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

President Jacob Zuma said Mr Mandela remains in a serious condition but that over the last two days his doctors have said the improvements in his health have been sustained.

Mandela has made 'sustained improvement', but remains in serious condition says Zuma

There has been sustained improvement in the condition of Nelson Mandela from the recurring lung infection that is forcing him to spend a ninth day in hospital, South Africa's president said today.

Colin Ingram scored 73 from just 63 deliveries for South Africa

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Nelson Mandela arrives for the funeral of his great-granddaughter Zenani

Nelson Mandela 'continuing to improve' in Pretoria hospital

Nelson Mandela's health is continuing to improve but the anti-apartheid hero remains in a serious condition, South Africa's president said today.

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Picture of a frail Nelson Mandela in hospital. South African President Jacob Zuma said he found Nelson Mandela in good shape and in good spirits

Nelson Mandela: Anti-apartheid icon 'responding to treatment' in South African hospital

Former president has been in hospital four times for treatment since December

South African bowler Ryan McLaren celebrates wrapping up Pakistan’s innings with the wicket of Junaid Khan

Champions Trophy cricket: Pakistan 'totally lost' after defeat to South Africa, says Misbah-ul-Haq

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq admitted his side's batsmen were “totally lost” after mis-firing again on the way to a 67-run defeat by South Africa.

South African bowler Ryan McLaren celebrates wrapping up Pakistan’s innings with the wicket of Junaid Khan

Today at the Champions Trophy: West Indies must capitalise on India’s bowling weakness

Both India and the West Indies will be looking to virtually confirm their semi-final spot on Tuesday at The Oval after wins in their opening games, but there is an element of unpredictability to this match. West Indies overcame Pakistan by two wickets in a low-scoring encounter on Friday and can stifle anyone on their day.

More messages left outside Nelson Mandela's home in Houghton, Johannesburg (Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images)

Pray for Nelson Mandela, President Jacob Zuma tells South Africans

Nelson Mandela remains in hospital with a lung infection.

A mural of former South African president Nelson Mandela is seen at Regina Mundi church in Soweto

Nelson Mandela in hospital: South Africa holds its breath once more as co-defendant calls for nation to 'release' its hero

The former president’s co-defendant in trial said there was a possibility he would not be well again

Picture of a frail Nelson Mandela during a previous hospital visit

Nelson Mandela breathing unaided but remains in 'serious, stable' condition in hospital with lung infection

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is breathing unaided but remains in a “serious but stable” condition after being taken to a hospital to be treated for a recurring lung infection.

Tommy Bowe, the Ireland wing, who suffered a broken hand a few minutes into the second half

Lions crisis meeting after Tommy Bowe blow

Irish wing becomes third player forced home with injury after breaking hand in win over Queensland

Picture of a frail Nelson Mandela in hospital on an earlier stay

Nelson Mandela back in hospital with 'serious' lung infection

Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital in a “serious but stable” condition as a result of a lung infection.

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It's yet to happen, but when it does, surely the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take some beating for a strange place to play the most prestigious sporting tournament in the world. Temperatures during the summer reach 50 degrees and the tiny alcohol restricted state will have to find some way to accommodate beer swilling fans from around the world.

Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino adds weight to winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022

There are concerns over the heat during the summer months

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