Sport Gary Gold claimed he left Bath this week on good terms

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

Stuart Lancaster: The England coach will make changes for Saturday’s clash with Australia

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

Graham Rowntree

Graham Rowntree: England must start beating the major South Hemisphere teams

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

Tommy Bowe insists that despite statistics pointing towards Ireland's worst losing sequence for 14 years, his team are refusing to panic. The injury-ravaged Irish were outfought 16-12 by South Africa in their Guinness Series opener, a result that raises the stakes yet higher for their critical showdown with Argentina in two weeks.

Spring-block: Ireland’s Donnacha Ryan challenges Williem Alberts

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

Brian Smith: Stuart Lancaster will be looking to find more proven performers for England

Coach's view: England coach will want to emerge with a clear idea of who he can trust to deliver

Jean de Villiers will line up for the Springboks this evening

Time for Irish youngsters to step up, says Jonathan Sexton

Jonathan Sexton has urged new-look Ireland to seize the chance to establish the next golden generation of international stars.

Chris Robshaw, the England captain, shows the media his shiner yesterday

Lancaster forced to rethink his battle-plan as Hartley and Lawes are ruled out

Stuart Lancaster may be a master of system and process, but there is not a system or process in the whole wide world of sport that can prevent a virulent outbreak of old-fashioned orthopaedic trauma. The England head coach acknowledged yesterday that the injury fallout from the last round of Premiership fixtures was every bit as serious as he feared at the time – and that it has cost him the services of Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and, almost certainly, Jonathan Joseph for the opening autumn international against Fiji on Saturday week.

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