The Springboks: pressure is on the team to record a win before heading to compete in the World Cup in England. Photograph:  Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Black and white international rugby players have approached South Africa’s largest union to complain about the lack of transformation in the ethnic(...)

Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip in relaxed mood with head coach Joe Schmidt during the captain’s run at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

As Jamie Heaslip noted, time was when players re-introduced themselves to the game with a modest pre-season friendly for their provinces, maybe a leag(...)

New Zealand rugby captain Richie Mccaw: “I still remember back to when we didn’t have it and, put yourself in the Wallabies shoes, they will be desperate to get their hands on it.” Photograph: Getty Images

Australia v New Zealand Saturday, August 8th 11.05am Irish time (Sky Sports 3) Despite achieving almost everything it is possible to achiev(...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika: “They’ve forced my hand to see if it can work. I believe it can.” Photo: Andrew Larrovere/AFP/Getty

Australia have taken a punt on back row pace being a decisive factor when they bid to unseat the champion All Blacks in a blockbuster Rugby Champio(...)

Schalk Burger  is tackled by  Richie McCaw during New Zealand’s match against South Africa  in Johannesburg on July 25. Photograph: Marco Longa/AFP/Getty Images

The Rugby Championship decider against Australia this weekend will be a litmus test of how New Zealand’s preparations for their World Cup defence are (...)

 Jean de Villiers of South Africa will make his comeback against Argentina. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jean de Villiers will complete his remarkable comeback from a horrific knee injury when the experienced centre leads South Africa in the Rugby Champio(...)

Australia flanker  Michael Hooper will play against New Zealand in the Rugby Championship decider in Sydney after an appeal against the leniency of his one-match ban was dismissed. Photograph:  Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Australia flanker Michael Hooper was freed to face New Zealand in the Rugby Championship decider in Sydney next Saturday after an appeal against the (...)

Kane Douglas in action for Leinster against Munster last season. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Lock Kane Douglas became eligible to play for Australia at the World Cup yesterday when he signed a three-year deal to join the Queensland Reds. The 2(...)

Australia captain Michael Hooper jumps to collect a lineout against Argentina in the Rugby Championship. Photograph: Amilcar Orfali/Getty images

Australia flanker Michael Hooper’s hopes of facing the All Blacks in Sydney next week suffered a blow yesterday when Sanzar launched an appeal against(...)

Australia captain Michael Hooper will be available to play New Zealand in The Rugby Championship decider as he will serve his one-match ban in a club game. Photograph:  Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Rugby’s disciplinary processes are set to come under further scrutiny after it was announced that Australia captain Michael Hooper will be allowed ser(...)

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