Handre Pollard

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 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(...)

Rhys Ruddock  breaks off a maul to score Ireland’s first try in the game against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Ireland 29 South Africa 15 There was an elemental beauty to Ireland’s victory, not in the conventional sense of aesthetically pleasing running (...)

Victor Matfield: one of the best lineout operators the world has ever seen. Photograph:Billy Stickland/Inpho

Two weeks ago I spoke of all things Bakkies Botha. Tomorrow he’s back, but before his arrival, we can feast on the brilliance contained within both nu(...)

Jan Serfontein: The South African centre will win his 17th international cap when he lines out against Ireland on Saturday. photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Under a stairwell in the Radisson Hotel Jan Serfontein is asked the only question of the day for which he has no real answer. Do you know Jared Payne (...)

Handre Pollard breaks to score his first try against the All Blacks at Ellis Park last month. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

It’s just as well that Handre Pollard has broad shoulders on his six foot three inch frame as the expectation surrounding the 20-year-old South Africa(...)

The Springboks are “coached by the fist-pumping, eye-bulging, table-thumping, shall we say expressive Heyneke Meyer.” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

And so it’s autumn again, or as the Yanks would have it, “fall”. The season of wonder and mystery is well under way as long, balmy nights have given w(...)

South Africa head coach  Heyneke Meyer. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

As you’d expect from his passionate, oft anguished, sometimes ecstatic persona in the coach’s box – when being a coach does not appear especially g(...)

Handre Pollard  scores the  first of his two tries against  New Zealand at Ellis Park last month.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images.

The Springboks have arrived in Dublin ahead of the first Test of their end-of-year tour, against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday. They see(...)

 Luke Fitzgerald returns to Irish squad after year disrupted by injury. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Luke Fitzgerald has joined the Irish squad for a couple of days in the build up to Ireland’s opening autumn international against South Africa. Fitzg(...)

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