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

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We need extraordinary measures to reverse the trends we are seeing in the health profile of our people. We know that the situation is serious. We have seen the statistics. We know that the average life expectancy of South Africans has been falling, and that South Africans are dying at a young age. We have seen the child-headed and granny-headed households, and have witnessed the pain and displacement of orphans and vulnerable children.

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Tackling the issues

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Increasingly concerned by the ever rising number of injuries affecting top-flight professional players – of the 32-man England squad selected by Martin Johnson in July, only 20 were still standing this time last week – Twickenham officials are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the International Rugby Board's latest medical conference, which begins in nine days' time. In particular, they want to see whether the experts can come up with workable methods of depowering the tackle and making life just a little safer at the ruck.

Semenya: The mystery grows

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England are through to the finals in South Africa, but the biggest challenge fans will face is getting there

O'Connell drinks in the Lions' salvation

South Africa 9 British & Irish Lions 28

De Villiers' Boks are as clueless as their coach

After an undignified week the world champions descended into disarray

Lions thump Springboks to avoid series whitewash

South Africa 9 British and Irish Lions 28

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Lions hooker Matthew Rees had the game of his life in the last Test. He tells Chris Hewett about eye-gouging, those uncontested scrums and why victory today will ease the pain from Pretoria

Eddie Jones: Boks have peaked – the only way is down

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