Siya Kolisi

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 South Africa’s Siya Kolisi during the captain’s run at Twickenham Stadium, London. Photograph:  Paul Childs/Reuters

There is only one man still playing the game who knows what it is like to lead a team to victory over the All Blacks in New Zealand – Siya Kolisi. The(...)

 Siya Kolisi became the first black player to lead South Africa out for a full test. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

There are people who believe Nelson Mandela died years before he really did, who swear they remember reading about his funeral in the 1980s, hearing i(...)

  Argentina flanker Pablo Matera  is tackled by South Africa’s Andre Esterhuizen and  Willie  le Roux  during the Rugby Championship game at Kings Park Stadium in Durban. Photograph: Christiaan Kotze/AFP

South Africa 34 Argentina 21 Wingers Aphiwe Dyantyi and Makazole Mapimpi scored two tries each as South Africa rallied in the second half to beat Arg(...)

 Eddie Jones:  the England head coach saw his team blow an early  24-3 lead before they  eventually  lost 42-39.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images)

Losing the odd game of rugby is an occupational hazard but, as Eddie Jones knows all too well, it can become a habit. Thirteen years ago Jones led Au(...)

Australia’s Israel Folau   is tackled by Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton in his side’s 18-9 Test victory on Sunday. Photograph:   Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Ireland could have won in Brisbane, should have is a leap in the air with Israel Folau. That was the difference, the Wallabies’s best players; Folau o(...)

South Africa’s centre Aphiwe Dyantyi scores a try. Photograph: Getty Images

South Africa 42 England 39 South Africa began a new era for their rugby with a dramatic three-point victory over England in the first test at Ellis P(...)

Siya Kolisi, who will lead the Springboks against England at Ellis Park:  “Obviously I have an idea of how big it is, but I’m just trying to focus on the main thing and that’s playing well.” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Siya Kolisi insists his landmark moment in South African sporting history will only truly sink in when he runs out at Ellis Park on Saturday. Kolisi (...)

South African flanker Siya Kolisi will become the country’s first black Test captain against England in June. Photograph: Getty Images

Siya Kolisi’s appointment as captain of the Springboks for the three-test home series against England may not be a permanent choice but his elevation(...)

South Africa’s centre Damian de Allende   is tackled by  Robbie Henshaw. Photograph: Getty Images

I’d many reasons to go to the Aviva on Saturday, but chief among them was the opportunity to watch the Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx and the wonderful(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton  avoids Andries Coetzee during the Ireland v South Africa match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The era of untouchable giants crumbles: the Springboks and Les Bleus can no longer be considered global rugby powers. That Allister Coetzee’s shambol(...)

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