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 Ian Madigan in action against Argentina in the Rugby World Cup when he was understudy to Johnny Sexton. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is an equal opportunities employer, so Ian Madigan and Paddy Jackson shared the outhalf duties in training sessions during (...)

 Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Simon Zebo and Matt Healy appear to be the leading contenders to replace the stricken Luke Fitzgerald tomorrow in the 32-man squad which departs for t(...)

Allister Coetzee was on Tuesday unveiled as the South Africa Springboks’ new rugby coach in Randburg, outside Johannesburg. Photograph: Reuters

Allister Coetzee was on Tuesday unveiled as the coach to lead South Africa to the Rugby World Cup in Japan, ending four months of speculation over wh(...)

Ireland’s Simon Zebo and CJ Stander after victory over Scotland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Next up is a leisurely June Test series in South Africa. Joe Schmidt’s Ireland have not had it easy – the World Cup dream gone with O’Connell in retir(...)

CJ Stander: “The last six weeks have been the best time of my life.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Playing Test match rugby doesn’t require knowledge about the past anymore. For the players anyway. All that’s needed is a performance, recovery and o(...)

South Africa’s bowler Kagiso Rabada celebrates after dismissing England’s batsman Jonathan Bairstow for a duck. Photograph: Themba Hadebe/AP

With 29 scheduled overs of a rain-interrupted third day to go England were still in the Test, hanging on by the fingernails but with a sniff of a cha(...)

Stuart Broad of England reacts as James Anderson of England nearly catches out Stiaan Van Zyl of South Africa during the third cricket Test  in Johannesburg on Saturday. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Trevor Bayliss does not take much notice of the ICC rankings. They are, he reckons, for the fans, something to give a context to what is happening in (...)

England fast bowler Steven Finn in action during the first day of the third Test against South Africa at Wanderers Stadium  in Johannesburg. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Third Test, day one: South Africa 267-7 Until a frustrating unbroken eighth-wicket partnership of 42 against the second new ball, England had fought (...)

England’s Alastair Cook shakes hands with Hashim Amla after the second Test ended in a draw at Newlands Stadium. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Hashim Amla has resigned as captain of South Africa with the all-rounder AB de Villiers to take over until the end of the four-Test series. The shoc(...)

 Hardus Viljoen: called up as cover for Kyle Abbott as he is struggling with a hamstring injury. Photograph: Getty Images

South Africa have added bowler Hardus Viljoen to their squad for the second Test with England in Cape Town. The Proteas, who were soundly beaten in (...)

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