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RECORDED | Springboks’ Cape Town victory tour ...

The Springboks are taking their national Webb Ellis Cup tour to Cape Town today.

By TimesLIVE
News Editor's Choice

WATCH | ‘Elizabedi’ fan meets the Springboks, ...

The young Springbok fan who went viral for his hilarious nickname for Eben Etzebeth has met some of the victorious ...

By TIMESLIVE

Intoxicating day of celebration as Gauteng comes ...

There will be similar scenes in Cape Town on Friday, Durban on Saturday and East London on Sunday

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter

WATCH | Siya Kolisi places the 2023 Rugby World Cup alongside the 1995, ...

The second day of the Rugby World Cup tour in Cape Town included a priceless moment when Springbok captain Siya Kolisi ...

Sithembiso Dindi
Sports Reporter

IN PICS | Boks Victory Tour: Soweto Leg

The inner city of Johannesburg was adorned in green and gold, as eager supporters swarmed the streets to catch a ...

By TIMESLIVE
Sport Editor's Choice

IN PICS | Boks Victory Tour: Joburg Leg

The Springboks, winners of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, have commenced their national Webb Ellis Trophy tour. They started ...

By TimesLIVE

MARK KEOHANE | I say keep our World Cup warriors, young and old

With several members of the Bok squad into their 30s, it would be wise to retain that experience and tactical nous

By Mark Keohane

RECORDED | Springboks' victory tour

The 2023 Rugby World Cup Champions, the Springboks, kick off their national Webb Ellis Trophy tour at the Union ...

By TImesLIVE

WATCH | Kaizer Chiefs, Mama Joy and fans cheer Boks at FNB Stadium

The Springboks were greeted by thousands of excited supporters on the last stop of the Gauteng leg of their World Cup ...

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter

WATCH | Joburg and Soweto erupt as Boks bring city to standstill

The Springboks brought Johannesburg to a standstill on their World Cup trophy tour on Thursday afternoon.

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter

WATCH | Joburg boisterous as it awaits the Boks

As the Springboks' first leg of their trophy tour in Gauteng continued on Thursday, Johannesburg was already in ...

By Marc Strydom, Mahlatse Mphahlele and Thabo Tshabalala
News Editor's Choice

Pretoria hosts 'rainbow nation' celebration for Boks

Joyous South Africans, young and old, of all races, skipped work, school and even left their hospital beds on Thursday ...

Sport Editor's Choice

WATCH | New clips show Jordie Barrett shaking ...

Siya Kolisi defended Barrett and ensured South Africans the All Blacks centre shook Ramaphosa’s hand amid social media ...

By SINESIPHO SCHRIEBER

WATCH | Amazing scenes as huge crowds greet Boks in Pretoria

As the Springboks' first leg of their trophy tour in Gauteng continued their open-top bus was greeted by huge crowds on ...

Marc Strydom
Digital Sports Editor
Sport Editor's Choice

WATCH | President Ramaphosa greets Springboks at Union Buildings

President Cyril Ramaphosa and almost the entire cabinet received the Springboks at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on ...

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter

LISTEN | 'Diversity is our strength in South Africa' – Siya Kolisi

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi says diversity is South Africa's strength.

Thabo Tshabalala
Multimedia producer

Springbok victory tour: Here's where you can see the team

South African Rugby has released the routes of the Springboks' victory tour, which kicks off on Thursday in ...

By TimesLIVE

3am start for two Atteridgeville fans keen to see ...

Hundreds of South Africans, young and old, have gathered at the Union Buildings in Pretoria where the 2023 rugby world ...

Springboks to get bonuses from SA Rugby, government non-committal

Springbok players are expected to smile all the way to the bank after winning the Rugby World Cup in France due to what ...

By MAHLATSE MPHAHLELE AT OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

SA Rugby in no rush to find Boks coach Nienaber’s successor as Erasmus ...

SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus will take over the Springbok coaching reins until a new coach is found.

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter
Sport Editor's Choice

WATCH | ‘My wife is happy about it’: Etzebeth on haircut after bet with ...

Fan favourite lock Eben Etzebeth received much attention for his fresh haircut.

