South Africa

In at the deep end: Sam Tomkins will make his union debut against the world's second-best nation

Barbarians v Australia – preview

You never know what to expect when the Barbarians come to town – but this weekend’s Killik Cup clash against Australia at Twickenham contains more uncertainties than usual, writes Alan…

Victor Matfield during the Barbarians training session today

Matfield to lead Barbarians at Twickenham

Springbok lock legend Victor Matfield will captain the Barbarians in the Killik Cup match against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday (kick off 2.35pm). The 34-year-old reprises his role of 2009…

England’s 2012 Autumn International Fixtures

England’s 2012 Autumn International Fixtures

The RFU has confirmed the dates of the 2012 QBE Internationals. England will play four Test matches at Twickenham in November-December, against Fiji, Australia, South Africa and World Champions New…

England’s matches in November 2012

England’s matches in November 2012

The QBE Internationals will deliver an exciting, international competition between the northern and southern hemispheres and see the World Cup winning All Blacks play on English soil for the first…

The Wallabies won the last Tri-Nations tournament

Tri-Nations becomes The Investec Rugby Championship

Auckland, Canterbury, Waikato, Wellington and Otago will host All Blacks Test matches in the 2012 international season, the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) announced today. The Rugby World Cup winning…

Francois Pienaar’s verdict on South Africa

Francois Pienaar’s verdict on South Africa

As South Africans come to terms with the weekend’s quarter-final loss to Australia, Francois Pienaar, captain of the team that famously won the tournament in 1995, offers a pragmatic view…

James Horwill scores

South Africa 9 Australia 11 – The Verdict

By Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features Editor in Wellington ANOTHER WORLD CUP quarter-final, another edge-of-your-seat affair. This contest was in the balance right until the end as South Africa pushed…

Australia 11 South Africa 9

Australia 11 South Africa 9

Australia withstood tremendous pressure from South Africa to edge the quarter-final against the Springboks 11-9 in Wellington. James O’Connor kept his nerve to kick the winning points in the 71st…