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South Africa’s Bismarck du Plessis and Fourie du Preez take part in squad training at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Heyneke Meyer is old school. He exudes passion for the game in all of his lengthy, meandering thoughts, and cherishes rugby’s “ethos” – one of his fav(...)

Australia players push in a maul against Scotland at Twickenham. Photograph: Getty Images

Like it or loathe it - and New Zealand coach Steve Hansen is certainly no fan - the rolling maul has proved an effective try-scoring weapon during the(...)

New Zealand centre Conrad Smith has said South Africa represent the All Blacks’ ‘ultimate rival’ ahead of Saturday’s Rugby World Cup smei-final at Twickenham. Photograph: Getty

New Zealand centre Conrad Smith has described World Cup semi-final opponents South Africa as the All Blacks’ “ultimate rival.” The southern hemisphere(...)

South African players after the Rugby World Cup Quarter Final against Wales at Twickenham. Photograph: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Bryan Habana has dedicated South Africa’s World Cup semi-final to teacher Zukisa Kela, whose last words were “Go Springboks Go” before being drowned b(...)

Duane Vermuelen’s magic pass helped South Africa finally break down Wales in their World Cup quarter-final victory at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Afp

Imposing and with a face that has seen rugby wars, Duane Vermuelen could have stepped from Mount Rushmore. He is not the Springbok forward most would (...)

 South Africa’s captain Fourie Du Preez runs in to score the winning try against Wales six minutes before the final whistle  at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

South Africa: 23 Tries: Fourie du Preez, Pens: Handre Pollard (5) Wales: 19 Tries: Gareth Davies, Cons: Dan Biggar, Pens: Biggar (3) At the fina(...)

South Africa’s Fourie du Preez goes over for his side’s winning try in their victory over Wales at the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals. Photo: Henry Browne/Reuters

There were to be no crumbs of comfort gained by Wales that they were beaten by one flash of inspiration from Springbok captain Fourie Du Preez and Dua(...)

Fourie Du Preez and Schalk Burger embrace after South Africa’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final win over Wales. Photograph: Getty

South Africa 23 Wales 19 Wales fell agonisingly short, a defeat they might haunt them for some time. Not because they didn’t give their all, th(...)

Wales coach Warren Gatland speaking at a press conference two days before his side’s World Cup quarter-final with South Africa. Photo: Martin Bureau/Getty Images

Warren Gatland was at his world weary best at the Wales team base in Weybridge, barely glancing up as he summed up the opposition. “It will be the sam(...)

South Africa’s wing JP Pietersen celebrates after scoring a try in the Pool B match against Scotland at St James’ Park. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images.

South Africa v Wales Listening to the changing doctrine of South Africa this week has again reinforced the idea that in team sports almost everything (...)

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