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.

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 17 April 2015
Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...