By Sinesipho Schrieber
Sport Editor's Choice

LISTEN | It’s a day off as locals take long drives to celebrate Springboks

A teacher and rugby coach at an Ekurhuleni primary school arrived at the OR Tambo International Airport at 7am on ...

WATCH | Kolisi leads Bok heroes out to rapturous ...

The Springboks returned home to a heroes' welcome at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday after they won a record ...

By Mahlatse Mphahlele at OR Tambo International Airport

Springbok victory tour: Here's where you can see the team

South African Rugby has released the routes of the Springboks' victory tour, which kicks off on Thursday in ...

By TimesLIVE
Sport Editor's Choice

RECORDED | The Springboks are back! 2023 Rugby World Cup champions arrive ...

The 2023 Rugby World Cup champions, the Springboks, touch down at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday.

By TimesLIVE

WATCH | OR Tambo packed to rafters as fans await world champion Boks

OR Tambo Airport was already a hive of activity by 9am on Tuesday morning with throngs of rugby supporters eagerly ...

By Mahlatse Mphahlele at OR Tambo International Airport

WATCH | ‘Boks all the horror movies rolled into one’: NZ DJ’s poem has ...

New Zealand radio host Daniel McHardy’s dark ode describing the Springboks as "all the horror movies rolled into one" ...

By SINESIPHO SCHRIEBER
Sport Editor's Choice

POLL | How do you feel about the Boks squad not ...

While the Springboks beat New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup final to win the Webb Ellis trophy for a record-breaking ...

By Sinesipho Schrieber
Opinion & Analysis Editor's Choice

EDITORIAL | Let’s take the Boks’ unity and use it in everyday life to ...

We need to replicate this unity when we head to the polls next year

Distraught All Blacks left with little to say after seismic defeat

The questions were perhaps redundant. What could the shattered All Blacks say after they had left so much on the field ...

By Reuters

WATCH | Bok fans celebrate World Cup victory: 'It's a special time to be ...

Fans across the country celebrated the Springboks' victory over New Zealand, which saw them win their fourth Rugby ...

By TIMESLIVE VIDEO
Sport Editor's Choice

WATCH | 'We are capable of magical things': Springbok fans celebrate rugby ...

The international terminal at OR Tambo airport was already lined with Springbok supporters from 7am on Tuesday as they ...

By THABO TSHABALALA and ANTHONY MOLYNEAUX

Saru announces details of World Cup trophy tour ...

SA Rugby (Saru) has confirmed a World Cup trophy tour with the history-making Springbok rugby team in four provinces, ...

Sithembiso Dindi
Sports Reporter
Sport Editor's Choice

SA fans shocked at World Rugby’s ‘dream team’ which includes only one ...

World Rugby released its dream team on Sunday after the Springboks won a gruelling World Cup campaign to settle their ...

Anthony Molyneaux
Lead video journalist

Springbok World Cup final player ratings: Pieter-Steph and Siya’s night

The skipper and fellow flank were the bedrock of the Boks’ hard-fought victory

Sithembiso Dindi
Sports Reporter

Ardie Savea named best rugby player of the year, Farrell wins coach

All Blacks loose forward Ardie Savea was named World Rugby Men's 15s Player of the Year on Sunday, despite ending up on ...

By Reuters

WATCH | Ramaphosa declares December 15 a public holiday in honour of the ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday announced that Friday, December 15th as the official public holiday earmarked to ...

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist

Kolisi to Bok coach Nienaber: ‘I appreciate you, ...

“It hasn't been an easy journey. I can't believe what we've achieved today,” beamed Kolisi.

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

Eiffel Tower lit for Boks as Ox has his cake

The Eiffel Tower stood lit in the colours of the South African flag late on Saturday night but it took a near ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

Boks bask in glow of City of Light after final contested by two best teams ...

The Springboks basked in the glow of the City of Light's north after they edged the All Blacks 12-11 in a tense, wet ...

By Liam Del Carme at Stade de France

All Blacks dealt a hard hand

Though gracious in the spirit of c'est la vie after his team's tantalisingly close 12-11 defeat to their arch rival ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

Boks, and South Africa, on top of the world — again

The Springboks held on grimly in the closing minutes as they secured a record fourth Rugby World Cup title with a ...

