Joel Stransky

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New Zealand coach Steve Hansen: “I can’t be telling you Irish too much. You are number one in the world. You should be telling us. What do you think? Think it’s a good idea?”

The long and winding Steve Hansen media tour is scheduled to end November 2nd. That last gig in Yokohama is sold out but may yet be cancelled. All Bl(...)

Chester Williams of South Africa breaks away from Felipe Contepomi of Argentina  during a Test match in Buenos Aires on November 12th, 2000. Photograph: Fabian Gredillas/AFP/Getty Images

Chester Williams Born: August 8th, 1970 Died: September 6th, 2019 In 1994, one year after he had won his first cap for South Africa and become only t(...)

Joey Carbery: he  had been earmarked for this World Cup in part because he also covered full-back and at a push the role of third choice scrum-half

Nobody died, but it sure as hell felt like someone had. Everyone being dressed in black maybe added to the funereal atmosphere. The news had broken ea(...)

South Africa’s Jesse Kriel celebrates victory over New Zealand in Wellington on Saturday. Photograph:  Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

The day that shook the world, a year out from the World Cup. Whatever way you look at it, Saturday’s unlikely double away win in the Rugby Championshi(...)

Joel Stransky called World Rugby an ‘old boys club’ after South Africa were beaten to the hosting of the 2023 Rugby World Cup by France. Photo: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Former South Africa outhalf Joel Stransky has labelled World Rugby an “old boys’ club” and questioned the process to select the 2023 World Cup hosts a(...)

Nelson Mandela hands the Webb Ellis Cup to South Africa captain Francois Pienaar. Photograph: Getty

Having been excluded from the first two Rugby World Cups in 1987 and 1991 South Africa emergedfrom the dark shadow of apartheid to rejoin the elite in(...)

Conor Murray is confident going into his second World Cup. “We are in a very good place and I don’t think we should be shying away from that,” he says. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This time four years ago it’s still remarkable to think that Conor Murray went into Ireland’s World Cup preparatory programme as fifth choice scrumhal(...)

The All Blacks will take on South Africa at Ellis Park on Saturday

There are very few stadiums around the world where the All Blacks fear to tread, but New Zealand hooker Keven Mealamu admits there are few quite as in(...)