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# South Africa

Last month
May 2023
# South Africa
US accuses South Africa of providing weapons to Russia
South Africa which denies the allegation, has refused to condemn the invasion of Ukraine.
# Watery
Ireland's automatic World Cup hopes dashed as ODI match abandoned due to rain
Ireland must settle for a place in a qualifying competition as South Africa grab the final automatic spot.
# Rugby World Cup
De Klerk says Springboks motivated to 'prove world wrong'
De Klerk is now playing for Yokohama Canon Eagles after leaving England’s Sale Sharks last year
# Ready to go
Clean bill of health for Connacht as they prepare for URC semi-final in South Africa
All 23 players who saw off Ulster in the quarter-finals in Belfast at the weekend have come through unscathed.
This year
# Talent
Prendergast among U20 stars included in Leinster 30-man squad for SA
Four of the young Grand Slam winners have been named in Leo Cullen’s squad.
# snake on a plane
South African pilot makes emergency landing after finding cobra under seat
The Pilot made a hasty emergency landing after discovering a highly venomous cobra hiding under his seat.
# rugby royalty
Irish rugby's new rivalry with 'the big boys' of South Africa is spicing up
Irish teams are facing intense challenges from South African sides at club and Test levels.
# Reeva Steenkamp
Oscar Pistorius denied early release for the murder of his girlfriend following parole hearing
The former Olympic runner will be able to bid for freedom again in August 2024, South African authorities have said.
# Reeva Steenkamp
Oscar Pistorius denied early release for the murder of his girlfriend following parole hearing
The former Olympic runner will be able to bid for freedom again in August 2024, South African authorities have said.
# Dobbo
'They had a choice. Every one of them said, 'No, we want to come to Leinster''
Stormers head coach John Dobson is one of the most interesting characters in the game.
# adventure
'My entire world has changed through my move to Munster'
Second row Jean Kleyn is enjoying the new attacking approach in the province this season.
# Explosion
Death toll from South Africa gas truck explosion rises to 34
Toll includes 10 health workers at a nearby hospital that was damaged in the blast.
Last year
# State Papers
FW de Klerk told Haughey that lifting fruit & veg ban would help 'mainly Black' South Africans
De Klerk sought to pressure the then Taoiseach during a 1991 visit to Dublin.
# Explosion
Death toll in South Africa tanker explosion rises to 15 as over 320 injured
A ‘fire bomb’ from the explosion substantially damaged Tambo Memorial Hospital, about 110 yards away, authorities said.
# New Era
World Cup winner White warns 'naive' South Africans ahead of Champions Cup debut
White’s Bulls team face Lyon and Exeter this month.
# Johannesburg
At least nine dead after flash flood in South Africa
Those killed were all part of a congregation conducting religious rituals along the Jukskei river in Johannesburg, officials said.
# RWC23
RWC clash with Ireland, world-class Felix, and 'a few pints with Cro'
Springboks out-half Handré Pollard says next year’s clash is massive.
# Under Pressure
South Africa loss sealed worst ever week for English rugby – Sir Clive Woodward
England have won just one of their autumn Tests.
# Reaction
Eddie Jones defends credentials as England head coach after South Africa loss
England’s sixth defeat from 12 Tests in 2022 made it their worst calendar year since 2008.
# Time For Peace
'Not good for rugby' - South Africa skipper calls for resolution in Rassie Erasmus stand off
South Africa’s director of rugby has been given a two-game ban over a series of critical tweets about officials.
# Ban
Public 'don’t know all the facts' about Rassie Erasmus' ban - Jacques Nienaber
South Africa head coach says people would ‘probably form a different opinion’ if they were fully informed.
# winning ways
Springboks rebound from Ireland and France defeats with win over Italy
The Italians were excellent in the first half but couldn’t stay with the Boks after the break.
# Les Bleus
'Too early' to call France as Rugby World Cup favourites after 12th straight victory
Les Bleus, the World Cup hosts, edged the Springboks 30-26 last night.
# Pairc Life
Munster's Alex Kendellen eager to show what he can do at a GAA cathedral
The 21-year-old once dreamed of playing at Páirc Uí Chaoimh for Cork before focusing his attention on a different code.
# mauled
Immense performance from POC's Irish forwards at heart of win over Boks
The maul was the key battleground in an absorbing Test in Dublin.
# Next Job
Farrell takes pride in Irish win over Boks but World Cup is 'miles off'
Some of Ireland’s key men had been short of game time but delivered impressively.
# job
'We thought he wasn't fazed, but he told us he was sh**ting it'
Ireland captain Johnny Sexton was delighted with the guts his team showed against South Africa.
# On top
Farrell's Ireland down the world champion Boks on a magic night in Dublin
Second-half tries from Josh van der Flier and Mack Hansen were crucial in a brilliant win for Ireland.
Ireland versus South Africa, Autumn Nations Series
Ireland take on South Africa in the Aviva Stadium this afternoon.
# Showdown
Brutal Boks pack and the Bomb Squad mean Ireland have to go up another level
Andy Farrell’s side will face a different challenge today to the one in New Zealand last summer.
# Leaders
'Sexton plays with his heart on his sleeve. He drives the team' - Kolisi
The Springboks skipper was full of praise for Ireland ahead of tomorrow’s big showdown.
# Concern
McCloskey standing by with Henshaw emerging as a doubt for Ireland
The Ulster man could get a chance as Ireland worry over an injury issue for Henshaw.
# boks office
'This is called living properly; there is no better time to be an Irish rugby player'
Some might view a double date with South Africa and New Zealand as hell week but Irish coach Andy Farrell is relishing the challenge.
# insight
The South African view on Ireland's big test against the Springboks
SuperSport analyst Hanyani Shimange joined the lads on The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.
# luckless
Munster not expecting RG Snyman to return to action until next year
Rassie Erasmus last week wondered aloud whether Snyman would be fit for next year’s World Cup.
# Skipper
'I almost have to separate the opposition and the ref' - Sexton on captaincy
The 37-year-old will lead Ireland against South Africa this weekend in Dublin.
# XV
Kolbe starts at full-back as Springboks name team to face Ireland
The brilliant winger will wear 15 for the first time, while Damian Willemse starts at out-half.
# My Little Flower
'Joe said, 'Put that bottle of Buckfast down, you're coming into Ireland camp!''
Matt Healy has opened a coffee shop after retiring as Connacht’s all-time top try-scorer.
# Next Level
'If you want to stay with the big boys, you've got to play with the big boys'
IRFU performance director David Nucifora said friction is simply part of the Irish rugby system.
# emphatic
England storm in to Rugby World Cup quarter-finals after 75-0 win over South Africa
England will face Australia in the last eight of the tournament after topping their pool.