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According to a study commissioned  by SA Rugby, South Africa’s  economy could lose up to €386 million without local or international fans in attendance. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

South Africa’s government has come under increasing pressure to allow fans to attend matches in the forthcoming British and Irish Lions series against(...)

 Lions fans  during the second Test against South Africa  in 2009  at Loftus Versfeld   in Pretoria, South Africa. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

The South Africa Rugby president, Mark Alexander, believes proposals being presented to the country’s government next week make “a strong case for a s(...)

The first Test between South Africa and the Lions is set to go ahead at the  FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday, July 24th. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

A reluctance to underwrite the financial losses of a ‘tour’ to the UK going ahead without supporters was at the heart of the decision by the British &(...)

 Ben Calveley, British and Irish Lions managing director, and coach Warren Gatland speak to media during the  coach announcement at London Syon Park Hotel last June. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

The British and Irish Lions are set to play in South Africa this summer after scrapping potential plans to host the tour in Britain and Ireland. The L(...)

Connacht  in action against the Southern Kings during a Pro 14 game at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth on March 1st. Photograph: Richard Huggard/Inpho

South African Rugby stepped in on Monday to take over managing control of ailing Pro 14 team Southern Kings, after their majority shareholders ran in(...)

Convicted killer Francis Kean has been nominated for the World Rugby executive committee. Kean, the chairman of the Fiji rugby union, was seconded by (...)

 Siya Kolisi became the first black player to lead South Africa out for a full test. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

There are people who believe Nelson Mandela died years before he really did, who swear they remember reading about his funeral in the 1980s, hearing i(...)

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(...)

Ireland, France and South Africa’s bidding teams made their presentations to the World Rugby Council last Monday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As we enter the decisive home straight in the three-way contest to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, the prize at stake is simply enormous. Aside from th(...)

 Ireland’s Rugby World Cup    bid ambassador Brian O’Driscoll; Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; and Ireland 2023 oversight board chairman   Dick Spring. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Monday marks another significant landmark in the three-way battle between Ireland, South Africa and France for the right to host the 2023 World Cup. T(...)

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