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Jason Leonard still hopeful South Africa will admit British & Irish Lions fans

Chairman says situation remains ‘fluid’ amid Covid-19‘Everyone involved would love fans in the stadium’The British & Irish Lions chairman, Jason Leonard, says he still hopes some northern hemisphere-based fans will be able to follow this summer’s s…

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Former South Africa defender Anele Ngcongca dies in car accident

News of 33-year-old footballer confirmed by club AmaZuluNgcongca was a member of squad at the 2010 World CupFormer South Africa international defender Anele Ngcongca has died in a car accident on Monday. The news was confirmed by his Premier Soccer Lea…

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How Black Lives Matter exposed old wounds in South African cricket

When Lungi Ngidi said the national team should address racism it led to a backlash from white former players but ensured major change was coming, as this extract from a new book explainsSouth Africa was as surprised as the rest of the world at the popu…

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South African sport under scrutiny over handling of child sexual abuse claims

Police launch inquiry over response to swimmers’ allegations Head of Olympics committee says safeguarding ‘critical’A South African child protection agency has launched legal action to force swimming executives in the country to hand over to state auth…

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South African sport under scrutiny over handling of child sexual abuse claims

Police launch inquiry over response to swimmers’ allegations Head of Olympics committee says safeguarding ‘critical’A South African child protection agency has launched legal action to force swimming executives in the country to hand over to state auth…

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Jobs for the boys attitude highights English cricket’s failings on race | Barney Ronay

Those who went on rebel tours to South Africa were welcomed back into the fold in stark contrast to the treatment of their West Indies counterparts who took the Blood RandDoes English cricket have a problem with race? This has become an urgent question…

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The Spin | Drought in southern Africa means cricket must look hard in the mirror

‘I’m being sacrilegious but we need to look at artificial surfaces,’ says the Wanderers groundsman, Evan Flint, amid climate crisisEvan Flint has his feet up, at last. It is day four of the final Test between England and South Africa and, as chief grou…

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Cricket still in the dark 20 years after Hansie Cronje’s declaration | Andy Bull

ICC has stepped up the fight but the proliferation of franchise cricket has made the job of stopping corruption even harderIt was, almost everyone agreed, a deft and handsome bit of cricket. Twenty years ago this week, on the fifth day of a dead Test s…

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‘We are a special country’: South Africa hopes World Cup win can bring unity

Desmond Tutu: victory can boost ‘self-doubting nation’President Cyril Ramaphosa says win is ‘historic moment’South Africans continued to celebrate their Rugby World Cup triumph on Sunday, with many in the sometimes fractious and troubled nation echoing…

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‘It makes me hopeful for my country’: Springbok rugby fans celebrate

World victory in game that once symbolised apartheid brings unity to South African streetsThe crowd swelled as the game went on. From scores to hundreds to a thousand or more, young and old, men and women, all gathered in front of the big screen in the…

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South Africa’s epic World Cup final victory over England – in pictures

Our photographer Tom Jenkins captured all the drama from the touchline as an unstoppable and skilful South Africa won the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama.Additional photography by Reuters Continue reading…

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Rugby World Cup: South Africa crowned champions as England fall short – video highlights

South Africa have won the Rugby World Cup in a stunning 32-12 victory over Eddie Jones’s England. The Springboks are champions for a third time after Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe added tries to Handré Pollard’s 22 kicked points. A strong performa…

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South Africans pin hopes on rugby win to lift gloom of troubled country

Many dream of the Springboks repeating success of 1995 World Cup to give nation a morale boostThe beers are on ice, the traditional spiced sausages bought, the barbecue coals stacked, and government advisories on the rules of the game circulated on soc…

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Chester Williams obituary

South African wing who was part of the Springbok team that won the Rugby World Club in 1995In 1994, one year after he had won his first cap for South Africa and become only the third non-white person to play rugby for the Springboks, Chester Williams, …

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Chester Williams obituary

South African wing who was part of the Springbok team that won the Rugby World Club in 1995In 1994, one year after he had won his first cap for South Africa and become only the third non-white person to play rugby for the Springboks, Chester Williams, …

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Wallabies shaken after front-rower Taniela Tupou mugged in South Africa

Teammates make ‘Tongan Thor’ back away from getaway car after phone robbery left player with minor cuts Taking on a 135kg Wallabies front-rower nicknamed the “Tongan Thor” on the street might seem like one of the worst ideas in the history of bad ideas…

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Ivory Coast off to winning start as Jonathan Kodjia sinks South Africa

• Ivory Coast 1-0 South Africa (Kodjia 65)• Aston Villa forward grabs winner in CairoThe Aston Villa forward Jonathan Kodjia scored the only goal of the game to give Ivory Coast a hard-fought 1-0 victory over South Africa in their Africa Cup of Nations…

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Ivory Coast v South Africa: Africa Cup of Nations 2019 – live!

Minute-by-minute updates on the action in Cairo‘Mandela brought pressure’: South Africa’s Afcon triumphAny thoughts? You can email John | tweet @johnbrewin_ 3.01pm BST South Africa in the Afcon will always bring back fond memories of 1996. Related: ‘M…

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‘Mandela brought extra pressure’: the story of South Africa’s Afcon triumph

Bafana Bafana had a president to please and rugby side to follow as 1996 Cup of Nations hosts, as this book extract tellsFor Clive Barker victory over Cameroon in South Africa’s opening game of the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations was a huge relief. Ever sin…

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‘Mandela brought extra pressure’: the story of South Africa’s Afcon triumph

Bafana Bafana had a president to please and rugby side to follow as 1996 Cup of Nations hosts, as this book extract tellsFor Clive Barker victory over Cameroon in South Africa’s opening game of the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations was a huge relief. Ever sin…