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Lionel Mapoe and Springboks coach Allister Coetzee after South Africa’s second Test victory over Ireland. Photograph: Getty

What a difference a week makes. Last weekend Alistair Coetzee’s tenure as South Africa coach got off to the worst possible start as they were beaten(...)

Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray looks to run past the attempted tackle of South Africa openside Siya Kolisi during the second Test at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

South Africa 32 Ireland 26 For the best of an hour, Ireland had played so well that they were fully worthy of their 26-10 lead and were within 20 min(...)

Paddy Jackson during the Captain’s Run at Ellis Park on Friday. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

South Africa v Ireland Johannesburg, 4pm Not only are Ireland stepping into the lion’s den, there they will find the Springboks are both wounded an(...)

Ireland Rugby Tour to South Africa 2016Training at Cape Stadium in Capetown 6/6/2016Quinn Roux during trainingMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

As expected Joe Schmidt has dipped into his squad for Saturday’s second test here in Johnessburg. In an interesting and exciting selection, all told (...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt wants his team to build on their first test win in Cape Town. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Yesterday the Irish and South African squads moved en bloc from their hotels near the Cape Town waterfront to their bases in the Sandton suburb of cl(...)

Ireland outhalf Paddy Jackson makes a break during the first Test against South Africa at  Newlands Stadium in Cape Town. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Irish and South African squads moved en bloc from their adjacent hotels near the sunny Cape Town waterfront to their bases in the Sandton suburb o(...)

Fullback  Jared Payne scores Ireland’s first try during the first Test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

South Africa 20 Ireland 26 As a one-off win, perhaps Ireland’s biggest of all time, but assuredly of the professional era and in modern memory. Not o(...)

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 (...)

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