By Liam Del Carme at Stade de France

WATCH | Delirium, tears and joy in Paris and SA ...

The Springboks beat the All Blacks in another nail-biter in the 2023 Rugby World Cup in Paris on Saturday night, ...

Marc Strydom
Digital Sports Editor

BLOW BY BLOW | Champions of the world! Boks win final by point against All ...

All the action, live, blow by blow, from the 2023 Rugby World Cup final between the Springboks and the All Blacks.

Marc Strydom
Digital Sports Editor

IN MEMES | Springboks' journey to winning the World Cup

See all the funny, sad and silly moments that made this an unforgettable win for the boys in green and gold

Thango Ntwasa
Lifestyle Digital Editor
Sport Editor's Choice

Four our nation: We are the champs

On top of the world, giant-slayers, champions, heroes, magicians! Let the superlatives rain down on our glorious rugby ...

By Sunday Times reporters
Sport Editor's Choice

All roads lead to Paris: Boks, All Blacks final promises to be one for the ...

‘I don't think it's stuff that you can dream about because it doesn't happen often’

By Liam del Carme

Last dance for Bok great Duane 'Thor' Vermeulen ...

After doing much of the heavy lifting in the last Rugby World Cup final Duane Vermeulen nailed it even further when he ...

By LIAM DEL CARME IN PARIS

Boks won’t be gripped by fear in World Cup final against All Blacks, ...

There may be the overwhelming sentiment that the Bok Class of '23 is more streetwise and battle hardened than the ...

By LIAM DEL CARME IN PARIS

WATCH | John Smit’s eloquent breakdown of the Boks-All Blacks final

The Springboks' 2007 World Cup-winning captain John Smit has given an eloquent breakdown of Saturday's 2023 final ...

Marc Strydom
Digital Sports Editor
Politics Editor's Choice

'Play your hearts out!': Ramaphosa wishes the Springboks well ahead of ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa is jetting off to France on Friday afternoon to show his support for the Springboks when they ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

Farrell admits England had to scrap their way to bronze medal

England achieved their ambition of finishing the Rugby World Cup with a victory, and a medal, but captain Owen Farrell ...

By Reuters

England hold off Argentina fightback to take ...

England held off a spirited Argentina 26-23 at the Stade de France to take third place at the Rugby World Cup on Friday ...

By Reuters

LIAM DEL CARME | To become truly global, rugby must broaden its base

Tier two teams need game-time and meaningful competition

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter

POLL | Will the Boks defend their title when they face off against All ...

Rugby fans across the globe are waiting with bated breath to see whether the Springboks can defend their title when ...

By Sports staff

Big in Japan: as Boks face 2023 final, a look back at coverage of their ...

Four years ago, give or take a few days, on November 2 2019, second-half tries by Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe ...

Marc Strydom
Digital Sports Editor

DStv announces Rugby World Cup final subscription special

In a nod to the famous maiden World Cup-winning Boks of 1995, DStv has temporarily lowered the price of its DStv Stream ...

Hendrik Hancke
Senior reporter

For the highest peak, Boks opt for ...

Sport played on the highest peaks demands competitors deal with agony as they do with ecstasy.

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

WATCH | John Smit’s eloquent breakdown of the Boks-All Blacks final

The Springboks' 2007 World Cup-winning captain John Smit has given an eloquent breakdown of Saturday's 2023 final ...

Marc Strydom
Digital Sports Editor

Bok coach Nienaber has Pollard, De Klerk at half-back for World Cup final

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber made only two changes to his starting team for Saturday’s 2023 Rugby World Cup final ...

By Sports Staff

Across the globe: Mosito Ramaili of Saffas in NYC ready for Rugby World ...

South Africans in New York are gearing up for a watch party for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final between the Springboks ...

By Jen Su

England’s Youngs bows out content and proud after 127 caps

Scrumhalf Ben Youngs will make his 127th and last appearance for England on Friday, having decided to retire from ...

