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

De Villiers reveals comment regret

South Africa coach Peter de Villiers has been having sleepless nights as the events that followed the series-clinching second Test win over the British and Irish Lions take their toll.

All change – but ill-will lingers on

Vickery and Flutey make team for final Test as Lions and Boks make 18 switches

'I'm no thug' insists Burger

South Africa forward Schalk Burger has reacted to his eight-week suspension by insisting: "I am not a rugby thug."

Springbok Botha loses ban appeal

South Africa lock Bakkies Botha has lost his appeal against a two-week ban.

O'Connell insists on no let-up from Lions

Leaving aside the continuing argument over the Schalk Burger gouging affair – Graham Rowntree, the British and Irish Lions scrum technician, could be heard tearing into both the South African flanker and his head coach, Peter de Villiers, for their roles in the controversy – and a pathetic little difference of opinion over whether or not the tourists have congratulated the home side on securing a series victory in Pretoria last weekend, there is the small matter of a Test match at Ellis Park to consider. Thankfully, the Lions captain Paul O'Connell started considering it yesterday.

Rowntree backs O'Driscoll's de Villiers comments

British and Irish Lions assistant coach Graham Rowntree has backed Brian O'Driscoll's condemnation of comments made by South Africa boss Peter de Villiers that he appeared to condone eye gouging.

Phillips desperate to avoid Lions whitewash

Mike Phillips is convinced the British and Irish Lions can end their South Africa tour in winning fashion at Ellis Park on Saturday.

O'Driscoll rounds on De Villiers

Ireland captain departs tour with attack on Bok coach's 'mind-boggling' views

Peter Bills: Lions must find a way to recover

How to avoid the mother of all hidings will increasingly occupy the British & Irish Lions thinking this week.

De Villiers defends Burger 'gouging'

South Africa coach Peter de Villiers has defended flanker Schalk Burger following his eight-week ban.



Lions livid at brutality of Boks

Boks Burger and Botha banned while tourists lose Jenkins and Jones to injury

James Lawton: Authorities must blow away stench of Burger

The posturing of Bakkies Botha was also a travesty of sportsmanship

Dickinson replays his straight-to-video role

Australian Television Match Official has made a contentious call before

'Geech' can take solace as fans save Lions from extinction

Ian McGeechan, the Lions' head coach and the quintessential tourist, was dignified if shatteringly disappointed at the loss of the Test series in Pretoria yesterday. At least "Geech" can rest assured that the brand which has been the backdrop to his rugby life will carry on.

Lions lament loss of brutal Test match

A stunning final minute penalty goal by Morne Steyn nailed the Lions and sealed the Test series in Pretoria.

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