Japan’s Luke Thompson during the 2015 Rugby World Cup game against the USA at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, England.  Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Brighton 2015: spot the Kiwi on 83 minutes, having milled Adriaan Strauss off Japanese ball, all but leaning on the shoulder of Harumichi Tatekawa yet(...)

Japan players celebrate their surprise victory in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Japan in Brighton. Photograph:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty

South Africa’s head coach Heyneke Meyer said that the result was “unacceptable; I have to apologise to the nation.” Harry Potter author JK Rowling twe(...)

Barbarians coach during a training session at Latymer Upper School. His side is not a team littered with big-name draws, rather youngsters. Photograph: Getty Images

It can be all too easy to laud New Zealand for their black magic, to marvel at their sorcery and wonder precisely what kind of deal they have made wit(...)

South Africa head coach Allister Coetzee (right). Photograph: Getty Images.

At the end of what he described as a terrible year, South Africa’s head coach, Allister Coetzee, has chosen the rawest Springboks side in the professi(...)

CJ Stander takes on Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip during last April’s PRO12 clash at the Aviva. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tomorrow we’ll be served another Celtic clash where two protagonists have arrived from different global locations but with equally huge roles to play (...)

Ireland fullback Tiernan O’Halloran gets upended by Willie le Roux of South Africa during the Test match at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: EPA.

South Africa 19 Ireland 13 There have been few more courageous Irish performances in a season-ending tour to one of the Southern Hemisphere big gun(...)

South Africa coach Allister Coetzee congratulates  Lionel Mapoe after the second Test victory over Ireland  at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Photograph:  Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Smart half-time changes and a tongue lashing from new coach Allister Coetzee proved the catalyst for a rousing second-half comeback as South Africa c(...)

Ireland’s dejected  players at the end of the second Test against South Africa at    Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland captain Rory Best believes momentum prevented Ireland getting the victory that would have secured a historic first series win in South Africa.(...)

The Ireland squad train at Ellis Park, Johannesburg, on Friday. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Irish team and replacements went through their customary eve-of-match Captain’s Run at the iconic Ellis Park - where Nelson Mandela famously hande(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt celebrates with captain Rory Best after the victory  over South Africa at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland captain Rory Best hailed a “massive physical performance” after they recorded a first win on South African soil despite playing with 14 men fo(...)

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