(From L to R) South Africa’s Siya Kolisi, Tendai Mtawarira, hooker Bongi Mbonambi and  Frans Malherbe line up before the quarter-final win over Japan. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

Bongi Mbonambi believes South Africa’s rapid rise under Rassie Erasmus from laughing stock to World Cup contenders is down to the coach’s willingness (...)

 New Zealand after winning the Rugby Championship last year. Photograph: Getty Images

With the Rugby Championship being seen as little more than a World Cup warmup for the southern hemisphere’s top four nations the abridged tournament c(...)

 France’s Guilhem Guirado  on his way to score a try during the autumn international against South Africa at the Stade de France  in  Paris. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

France 26 South Africa 29 South Africa scored a try in stoppage time to edge to a dramatic 29-26 win over France at the Stade de France on Saturday, (...)