Dan Carter: the New Zealand outhalf has just returned from a knee injury. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The three major southern hemisphere nations are set to lose a number of their leading players to French clubs after next year’s World Cup. The Racing (...)

 South Africa fullback Willie Le Roux  dives over for a try during the international against Scotland  at Murrayfield. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Scotland 0 South Africa 28: Scotland suffered a painful shut-out defeat to South Africa as they were utterly outclassed at Murrayfield.The home side l(...)

 Bismarck du Plessis will line out without his brother Jannie against Wales. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

South Africa have recalled the Japan based duo JP Pietersen and Jaque Fourie for their game against Wales in the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.Fouri(...)

Brodie Retallick of the All Blacks runs in to score a try against South Africa Springboks. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Blood was spilled, an all-in brawl erupted and both teams had players sent from the field yet New Zealand’s 29-15 Rugby Championship victory over trad(...)

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(...)

Argentina’s Juan Martin Hernandez falls heavily during the Rugby Championship test match against South Africa at the Soccer City stadium in Soweto. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South Africa 73 Argentina 13: South Africa ran in nine tries as they overwhelmed Argentina 73-13 to ensure an easier than expected start to their R(...)