Eben Etzebeth

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New Zealand fullback Beauden Barrett  makes a break during the Rugby World Cup Group B game between New Zealand and South Africa at the International Stadium in Yokohama. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

New Zealand 23 South Africa 13 The significance of Ireland’s victory over Scotland on Sunday was heightened by the extraordinary spectacle the day be(...)

 New Zealand’s George Bridge scores the first try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

New Zealand 23 South Africa 13 Rumours of the champions impending demise may have proved premature. South Africa’s reinvention and rejuvenation unde(...)

Herschel Jantjies scores his match-saving try for the Springboks against the All Blacks. Photograph: Mark Tantrum/Getty

South Africa Who are they Not too long ago, South African rugby was in the doldrums. The once mighty Springboks were beaten by Italy at the end of 2(...)

Eben Etzebeth will captain South Africa for Saturday’s Rugby Championship opener against Australia. Photograph: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo

Rugby Championship, Saturday July 20th, South Africa v Australia, Ellis Park Johannesburg (Sky Sports Action, kick-off 4.05pm) South Africa captain (...)

John Robbie in action for Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“I’m here 36 years,” says the man who still sounds like he’s from Greystones. “I’m very much a South African now.” John Robbie lacks the ability to (...)

Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth shakes hands with  coach Alister Coetzee following the Rugby Championship match     between the All Blacks and the South African’s   on September 16th, 2017, in Auckland which  the  New Zealand side won 57-0.  Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

The picture tells the story. In the foreground of the shot taken by Phil Walter of Getty, Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth stands with his arms almost (...)

New Zealand’s Dane Coles  is tackled during a Rugby Championship match against Australia in Wellington last year. Photograph:  Martin Hunter/Getty Images

The All Blacks juggernaut hit a road bump in the British and Irish Lions series but it should be business as usual for the world champions when they t(...)

 Owen Farrell runs in  England’s fourth try in the match against South Afrcia at Twickenham. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

England 37 South Africa 21 England ended their decade-long wait for victory over South Africa with a resounding 37-21 victory at Twickenham that exte(...)

South Africa’s Bismarck du Plessis and Fourie du Preez take part in squad training at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Heyneke Meyer is old school. He exudes passion for the game in all of his lengthy, meandering thoughts, and cherishes rugby’s “ethos” – one of his fav(...)

Bryan Habana scored a hat-trick to move level with Jonah Lomu as the World Cup’s all-time leading try scorer as South Africa routed the USA at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Reuters

South Africa 64 USA 0 No one expected the Brave Blossom heroics of several weeks ago. Lightning striking twice in Pool B with South Africa on t(...)

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