By By Mitch Phillips

Bongi Mbonambi cleared to play in World Cup final

Bongi Mbonambi is off the hook. World Rugby announced early on Thursday its investigation into the allegation that ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

It’s a scrum out there: what the stats tell us about Boks v All Blacks ...

The Boks have been less efficient at the ruck, an area in which New Zealand have excelled

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

Willie le Roux reflects on semifinal post-match fracas against England

More accustomed to drawing defenders before delivering the final pass, Bok fullback Willie le Roux on Wednesday tried ...

By LIAM DEL CARME IN PARIS

Manie Libbok dilemma: who will tick the Boks' box at No 10?

Some thought it audacious four years ago when Rassie Erasmus unveiled his team to play in the Rugby World Cup final ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

Sunak asks World Rugby to look at it carefully: how the UK press is ...

Even UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has weighed in on allegations of a racial slur by Springbok hooker Bongi Mbonambi ...

By Marc Strydom

Mbonambi: World Rugby still probing Bok, but ...

World Rugby is still in its evidence gathering phase in its investigation into whether Springbok hooker Bongi Mbonambi ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

Boks in green and gold in final ... All Blacks, well, all black

Springbok fans can rest easy, their team will be in their traditional green and gold jersey when they take on the All ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

Curry picked for 50th cap in England team to face Argentina for bronze

Henry Arundell and Freddie Steward will start on the wing for England in the bronze final against Argentina on Friday, ...

By Mitch Phillips
Sport Editor's Choice

Polarising All Blacks boss Foster a win against Boks away from RWC triumph

Underestimated and underappreciated, Ian Foster is one win away from becoming the fourth coach to deliver New Zealand a ...

By Ian Ransom

Here are public viewing sites in Cape Town for the Rugby World Cup final

Three public viewing sites with DJs and big screens have been confirmed by the City of Cape Town for the Rugby World ...

By TIMESLIVE

WATCH | Footage emerges that may shed light on ...

New video footage may shed light on what Springbok hooker Bongani Mbonambi uttered during the Springboks' at-times ...

By SINESIPHO SCHRIEBER

All Blacks’ Band of Brothers ready to face up to Boks’ Bomb Squad

New Zealand have named their response to South Africa’s Bomb Squad in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final ‘Easy Company’ ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

World Rugby announces expanded World Cup and new Nations League

The World Rugby Council has approved a new aligned international calendar, expanded 24-team men's World Cup and a top ...

By Nick Said

Tournament mentality: How Boks and All Blacks’ RWC monopoly persists

It's been 20 years since a team other than South Africa and New Zealand have had their hands on the game's most coveted ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

England’s Wayne Barnes to blow the whistle in Boks-All Blacks final

As expected the game's most experienced Test referee will be handed the whistle for Saturday's Rugby World Cup final ...

By LIAM DEL CARME in Paris

UPDATE | World Rugby to investigate Boks’ ...

Bongi Mbonambi’s participation in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand has been presented a fresh ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

South Africans rally behind Boks' Mbonambi, ask for proof of 'racial slur'

The Springboks' heated Rugby World Cup semifinal match against England at the weekend did not go down without drama.

By SINESIPHO SCHRIEBER

Springboks mum on Bongi's prospects of playing in the final

As expected, the Springboks opted to shed no further light on their go-to hooker Bongi Mbonambi's prospects of playing ...

By LIAM DEL CARME in Paris

POLL | Do you believe Boks' Mbonambi uttered a racial slur against ...

Springbok hooker Bongi Mbonambi is in the spotlight, this time not for being a man-of-the-match but for allegedly ...

By SINESIPHO SCHRIEBER

Kolisi puts Nienaber in focus as Boks’ quieter coach enters his last week

Jacques Nienaber has been loath to draw attention to himself during his almost four years as Springbok head coach.

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

Tiring Boks, with a day less to final, summon ...

With one day less than the All Blacks to prepare for the final the Springboks will have to rest and recover well after ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

Bok player ratings: key performers earned low energy Boks place in final

Ox Nché came on and breathed life into the Springbok performance against England on Saturday

Sithembiso Dindi
Sports Reporter

Bok Mbonambi’s place in final under threat after alleged racial slur on ...

