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Victor Matfield controls the maul to set up the try for Heinrich Brussow of South Africa during the first Test match between the   Springboks and the   Lions at  Kings Park Stadium on June 20th, 2009 in Durban. Photograph:  Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images

You could write the definitive book on life and rugby based on the opening Tests of a British & Irish Lions series alone. It would cover every emo(...)

 Former Springboks player Errol Tobias during an interview about his new book in  September, 2015. Photograph:  Nasief Manie/Foto24/ Gallo Images/Getty Images

On the May 30th, 1981, Errol Tobias became the first black man to play for the Springboks, debuting at the age of 31 against Ireland. Before kick-off,(...)

Jonah Lomu runs through the Ireland defence at Ellis Park in Johannesburg during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

All Black teenager, dead at 40, Jonah Lomu did plenty of living in between. Johannesburg May 27th, 1995 is where and when rugby gets divided into two(...)

South Africa’s captain Siya Kolisi celebrates his side’s victory over Wales at International Stadium Yokohama. Photograph: Ashley Western/PA Wire

It’s impossible, from this juncture anyway, to ascertain the social significance of Siya Kolisi potentially captaining the Springboks to victory in ne(...)

New Zealand captain Kieran Read after the defeat to England in the Rugby World Cup semi-final at the  Yokohama International Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Some get to pen their own exits, be it Brian O’Driscoll to Derek Pender in our neck of the woods, or in Rugby World Cups most recently there was the A(...)

South Africa’s president Nelson Mandela handing the William Webb trophy  to  South Africa’s captain Francois Pienaar  in Johannesburg  in 1995. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Muller/AFP via Getty Images

It will forever remain the single most iconic image in the history of Rugby World Cups and, perhaps, the game itself. Nelson Mandela handing over the (...)

Chester Williams of South Africa breaks away from Felipe Contepomi of Argentina  during a Test match in Buenos Aires on November 12th, 2000. Photograph: Fabian Gredillas/AFP/Getty Images

Chester Williams Born: August 8th, 1970 Died: September 6th, 2019 In 1994, one year after he had won his first cap for South Africa and become only t(...)

Rassie Erasmus has sparked an impressive renaissance from the Springboks. Photograph: Ross Setford/Reuters

Pool B New Zealand - 1st (5-4) South Africa - 5th (9-2) Italy - 13th (750-1) Namibia - 23rd (5000-1) Canada - 21st (2500-1) The Contenders Steve Ha(...)

Tempers flare as a fight breaks out between the two teams in Bloemfontein.  Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

South Africa 23 England 12 South Africa profited from a second-half penalty try to inflict more misery on England with a 23-12 victory and a series (...)

Australia’s Israel Folau   is tackled by Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton in his side’s 18-9 Test victory on Sunday. Photograph:   Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Ireland could have won in Brisbane, should have is a leap in the air with Israel Folau. That was the difference, the Wallabies’s best players; Folau o(...)

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