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Adre Smith has received an eight-week ban over an incident in last Saturday’s United Rugby Championship game against Munster at Thomond Park. Photograph:  Frikkie Kapp/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Stormers lock Adre Smith has been suspended for eight weeks after being found guilty of an act of foul play in his side’s United Rugby Championship d(...)

 Rassie Erasmus: his regrettable intervention via an hour-long video rant should be punished by World Rugby. Photograph: Rodge Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

In the last 12 months, and against all manner of odds and expectations, rugby in the northern hemisphere has managed to complete two Six Nations champ(...)

South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber did not dispute   referee Nic Berry’s questionable call. Photograph:  Steve Haag/PA Wire

As proud Springboks, the home side was hurting profoundly after their first defeat since their opening World Cup pool game against New Zealand, but th(...)

 Morne Steyn, seen here  in action for  the Bulls, has been named in the South Africa squad for the Lions series. Photograph: Sydney Sehibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa’s desire to have an outhalf who can settle the nerves and eke out a win in tight situations led to a recall for Morne Steyn for the Briti(...)

  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(...)

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