Chance for quickie to stake his Test claim as Strauss insists they will hit the ground running
The death of Magnus Malan marks the passing of one of the most powerful and notorious leaders of the apartheid era. To his enemies, he was a figure of fear and hatred – one of the monsters of an evil system; to his colleagues and subordinates he was a figure of awe – the general who reorganised the military and then reorganised the country along military lines.
Well, at least the weather was authentically British.
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A 15kg walking artichoke? A metre-long ant-eating pine cone? Even though the pangolin is fairly widespread in savannah woodland right across sub-Saharan Africa, it's hard to describe in animal terms. For a start, this bizarre mammal is the only warm-blooded creature on the planet that is completely covered in scales.
As the Namibian enforcer takes on top-of-the-table Northampton, he speaks to Chris Hewett about how he came to Saracens and why he intends to till 14,000 acres back home when he retires
In 1904, in what was then German South-West Africa, now Namibia, the Herero and Nama peoples rebelled against colonial control. The two risings were neither coordinated nor very shrewdly planned. Like rebels throughout Africa and Asia, the insurgents were almost inevitably doomed to failure: outgunned and outnumbered.
In 1815, the British government had a dangerous prisoner on its hands. Napoleon Bonaparte had just been defeated at Waterloo, but he had been defeated before – and exiled to the island of Elba, 12 miles off the coast of Tuscany, but had come storming back.
No escaping the cruel truth
As a remake of The Prisoner begins on ITV1, James Rampton examines other reinventions and distinguishes the durable from the dated
The incredible wildernesses of this vast south-west African country offer wildlife watching, adventure sports, ancient art and plenty more
While her husband gets a battering in the opinion polls, to many it appears that his wife, Sarah, can do no wrong. With more than a million followers on Twitter, and a raft of celebrity admirers, the vivacious former PR professional has made an art out of compensating for what her husband lacks in charisma. Still, even her charms proved futile when it came to cracking the tough nut that is Ken Loach.
Twelve years after defeat in the last Lions tour, the Boks are hungry for revenge. In Pretoria, John Smit tells Chris Hewett why he predicts a rout (O'Driscoll & Co, you have been warned)
Tourists' first game takes second billing to Super 14 final in nearby Pretoria
Forego the comforts of hotel and 4x4, and take a walk on Africa's wild side, says Mike Unwin
Whether it's from a geodesic dome in the desert or a Himalayan spa retreat, the view will be stellar.