John Smit

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South Africa’s president Nelson Mandela handing the William Webb trophy  to  South Africa’s captain Francois Pienaar  in Johannesburg  in 1995. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Muller/AFP via Getty Images

It will forever remain the single most iconic image in the history of Rugby World Cups and, perhaps, the game itself. Nelson Mandela handing over the (...)

 Johnny Sexton is engulfed by his teammates after scoring the winning  drop goal in Paris. Photograph:  Getty Images

The clock has passed the 77 minute mark. Ireland trail France by 13-12 and their goose looks cooked. Anthony Belleau is lining up a kickable penalty a(...)

Schalk Brits, seen here celebrating Saracens’ Premiership Final victory, has been called in to the South Africa squad. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters

South Africa have sprung a surprise by calling up Schalk Brits for the remainder of their series against England – a fortnight after he had retired. (...)

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(...)

Bundee Aki during Ireland squad training at Carton House in Co Kildare. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“Security isn’t a dirty word, Blackadder. Crevice is a dirty word, but security isn’t”. General Sir Anthony Hogmany C Melcett may be batty but at leas(...)

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(...)

Bernard Laporte, president of the French Rugby Federation, at  a press conference after France presented its  bid in London to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

Money talks in sport, and World Rugby is no exception, not least with its once-every-four-years World Cup. This is the governing body’s main cash co(...)

 A view of Ireland’s proposal. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

If their press conferences at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington were any yardstick whatsoever, the Irish bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup was c(...)

Nick McCarthy: Former Ireland Under-20 captain flying out to South Africa to join the Leinster squad. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Last Thursday Leinster coach Leo Cullen outlined the logistical difficulty in dovetailing two matches in South Africa with the regular league and Cha(...)

British and Irish Lions team huddle with Warren Gatland during the training. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Victory over the Crusaders would have emboldened the Lions, and the Maori scalp should convince them a Northern Hemisphere approach to rugby can overc(...)

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