South Africa  coach Allister Coetzee: “We need to adapt and there will be challenges Saturday.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Continuity was the buzz word as Springbok coach Allister Coetzee named a side with just three changes from the one that lost to New Zealand by a point(...)

 Allister Coetzee: “They’re class acts, but we can’t just focus on Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton. There are other great players in the side as well.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The head coach of the Springboks, Allister Coetzee, has described Ireland as “the New Zealand of Europe”, highlighting in particular the “world-class”(...)

Johann Van Graan: the Sprinboks’ head coach Allister Coetzee says van  Graan will be a big loss to the Springboks but a massive gain for Munster. Photograph: Getty Images

Johann Van Graan will be released from his commitments to the Springboks after their forthcoming games against Ireland and France over the next two Sa(...)

 Munster’s Peter O’Mahony claims a lineout during rhe European Champions Cup clash against Castres at Stade Pierre Fabre. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

No harm to have an incoming new “head coach” in Johann van Graan to take the focus off Munster’s performance in Castres. Avoiding defeat in the south(...)

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen is remaining optimistic ahead of his side’s clash against a very affluent and physical Montpellier side. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Bracing themselves for the financial and physical monster that billionaire owner Mohed Altrad and new coach Vern Cotter have assembled at Montpellier,(...)

Johann van Graan will take over as Munster’s new Director of Rugby. Photo: Getty Images

The Springboks’ assistant coach Johann van Graan will succeed Rassie Erasmus as the Munster Director of Rugby. The Irish Times has learned that van Gr(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Necessity being the mother of invention, both Ireland and South Africa are likely to unveil much changed line-ups when Joe Schmidt and Allister Coetze(...)

Billy Vunipola of Saracens charges upfield during their defeat of Wasps 24-17 in the  Champions Cup semi-final. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Saracens 24 Wasps 17 It is nine years since an English club lifted Europe’s premier club trophy but Saracens sense their time approaching. On their (...)

The pressure that Ireland coach Joe Schmidt came under recently to introduce new players to his squad pales in comparison to what his newly appointed (...)

Allister Coetzee was on Tuesday unveiled as the South Africa Springboks’ new rugby coach in Randburg, outside Johannesburg. Photograph: Reuters

Allister Coetzee was on Tuesday unveiled as the coach to lead South Africa to the Rugby World Cup in Japan, ending four months of speculation over wh(...)

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