Ryan Crotty only change in strong All Blacks side to face Ireland

The 30-year-old will play for the New Zealand side as a replacement for Sonny Bill Williams

SA’s Mark Alexander at top table of world rugby

SA Rugby president Mark Alexander has been elected to World Rugby’s executive council following elections held in Dublin

Embrose Papier may show class if unleashed for Springboks

Erasmus only made two enforced changes, which indicates how highly rated the Scots are

Scotland’s Townsend rings changes for clash with ‘ambitious’ Boks

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has responded to the challenge of the Springboks by making six changes to his side

Why Pieter-Steph du Toit is the rugby player coaches dream about

Du Toit’s speed and high work rate are perfect attributes for a backrower‚ but he also brings the power and lineout prowess of a world-class lock

Bok coach Matt Proudfoot talks up Scots ahead of clash

The Boks have won the last five matches between the sides‚ the last coming in Newcastle at Rugby World Cup 2015

Why Papier should replace De Klerk against Scotland

A sunny Murrayfield will give Erasmus an excellent chance to mull his scrumhalf options

Wallabies pin hopes on fresh players

Rugby pundits call for Australia coach Michael Cheika’s sacking a year away from the World Cup in Japan

Cape Town Sevens tickets available

SA Rugby’s Andy Colquhoun says ticket purchase shot up to 16,000 in the first hour of sales this year

Irish are big enough test for All Blacks, says Ryan Crotty

Crotty believes a clash between the top two teams in the world in the cauldron of Lansdowne Road is more than a player could ask for

Warren Whiteley’s injury is likely to affect Boks’ line-up

The Lions No 8 sustained a calf injury during the Springbok's win over France and has been put on the 'probably not' list

Sonny Bill’s tough year gets worse

The Auckland Blues centre will not be back for the Test match with Ireland

No shame in losing Test to Wales, says Cheika

‘Wales are a good team, they’re ranked third in the world for a reason,’ says Australia coach Cheika

GAVIN RICH: Composed Boks will draw confidence from last-gasp win

Knowing they can win tight games when they are chasing should do wonders for their confidence

Rassie Erasmus hails ‘gutsy’ Springboks after Paris victory

The Springboks beat the French 29-26 thanks to an 85th-minute try from hooker Bongi Mbonambi

Franco Mostert in for injured Etzebeth as Boks prepare to square with France

Coach Rassie Erasmus holds back lock Eben Etzebeth for the Boks’ Test against France

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