Heyneke Meyer (Head Coach) of South Africa during the South African national rugby team training session at Cardiff Arms Park on Tuesday. Photograph: Steve Haag/Getty Images

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has challenged his players to prove their World Cup worth after being forced into changes for their final game of the(...)

 All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick  has been named world player of the year.  Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

Brodie Retallick has been named IRB world player of the year. Jonathan Sexton had been one of five short-listed but the All Black lock becomes (...)

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(...)

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(...)

Sexton in action (above) against South Africa on Saturday, will now have a real motivation ahead of Ireland’s final two November tests. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Greg Feek succinctly summed up Jonathan Sexton: “He’s The General.”Following some outstanding performances during the Six Nations and after orchestrat(...)

 Ireland’s Rob Kearney in action againt South Africa during the Autumn International Test at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Inpho

No doubt echoing his master’s voice, albeit he assuredly has a mind of his own, Rob Kearney yesterday strove to keep the win over South Africa in som(...)

 Jannie Du Plessis and Duane Vermeulen on the attack for South Africa during the  clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photo:  Patrick Bolger/Getty Images

Slow poison. That’s the Springbok name for their power, for their scrum, for their lineout maul and how, eventually, it seeps into your blood stream (...)

Rhys Ruddock  breaks off a maul to score Ireland’s first try in the game against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho 5:47

Ireland 29 South Africa 15 There was an elemental beauty to Ireland’s victory, not in the conventional sense of aesthetically pleasing running (...)

Handre Pollard  scores the  first of his two tries against  New Zealand at Ellis Park last month.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images.

The Springboks have arrived in Dublin ahead of the first Test of their end-of-year tour, against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday. They see(...)

Australia’s exciting talent Israel Folau is tackled by Ireland’s Luke Marshall during last season’s 32-15 defeat at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho i

On one level it might look as if Ireland have missed a trick. Whereas England and Wales will each host four Tests in this last November window before (...)