Some reports have claimed Faf de Klerk could be out with a hip injury for up to five months. Photograph: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images

World Cup winners Faf de Klerk and Cheslin Kolbe have both been ruled out of South Africa’s Autumn tests against Wales, Scotland and England. Neither(...)

 New Zealand captain Ardie Savea lifts the Freedom Cup after his team’s win over South Africa in Townsville. Photograph: Getty Images

New Zealand 19 South Africa 17 New Zealand narrowly justified their number one world ranking with a hardfought 19-17 win over world champions South (...)

Marvin Orie will partner schoolboy friend Eben Etzebeth in the South Africa secondrow for the Rugby Championship game against Australia on Saturday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

South Africa will be without key lock Lood de Jager for the second Rugby Championship Test with Australia in Brisbane on Saturday, one of two changes (...)

 New Zealand  captain Brodie Retallick  attacks the try line during the Rugby Championship  match against Argentina at Cbus Stadium on the Gold Coast in Australia. Photograph: Dave Hunt/EPA

New Zealand lock Scott Barrett has warned his team-mates to be ready for a backlash from a chastened Argentina ahead of their Rugby Championship remat(...)

 Aphelele Fassi of South Africa  scores a try against Argentina during the Rugby Championship match  at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Photograph:  EPA

South Africa 32 Argentina 12 South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber was pleased with his much-changed side in their 32-12 Rugby Championship victory ove(...)

South Africa outhalf  Morné Steyn  kicks the ball upfield during the third Test against the British & Irish Lions at Cape Town Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber has batted away accusations the Springboks play a dull brand of rugby and believes the real boredom in the sp(...)

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 Alun Wyn Jones following the second Test match at the Cape Town Stadium. Photograph: Steve Haag/PA

The British and Irish Lions and South Africa have been ridiculed by the All Blacks head coach, Ian Foster, who said the second Test sent him to sleep.(...)

Wales fullback Liam Williams looks set to start the third Test against South Africa. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In the fall-out from the Springboks’ second Test win to set up next Saturday’s series decider, it’s unlikely that Warren Gatland will be in quite the (...)

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi celebrates after tackling Robbie Henshaw to prevent a Lions try. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

A relieved and eminently satisfied Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber hailed his team and particularly his captain Siya Kolisi and his leadership,(...)

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