Lionel Mapoe

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South Africa centre drops the ball as he goes over the Argentina line during the Rugby Championship match  at the Mbombela Stadium  in Nelspruit. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa 30 Argentina 23 A try two minutes from time by Warren Whiteley earned South Africa an unconvincing 30-23 victory over Argentina in an er(...)

 The Hurricanes celebrate after winning the 2016 Super Rugby Final match between the Hurricanes and the Lions at Westpac Stadium. Photo: Simon Watts/Getty Images

Hurricanes 20 Lions 3 Outhalf Beauden Barrett dived on a loose ball with a little over 11 minutes remaining to score a try that sealed the Wellingt(...)

Ireland fullback Tiernan O’Halloran gets upended by Willie le Roux of South Africa during the Test match at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: EPA.

South Africa 19 Ireland 13 There have been few more courageous Irish performances in a season-ending tour to one of the Southern Hemisphere big gun(...)

While this may be a remodelled, more multi-racial Springboks which runs out into a virtual 46,000 sell-out at Newlands, with talk of a more expansive, ball-in-hand game – as former Irish forwards’ coach Gert Smal forecast when visiting the Irish team hotel during the week – some things will never change with a Springbok team.

Venue: Newlands Stadium, Cape Town. Kick-off: 5pm local time/4pm Irish time. On TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 HD. First off, as a rule, a game of rugby(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt during Thursday’s squad training at Westerfield School, Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

As a one-off assignment, and certainly as a series, Saturday’s first meeting with the Springboks on South African soil in a dozen years looks about as(...)

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(...)