South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus and  captain Siya Kolisi after victory over England  in the World Cup  final  at the International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan.Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

By the end of the 2019 World Cup, all felt right in the rugby world. This feel-good tournament had the ultimate feel-good story; a head coach free of (...)

 Faf de Klerk, Mazakole Mapimpi and Tendai Mtawarira celebrate after the Rugby World Cup final win over England at International Stadium Yokohama in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph:  Juan Jose Gasparini/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa 32 England 12 Entering the last 15 minutes of South Africa’s third final, it seemed the Boks were set to complete a third World Cup triu(...)

New Zealand fullback Beauden Barrett  makes a break during the Rugby World Cup Group B game between New Zealand and South Africa at the International Stadium in Yokohama. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

New Zealand 23 South Africa 13 The significance of Ireland’s victory over Scotland on Sunday was heightened by the extraordinary spectacle the day be(...)

 New Zealand’s George Bridge scores the first try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

New Zealand 23 South Africa 13 Rumours of the champions impending demise may have proved premature. South Africa’s reinvention and rejuvenation unde(...)

South Africa outhalf Handre  Pollard scores one of his two tries in the Rugby Championship match against  Argentina  at the Ernesto Martearena stadium in Salta, Argentina. Photograph: Jan Touzeau/EPA

Argentina 13 South Africa 46 A Handre Pollard-inspired South Africa warmed up for the World Cup in superb style by beating Argentina 46-13 in the sou(...)

Ross Moriarty is tackled by South Africa’s Elton Jantjies during Wales’ win in Washington. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Warren Gatland praised Wales’ next generation of young talent after they held on to secure a dramatic 22-20 victory over South Africa at Washington’s (...)

Rosko Specman of the Cheetahs is chased by Ulster’s Tommy Bowe during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Coach Rory Duncan remained upbeat, despite seeing the Cheetahs lose 42-19 and conceding six tries to Ulster on their introduction to the new era of th(...)