England bowler Mark Wood  during England nets at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth, ahead of the third Test against South Africa. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Jofra Archer is all but certain to miss Thursday ’s third Test against South Africa after the England fast bowler pulled up during his final net sessi(...)

African National Congress (ANC) leader Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a meeting of the ruling party  in Johannesburg earlier this month. Photograph: Gulshan Khan/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa’s two largest opposition parties have been finding out the hard way how integral the recently ousted Jacob Zuma’s scandal-ridden presiden(...)

Julius Malema, leader of South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters, at a media briefing in Alexander township on Wednesday. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

The major urban municipalities in South Africa’s economic and administrative heartland will be run by minority councils following the Economic Freedom(...)

Mmusi Maimane, the first black leader of South Africa’s Democratic Alliance party,  at the local elections results centre in Pretoria on Thursday. Photograph:  Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

The African National Congress has posted its worst election results in the post-apartheid era, with South Africa’s black urban voters abandoning the f(...)

South African deputy president and  African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. Photograph: GIanluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

South Africans cast their votes in local elections on Wednesday and if the opinion polls can be relied upon, the African National Congress’s control o(...)

Ireland captain Rory Best: “We’re better prepared. We have faith in the guys that are here.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In times past, a tour-ending seasonal finale, particularly to a mammoth one like this, would have looked decidedly daunting. For starters, there isn’(...)

IIreland head coach Joe Schmidt with the players at training. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

To stick or to twist? The impact of the Springboks bench helped to turn last Saturday’s second Test on its head. On the other hand, several of Irel(...)