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England’s George Ford against the All Blacks. England have way more passing and kicking inventiveness than South Africa in their dual playmakers Ford and Owen Farrell.  Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

World Cup Final: England v South Africa Kick-off: 9am Irish time, Saturday. Venue: International Stadium, Yokohama. How to follow: The Irish Tim(...)

New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett clears a kick against South Africa during a Test match at Westpac Stadium in July 2019 in Wellington, New Zealand. Photograph: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

Pool B: New Zealand v South Africa, International Stadium, Yokohama, Saturday, 10:45am Irish time. Live on Eir Sport and ITV Time to rumble indeed. T(...)

New Zealand’s Dane Coles  is tackled during a Rugby Championship match against Australia in Wellington last year. Photograph:  Martin Hunter/Getty Images

The All Blacks juggernaut hit a road bump in the British and Irish Lions series but it should be business as usual for the world champions when they t(...)

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’(...)

Joe Schmidt: “We’re going to have to make sure that we don’t allow them quite as much latitude to get that go-forward through that contact area.” Billy Stickland/Inpho

All to play for but, all things considered, tomorrow’s third test in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium appears to the biggest ask of the three for Irela(...)

The Springbok’s JP Pietersen is tackled by Ireland’s Jared Payne (left) and Robbie Henshaw during the first international Test between Ireland and South Africa at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

Rory Best’s team didn’t just beat the Springboks on South African soil for the first time ever here on Saturday, they defied logic and all manner of o(...)