Mandela and the power of sporting victory

The rugby captain whose handshake with Nelson Mandela came to define the progress of post-apartheid South Africa pays tribute to his idol.

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Pienaar: 'I would run through walls' for Mandela

Former South African rugby captain Francois Pienaar recalled the moment he met Nelson Mandela before the team won the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Pienaar said he was shocked to see Mandela wearing the Springboks jersey, adding, "He turned around and my number was on his back.

"That was me. I would run through walls [for Mandela], I would play until I can't play."

Watch : South African rugby's video tribute to Mandela


Prince William to watch Welsh Rugby Union match

The Duke of Cambridge has arrived at the Millennium Stadium to watch Wales play South Africa for the Prince William Cup.

William, vice patron of the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), arrived at Cardiff Heliport this afternoon ahead of the hotly anticipated 5.30pm match.

The Duke of Cambridge talks to David Pickering (left) chairman of the WRU and Roger Lewis (centre) chief executive WRU. Credit: Dimitris Legakis/Sunday Telegraph/PA Wire

In a statement before the match, William - who will present the Prince William Cup following the match - described the Welsh side as "special".

The Duke of Cambridge meets injured rugby players during a visit to the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Credit: Dimitris Legakis/Sunday Telegraph/PA Wire

"It has been an amazing year for Welsh rugby with our triumph at the Six Nations and the Welsh contribution to the British and Irish Lions' historic success in Australia."

William added that he was glad the WRU was taking the time to honour veterans with poppies and a minute's silence, ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

Follow the latest rugby news at ITV Wales.

Rugby 'hero' Steve Prescott dies after cancer battle

Former St Helens, Hull and Wakefield full-back Steve Prescott has died from stomach cancer aged 39, the Rugby Football League announced today.

A minute's silence was held at Saturday's afternoon's England and Fiji World Cup match and another tribute will take place at Ireland's match against Australia this evening.

Prescott represented both nations - in Hull and Limerick.

Steve Prescott dies after battle with cancer. Credit: PA

RFL chief executive Nigel Wood said: "It is with deep sadness that we have learned of the death of Steve Prescott. Our thoughts are with his family at this terribly sad time.

"The word 'hero' is over-used in sport but Steve was just that: a role model for every young rugby league player during his distinguished playing career and an absolute inspiration to all of us off the field".

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Rugby brothers set play for England at same time

Sam (l) and Joel Tomkins Credit: Press Association

Brothers Sam and Joel Tomkins are set to represent England simultaneously in both rugby league and union this afternoon.

Sam will turn out for his national rugby league side in the World Cup match against Ireland in Huddersfield, while his older brother Joel makes his rugby union international debut against Australia at Twickenham.

Both games kick off at 1430.

Read: Parents tackle dilemma as rugby brothers play for England at same time

Rugby star Jonny Wilkinson marries in France

Jonny Wilkinson and Shelley Jenkins pictured in 2011 Credit: Dylan Martinez/PA Wire

England rugby star Jonny Wilkinson has married his long-term girlfriend in a low-key ceremony in the south of France

The 34-year-old sportsman and Shelley Jenkins, 31, tied the knot in an intimate wedding in the town of Bandol yesterday.

The couple who have been together for eight years have been based in France since Wilkinson joined Toulon in 2009.

Mayor Christian Palix officiated the ceremony and said: "I told him that the town of Bandol was very honoured to marry him and I myself was very honoured to perform this marriage."

Cameron: Lions star' bunny ears prank 'just a bit of fun'

David Cameron has responded to the apology by British and Irish Lions player Manu Tuilagi after making bunny ears behind the Prime Minister's head at a Number 10 reception yesterday:


Apologies for messing around on Lions photo. No offence intended. Great day at Downing Street. Thanks to Prime Minister for hosting us.


.@manutuilagi it was great to welcome you and the @lionsofficial team to No10. No need to apologise, I know it was just a bit of fun.

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