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(...)

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(...)

15 Jared Payne Serene for an hour, proving once again that he must remain as the Ireland fullback, but like many backs became irrelevant as Springb(...)

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(...)

New Zealand’s winger Nehe Milner-Skudder  evades South Africa’s flanker François Louw  during the  semi-final  of the 2015 Rugby World Cup  at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary, the first man to conquer Met Everest For the ages. The greatest team of all time (...)

New Zealand’s Jerome Kaino scores his side’s first try during the Rugby World Cup semi-final against South Africa at Twickenham. Photograph:  David Davies/PA

New Zealand 20 South Africa 18 “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves,” - Edmund Hillary For the ages. The greatest team of all time met an(...)

 South Africa’s Duane Vermeulen: “If we don’t win we are out. We have to give our all. I’m ready to do that.” Photo:  Steve Haag/Gallo Images

A history of violence. Recent cuddlings of these gargantuan men is drenched in bloody yet wincingly enjoyable rugby. There have been 50-pointer(...)

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer says he has the full backing of his players after the country’s largest trade union accused him of making ‘racist choices’ when picking his squad. Photograph: Getty

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer says he has the full backing of his players and is committed to a transformation in Springbok rugby after coming unde(...)

 Bismarck du Plessis will line out without his brother Jannie against Wales. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

South Africa have recalled the Japan based duo JP Pietersen and Jaque Fourie for their game against Wales in the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.Fouri(...)