Springboks

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  New Zealand’s Kieran Read holds up the Championship trophy after victory over  Argentina at Jose Amalfitani Stadium  in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photograph:  Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images

Holders New Zealand face a fresh assault on their Rugby Championship title this year, but for the four sides involved in the southern hemisphere battl(...)

Australia’s Israel Folau   is tackled by Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton in his side’s 18-9 Test victory on Sunday. Photograph:   Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Ireland could have won in Brisbane, should have is a leap in the air with Israel Folau. That was the difference, the Wallabies’s best players; Folau o(...)

Johann Van Graan: the Sprinboks’ head coach Allister Coetzee says van  Graan will be a big loss to the Springboks but a massive gain for Munster. Photograph: Getty Images

Johann Van Graan will be released from his commitments to the Springboks after their forthcoming games against Ireland and France over the next two Sa(...)

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

With round three of the Guinness Pro12 already upon us there are trends that are evident to this observer. But with an eye on the gargantuan task lyin(...)

 South Africa coach Allister Coetzee. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

Allister Coetzee’s respect for the qualities of an Irish side he yesterday described as “outstanding” appears genuine, and perhaps more real than some(...)

Paddy Jackson during the Captain’s Run at Ellis Park on Friday. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

South Africa v Ireland Johannesburg, 4pm Not only are Ireland stepping into the lion’s den, there they will find the Springboks are both wounded an(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt wants his team to build on their first test win in Cape Town. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Yesterday the Irish and South African squads moved en bloc from their hotels near the Cape Town waterfront to their bases in the Sandton suburb of cl(...)

Ulster backrow Sean Reidy is one of two uncapped players in the 32-man Ireland squad for the tour of South Africa. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

At the end of a long, arduous World Cup season, Ireland will endeavour to hit the ground running with clearly as much familiarity as they can muster f(...)

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen: “Leadership  . . . is a learning skill. Self-belief is a massive thing.” Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

By the end, it was all black alright. Seemingly half of New Zealand had travelled over, and as Twickenham was engulfed in rain and a black sky more li(...)

Handre Pollard  scores the  first of his two tries against  New Zealand at Ellis Park last month.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images.

The Springboks have arrived in Dublin ahead of the first Test of their end-of-year tour, against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday. They see(...)

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