S Africa end year on winning note in Europe

Heyneke Meyer

South Africa returned unbeaten from their European Tour for a climactic end to coach Heyneke Meyer's first season at the helm that saw the side jump from fourth to second in the world.

Wednesday, 28 November, 2012, 1:42am

Lancaster says England must win against Springboks and All Blacks

Coach Stuart Lancaster says England will have to dig deep. Photo: AFP

England coach Stuart Lancaster insisted a week was long enough for his side to up their game after a 20-14 defeat by Australia at Twickenham saw them again fall short against one of the world's top sides.

Under Lancaster, England have yet to beat one of the old Tri-Nations in four matches, with this loss following two defeats and a draw away to South Africa earlier this year.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:16am

Boks benefit from Meyer's half-time blast

Heyneke Meyer

Coach Heyneke Meyer said he delivered a few choice words at half-time to turn South Africa's "unacceptable" performance into a 16-12 victory in Dublin.

The Boks were fortunate not to be trailing by more than 12-3 at half-time in their opening November test match, with discipline a major issue and Ireland's Jonathan Sexton equally willing to punish any indiscretion.

12 Nov 2012 - 4:49am

Depleted Ireland and SA set for fiery clash

Heyneke Meyer

The two sides may be short of some familiar faces but Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer and flyhalf Pat Lambie expect fireworks when the South Africans face Ireland at Dublin's Lansdowne Road today.

10 Nov 2012 - 3:09am

Short Sport, September 26, 2012

South Africa's Morne Steyn

First woman set to umpire grand final

26 Sep 2012 - 2:38am

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans says 'don't worry I play Berrick or Beale'

Kurtley Beale

The Wallabies left for South Africa yesterday with coach Robbie Deans keeping secret the identity of his new flyhalf for next week’s Rugby Championship test against the Springboks.

Deans has had to find a replacement for injured number 10 Quade Cooper but was giving little away at the team’s departure as to whether it was Berrick Barnes or Kurtley Beale.

21 Sep 2012 - 2:58am

Springboks coach Meyer keeps faith in struggling Morne Steyn

Heyneke Meyer

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer is not writing off flyhalf Morne Steyn despite his dismal performance in a weekend loss to the All Blacks.

19 Sep 2012 - 2:48am

All Blacks brace for aerial attack from Springboks in rugby union clash

The All Blacks expect to be targeted by an aerial bombardment today as South Africa search for a way to break the world champions' stranglehold on the Rugby Championship.

The Springboks' strategy appears anchored around flyhalf Morne Steyn and centre Francois Steyn kicking for territory and followed by any drop-goal opportunities and penalties on offer.

15 Sep 2012 - 1:53am

Springboks on right track despite Australia defeat, says de Villiers

South African captain Jean de Villiers insists the Springboks are on the right track despite a narrow defeat to a resurgent Australia in their Rugby Championship test.

The Springboks led 13-3 at one stage in the first half but the Wallabies came from behind to win 26-19, a much-needed victory after last month's embarrassing 22-0 loss to New Zealand.

10 Sep 2012 - 1:41am

Pumas denied historic win by SA's late charge

South African locks Andries Bekker and Eben Etzebeth fight for the ball with the Pumas' Manuel Carizza and Juan Figallo. Photo: AFP

Argentina stood on the brink of a remarkable first victory over South Africa in their second Rugby Championship match before the Springboks rallied to snatch a 16-16 draw.

The match had looked like ending in a perfect home debut for the Pumas, famously tough opponents on Argentine soil long before their entry into their first annual major tournament.

27 Aug 2012 - 5:28am

Pumas' Juan Martin Hernandez to miss Springboks game

Pumas coach Santiago Phelan

Argentina's chance of a first victory in the Rugby Championship at home to South Africa in Mendoza today has taken a dramatic turn for the worse with the loss of flyhalf Juan Martin Hernandez through injury.

The Pumas dream of ending a record of 14 defeats in as many meetings with the Springboks, the last a 27-6 loss in their debut in the southern hemisphere tournament last weekend.

25 Aug 2012 - 3:18am