Bongi Mbonambi's prospects of playing in Saturday's Rugby World Cup final against the All Blacks may be in jeopardy ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

Boks the kings of chasing down lost causes

Last week in the wake of Cheslin Kolbe charging down Thomas Ramos's conversion attempt Springbok head coach Jacques ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

‘I knew that was the job I had to do. Luckily it came off’: Pollard on ...

Converting the deciding kick in a Rugby World Cup knock-out game is something you dream of from the time you're a ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

Ox helps Bok scrum plough ahead as Bomb Squad ...

The demise of the scrum as one of rugby's true battle grounds has been greatly exaggerated.

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

Boks somehow turn lost cause against England into World Cup final glory

Handré Pollard reprised his role from the 2019 Rugby World Cup semifinal win over Wales on Saturday night when he again ...

By Liam Del Carme at Stade de France

BLOW BY BLOW | Incredible! Boks snatch last-gasp win against England in ...

All the action, blow by blow, as it happened as the Springboks beat England 16-15 in their 2023 Rugby World Cup ...

Marc Strydom
Digital Sports Editor

Boks and England prepare for wet conditions

Paris is cloaked in a blanket of cloud.

By LIAM DEL CARME IN PARIS

SA v England: Who will join New Zealand in Rugby World Cup final?

It is easy to draw the conclusion that the Springboks have taken the bigger leap over the last four years than their ...

By LIAM DEL CARME IN PARIS

Rassie Erasmus responds to supposed death threats ...

Springbok scrumhalf Cobus Reinach has received a supposed online death threat and Rassie Erasmus has taken to social ...

By LIAM DEL CARME IN FRANCE

All Blacks breeze into fifth RWC final

The ruthless and efficient All Blacks continued the restoration of their reputation when they beat Argentina 44-6 in ...

By LIAM DEL CARME at Stade de France

Jordan keeps delivering prime numbers for New Zealand

New Zealand winger Will Jordan's hat-trick of tries in Friday’s Rugby World Cup semifinal continued his incredible form ...

By By MARK GLEESON

Stick disappointed at ‘hooligan’ who supposedly directed death threat to ...

Springbok assistant coach Mzwandile Stick is disappointed at a user on social media platform X, going by the name of ...

By LIAN DEL CARME IN FRANCE

Boks in muted tones as seismic World Cup semifinal against rivals England ...

Out in the woods, the sticks if you like, well north of Paris, the Springboks had their final word before they clash ...

By LIAM DEL CARME IN PARIS

RUGBY WORLD CUP | All the pools, fixtures and ...

All the 2023 Rugby World Cup pools, results and fixtures.

By Sports Staff

Rugby World Cup pool A | Epic tussle between hosts France and All Blacks

Hosts France, who are the bookmakers’ favourites to claim the Webb Ellis Cup, and three-time World Cup winners New ...

By Grant Shub

Rugby World Cup pool B | Boks, Ireland headline ‘pool of death’

Pool B is arguably the “group of death” at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

By Grant Shub

Rugby World Cup pool C | Australia, Wales to fight it out for first place

The clash between Australia and Wales on September 24 is set to decide the pool winners but Fiji will aim to throw a ...

By Grant Shub

Rugby World Cup pool D | Samoa eye upset of England and Argentina

Argentina and England are set to battle for bragging rights but Samoa may have the final say on standings in the Rugby ...

By Grant Shub

POLL | Will the Springboks dump England out of ...

Will South Africa again send England crashing out of the Rugby World Cup or will the English team redeem its nation's ...

By SINESIPHO SCHRIEBER

WATCH | ‘Yimincili!’ Mapimpi stunned as he receives spontaneous hero's ...

With a bucket hat and an oversized t-shirt Springboks wing Makazole Mapimpi could not escape the staff and shoppers of ...

By SINESIPHO SCHRIEBER

Facts and stats — Argentina v New Zealand

A selection of facts and statistics before the Rugby World Cup semifinal between Argentina and New Zealand at Stade de ...

By Reuters

A Springboks vs All Blacks World Cup final is not guaranteed: Bob Skinstad

England haven’t lost yet and continue to build momentum, says former Bok skipper.

