Schalk Burger, seen here in action against Australia in Brisbane, will captain the Springboks against New Zealand at Ellis Park. Photograph:    Dan Peled/EPA

Schalk Burger will become South Africa’s third captain in as many Tests when he leads the team in the Rugby Championship clash against New Zealand at(...)

Victor Matfield is an injury doubt for South Africa ahead of their upcoming New Zealand game. Photograph: EPA

South Africa’s injury woes continue unabated with captain Victor Matfield and flank Marcell Coetzee serious doubts for the Rugby Championship clash wi(...)

Tevita Kuridrani’s last minute try gave Australia an opening victory over South Africa in the Rugby Championship. Photograph: Afp

Tevita Kuridrani scored a last gasp try to give Australia a dramatic 24-20 victory over South Africa in their Rugby Championship opener at Lang Park o(...)

Jamie Roberts: is a different player in the Wales jersey – despite his less than spectacular sojourn wit Racing Metro. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Wales don’t scare us like France and England can. Still, we have to respect what they have achieved under Warren Gatland. Three Six Nations titles, in(...)

“Two hours each morning, two hours each evening, ‘three on, one off, double splits’. The gym was the one place I had control. I didn’t have to spea(...)

 Ireland’s Simon Zebo goes over for a tryagainst Australia in Dublin in November. Photograph: Colm O’Neill / Inpho

“You don’t have to be perfect. Your attitude and mental resolve have to be perfect. It’s very hard to play a perfect game of rugby but you have to st(...)

Jan Serfontein of South Africa celebrates as he runs in the opening try against England at Twickenham Stadium in London. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

England 28 South Africa 31England’s faltering build-up to the 2015 World Cup continued after South Africa inflicted a pressure-building fifth successi(...)

 Jannie Du Plessis and Duane Vermeulen on the attack for South Africa during the  clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photo:  Patrick Bolger/Getty Images

Slow poison. That’s the Springbok name for their power, for their scrum, for their lineout maul and how, eventually, it seeps into your blood stream (...)

Rhys Ruddock  breaks off a maul to score Ireland’s first try in the game against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Ireland 29 South Africa 15 There was an elemental beauty to Ireland’s victory, not in the conventional sense of aesthetically pleasing running (...)

South Africa forced New Zealand to produce a staggering 252 tackles in their recent Rugby Championship match in Johannesburg. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Image

A nation’s rugby teams is at its most potent when it performs with the style of play and mindset that personify the character of its people. Like Afri(...)

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