Bentley try puts Lions in fast lane

Rugby Union Gauteng 14 British Isles 20

Quinnell's tour exit disturbs the Lions

Rugby Union

Lions accept Gibbs' historic suspension

It was the sort of punch that occurs a dozen times in any game of rugby league, but Scott Gibbs is not playing league any more. Yesterday, the Welsh centre became the first Lion ever to be suspended after being found guilty of thumping Grant Esterhuizen, the Northern Transvaal back, during Saturday's contest at Pretoria's Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

Rowell critical as England are out-kicked

Rugby Union

Rugby Union: Brooke drives Auckland through

Auckland continued their impressive defence of the Super 12 title with a storming 45-28 win over Otago in Dunedin yesterday.

Fireproof Winnie scorches back

It seemed set to be a humiliating week. First she was ridiculed for selling dirt from the garden of her old Soweto home to tourists. Then she was found trying to flog a warts-and-all account of her life with President Mandela for pounds 500,000. But Winnie Mandela, fallen heroine of the anti-apartheid struggle, has bounced back.

Rugby Union: Pontypridd fall away

Round-up

Zulu boy heads back to Britain

A 12-year-old Zulu boy at the centre of a tug-of-love battle between his parents and the white family which raised him was last night heading back to Britain.

Blood and guts in Johannesburg

Woza Shakespeare! by Antony Sher and Gregory Doran, Methuen, pounds 16. 99

Fearful Thugwane pulls out

Athletics

Pretoria to put troops into 'crime jungle'

Murder capital: War veterans head Johannesburg clean-up

Defiant Zulus prepare to march

The stage is set for a potentially bloody confrontation today between police and thousands of mostly Zulu supporters of the Inkatha Freedom Party who will descend on Johannesburg this morning to commemorate the 1994 Shell House killings.

SOWETO SWINGS

The clubs in Johannesburg's notorious black township are wild and wonde rful

Piggott is poised to return

Lester Piggott may make a one-off return to race-riding as captain of an international team of jockeys taking part in a celebrity race at Gosforth racecourse in Johannesburg on 17 February. If any of the provisional squad of Cash Asmussen, Willie Carson, Lanfranco Dettori, Pat Eddery and Michael Kinane fails to make the trip, Piggott will ride.

Letter: South Africa's time to forgive

Sir: The campaign against John Lloyd, the Labour Party candidate for Exeter, is ill-founded and vindictive (" 'Terrorism' returns to haunt candidate", 27 October).
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