Willie Le Roux

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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 breaks clear against South Africa, one of nine line breaks by Ireland in first test in Cape Town. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ah yes, the mind is indeed a funny thing, and particularly so the Irish mindset it would appear. Recall the Super Saturday finale to the 2015 Six Nat(...)

CJ Stander leaves the field after receiving a red card against South Africa at Newlands. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The saga concerning CJ Stander’s disciplinary hearing and his fate for the remainder of the tour was finally resolved after the judiciary officer, Aus(...)

Ireland flanker  CJ Stander receives a red card during the first Test against South Africa in cape Town. Photograph:   Luke Walker/Gallo Images/Getty Images

The saga concerning CJ Stander’s disciplinary hearing and his fate for the remainder of the tour was finally resolved after the judiciary officer, Aus(...)

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(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Necessity being the mother of invention, both Ireland and South Africa are likely to unveil much changed line-ups when Joe Schmidt and Allister Coetze(...)

Dan Carter is the complete player. His tactical kicking, his passing, his defending were all on the money against South Africa at Twickenham. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

On the evidence of the past fortnight New Zealand would beat Australia by 20 points if Saturday’s game was anything other than a World Cup final. Ever(...)

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen: “Leadership  . . . is a learning skill. Self-belief is a massive thing.” Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

By the end, it was all black alright. Seemingly half of New Zealand had travelled over, and as Twickenham was engulfed in rain and a black sky more li(...)

New Zealand’s winger Nehe Milner-Skudder  evades South Africa’s flanker François Louw  during the  semi-final  of the 2015 Rugby World Cup  at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary, the first man to conquer Met Everest For the ages. The greatest team of all time (...)

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