Jesse Kriel

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Ireland winger  Andrew Conway makes a break for the opening try during the Guinness Series match against South Africa  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 38 South Africa 3 In the end it was a pummelling, but Ireland had to put in plenty of hard graft and tackles before decorating the game with (...)

Rory Best training with the Ireland rugby squad at Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Sometimes it seems Rory Best is all too fundamentally steeped in rural decency to be playing hardball with the media. Alone behind the large desk in (...)

South Africa  coach Allister Coetzee: “We need to adapt and there will be challenges Saturday.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Continuity was the buzz word as Springbok coach Allister Coetzee named a side with just three changes from the one that lost to New Zealand by a point(...)

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. (...)

Bundee Aki at the Ireland rugby squad training centre at Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

During my apprenticeship, I was told by Ronan O’Gara to think three or four phases ahead after any set piece attack. Playing international rugby nowad(...)

Andrew Trimble’s try against France in 2014:  a prime example of everybody doing their job automatically, with trust in the outcome. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Not many Irish people will have heard the name Tony Dungy. For a very long time not many people outside the NFL had either. Until the Tampa Bay Bucca(...)

Ronan O’Gara  tackles Schalk Burger  during the second Test of Ireland’s last tour to South Africa in 2004. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A three-Test tour to South Africa at the end of a year-long World Cup season may be what World Rugby’s global Test itinerary demands, but it is not ex(...)

New Zealand’s winger Nehe Milner-Skudder  evades South Africa’s flanker François Louw  during the  semi-final  of the 2015 Rugby World Cup  at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary, the first man to conquer Met Everest For the ages. The greatest team of all time (...)

New Zealand’s Jerome Kaino scores his side’s first try during the Rugby World Cup semi-final against South Africa at Twickenham. Photograph:  David Davies/PA

New Zealand 20 South Africa 18 “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves,” - Edmund Hillary For the ages. The greatest team of all time met an(...)

South Africa’s Bismarck du Plessis and Fourie du Preez take part in squad training at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Heyneke Meyer is old school. He exudes passion for the game in all of his lengthy, meandering thoughts, and cherishes rugby’s “ethos” – one of his fav(...)

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