The springbok emblem was introduced under white rule in South Africa and by retaining it, it remains a burden for many South Africans who followed the Rugby World Cup.
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One of the most pressurised roles in the pressure cooker that is the Rugby World Cup is the referee. Threatening fans are causing them to quit the game at all levels.
Many South Africans hold onto the hope that a win in the World Cup translates into another defining moment for the country.
Josh Adams of Wales scores one of four tries during the Rugby World Cup match between Wales and Fiji on Wednesday. They earned Wales a bonus point.
The Rugby World Cup an tell us a lot about banking.
Game face, on.
Taking on the All Blacks is a daunting task – but there is hope for the visitors.
South African fans got into the World Cup spirit in more ways than one.
More male babies were born in South Africa nine months after the country hosted the 2010 World Cup. There's science behind it.
New Zealand could be about to make world cup history.
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It's all about the Antipodes in the Halloween final.
Northern nations may dominate in the numbers of teams in the Rugby World Cup but Southern teams tend to dominate in the play, such as Australia’s win over England to throw the host nation out of the competition.
Teams from which half of the planet tend to dominate when it comes to winning games in the Rugby World Cup?
Close, but no cigar.
Did you know Scotland were going to lose, or was it just hindsight bias?
Cardiff bound? Wayne Barnes could be bothering the All Blacks again.
Controversial refereeing decisions dogged the later stages of the last couple of World Cups. Little wonder that teams are doing their homework on officials like never before.
Some fans take their sport very seriously such as this Hawthorn supporter during the 2013 AFL Grand Final. But what if you don’t have a team in the finals?
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Which team you support in sport can depend on many things. But who should you barrack for in this packed weekend of sport if none of your favoured teams are in any of the games?
Even if England lose on the pitch, they'll be winners off it – hosting history at such little expense is a win-win.
Pushing for an advantage in a scrum in the Australia v Fiji game at the Rugby World Cup.
Rugby is often seen as the clash of the giants and this year's Rugby World Cup includes some mighty players. But there's more to winning a game than just brute force.
Karne Hesketh, a product of New Zealand rugby, scores the winning try for Japan against South Africa.
Many nations contesting the Rugby World Cup are fielding 'ring-ins' from other countries. The rules allowing this reflect the difficulty of balancing national team integrity and development.
A Springbok fan cheers before the Rugby World Cup quarter-final match between South Africa and Australia at the Wellington Regional Stadium in 2011.
When South Africa won the Rugby World Cup in 1995 the country felt invincible and united. Twenty years later it is going through a tumultuous time which is even affecting its attitude to the Springboks.
New Zealand All Black’s perform the haka.
The history and culture of rugby's most famous tradition.
New way of engaging in a scrum will be used at the World Cup this weekend.
All because we like kicking balls between two sticks.
Today's digital morass has made sports rights infinitely more complicated than when Europe's premier football event kicked off in 1993.
Celebrating the £1 billion transfer season?
Rugby players are starting to glance enviously at the other football’s English Premier League, which is heading for its first £1 billion transfer season with prices for top players rising towards £100m…
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and coach Graham Henry celebrate their Rugby World Cup victory.
Few would begrudge New Zealanders revelling in their rugby World Cup success. After two major disasters in the form of the Christchurch earthquake and the Greymouth coal mine explosion, some morale-raising…