Damian Willemse will start at fullback for South Africa in Saturday’s Test against Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber has defended the decision to rejig his back division for Saturday’s Test match against Wales in Cardiff. Nienaber(...)

British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland: he has made six changes and introduced three more players straining at the leash to a much-changed bench. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

South Africa V British & Irish Lions,  Cape Town Stadium, Saturday, 5pm Irish time - Live on Sky Sports, highlights Virgin Media Two And so,(...)

South Africa’s scrumhalf Faf de Klerk congratulates flanker Pieter-Steph Du Toit after he scored a try during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between New Zealand and South Africa on September 21st, 2019. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

When the British & Irish Lions team for Saturday’s third Test was unveiled, it again had a slightly untried and unsettled look to it. Warren Gatla(...)

British and Irish Lions captain Conor Murray and the rest of the squad departed from Edinburgh on Sunday evening on their British Airways charter flight for Johannesburg. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The South African government has confirmed that the British and Irish Lions tour will go ahead as scheduled despite speculation that it was in doubt a(...)

South Africa’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus does not believe the Lions Tests are at risk after an outbreak of Covid-19 among the Springboks. Photograph:  Johan Rynners/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Continuing an eventful weekend which saw the British & Irish Lions lose their captain Alun Wyn Jones and Justin Tipuric in their costly pre-tour w(...)

 Faf de Klerk, Mazakole Mapimpi and Tendai Mtawarira celebrate after the Rugby World Cup final win over England at International Stadium Yokohama in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph:  Juan Jose Gasparini/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa 32 England 12 Entering the last 15 minutes of South Africa’s third final, it seemed the Boks were set to complete a third World Cup triu(...)

New Zealand fullback Beauden Barrett  makes a break during the Rugby World Cup Group B game between New Zealand and South Africa at the International Stadium in Yokohama. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

New Zealand 23 South Africa 13 The significance of Ireland’s victory over Scotland on Sunday was heightened by the extraordinary spectacle the day be(...)

 New Zealand’s George Bridge scores the first try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

New Zealand 23 South Africa 13 Rumours of the champions impending demise may have proved premature. South Africa’s reinvention and rejuvenation unde(...)

Beauden Barrett in action against South Africa during the Rugby Championship. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty

New Zealand Who are they The All Blacks head to Japan looking to secure an unprecedented third Rugby World Cup on the bounce, after their long-await(...)

 Johnny Sexton claps England’s Owen Farrell off the pitch following the home defeat in the Six Nations which inflicted significant psychological damage on Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Rugby Championship is making for somewhat uncomfortable viewing from this side of the global spectrum. Having provided all four semi-finalists at (...)

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