Dan Carter is the complete player. His tactical kicking, his passing, his defending were all on the money against South Africa at Twickenham. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images 1:43

On the evidence of the past fortnight New Zealand would beat Australia by 20 points if Saturday’s game was anything other than a World Cup final. Ever(...)

New Zealand’s winger Nehe Milner-Skudder  evades South Africa’s flanker François Louw  during the  semi-final  of the 2015 Rugby World Cup  at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary, the first man to conquer Met Everest For the ages. The greatest team of all time (...)

New Zealand’s Jerome Kaino scores his side’s first try during the Rugby World Cup semi-final against South Africa at Twickenham. Photograph:  David Davies/PA

New Zealand 20 South Africa 18 “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves,” - Edmund Hillary For the ages. The greatest team of all time met an(...)

South Africa forced New Zealand to produce a staggering 252 tackles in their recent Rugby Championship match in Johannesburg. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Image

A nation’s rugby teams is at its most potent when it performs with the style of play and mindset that personify the character of its people. Like Afri(...)

Handre Pollard breaks to score his first try against the All Blacks at Ellis Park last month. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

It’s just as well that Handre Pollard has broad shoulders on his six foot three inch frame as the expectation surrounding the 20-year-old South Africa(...)

Ruan Pienaar will undergo a fitness test in Dublin next week ahead of South Africa’s opening game of their European tour against Ireland. photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Some good news for Leinster in yesterday’s 36-man Springbok squad for the European tour that begins in Dublin on November 8th as Heyneke Meyer has (...)

Bernard Foley (centre) of the Waratahs celebrates with Kurtley Beale (left) and Alofa Alofa (right) after scoring a try during the Super Rugby semi-final against the Brumbies at Allianz Stadium  in Sydney, Australia. Photograph:   Matt King/Getty Images

Outhalf Bernard Foley scored a brilliant late try and kicked 11 points to fire the New South Wales Waratahs into their third Super Rugby final with a (...)

Zane Kirchner (centre). Photograph: Getty Images

Zane Kirchner and Chiliboy Ralepelle have been added to the South Africa squad that will face Australia and New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.Spri(...)