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(...)

 South African coach Allister Coetzee, seen here talking to Springbok captain   Adriaan Strauss after the third Test against Ireland last summer, has been retained as coach following a review process.  Photograph: Shaun Roy/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa have retained beleaguered head coach Allister Coetzee following a review of the worst season in the country’s Test history in 2016, SA R(...)

South Africa captain Adriaan Strauss  shows his dejection after the defeat to Italy at during the international match between Italy v South Africa at the Artmio Franchi Stadium in Florence. Photograph:  Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

South African rugby is at an all-time low according to former captain Jean de Villiers after the Springboks ailing fortunes plunged still further with(...)

The  Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg. South Africa has 14 stadiums with a capacity of over 40,000. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Both the South African and French bids are, like that of Ireland into the third phase of the process, having hit the marks set down by World Rugby in (...)