Sithembiso Dindi
Sports Reporter

MARK KEOHANE | Rassie and Jacques prove two heads are better than one

The Bok coaching duo have been spot on with their game management and squad selection during the World Cup

By Mark Keohane

LIAM DEL CARME | Boks must stamp their authority ...

The Boks will be wary of a repeat of the 2019 semifinal, where they allowed Wales to stay in the game right until the ...

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter

As usual, it’s about scrums and physicality for Boks against England

The Springboks' demolition of England's scrum paved the way for their success in the final of the Rugby World Cup four ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

Nienaber’s Boks ‘Dad’s Army’ boasts world of experience

For only the second time in 64 Tests in the Rassie Erasmus/Jacques Nienaber era the Springbok team has been left ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

Bok coach Nienaber names unchanged team for semifinal against England

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has shown faith in his match-winning Rugby World Cup quarterfinal squad by retaining ...

By Sports Staff

All Blacks make two changes for semi, Argentina bring in Bertranou

Winger Mark Telea returned to The All Blacks’ starting line-up for Friday’s World Cup semifinal against Argentina at ...

By Mark Gleeson and Nick Said

Semifinalists’ stats: Boks top dominant tackles, ...

South Africa, though limited in the number of line breaks and carries in their quarterfinal, proved potent when ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

England must be ready for ‘dark arts’ of Erasmus: Wales coach Gatland

Wales coach Warren Gatland said his England counterpart Steve Borthwick must be ready to counter the “dark arts” of ...

By Mark Gleeson

Appointment of criticised ref will be welcomed by both England and Boks: ...

The appointment of referee Ben O’Keeffe for a second successive South Africa knockout game at the World Cup will be ...

By Mark Gleeson

England sweat on Marcus Smith for Boks semifinal

England are sweating on the fitness of star utility back Marcus Smith before their Rugby World Cup semifinal against ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris
Sport Editor's Choice

LIAM DEL CARME | BOK VOYAGE: Whistle-stop tour continues in France

Notes from the road at the Rugby World Cup

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

Let them have boeuf, says Pollard on ...

If teams want to have beef with the Boks, they should pull up a chair, says Handré Pollard.

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

DAVID ISAACSON | Rugby needs to clean out Beaumont’s fart-filled boardroom

World Rugby has not only let Ireland down, but they failed the French too and robbed the home fans of two matches

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
Sport Editor's Choice

That moment: How Boks’ Kolbe charged down Ramos’ conversion

Chasing lost causes is the kind of pursuit that has helped set the Springboks apart.

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

Jesse Kriel bloodied but unbowed after his Bok opus against France

Though he was coy, the Springbok centre was simply magnifique against France, in possession and defence

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

This is real transformation, says Kaya Malotana, first black Bok to play ...

Former Springbok centre Kaya Malotana is impressed at how balanced the Springbok squads have been in the Rugby World ...

By Anathi Wulushe

Mapimpi recovering after surgery but not back on ...

It remains unclear when Springbok wing Makazole Mapimpi might be back on the playing field as he recovers from the ...

By SINESIPHO SCHRIEBER

RWC semis: Southern hemisphere flexes muscle to keep old order intact

A weekend that threatened to herald a change to the Rugby World Cup pecking order instead saw the Southern Hemisphere ...

By Mark Gleeson
Sport Editor's Choice

Springbok player ratings: every player came to the party against France

From Man of the Match, Bongi Mbonambi to the impact of the bench, all 23 players played their part

Sithembiso Dindi
Sports Reporter

Bok hearts filled with belief: How they got the job done

The Springboks earned the right to meet England in Saturday's Rugby World Cup semifinal, but it required a performance ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

Fiji laid foundation for their next generation in France

Fiji’s World Cup campaign started and ended with defeats in exhilarating contests against tier one nations, and while ...

By Nick Said and Nick Mulvenney

France captain Dupont bemoans refereeing in Boks’ ...

A pall has descended over France. The hosts will have to watch the rest of the Rugby World Cup from the sidelines after ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

Irrepressible Earl drives England into World Cup last four date with Boks

Owen Farrell was the official man of the match but not an England fan leaving the Marseille Velodrome is likely to have ...

