Lions upbeat over fans being allowed to watch South Africa series

Organisers of next year’s British and Irish Lions three test tour of South Africa believe the improving Covid-19 situation in the country will allow supporters to watch the series. Ben Calveley, the Lions managing director, painted a upbeat picture for the tour which is crucial to the financial future of both the most famous touring Read More …

Take a knee row not worrying Diamond

Steve Diamond insists controversy generated by his South African players not taking a knee before the match with Harlequins is a “storm in a teacup” and will not distract the team as they prepare to face Gallagher Premiership leaders Exeter Chiefs at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday. South African Minister of Sports, Arts, and Read More …

Dr James Robson – one of the greatest Lions of them all

Dr James Robson is a veteran of more than 200 international matches and his skill and experience underpinned every British and Irish Lions tour from 1993 to 2013, putting him at the heart of some of the greatest highs and debilitating lows in the history of the most famous touring team in the world. Robson Read More …

Burger backs Brits to be No8 success for Boks

Jacques Burger believes it would be a tactical masterstroke for South Africa to deploy veteran hooker Schalk Brits at No8 during the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has hinted that the 38-year-old former Saracens hooker could play in the back row during the Cup to give the first choice players in Read More …

Lions are not a target for Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has ruled himself out of taking charge of the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa in 2021. Schmidt and Warren Gatland, the Wales coach, have made it clear they will both be taking a break from rugby after the World Cup in Japan and have not lined up Read More …

Give Richie Mo’unga real Rugby Championship actions urges Evans

Former All Black No10 Nick Evans wants the Richie Mo’unga to be given the chance to prove he could lead New Zealand to World Cup glory in Japan by being thrown into meaningful Rugby Championship matches ahead of Beauden Barrett. Evans knows all about the pressures created by competition for the play-maker role in the Read More …

Wasps agree deal to get Willie le Roux back from South Africa test duty

Willie Le Roux, the most experienced back in South Africa’s squad, will play just three Rugby Championship matches and one test in November under a deal agreed with Wasps, his Gallagher Premiership club. Le Roux’s international rugby career has been revived by the arrival of Rassie Erasmus as Springboks coach and the full back was Read More …

Schalk Brits ends his retirement and targets 2019 World Cup with Springboks

Schalk Brits has ended his self-imposed retirement from rugby after being convinced by South African coach Rassie Erasmus that he can win a place in the Springboks squad for the 2019 World Cup in Japan. Brits and Erasmus have been in close contact since the former Saracens hooker returned for the Springboks in the final Read More …