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

Lions must come out fighting says Edwards

The British and Irish Lions are being warned they must tame South Africa early in tomorrow's second Test in Pretoria if they are to have any chance of fighting back in the series.

Selectors rely on luck of Irish to keep series alive

Only two English players left in side for second Test as McGeechan rings the changes

Tackle ban rules Hines out of Test

Lions forward suspended as McGeechan looks to pick tougher team this Saturday

Defence must tighten up says Habana

Bryan Habana is hoping that South Africa will rectify the defensive errors made in the first Test against the British and Irish Lions when they take on the tourists in a potential series-decider in Pretoria this week.

Burger returns for South Africa

Schalk Burger returns to the starting line-up for South Africa when they take on the British and Irish Lions in the second Test match in Pretoria on Saturday.

Rowntree promises to shuffle pack

Lions' scrum coach admits set-piece issues cost tourists points in first Test defeat

James Lawton: O'Driscoll's explosive Celtic chemistry with Roberts offers hope

The Lions have shown the pace and fluency to seriously embarrass the Boks

Geech seeks answer for Vickery's punishment

Ian McGeechan and the rest of the British and Irish Lions management will seek urgent clarification from the refereeing authorities ahead of next weekend's second Test against South Africa in Pretoria after seeing their front row – particularly the tight-head prop Phil Vickery – penalised into oblivion here yesterday.

Brazil and Italy recover to snatch opening wins

Brazil had to rely on a 90th-minute Kaka penalty to overcome Egypt and claim a barely deserved win to start their Confederations Cup defence in Bloemfontein. The South Americans looked to be on their way to an easy win in Group B after first-half goals from Kaka, Luis Fabiano and Juan opened up a 3-1 lead at the break. But two goals in as many minutes soon after the restart, from Mohamed Shawky and first-half scorer Mohamed Zidan, had Egypt dreaming of a memorable win.

De Villiers relies on Bulls

Peter de Villiers, the Springbok coach, last night named a 28-strong party for the forthcoming three-Test series against the Lions. There was a predictably large, but still unnerving, representation from the Pretoria-based Bulls, whose Super 14 victory at Loftus Versfeld last weekend bordered on the breathtaking. Ten of that side have made the cut, along with a similar number from the Durban-based Sharks, including the captain, John Smit.

Tourists receive Royal dressing-down

Chaka Willemse, coach of the unheralded Royal XV side who went within an ace of beating the British and Irish Lions in Rustenburg, was perfectly polite about the tourists in his after-match reflections.

Lions open as support act to Bulls

Tourists' first game takes second billing to Super 14 final in nearby Pretoria

Peter Bills: Lions tour refs are second rate

It's the dream scenario.

O'Connell shoulders weight of history

Lions captain and his Springbok counterpart know that immortality or ignominy awaits
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