Sport Richardt Strauss could return to the Ireland squad for the Six Nations following his rapid recovery from heart surgery

Schmidt coached Strauss at Leinster and believes that his return is a bonus for Ireland ahead of the Six Nations campaign

Locks changed on Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela's house as family feud boils over

The latest developments are part of a long-running feud between the two, both of whom have been jostling for position at head of the family

Mourners lining the roadside react as the cortège of former president Nelson Mandela passes through Mthatha on its way to his birthplace, Qunu, where he was to be buried today

Comrade Nelson Mandela is taken home to Qunu for the final time

Politics simmer as body of former president returns to birthplace

Nelson Mandela's coffin arrives in his home village of Qunu ahead of funeral

A ceremonial military escort was cheered by crowds that lined the road as Mandela t-shirts were handed out

ANC says goodbye to Nelson Mandela ahead of state funeral

Madiba's party said farewell in the country's capital

The body of Nelson Mandela is transported to the Union Buildings where it is lying in state for three days

The death of Nelson Mandela: A last chance to offer last respects for Madiba

They came and waited patiently in their thousands for a momentary glimpse of their hero, passing the time with songs and stories about the leader who changed their lives. Andrew Buncombe joined the queue in Pretoria

Women dance in the pews at St Martin-in-the-Fields church

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Little South Africa comes to a church in London

From the courtroom, during that historic speech, you “could hear the police dogs baying outside in the square” where two lines of police were “barring the large crowds singing in support of their heroes”.

Military officers carry the coffin of South African former president Nelson Mandela to the Union Buildings marking the start of a three-day lying in state in Pretoria

Nelson Mandela: World leaders pay respect in Pretoria

The body of Mr Mandela will be lying in state for three days

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron signs the book of condolence at the South African Embassy in central London

MPs to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela in Parliament

The leaders of Britain’s three main political parties will lead tributes on Monday, as normal parliamentary business is suspended

Nelson Mandela on 'deathbed' says daughter Makaziwe Mandela

Mr Mandela, 95, is receiving home-based medical care after being discharged from hospital in September

At least 26 dead in bus crash in South Africa

At least 26 people have died and 11 others are seriously injured in a bus crash in South Africa, 60 miles east of the capital Pretoria.

Richardt Strauss: The Ireland hooker is to undergo heart surgery this week

Heineken Cup final to be held in Italy... if it’s held at all

Italian rugby folk have frequently had cause to bemoan their misfortune – the Azzurri are no strangers to being diddled out of important victories by referees or being betrayed by World Cup fixture planners – so it would be just their luck to host a Heineken Cup final for the first time in a season when no one turns up. Yesterday, the tournament organisers declared that the 2015 showpiece would be played at the 80,000-capacity San Siro in Milan. It may prove a year too late.

Police check the bodies of miners after opening fire on the strikers outside the Nkageng settlement last August

Police in South Africa 'lied about killing 34 miners' during pay strikes

Commission of inquiry finds police falsified and withheld documents and gave fabricated accounts of events in August last year

Nelson Mandela leaves hospital but remains in ‘critical’ condition

Former South African president will continue to receive intensive care at his home in Johannesburg

Nelson Mandela has not left hospital for home despite media reports, says presidency

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has not returned home, and is still in hospital, the country's presidency has told a South African news agency.

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