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Bath have sought to clarify the circumstances of Gary Gold’s departure as director of rugby by stating his removal followed a disagreement over his role.

Ruan Pienaar will be at the heart of all that South Africa do today

Brian Smith: Boks are so brutal I’ve known players pleading to come off...

Coaches view: Playing the Boks you find yourself up against big blokes who don’t like you

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Stuart Lancaster bows to Springboks’ might with meek selections

England coach makes six changes for South Africa, with no place for Sharples or Care

Francois Louw grateful for English education at Bath

Francois Louw credits his move to Bath with his return to the South Africa team - but he also has England captain Chris Robshaw to thank.

Manu Tuilagi is a contender for one of England’s wing positions

Tuilagi could join Ashton on wing as Lancaster wields axe

Stuart Lancaster has not been afraid to wield the axe since succeeding Martin Johnson as England boss, but he has stopped well short of using a chainsaw. Until last night.

South Africa lock Eben Etzebeth cited

Etzebeth will appear before an International Rugby Board disciplinary hearing on Tuesday

Adriaan Strauss breaks clear to score his second try against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday

Meyer praises Boks' ability to grind out wins

Head coach believes his young side are primed to peak at Twickenham next weekend

Adriaan Strauss of South Africa scored two tries

Match Report: Scotland Cup hopes hit as Boks win ugly

Scotland 10 South Africa 21

Juan de Jongh takes part in the captain’s run at Murrayfield

Juan de Jongh scores victory for the little guy in world of monster midfielders

Scotland know not to underestimate the Springboks' 5ft 9in inside centre today

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England forwards coach Graham Rowntree today demanded England start beating the major South Hemisphere teams, starting with Australia at Twickenham tomorrow.

Jamie Heaslip’s yellow card was the match’s decisive moment

Bowe denies it is panic stations for lacklustre Ireland

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Ireland's Jonny Sexton makes rusty South Africa side sweat

Ireland 12 South Africa 16

Charlie Sharples can show this autumn he has an England future

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