Schalk Brits, seen here celebrating Saracens’ Premiership Final victory, has been called in to the South Africa squad. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters

South Africa have sprung a surprise by calling up Schalk Brits for the remainder of their series against England – a fortnight after he had retired. (...)

Montpellier’s Bismarck Du Plessis scores his side’s opening try against Newport Gwent Dragons in the European Challenge Cup semi-final at  Altrad Stadium, Montpellier, France. Photograph: Inpho

Montpellier 22 Newport Gwent Dragons 12 Montpellier set-up a deciding clash with Harlequins in the Challenge Cup final in Lyon next month after pow(...)

 Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis trains with the rest of his team as they prepare for the IRB Rugby World Cup 2015. Photograph: EPA

South Africa have every chance to win the Rugby World Cup even if few outside their camp fancy their credentials, hooker Bismarck du Plessis said on T(...)

Bismarck Du Plessis of South Africa tackles Dan Carter of the All Blacks at Eden Park on September 14th. Du Plessis received a yellow card for the tackle. Photograph: Sandra Mu/Getty Images

Bismarck du Plessis, the central character in last month’s controversial test between New Zealand and South Africa, was restored to the Springbok side(...)

South Africa’s  Bismarck Du Plessis  hits New Zealand outhalf Dan Carter  during The Rugby Championship match  at Eden Park  in Auckland. Photograph: Sandra Mu/Getty Images

New Zealand 29 South Africa 15: Two tries from captain Kieran Read helped New Zealand grab the lead in the Rugby Championship on Saturday after a 29-1(...)