South Africa and Ireland are poised to become the next greatest rivalry in rugby, heightened by opposing tactics and increasing tussles in Test and club competition.
Munster captain Peter O’Mahony is among the Ireland internationals returning to strengthen the defending champions for the clash with the DHL Stormers on Saturday.
On 5 November 2016, Ireland beat New Zealand for the first time, with their victory in Chicago also snapping the All Blacks’ record run of 18 straight wins.
Rassie Erasmus quitting the Springboks for a job with Ireland looks all the more unlikely after the appointment of David Humphreys as the IRFU’s new performance director.
Keith Earls was hailed by Ireland head coach Andy Farrell as “a true legend” after he confirmed on Tuesday he is retiring from all rugby.
The Springboks are back up to number one in World Rugby’s Test rankings for the first time in 15 months after they broke France’s hearts at the World Cup.
New Zealand’s dramatic World Cup quarter-final win over Ireland was founded on four years of “adversity and hurt”, former All Blacks said.
A tearful Johnny Sexton appeared at the post-match press conference after his dreams of a fairytale ending were dashed by the All Blacks in an absorbing quarter-final contest on Saturday.
Ian Foster said New Zealand’s World Cup quarter-final triumph against an Ireland team that had been heavily tipped to win, was one of his “sweetest victories”.
New Zealand inflicted more World Cup heartbreak on Ireland on Saturday, beating the top-ranked team to bring a disappointing end to Irish captain Johnny Sexton’s career.