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Alex Soroka, who impressed in South Africa, during a Leinster training session. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

Three weeks ago in Cape Town the clock was in the red against the Stormers. Leinster, trailing 20-13, had just earned a penalty. The replacement outha(...)

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac: ‘We’ve obviously got great leadership in the group with Alun Wyn and Dan [Biggar]. Photograph: Getty Images

Uncapped Leicester flanker Tommy Reffell has been named in the Wales squad for this summer’s South Africa tour. Bridgend-born Reffell, a former Wales(...)

 Chris Cloete, Liam O’Connor, Joey Carbery and Stephen Archer during a Munster training session on Tuesday. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

Their interest in Europe having ended in acute pain against Toulouse last Saturday week, Munster return to the scene of the crime, as it were, in the(...)

Leinster’s Alex Soroka is presented with the URC Player of the Match medal. Photograph: Thinus Maritz/Inpho

One thing that a coach looks for when presenting a young player with an opportunity is the aptitude to grasp it, so Leinster coach Leo Cullen will hav(...)

Without a co-ordinated  EU response, gas prices will rise to exceptional levels as countries like Norway, and UK North Sea producers, have a queue of firms at their door pleading for supplies at any price.

This week Russia announced that it was cutting off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria, reducing the supply of gas to all of Europe by about 8 per cen(...)

Leolin Zas is the URC’s leading try scorer with 10. Photograph: Thinus Maritz/Inpho

The DHL Stormers will be looking to make it eight consecutive home wins in the United Rugby Championship (URC) when they host Leinster in Cape Town on(...)

Bongi Mbonambi celebrates the Sharks’ victory over Leinster.  Photograph: Steve Haag/Inpho

My first Ireland rugby tour was to South Africa in 2004, an experience that proved to be as much a culture shock on the pitch as off. The sheltered li(...)

Four children’s coffins and that of an adult,  from a single family who drowned  following floods and mudslides in Kwa-Zulu Natal province. Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal/AFP via Getty

As KwaZulu-Natal struggles to rebuild after the deadly floods that decimated the province this month, understanding the cause of the weather-related d(...)

Leinster’s Tadhg Furlong, Andrew Porter and Rónan Kelleher. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

No sooner had there been speculation suggesting the 2021-22 URC final might be held in South Africa than the tournament organisers quickly confirmed t(...)

A member South African Police Services Search and Rescue Unit guide their sniffer dog during search efforts to locate people who are unaccounted for from the KwaNdengezi township outside Durban. Photograph: Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa’s government is establishing comprehensive oversight structures to ensure that disaster relief funds for the victims and reconstruction o(...)

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