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South Africa’s JP Pietersen scores the second of his three tries in the Pool B win over Samoa at Villa Park. Photograph:  Peter Cziborra/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

South Africa 46 Samoa 6 JP Pietersen scored a hat-trick of tries as South Africa bounced back from their shock loss to Japan with a 46-6 six-try, bonu(...)

 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(...)

Bulls scrumhalf Rudy Paige is the only uncapped player in the South Africa squad for the World Cup. Photograph: Theo Karanikos/AFP/Getty Images

Several key South Africa players, including captain Jean de Villiers and Duane Vermeulen, have won their fitness battles and were named on Friday in t(...)

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(...)

Tevita Kuridrani’s last minute try gave Australia an opening victory over South Africa in the Rugby Championship. Photograph: Afp

Tevita Kuridrani scored a last gasp try to give Australia a dramatic 24-20 victory over South Africa in their Rugby Championship opener at Lang Park o(...)

Italy’s Quintin Geldenhuys tackles  South Africa’s Jean De Villiers   at the Euganeo Stadium in Padova. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo / Reuters

Italy 6 South Africa 22 South Africa claimed an unconvincing 22-6 victory over Italy on Saturday with a late try from Bryan Habana adding some (...)

Schalk Burger returns to  South Africa’s starting line-up for Saturday’s Test against England at Twickenham. Photograph: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images.

It is the question faced by every coach of every team ahead of this series of phoney war clashes a year out from next year’s Rugby World Cup. Are you(...)

Ireland  coach Joe Schmidt speaks to his players before the game against South Africa.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

It’s possibly just as well that the Irish defensive system had its late malfunction to allow JP Pietersen in for South Africa’s consolation try. This (...)

 Jannie Du Plessis and Duane Vermeulen on the attack for South Africa during the  clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photo:  Patrick Bolger/Getty Images

Slow poison. That’s the Springbok name for their power, for their scrum, for their lineout maul and how, eventually, it seeps into your blood stream (...)

Ireland’s Rhys Ruddock makes a break for the tryline with the support of Paul O’Connell during Ireland’s victory over South Africa on Saturday. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Ireland 29 South Africa 15 After the biffing and boshing Ireland took in the second quarter, the 6-3 lead looked a little flimsy and there we(...)

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