Elton Jantjies

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South Africa’s Bryan Habana has lost his place since the defeat to  Italy. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

South Africa head coach Allister Coetzee says it is not the end for Bryan Habana after he dropped the Springboks’ star wing. Habana, who has won 124 (...)

Italy’s Sergio Parisse celebrates a try scored by team-mate Giovanbattista Venditti in the match against South Africa at the  Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Italy 20 South Africa 18 Italy claimed their first victory over South Africa on Saturday, stunning the southern hemisphere giants 20-18 in Florence (...)

Barrett at 10 is sensational; he has a fullback’s pace and, with Coles, makes up my favourite back and forward combo.

At half time in the World Cup final, the All Blacks arrived back out on the pitch five minutes early: to do what? Clearly, Steve Hansen had his prior(...)

New Zealand’s Julian Savea celebrates scoring a try during the Rugby Championship  match against  South Africa at AMI Stadium in Christchurch. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

New Zealand 41 South Africa 13 Hooker Dane Coles gave a masterclass in backline playmaking to set up three New Zealand tries as the world champions t(...)

South Africa centre drops the ball as he goes over the Argentina line during the Rugby Championship match  at the Mbombela Stadium  in Nelspruit. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa 30 Argentina 23 A try two minutes from time by Warren Whiteley earned South Africa an unconvincing 30-23 victory over Argentina in an er(...)

 The Hurricanes celebrate after winning the 2016 Super Rugby Final match between the Hurricanes and the Lions at Westpac Stadium. Photo: Simon Watts/Getty Images

Hurricanes 20 Lions 3 Outhalf Beauden Barrett dived on a loose ball with a little over 11 minutes remaining to score a try that sealed the Wellingt(...)

Lions’ Elton Jantjies scores a try while being tackled by Highlanders’ Ash Dixon during the Super  Rugby semi-final at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Lions 42 Highlanders 30 Outhalf Elton Jantjies displayed a full array of skills to propel the Lions into their first Super Rugby final as they ended (...)

Andrew Trimble wants the Ireland team to maintain their focus in the third and final test against South Africa. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

An improbable 2-0 series win was there for the taking with 20 minutes remaining last Saturday in Johannesburg, but if offered 1-all going into a serie(...)

South Africa coach Allister Coetzee called Saturday’s win over Ireland one of the special moments of his coaching career. Photograph:  Nic Bothma/EPA

The Springboks have relocated to Port Elizabeth with a palpable spring in their step and in sharp contrast to an Irish squad who are facing into the l(...)

Dejected Irish fullback Jared Payne after Ireland’s late, late loss to South Africa in the second Test of Ireland’s rugby tour of  South Africa on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Playing the Springboks, on the high veld of South Africa, in the oxygen depleted air of Ellis Park, is one of rugby’s greatest challenges. If your te(...)

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