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Scott Fardy: “You want to try to win trophies; you shouldn’t be playing if you don’t want to do that.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Scott Fardy exudes a singular focus that is trained squarely on preparing for Saturday’s Champions Cup semi-final against the Scarlets at the Aviva St(...)

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa delivering the eulogy at the Special Official Funeral service for the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Only a last-minute compromise between the family of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and African National Congress (ANC) leaders enabled South Africa’s rulin(...)

John Goosen: will play for Montpellier next season but will be in the Cheetahs side to take on Munster in the PRO14 clash in South Africa. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cheetahs v Munster, Toyota Stadium (6.35, Irish time, live on Sky Sports) Johan Goosen will play his first match since he “retired” in January 2017 w(...)

Xavier Legrand: 'It struck me when I was talking to victims of domestic violence, and they were telling their stories, that sometimes they might have been relating the plot of a thriller.' Photograph: Claude Medale/Corbis via Getty

In France a woman dies at the hands of her live-in partner every two and a half days, a shocking statistic that, depressingly, doesn’t include related(...)

The Wailing Mooncalf’s role as friend to the alt-right fanatic guarantees its place in the contemporary linguistic bestiary

Apparently, Google is altering its software to allow users quicker access to emojis. Depress just two keys and you will bring up a pile of poo. Depres(...)

 Sonja Booysen, who has worked with Eir for over 17 years, leaving  Group HQ at Heuston South Quarter after news of 750 redundancies was announced. Photograph: Alan BetsonThe Irish Times

Workers leaving Eir headquarters on Thursday were reluctant to discuss the announcement of 750 jobs cuts but there was a sense of relief at least that(...)

 Southern Kings’s Berton Klaasen (right) has played the  most minutes of any player in the Pro14 to date with a lung bursting, 1,410. Photograph: Inpho

Berton Klaasen is a 28-year-old South Africa-born centre who plays for the Southern Kings rugby franchise in the Guinness Pro14. He is the alpha male (...)

Mourners attend the memorial service of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at the Orlando stadium in Soweto, South Africa, on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA/STR

Thousands of South Africans paid tribute on Wednesday to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at a memorial service in Soweto, the township at the forefront of t(...)

Dylan Hartley: missed Northampton’s last two matches after showing symptoms of concussion. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Dylan Hartley’s place on England’s tour of South Africa this summer is in question after Northampton admitted the national captain’s latest concussion(...)

Munster’s Dan Goggin scores a try despite the efforts of Michael Makase of the Southern Kings during the Guinness Pro 14 game at Outeniqua Park in George, South Africa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Southern Kings 22 Munster 39 Munster coach Johann van Graan will have been reasonably satisfied with a bonus-point victory following the Guinness Pro(...)

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