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(...)

 Kieran Read is back in the New Zealand team to face South Africa. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Captain Kieran Read returns to the New Zealand team as coach Steve Hansen on Thursday named his strongest available side for their last Test in the Ru(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway dodges South Africa’s Andries Coetzee to score a try at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland 38 South Africa 3 To say that Ireland won pulling away is an understatement. By the end, Ireland won almost too easily, and rarely has an Iri(...)

South Africa’s players react to their defeat  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Andries Coetzee Ireland’s aerial bombardment made life very difficult especially as most of the ball was contestable and so the fullback wasn’t able (...)

 Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scores his  late try. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rob Kearney Out of action more often than not these past two years and it showed. Jumped for high balls only to land empty handed. Failed to mop up (...)

Ireland winger  Andrew Conway makes a break for the opening try during the Guinness Series match against South Africa  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 38 South Africa 3 In the end it was a pummelling, but Ireland had to put in plenty of hard graft and tackles before decorating the game with (...)

The South African team line up after the Captain’s Run at the Radisson St Helen’s Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

15 Andries Coetzee Age: 27 Height: 5’11” Weight: 92kg (14st 7lbs) Caps: 9 Points: 0 He has played in every test for South Africa this year. One aspect(...)

South Africa  coach Allister Coetzee: “We need to adapt and there will be challenges Saturday.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Continuity was the buzz word as Springbok coach Allister Coetzee named a side with just three changes from the one that lost to New Zealand by a point(...)

Ronan O’Gara with Jean de Villers during the latter’s solitary season with the province. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The solution to an immediate Munster problem seems so obvious when uttered by a Springbok captain. Of course Jean de Villiers is much more than that. (...)

South Africa’s Bryan Habana has lost his place since the defeat to  Italy. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

South Africa head coach Allister Coetzee says it is not the end for Bryan Habana after he dropped the Springboks’ star wing. Habana, who has won 124 (...)

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