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 France’s Guilhem Guirado  on his way to score a try during the autumn international against South Africa at the Stade de France  in  Paris. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

France 26 South Africa 29 South Africa scored a try in stoppage time to edge to a dramatic 29-26 win over France at the Stade de France on Saturday, (...)

England’s Owen Farrell  makes a dubious tackle on South Africa’s Andre Esterhuizen late in the game. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/Getty Images

England 12 South Africa 11 Owen Farrell struck a late penalty to propel England to the narrowest of victories over South Africa in a gripping start t(...)

 All Blacks’ Beauden Barrett   reacts during  the match  against the Springboks at Westpac Stadium on September 15th, 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand. Photograph: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

The dream scenario. It’s November 2nd, 2019 and New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett is tanking again. Richie Mo’unga kicks his heels as hubris cements (...)

 South Africa’s Andre Esterhuizen challenges Australia’s Israel Folau at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South Africa 23 Australia 12 Wing Aphiwe Dyantyi scored a try in the opening 25 seconds as South Africa kept up their Rugby Championship momentum wit(...)

South Africa’s Jesse Kriel celebrates victory over New Zealand in Wellington on Saturday. Photograph:  Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

The day that shook the world, a year out from the World Cup. Whatever way you look at it, Saturday’s unlikely double away win in the Rugby Championshi(...)

  Argentina flanker Pablo Matera  is tackled by South Africa’s Andre Esterhuizen and  Willie  le Roux  during the Rugby Championship game at Kings Park Stadium in Durban. Photograph: Christiaan Kotze/AFP

South Africa 34 Argentina 21 Wingers Aphiwe Dyantyi and Makazole Mapimpi scored two tries each as South Africa rallied in the second half to beat Arg(...)

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 (...)

 John McGrath raises one of the local kids over his head in the Mbekweni township, close to Paarl city, the former home to World Champion long jumper Luvo Manyonga. Photograph: Barbara McCarthy

Ask John McGrath how far he’s come to speak at the GAA coaching conference in Croke Park on Saturday and you don’t get an answer: you get a philosophy(...)

 Wales’ Scott Andrews after his shirt is pulled over his head. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Wales 24 South Africa 22 A second half penalty from Leigh Halfpenny allowed Wales to hold off South Africa and emerge narrow 24-22 victors in their t(...)

South African prop Steven Kitshoff   is tackled by Italian flanker Giovanni Licata. Photograph: Getty Images

Italy 6 South Africa 35 South Africa beat in Padova on Saturday, scoring five converted tries to avenge their shock loss to the Azzurri last year. S(...)

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