South Africa’s Bismarck du Plessis and Fourie du Preez take part in squad training at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Heyneke Meyer is old school. He exudes passion for the game in all of his lengthy, meandering thoughts, and cherishes rugby’s “ethos” – one of his fav(...)

 South Africa’s captain Fourie Du Preez runs in to score the winning try against Wales six minutes before the final whistle  at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

South Africa: 23 Tries: Fourie du Preez, Pens: Handre Pollard (5) Wales: 19 Tries: Gareth Davies, Cons: Dan Biggar, Pens: Biggar (3) At the fina(...)

Fourie Du Preez and Schalk Burger embrace after South Africa’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final win over Wales. Photograph: Getty

South Africa 23 Wales 19 Wales fell agonisingly short, a defeat they might haunt them for some time. Not because they didn’t give their all, th(...)

Bryan Habana scored a hat-trick to move level with Jonah Lomu as the World Cup’s all-time leading try scorer as South Africa routed the USA at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Reuters

South Africa 64 USA 0 No one expected the Brave Blossom heroics of several weeks ago. Lightning striking twice in Pool B with South Africa on t(...)

 South Africa’s Duane Vermeulen: “If we don’t win we are out. We have to give our all. I’m ready to do that.” Photo:  Steve Haag/Gallo Images

A history of violence. Recent cuddlings of these gargantuan men is drenched in bloody yet wincingly enjoyable rugby. There have been 50-pointer(...)

Bulls scrumhalf Rudy Paige is the only uncapped player in the South Africa squad for the World Cup. Photograph: Theo Karanikos/AFP/Getty Images

Several key South Africa players, including captain Jean de Villiers and Duane Vermeulen, have won their fitness battles and were named on Friday in t(...)

South African flanker Duane Vermeulen shakes hands with  Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal   after signing a three-year contract with the Top 14 club. Photo: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images

Former Ireland forwards coach Gert Smal has launched a stern rebuke to Duane Vermeulen over the manner of his signing with French giants Toulon. The S(...)

Toulon’s Bryan Habana scores a try against Leinster in the Champions Cup semi-final last season. The clubs will meet in the group stage this time out. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

All roads lead to Lyon. The 60,000-capacity Grand Stade de Lyon has been announced as the venue for both the European Challenge Cup final on May 13th (...)

Toulon celebrate winning the European Champions Cup after beating Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

So Toulon are entitled to be labelled the European Cup’s greatest ever team? For a club which only competed in one Heineken Cup prior to its current t(...)

Paul O’Connell: Toulon’s owner Mourad Boudjellal linked him  with the French club. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan.

Mourad Boudjellal, the owner and president of Toulon, has stoked the rumours linking Paul O’Connell with the three-in-a-row European champions by hint(...)

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