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South Africa head coach  Heyneke Meyer. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

As you’d expect from his passionate, oft anguished, sometimes ecstatic persona in the coach’s box – when being a coach does not appear especially g(...)

Robbie Henshaw is  expected to play at outside centre against South Africa on Saturday. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The odds on Robbie Henshaw starting in midfield against South Africa on Saturday have shortened further, with Simon Zebo and the returning Tommy Bo(...)

Springbok scrum consultant Pieter de Villiers played 69 times for France. Photograph: Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images

Pieter de Villiers still looks in good enough nick to play Test rugby. A little bulk might be missing but he is remarkably fresh-faced for his 42 y(...)

 Wayne Barnes: made a profoundly flawed decision late in the South Africa v New Zealand clash at Ellis Park which saw South Africa end the All Blacks’ unbeaten run. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

The last time South Africa played a match, four weeks ago, they ended a five-match losing run against New Zealand and in the process ended the All Bla(...)

Jonathan Sexton:  will have injury assessed at Carton House today. Photograph: Pierre Teyssot/AFP/Getty Images.

Jonathan Sexton sustained a hamstring injury during Racing Metro 92’s Top 14 defeat to Oyonnax on Saturday.In a situation possibly reminiscent of this(...)

Mike Ross in action against Argentina in the second Test of the  2014 summer tour. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is fully conversant with the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic as yet another injury has hit his already-emaciat(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt hoping to find a successor to Brian O’Driscoll this autumn. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Joe Schmidt has confirmed that Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne are the two front-runners to assume the number 13 jersey vacated by you-know-who, but(...)

 Malakai Fekitoa of the All Blacks breaks clear to score against South Africa  at Ellis Park. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

South Africa 27 New Zealand 25Patrick Lambie’s late long-range penalty consigned New Zealand to just their second defeat in 38 Test matches as South A(...)

Bismarck du Plessis has been selected to play as hooker for South Africa against New Zealand. Photograph: Getty.

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has made one change to his starting line-up to face New Zealand in their Rugby Championship clash in Johannesburg on (...)

Ireland and Leinster fullback Rob Kearney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

As part of their early season multi-tasking, an Irish squad of 48 players completed their second two-day mini camp of the season under Joe Schmidt ye(...)

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