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Men read about Nelson Mandela’s health in a newspaper  in Soweto. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibek/Reuters

A critically ill Nelson Mandela was surrounded by family and friends yesterday at the Pretoria hospital in which he is being treated, while outside a (...)

When did you start running and why?Age 17 in the Voet van Afrika Marathon in South Africa where I was born. I resumed at 19 following a car accident w(...)

Dan Lydiate (right) who will captain the Lions against Melbourne Rebels alongside outhalf Owen Farrell during the British and Irish Lions captain’s run at AMMI Park today.  Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

Dan Lydiate beamed with pride after being named British and Irish Lions captain for tomorrow’s final midweek match against the Melbourne Rebels. The W(...)

Australia wing Digby Ioane will report to police authorities in Victoria after he failed to attend court over an assault charge. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Australia rugby international Digby Ioane today just days before the crucial second test against the British an(...)

Former South African president Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition in hospital, President Jacob Zuma said this morning. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Former South African president Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition in hospital, President Jacob Zuma said this morning.“Doctors are doing e(...)

The finances of the IMO have been at the centre of controversy since The Irish Times reported last December that its former chief executive George McNeice had received a total package of nearly €10 million on his departure from the organisation. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Revenue Commissioners are to undertake an audit of the tax affairs of the doctors’ trade union, the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO).A spokesman f(...)

Former South African president Nelson Mandela pictured in London in 2008.  Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

BILL CORCORAN in South AfricaThe condition of former South African president Nelson Mandela, who is being treated for a reoccurring lung infection in (...)

Mandla Mandela

The chairman of the South African media consortium buying the local business of Independent News & Media has revealed who the key members of his g(...)

Slade Power (left), who is fancied to land the prestigious Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Having opened Royal Ascot 2013 with a memorable Group One success with Sole Power, trainer Eddie Lynam could have the resources to close the meeting w(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll  gives instructions during a British and Irish Lions training session at the Anglican Church Grammar School today in Brisbane, Australia. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Warren Gatland today unveiled a largely predictable starting team for the Lions’ first test against the Wallabies at Suncorp Stadium. Sam Warburton(...)

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