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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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Happy Sindane murder: Man who claimed he was kept as white child slave in black township in South Africa is found 'stoned to death'

The 28-year-old had made international headlines in 2003, when he claimed to have been abducted from white parents and kept as a slave in a black township near Pretoria

Nelson Mandela is 'responding to treatment' after returning to hospital with lung infection

Nelson Mandela breathing without difficulty

The former president had fluid drained from his lungs, enabling him to breathe more easily

Five people killed in South African military helicopter crash

The South African military says five air force members have died in the crash of a helicopter that was patrolling as part of an anti-rhino poaching operation.

Appeal over Oscar Pistorius bail conditions may lead to athlete competing abroad ahead of trial

Lawyers for Oscar Pistorius are appealing against some of the Olympic athlete's bail restrictions in a court in the South African capital today.

Carl Pistorius, right, and Henke Pistorius, the brother and father of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius' brother Carl pleads not guilty in female motorcyclist road death trial

Carl Pistorius, the sharp suited brother of Paralympian double-amputee Oscar Pistorius, pleaded not guilty to a charge of culpable homicide for the death of a female motorcyclist in a 2008 road collision.

Jamie Hagan: Prop has been called a ‘future Test player’ by London Irish’s Brian Smith

Promising Jamie Hagan to join the Exiles

London Irish, under a significant  degree of pressure in the transfer market, made a striking signing of their own yesterday by adding the Irish prop Jamie Hagan to their front-row roster for next season. Brian Smith, the Exiles’ rugby director, described Hagan as “a future Test player” and said he would add some much-needed steel to a pack too often exposed as brittle this season.

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Luke Donald fails to ride storm as he sets dismal record

Luke Donald missed the first halfway cut of his professional career in a regular European Tour event after adding a 73 to his opening 74 at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.

Alastair Cook denies England have mismanaged Kevin Pietersen’s injury

Captain says Pietersen was able to play despite pain and was regularly assessed

New Zealand v England: Alastair Cook ready for one-match Test series

The second Test was drawn after being hit by rain

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From Las Vegas to Luxor, they toast Ireland's patron saint with a wash of coloured light and a certain black stout. Sláinte! says Paul Bignell

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'I saw him. He was being beaten – too much. You could see it in his face' - the family of Siboniso Shabalala speak out

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Six Nations: Tom Woods urges England not to be spooked by Millennium Stadium 'sideshow'

England take on Wales this weekend in a title decider

Brad Barritt

Six Nations 2013: Resilience will give England edge over Wales says Brad Barritt

The sides meet in Cardiff on Saturday in title showdown

Cyber culture: The message after the beep is: your time is up, answerphones

Cutting edge technology is replacing outmoded ways of recording a message, like voicemail and the carrier-pigeon

A still from the amateur video footage of the incident

Dead taxi driver who was dragged behind South African police van 'was facing homicide charge'

The Mozambican taxi driver who died after being dragged behind a police van was facing culpable homicide charges himself, a South African court heard today.

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