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Heyneke Meyer is to stand down as coach of South Africa. Photograph: Afp

Heyneke Meyer has decided to stand down as South Africa coach. The South African Rugby Union announced on its official Twitter feed that Meyer had ad(...)

 Tommy Bowe is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a try for Ireland during the 2014 Guinness series International match against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Getty Images

The South African Rugby Union have confirmed the dates and venues for Ireland’s three Test 2016 summer tour. Ireland will take on the Rugby Wor(...)

Argentina’s fly half and captain Nicolas Sanchez is tackled by South Africa’s flanker Schalk Burger during the bronze medal match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and Argentina at the Olympic Stadium, London. Photo: getty Images

South Africa 24 Argentina 13 Bryan Habana endured a wretched night in missing four fine chances to break Jonah Lomu’s all-time World Cup try-sc(...)

South Africa’s Heyneke Meyer has said he be a “total nutter” to carry on as head coach. Photograph: Reuters

World Cup 3rd/4th Play-off Argentina v South Africa Olympic Stadium, 8.0 TV3, ITV The Springboks squad have thrown their weight behind (...)

New Zealand’s winger Nehe Milner-Skudder  evades South Africa’s flanker François Louw  during the  semi-final  of the 2015 Rugby World Cup  at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary, the first man to conquer Met Everest For the ages. The greatest team of all time (...)

Francois Louw  and  Richie McCaw shake hands at the end of the World Cup semi-final at Twickenham. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

World Rugby have confirmed that Richie McCaw will not be cited for the incident with South Africa’s Francois Louw in the 22nd minute of Saturday’s sem(...)

South Africa’s lock Lood de Jager  is tackled Dan Carter, Owen Franks  and New Zealand captain Richie McCaw  during the  Rugby World Cup semi-final a Twickenham. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

It had been an absorbing, brutally physical encounter in sharp contrast to the often bitter and violent rivalry of decades gone by. Yet as befits the (...)

Schalk Burger is looking forward to Saturday’s World Cup semi-final against New Zealand, two years on from contracting bacterial meningitis. Photograph: PA

No player can convey the Springboks’ uber relaxed mood on the eve of their potentially seismic World Cup semi-final with the All Blacks than Schalk Bu(...)

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen speaks during a  media session at the Oatlands Park hotel in Weybridge. Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

Steve Hansen doesn’t play the media game, he envelopes it with hard-nosed Kiwi honesty. This was a masterclass. The New Zealand coach quickly state(...)

“Playing with a lot of the Irish guys,  it’s almost sad for me not to see them in the semi-finals,” said Ruan Pienaar. Photograph: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images

As ever with Ruan Pienaar there will be no holiday. As soon as South Africa’s World Cup is over, he will return to Ulster. The man who has been on (...)

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