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(...)

Ronan O’Gara with Jean de Villers during the latter’s solitary season with the province. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The solution to an immediate Munster problem seems so obvious when uttered by a Springbok captain. Of course Jean de Villiers is much more than that. (...)

Jamie Heaslip’s first try against Italy in the 2016 Six Nations has been named Try of the Year at the World Rugby awards. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

Nominee Jamie Heaslip has missed out on being named World Rugby Player of the Year, with New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett handed the award at a ceremony (...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Necessity being the mother of invention, both Ireland and South Africa are likely to unveil much changed line-ups when Joe Schmidt and Allister Coetze(...)

Newly anounced Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss pictured during a training session in Stellenbosch on Monday. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa named hooker Adriaan Strauss as captain for next month’s three-Test home series against Ireland. New coach Allister Coetzee, who named a(...)

Johnny Holland’s on-field demeanour has been one of the Cork man’s notable attributes since his breakthrough for Munster this season. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Last Friday in Musgrave Park was special, not least for a Cork lad who had been making the short trek from Togher as a nipper to support the team and (...)

The pressure that Ireland coach Joe Schmidt came under recently to introduce new players to his squad pales in comparison to what his newly appointed (...)

Blood runs down the face of South Africa’s lock Victor Matfield during the Pool B match against  Samoa. The forward will missthe Scotland match with a knee injury. Photograph: AFP Photo

A bone of contention ahead of this match was the assertion Scotland were fielding a side that was some way short of their strongest team with an ey(...)

 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(...)

South Africa’s centre and captain Jean de Villiers will start in their opener on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

Fiji coach John McKee named his team on Wednesday for the opening Rugby World Cup Pool A match against hosts England at Twickenham on Friday. “(...)

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