Siya Kolisi

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Rory Best leads a training session with the Emerald Warriors ahead of the Union Cup.

Irish rugby disappears into summer pursued by the obvious and the unknown. The manner of Ireland’s defeat in Cardiff over St Patrick’s weekend lingers(...)

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi prior to a match against Wales last November. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Lunch with Bryan Habana happens in New York, which is not where one would usually find a great South Africa wing. Not long before we sit down, though,(...)

Saracens: bounced back from the defeat to Leinster last year to claim a fourth Premiership crown since 2011. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Champions Cup semi-finals: Saracens v Munster Kick off: 3pm, Saturday. Venue: Ricoh Arena. How to follow: The Irish Times li(...)

Ireland tighthead prop Tadhg Furlong is one of five nominations for The Rugby Union Writers’ Club personality of the year. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland dominate a list of five nominees in contention to be named The Rugby Union Writers’ Club personality of the year for 2018. The Grand Slam cha(...)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland: “I am aghast that people are turning on New Zealand because they are, to me, still the best team in the world.” Photograph: Getty Images

A week after Rassie Erasmus’s final match in charge of Munster last year, South Africa played Ireland in Dublin and suffered their record defeat by a (...)

South Africa’s centre Jesse Kriel dives over the line to score the opening try of the autumn international against  Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Scotland 20 South Africa 26 Scotland gave as good as they got but were denied their first win over South Africa since 2010 as they were edged out 26-(...)

 South Africa’s Siya Kolisi during the captain’s run at Twickenham Stadium, London. Photograph:  Paul Childs/Reuters

There is only one man still playing the game who knows what it is like to lead a team to victory over the All Blacks in New Zealand – Siya Kolisi. The(...)

 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(...)

  Argentina flanker Pablo Matera  is tackled by South Africa’s Andre Esterhuizen and  Willie  le Roux  during the Rugby Championship game at Kings Park Stadium in Durban. Photograph: Christiaan Kotze/AFP

South Africa 34 Argentina 21 Wingers Aphiwe Dyantyi and Makazole Mapimpi scored two tries each as South Africa rallied in the second half to beat Arg(...)

 Eddie Jones:  the England head coach saw his team blow an early  24-3 lead before they  eventually  lost 42-39.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images)

Losing the odd game of rugby is an occupational hazard but, as Eddie Jones knows all too well, it can become a habit. Thirteen years ago Jones led Au(...)

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