Former New Zealand No. 8 Kieran Read paused for a moment this week when looking for a word to best describe the South African rugby supporters at Ellis Park.
He settled on “maniacs.”
Current Kiwi flyhalf Richie Mo'unga said the effect of the high altitude at the hulking Johannesburg stadium makes you taste “the blood in your lungs.”
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Richie Mo'unga will start at No. 10 and Beauden Barrett was dropped to the bench as Ian Foster made four changes to New Zealand's starting team on Thursday with his job on the line in the second Rugby Championship test against South Africa.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African prosecutors have charged seven self-employed miners with the rapes of eight women nearly two weeks ago in Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg.
Seven more men are to be charged with the rapes on Thursday, officials said.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — High-profile cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen died Tuesday following a car crash. He was 73.
Cricket South Africa announced Koertzen's death but gave no details of the incident other than to say the renowned umpire died following a car accident.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Duane Vermeulen is back at No. 8 for his first test this year as South Africa made five changes to its starting lineup on Tuesday for its second Rugby Championship game against New Zealand.
BUTHA-BUTHE, Lesotho (AP) — While millions across Europe sweat through a summer of record-breaking heat, others are skiing in Africa.
Don't worry. This isn't another sign of climate change but rather the fascinating anomaly of Lesotho, a tiny mountain kingdom completely surrounded by South Africa.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States sees Africa's 54 nations as “equal partners” in tackling global problems, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in South Africa Monday.
“Our strategy is rooted in the recognition that sub-Saharan Africa is a major geopolitical force — one that has shaped our past, is shaping our present, and will shape our future,” Blinken said at the University of Pretoria in a speech detailing the Biden administration's policies for Africa.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa wing Kurt-Lee Arendse was suspended for four weeks on Monday for his highly dangerous mid-air tackle on New Zealand flyhalf Beauden Barrett in the Rugby Championship opener.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken began his three-nation tour of Africa Sunday by visiting a museum in South Africa commemorating how the country's Black youths helped to end white racist rule.
NEW YORK (AP) — Marcus Eliason, an international journalist whose insightful reporting, sparkling prose and skillful editing graced Associated Press news wires for almost a half-century, has died. He was 75.
MBOMBELA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa ground down an out-of-form New Zealand to win 26-10 in the Rugby Championship opener on Saturday and pile the pressure on the All Blacks with their fifth loss in six games.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Violence against illegal miners in South Africa spread Friday despite calls for restraint from the country's president, following the arrests of more than 80 men, some thought to be miners, over the gang rapes of eight women last week.
KRUGERSDORP, South Africa (AP) — Protesters in the South African city of Krugersdorp beat suspected illegal miners with sticks and set fire to their camps Thursday following the arrests of more than 80 men, some thought to be miners, in connection with the gang rapes of eight women last week.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Southern Hemisphere rugby will be put on show and possibly on trial in the Rugby Championship which begins Saturday with a match between the World Cup-winning Springboks and defending champions New Zealand.
NELSPRUIT, South Africa (AP) — Malcolm Marx will start as South Africa's hooker in place of Bongi Mbonambi and Faf de Klerk has been recalled at scrumhalf for the first of two Rugby Championship home tests against New Zealand.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — More than 80 men suspected of the gang rapes of eight women and the armed robbery of a video production crew in the South African town of Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg, appeared in court on Monday.
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — The new England captain Jos Buttler saw his team lose by a crushing 90 runs to South Africa on Sunday in their Twenty20 international decider to bring a difficult white-ball summer to an end with another low for the hosts.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa says the fight against corruption and work to improve the country’s faltering economy have been endorsed by the ruling African National Congress party in order to improve its declining electoral support.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party begins its key policy conference on Friday beset by internal divisions and the country’s economic woes.
The policy meeting is seen as a preview of the ANC’s December conference where it will elect its leader.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The All Blacks have replaced two assistant coaches in response to their recent home series loss to Ireland and ahead of a trip to South Africa at the start of the Rugby Championship.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — England skittled out South Africa for 83 to win the rain-affected second one-day international by 118 runs on Friday and send their three-match series to a decider.
The start of the match at Old Trafford was delayed for almost four hours, meaning it was reduced to 29 overs per side and England scrambled to post a total of 201 after being put into bat.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The 19th team in the 20-team Rugby World Cup in France next year is set to be determined Saturday on what is expected to be a mud-splattered pitch in a 10,000-seat stadium north of Brisbane.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Methanol was found in the blood of the 21 teenagers who died last month in a bar in South Africa's city of East London, according to a health official.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Champion runner Caster Semenya heads into this year's world championships with virtually no chance to win.
