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 South Africa fullback Willie Le Roux  dives over for a try during the international against Scotland  at Murrayfield. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Scotland 0 South Africa 28: Scotland suffered a painful shut-out defeat to South Africa as they were utterly outclassed at Murrayfield.The home side l(...)

 South Africa  coach Heyneke Meyer: has been making friends in Scotland. Photograph:Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

If New Zealand are the self-confessed “most dominant team in the world” – and who would argue with an All Black on the matter – then the team close be(...)

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer.

South Africa averaged almost four tries a game in this year’s Rugby Championship – but Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer has demanded that his players ar(...)

Brian O’Driscoll attempts to evade  Adi Jacob. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

South Africa 28 Lions 25June 27th, 2009, Pretoria A seventh successive test match defeat for the Lions, but there was no shame in this one. They put t(...)

Ruan Pienaar kicks a penalty for Ulster during last season’s Pro12 final against Leinster
Toulon come calling for Ruan Pienaar
  • Rugby
  • September 18, 2013, 12:21

Ulster scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar has emerged as a target for the European champions Toulon, according to reports in France. With Pienaar’s contract with (...)

Juan Smith has joined Toulon for the rest of the season.

Former South Africa flanker Juan Smith has come out of retirement to sign a one-year contract with European champions ToulonThe 32-year-old, who won 6(...)

Former Springbok Juan Smith.
Smith undergoes medical at Toulon
  • Rugby
  • August 19, 2013, 12:39

Former South Africa flanker Juan Smith is to undergo a medical today as he negotiates a possible return to the game with French club Toulon just ov(...)

Matt Giteau: One of Toulon’s standout signings made by owner Mourad Boudjellal. Photograph:James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont v Toulon . . . Even if the game is being played in Dublin, seen from France there is an unerring logic in these two clubs battling it (...)

Saracens’ Owen Farrell impressed for England in the Six Nations, but the petulance he also demonstrated at times could be his undoing against Jonny Wilkinson and co. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.

The bookmakers are having none of this match. Scratch being the handicap bet, which is no handicap at all. Maybe they see age as a justifiable leve(...)

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