against England at Twickenham Stadium in London. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

England 28 South Africa 31England’s faltering build-up to the 2015 World Cup continued after South Africa inflicted a pressure-building fifth successi(...)

England captain cuts a dejected figure at Twickenham last week. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

A handsome new book entitled Behind the Rose has just been published, largely based on the testimonies of some of the 1,368 men who have represented E(...)