South African rugby captain John Smit has told CNN that he believes his side are not a dirty team, and there has been too much "whining" following last Saturday's controversial 28-25 second Test victory in Pretoria -- a result that secured the Test series ahead of this weekend's final match in Johannesburg.
Bayonne second row Mikaera Tewhata, who has offered his apologies to Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll after injuring him with a punch during a Cup warm-up match, has been temporarily suspended by the French federation (FFR)
Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan has called up Ulster's Stephen Ferris for the first time and named three other uncapped players in a 32-man squad to face South Africa, Australia and the Pacific Islands.
The British and Irish Lions were beaten for the first time by a New Zealand Maori team on Saturday with coach Clive Woodward conceding it was a 'make or break defeat' for the tourists in Hamilton on Saturday.
Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll has come through a tough training session with no ill effects on his damaged hamstring and has been pronounced fit to start their Six Nations clash with England on Sunday.