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New Zealand fullback Beauden Barrett  makes a break during the Rugby World Cup Group B game between New Zealand and South Africa at the International Stadium in Yokohama. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

New Zealand 23 South Africa 13 The significance of Ireland’s victory over Scotland on Sunday was heightened by the extraordinary spectacle the day be(...)

 New Zealand fullback Beauden Barrett hands off  South Africa wing Cheslin Kolbe during the  Rugby World Cup Pool B  at the International Stadium Yokohama. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Shortly after 9pm Rassie Erasmus eased his long frame into a seat, absorbed the questions and calmly invited other nations, other contenders, to step (...)

New Zealand’s outhalf Richie Mo’unga makes a try-saving tackle on Cheslin Kolbe. Photograph: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty

Steve Hansen hailed his side’s first win of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in defence of their title, but maintained that the equation still hadn’t changed.(...)

New Zealand’s players salute the crowd after defeating South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

In front of the eyes of the world, these fierce rivals, separated by 7,000 miles of ocean and connected by a century of rugby games, put on an extrava(...)

 New Zealand’s George Bridge scores the first try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

New Zealand 23 South Africa 13 Rumours of the champions impending demise may have proved premature. South Africa’s reinvention and rejuvenation unde(...)

Beauden Barrett during a training session ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool B meeting with South Africa. Photo; Getty Images

Rugby World Cup Pool B: New Zealand v South Africa Kick-off: 10.45am, Saturday (Irish time). Venue: Yokohama International Stadium. How to follow: Th(...)

Jerry Flannery pictured with Rassie Erasmus during his time as Munster director of rugby. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jerry Flannery has an intimate knowledge of South Africa’s coaching team on a personal and professional level, specifically head coach Rassie Erasmus,(...)

 Jannie De Beer of South Africa kicks the fourth of his five drop goals against England in the 1999 World Cup quarter-final  at the Stade de France in Paris. South Africa won 44-21. Photograph:  Dave Rogers/Allsport

Jannie de Beer’s five drop goals in a 44-21 quarter-final victory over England in 1999 was rated as the third greatest moment for the Springboks in a (...)

South Africa’s Aphiwe Dyantyi tested positive for steroids on July 2nd. Photo: Dave Winter/Getty Images

The 1995 World Cup final was on television in the Springboks hotel next door to Disneyland. Two thoughts resonated from seeing a replay of this epic (...)

Japan players celebrate their surprise victory in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Japan in Brighton. Photograph:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty

South Africa’s head coach Heyneke Meyer said that the result was “unacceptable; I have to apologise to the nation.” Harry Potter author JK Rowling twe(...)

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