By Mitch Phillips and Nick Said
Sport Editor's Choice

Boks pure courage, grit as they keep all of France at bay to reach RWC ...

They were at times scintillating, but the mostly resourceful and resolute Springboks kept all of France at bay as they ...

By Liam Del Carme at Stade de France
Sport Editor's Choice

‘An incredible athletic display’ — Cyril Ramaphosa praises Springboks for ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa hailed the country’s national rugby team for defeating France in the Rugby World Cup ...

Sisanda Mbolekwa
Politics reporter

BLOW BY BLOW | Superhuman Boks beat France by point in quarter thriller

Live updates, as it happens, of Sunday's huge 2023 Rugby World Cup quarterfinal between France and the Springboks

Marc Strydom
Digital Sports Editor

Farrell kicks England to narrow win over brave ...

Captain Owen Farrell kicked 20 points to lead England to a gripping 30-24 World Cup quarterfinal victory over Fiji on ...

By Nick Said

All Blacks lead way, giving Boks ‘the thought maybe they’ve got a chance’

Few will argue with former Springbok captain Bob Skinstad's succinct assessment of the events that unfolded at the ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

Boks have made plans for fielding France’s tactical kicking: Willemse

It is not panache but pragmatism that has entrenched France among the modern game's elite.

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

Gatland commits to Wales after quarterfinal loss to Argentina

Soft penalties and an inability to turn the screw when ahead were behind Wales’ 29-17 World Cup quarterfinal defeat to ...

By Nick Said

Ireland’s wait continues after All Blacks prevail in match like no other

It was breathless and unrelenting in skill and intensity. Ireland's Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against New Zealand ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

All Blacks dump Ireland out of the Rugby World ...

Ireland's quest for a first ever quarterfinal win at the Rugby World Cup drew another blank when New Zealand stunned ...

By LIAM DEL CARME at Stade de France

Argentina surge into semis with battling comeback win over Wales

Carried on a wave of incredible support, Argentina overcame a 10-0 deficit to eventually overwhelm Wales 29-17 as late ...

By MITCH PHILLIPS

France captain and talisman Antoine Dupont reappears against the Boks ...

The face of the Rugby World Cup will not be entirely obscured when hosts France take on defending champions South ...

By LIAM DEL CARME IN PARIS

Ireland look to bury World Cup jinx in crunch All Blacks clash

Ireland are looking to bury their World Cup jinx forever against New Zealand at the Stade de France on Saturday in one ...

By By Nick Mulvenney

Boks must go to a dark place and unleash 'violence' in World Cup ...

The Stade de France may shade even the Eiffel Tower as the most illuminated structure in all of France on Sunday night, ...

By LIAM DEL CARME IN PARIS

Rassie and Galthié’s paths cross again, this time ...

Fabien Galthié left quite an impression on Rassie Erasmus when their off-the-field paths crossed half a dozen or so ...

By LIAM DEL CARME IN PARIS

Old wise heads Vermeulen and Le Roux expected to play crucial roles for ...

The experience and game management skills of No 8 Duane Vermeulen and fullback Willie le Roux helped get them the nod ...

By LIAM DEL CARME IN PARIS

Bok coach Nienaber names strongest possible squad for World Cup ...

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber named an experienced team, including 15 players who featured in the 2019 final, for ...

By SPORTS REPORTER

LIAM DEL CARME | Will Jacques and Rassie’s meticulous planning be enough?

What will the Springbok coaching duo’s legacy be if, dare I say it, we lose in the quarterfinal?

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter

Backrow and scrum battles could decide France vs Boks: Serge Betsen

Dupont ace in French pack but Kolisi can rally South Africa, says Cameroon-born ex-flanker.

By Grant Shub

Boks turn up volume to prepare for Stade de ...

Such is the deafening din the Springboks are expecting at the Stade de France on Sunday, they have recreated it at ...

By Liam Del Carme in Paris

EDITORIAL | Boks v France: what a nerve-racking 80 minutes it will be from ...

The fromage in both countries has mould — and people in France long for some sporting cheer about as much as those in ...

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