Rassie Erasmus

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South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber did not dispute   referee Nic Berry’s questionable call. Photograph:  Steve Haag/PA Wire

As proud Springboks, the home side was hurting profoundly after their first defeat since their opening World Cup pool game against New Zealand, but th(...)

South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus gives advice on the pitch while acting  as a water carrier during the first Test against the Lions in Cape Town. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

So, how did that happen – Lions 22 points, South Africa 17? Despite it being a historic victory and having a nail-biting final 20 minutes, it was a T(...)

 Warren Gatland, the British & Irish Lions  head coach, talking to his team during captain’s run at Cape Town Stadium, South Africa, on Friday. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

First Test: South Africa v British & Irish Lions,  Cape Town Stadium, Saturday, 5pm - Live on Sky Sports Finally then. At various junct(...)

England football fans gathered outside Wembley stadium before the Euro 2020 final between Italy and England. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

In French workplaces, including rugby teams, at the beginning of each day co-workers greet each other with “une bise” – a kiss – on both cheeks. New n(...)

Damian de Allende is one of just three players retained in the Soutyh Africa A side for their game against the Bulls on Saturday. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

As expected, South Africa A have lined up another warm-up game ahead of the Test series on Saturday, against the Bulls, making it the first part of a (...)

Robbie Henshaw and Marcus Smith are both named in the Lions starting XV for Satuday’s game against the Stormers. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Warren Gatland has intimated that only a third or so of the British & Irish Lions starting XV for the first Test is nailed on, with the remainder (...)

   Conor Murray during British & Irish Lions captain’s run: he was quick to label this game the unofficial fourth Test before. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

British & Irish lions tour preview  Venue: Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town  Kick-off: 7pm  On TV: Live on Sky Sports Necessity being (...)

 Conor Murray hoping to strike the right balance in South Africa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

An immediate and widespread presumption on foot of Conor Murray’s appointment as British & Irish Lions captain is that he will probably be the sta(...)

Paul O’Connell with Lions supporters during the 2009 tour of South Africa. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty

The itinerary for the proposed British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa this summer, which is due to be confirmed on Tuesday, is expected to fea(...)

Rassie Erasmus has confirmed South Africa won’t take part in the Rugby Championship. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

World champions South Africa will not take part in the Rugby Championship in a decision that leaves the tournament greatly diminished two weeks before(...)

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