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(...)

 New Zealand after winning the Rugby Championship last year. Photograph: Getty Images

With the Rugby Championship being seen as little more than a World Cup warmup for the southern hemisphere’s top four nations the abridged tournament c(...)

Leinster’s  Tadhg Furlong reacts as he scores the first try during the Champions Cup final  between Leinster and Saracens at St James’ Park  in Newcastle. Photograph:   Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Summertime, and the sporting seasons are overlapping. Being a proud Wexford man, Tadhg Furlong went along to Parnell Park with a few Leinster teammate(...)

 South Africa’s Malcolm Marx is tackled by New Zealand’s captain Kieran Read who returns to the side having missed the game against Argentina. Photograph: Ross Setford/Reuters

South Africa v New Zealand, Pretoria, Saturday, 4.05pm South Africa harbour high hopes of a rare double over New Zealand as this year’s Rugby Champio(...)

 Kieran Read is back in the New Zealand team to face South Africa. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Captain Kieran Read returns to the New Zealand team as coach Steve Hansen on Thursday named his strongest available side for their last Test in the Ru(...)

South African prop Steven Kitshoff   is tackled by Italian flanker Giovanni Licata. Photograph: Getty Images

Italy 6 South Africa 35 South Africa beat in Padova on Saturday, scoring five converted tries to avenge their shock loss to the Azzurri last year. S(...)

Ireland winger  Andrew Conway makes a break for the opening try during the Guinness Series match against South Africa  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 38 South Africa 3 In the end it was a pummelling, but Ireland had to put in plenty of hard graft and tackles before decorating the game with (...)

Ireland fullback Tiernan O’Halloran gets upended by Willie le Roux of South Africa during the Test match at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: EPA.

South Africa 19 Ireland 13 There have been few more courageous Irish performances in a season-ending tour to one of the Southern Hemisphere big gun(...)

Newly anounced Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss pictured during a training session in Stellenbosch on Monday. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa named hooker Adriaan Strauss as captain for next month’s three-Test home series against Ireland. New coach Allister Coetzee, who named a(...)

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