South Africa’s wing JP Pietersen celebrates after scoring a try in the Pool B match against Scotland at St James’ Park. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images.

South Africa v Wales Listening to the changing doctrine of South Africa this week has again reinforced the idea that in team sports almost everything (...)

South Africa’s Eben Etzebeth (centre left) is pushed towards the try line by team-mate Lodewyk de Jager during the  match against the USA at the Olympic Stadium, London. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA

Heyneke Meyer has seized on a topic – youth – its vigour, its energy and he’s shaking the life out of it. The South African coach has frontloaded hi(...)

South Africa players arrive for a training session at Pennyhill Park, in Bagshot. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Victor Matfield has not recovered from a hamstring injury which will once again leave South Africa facing into their quarterfinal against Wales this w(...)

South Africa locks Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager vie for the ball with US flanker John Quill. Photograph: Getty Images

One of the most difficult questions facing South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer this week is who to select at lock for the Rugby World Cup quarter-final (...)

Mike Ross is vital to Ireland’s World Cup hopes despite his international career blooming late. Photograph: Getty

“Whenever the Springboks are under pressure coach Heyneke has got this story about how charcoal under big, big pressure becomes a diamond.” – Victor M(...)

Blood runs down the face of South Africa’s lock Victor Matfield during the Pool B match against  Samoa. The forward will missthe Scotland match with a knee injury. Photograph: AFP Photo

A bone of contention ahead of this match was the assertion Scotland were fielding a side that was some way short of their strongest team with an ey(...)

England captain Chris Robshaw and head coach Stuart Lancaster face the media after their defeat to Wales at Twickenham. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ten days into the tournament and one could do a PhD on decision-making and psychology. Think of Japan beating South Africa or the Welsh medical sta(...)

Uncompromising Springbok secondrow Eben Etzebeth manhandles Samoa’s Ken Pisi at Villa Park. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Wales think they have it bad; South Africa are torn to ribbons after this wincingly brutal Samoan affair. Thirty-eight-year- old Victor Matfield must (...)

South Africa captain  Jean De Villiers has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup with a fractured jaw. Photograph: Getty

South Africa captain Jean de Villiers is out of the World Cup after sustaining a fractured jaw in Saturday’s 46-6 win over Samoa. The Springboks resp(...)

 Samoa’s Viliamu Afatia is tackled by South Africa’s Lodewyk De Jager and Frans Malherbe during the Rugby World Cup  Pool B match at  Villa Park in Birmingham. Photograph:  David Jonjes/EPA

Laager – definition: an encampment formed by a circle of wagons; an entrenched position or viewpoint that is defended against opponents. “I see you ar(...)

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