Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Necessity being the mother of invention, both Ireland and South Africa are likely to unveil much changed line-ups when Joe Schmidt and Allister Coetze(...)

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

The Quinn Roux numbers do not stack up. And they should, considering his 6ft 5in frame is filled by 124 kilograms of Pretoria muscle. Having been le(...)

Newly anounced Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss pictured during a training session in Stellenbosch on Monday. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa named hooker Adriaan Strauss as captain for next month’s three-Test home series against Ireland. New coach Allister Coetzee, who named a(...)

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 (...)

New Zealand’s Jerome Kaino scores his side’s first try during the Rugby World Cup semi-final against South Africa at Twickenham. Photograph:  David Davies/PA

New Zealand 20 South Africa 18 “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves,” - Edmund Hillary For the ages. The greatest team of all time met an(...)

South Africa’s Eben Etzebeth (centre left) is pushed towards the try line by team-mate Lodewyk de Jager during the  match against the USA at the Olympic Stadium, London. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA

Heyneke Meyer has seized on a topic – youth – its vigour, its energy and he’s shaking the life out of it. The South African coach has frontloaded hi(...)

 Samoa’s Viliamu Afatia is tackled by South Africa’s Lodewyk De Jager and Frans Malherbe during the Rugby World Cup  Pool B match at  Villa Park in Birmingham. Photograph:  David Jonjes/EPA

Laager – definition: an encampment formed by a circle of wagons; an entrenched position or viewpoint that is defended against opponents. “I see you ar(...)

South Africa’s JP Pietersen scores the second of his three tries in the Pool B win over Samoa at Villa Park. Photograph:  Peter Cziborra/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

South Africa 46 Samoa 6 JP Pietersen scored a hat-trick of tries as South Africa bounced back from their shock loss to Japan with a 46-6 six-try, bonu(...)

 South Africa’s Duane Vermeulen: “If we don’t win we are out. We have to give our all. I’m ready to do that.” Photo:  Steve Haag/Gallo Images

A history of violence. Recent cuddlings of these gargantuan men is drenched in bloody yet wincingly enjoyable rugby. There have been 50-pointer(...)

Japan celebrate Ayumu Goromaru’s try against South Africa. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Japan 34 South Africa 32 Japan pulled off the biggest shock in Rugby World Cup history with a stunning 34-32 win over South Africa in Brighton. Karne (...)

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