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South Africa prop Tendai Mtawarira in action against Australia last month. His absence this weekend is a massive blow to the home side. Photograph: Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images/Getty Images

World champions New Zealand are expected to complete another clean sweep of the Rugby Championship as they finish this year’s campaign away in South A(...)

Ireland fullback Tiernan O’Halloran gets upended by Willie le Roux of South Africa during the Test match at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: EPA.

South Africa 19 Ireland 13 There have been few more courageous Irish performances in a season-ending tour to one of the Southern Hemisphere big gun(...)

Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray looks to run past the attempted tackle of South Africa openside Siya Kolisi during the second Test at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

South Africa 32 Ireland 26 For the best of an hour, Ireland had played so well that they were fully worthy of their 26-10 lead and were within 20 min(...)

Springbok’s Willie le Roux is tackled by Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw and Jamie Heaslip at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

When CJ Stander was harshly and controversially given a red card in the 22nd minute of the first Test in Newlands Stadium, every rugby fan around the (...)

South Africa coach Allister Coetzee. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

South Africa coach Allister Coetzee believes the gap between the hemispheres has closed since last year’s World Cup. The Springboks lost to Ireland a(...)

South Africa coach Allister Coetzee has said the gap between the northern and southern hemisphers has closed since the World Cup. Photograph: Epa

South Africa coach Allister Coetzee believes the gap between the hemispheres has closed since last year’s World Cup. The Springboks lost to Ireland a(...)

Fullback  Jared Payne scores Ireland’s first try during the first Test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

South Africa 20 Ireland 26 As a one-off win, perhaps Ireland’s biggest of all time, but assuredly of the professional era and in modern memory. Not o(...)

RC Toulon’s Australian fullback James OConnor  vies with Bath’s Fijian wing Semesa Rokoduguni  during the European Champions Cup rugby union match at the Mayol stadium in Toulon, France. Photograph: Getty Images

Toulon 12 Bath 9 Bath came agonisingly close to a little piece of history beside the Mediterranean but, barring something extraordinary, their Champi(...)

Jimmy Gopperth of Wasps holds off the Bath defence to score a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match  at the Recreation Ground in Bath. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Bath 10 Wasps 36 Outhalf Jimmy Gopperth scored 23 points as Wasps recorded a second away win of their European campaign to remain firmly on course (...)

 Ian Madigan, Hayden Triggs and Isaac Boss have some fun at Leinster squad training. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

This will tell us much about Leinster. They’ve backed themselves into quite a corner and both the circumstances of a brutally tough pool along with(...)

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