On Wednesday in Eugene, Oregon, the 31-year-old, three-time world champion at 800 meters will run instead in the 5,000-meter race.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The toxic chemical methanol has been identified as a possible cause of the deaths of 21 teenagers at a bar in the South African city of East London last month.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — England test captain Ben Stokes is retiring from one-day internationals because of what he describes as an “unsustainable” cricket schedule, ending a career in the 50-over format that peaked with winning the World Cup in 2019.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has paid tribute to the long-serving deputy secretary-general of his ruling African National Congress party Jessie Duarte, who died Sunday after a long battle with cancer.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain’s Prince Harry will address the U.N. General Assembly at its annual celebration Monday of Nelson Mandela International Day and is expected to speak about the legacy of the South African anti-apartheid leader who spent 27 years in prison and became his country’s first Black leader.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa held off Wales 30-14 in the third test to clinch their series 2-1 and end a run of success for the northern hemisphere on Saturday.
Wales was hoping to match Ireland's historic series win in New Zealand earlier in the day, and England's victory in Australia, but didn't have enough in Cape Town.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Wales coach Wayne Pivac was right when he said his team was “written off” before a pass was thrown or a tackle made in the three-test series in South Africa.
That lasted only about 35 minutes into the first test, when Wales surged into an 18-3 lead and the Springboks realized it wasn't going to be the walkover most — if not all — pundits in South Africa predicted.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A World Boxing Council championship belt belonging to former South African President Nelson Mandela has been stolen from a museum in Soweto, according to police.
The belt was given to Mandela by American boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard during one of his visits to South Africa.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police are patrolling the streets of Johannesburg's Soweto township, following a spate of bar shootings that have rocked the nation.
The country's abundance of guns held illegally is partially to blame for the shootings in which 22 people were killed at three different taverns this past weekend, community activists said.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia is likely to get the competition points from a cancelled three-game limited-overs international series after South Africa withdrew because of a crammed schedule and the launch of its domestic Twenty20 competition.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa made 11 changes to its starting 15 on Tuesday and brought back captain Siya Kolisi and a string of other first-choice players for the series-deciding third test against Wales.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is reeling in shock from a spate of weekend bar shootings in which armed men burst into three taverns and opened fire indiscriminately, killing 21 people in total.
Regional and ethnic rivalries, an organized crime extortion ring, competition between bar owners and political enmities are all possible motivations for the shootings, say analysts.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A mass shooting at a tavern in Johannesburg's Soweto township has killed 15 people and left others in critical condition, according to police.
Police say they are investigating reports that a group of men arrived in a minibus taxi and opened fire on some of the patrons at the bar shortly after midnight Sunday.
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (AP) — Replacement flyhalf Gareth Anscombe kicked a sideline conversion with less than two minutes left to give Wales a 13-12 victory and its first over the Springboks on South African soil on Saturday.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Caster Semenya is listed to compete at next week's world championships in Eugene, Oregon, potentially setting up a surprise return to the big stage for the two-time Olympic champion who is still banned from her favorite race, and still at the heart of one of sport's most contentious issues.
South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber denied it's a gamble and Wales captain Dan Biggar said “there's nothing in it.”
But almost everywhere else, Nienaber's decision to change 19 of his 23 players and rest 14 Rugby World Cup winners for the second test on Saturday with a series still to play for has provoked strong reaction.
EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) — The deaths of 21 teenagers in a nightclub tragedy is a crime and South African officials must increase steps to prevent alcohol from being illegally sold to youths, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Wednesday.
EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to attend the funeral in East London Wednesday for 21 teenagers who died in a mysterious tragedy at a tavern almost two weeks ago.
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa made 14 changes to its starting lineup and selected No. 8 Evan Roos and wing Kurt-Lee Arendse on Tuesday to make their debuts in the second test against Wales.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Wales prop Tomas Francis will miss the rest of the rugby test series in South Africa after he was concussed on Saturday.
Francis took an inadvertent knee to the head within a minute of replacing Dillon Lewis in the first test in Pretoria.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The next African Cup of Nations will again clash with the European season and likely give rise to more club vs. country friction and disgruntlement over the release of players after organizers decided to postpone it until January 2024.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Stand-in kicker Damian Willemse landed a penalty after the final hooter to edge Wales 32-29 in a thrilling first test on Saturday that so nearly brought the Welsh a first win over the Springboks on South African soil.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans are struggling in the dark to cope with increased power cuts that have hit households and businesses across the country.
The rolling power cuts have been experienced for years but this week the country’s state-owned power utility Eskom extended them so that some residents and businesses have gone without power for more than 9 hours a day.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African former track star Oscar Pistorius has met with the father of Reeva Steenkamp, the woman he shot to death in 2013, as part of his parole process, the Steenkamp's family lawyer told The Associated Press on Friday.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Wales will debut flanker Tommy Reffell in the first test against world champion South Africa while George North returned to the lineup on Thursday for the first time since early 2021.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa batsman and limited-overs captain Temba Bavuma was ruled out of next month's tour to England on Wednesday with a left elbow injury.
Bavuma will miss the three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 games against England, two T20s against Ireland, and the three-test series against England.