Eben Etzebeth

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 New Zealand  captain Brodie Retallick  attacks the try line during the Rugby Championship  match against Argentina at Cbus Stadium on the Gold Coast in Australia. Photograph: Dave Hunt/EPA

New Zealand lock Scott Barrett has warned his team-mates to be ready for a backlash from a chastened Argentina ahead of their Rugby Championship remat(...)

Maro Itoje  of the Lions in action against  Eben Etzebeth of South Africa. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

South Africa A 17 British & Irish Lions 13 Tour on. The Springboks, in the very transparent guise of the South African A side, landed a significa(...)

 Faf de Klerk, Mazakole Mapimpi and Tendai Mtawarira celebrate after the Rugby World Cup final win over England at International Stadium Yokohama in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph:  Juan Jose Gasparini/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa 32 England 12 Entering the last 15 minutes of South Africa’s third final, it seemed the Boks were set to complete a third World Cup triu(...)

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(...)

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