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  • Jones dismisses England job talk

    Eddie Jones has had no contact over the England coaching job nor would welcome any having been unveiled as the new coach of South African Super Rugby side the Stormers yesterday. Jones has taken up the job at Newlands after his appointment was...

  • England coach Stuart Lancaster quits after failure in World Cup

    England coach Stuart Lancaster quits after failure in World Cup

    Stuart Lancaster paid the price for host nation England’s World Cup failure when he resigned yesterday following a Rugby Football Union (RFU) review. An RFU statement said Lancaster, in charge since April 2012 and under contract until 2020, had...

  • No contact with Cheika over England job – RFU

    England bosses have denied making any approach for Australia coach Michael Cheika. Reports in Australia claimed the Rugby Football Union (RFU) had sounded out Cheika about replacing Stuart Lancaster as England head coach, with president Jason...

  • New Zealand coach Hansen unlikely to continue beyond 2017

    New Zealand coach Hansen unlikely to continue beyond 2017

    Coach Steve Hansen is unlikely to be at the helm when New Zealand launch the defence of the World Cup in Japan in 2019 after the 56-year-old cast doubts over whether he will extend his contract which runs until 2017. Hansen served as assistant...

  • World Cup hailed as biggest and best yet

    The 2015 Rugby World Cup won by New Zealand was hailed by organisers yesterday as the biggest, best and the most competitive yet. The All Blacks’ 34-17 final victory over Australia on Saturday to secure a record third world title was watched by an...

  • All Blacks win record third title

    All Blacks win record third title

    New Zealand cemented their status as the greatest team in rugby history when they overwhelmed Australia 34-17 at Twickenham yesterday to become world champions for a record third time, and the first nation to retain the Webb Ellis Cup. Tries from...

  • New Zealand are rugby world champions

    New Zealand are rugby world champions

    New Zealand made sporting history at Twickenham as they became the first team to be crowned Rugby World Cup winners for a second successive time. Tries in each half by wing Nehe Milner-Skudder and centre Ma'a Nonu, followed by a late Beauden...

  • Final win will send Carter out in style

    Final win will send Carter out in style

    Nobody in the New Zealand camp will admit it, least of all the man himself, but if the All Blacks do triumph in today’s World Cup final (17.00 start) then the victory will be just that little bit more special for Dan Carter. The match will be...

  • All Blacks at full strength for final test

    New Zealand selected an unchanged and vastly experienced team for tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup final against Australia as they seek to retain the title and become the first country to win the trophy three times. After the squad came through a...

  • Genia rediscovers form at right time for the Wallabies

    Genia rediscovers form at right time for the Wallabies

    Will Genia may be the smallest player in the Australia rugby team but the scrumhalf remains one of the most important. Every great rugby team needs a great halfback and it is no coincidence that Wallabies' inspiring run to Saturday's World Cup...

  • Wallabies stay hopeful injured players make the final

    Already in a race against time to get ready for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand, Australia’s battered squad received positive news yesterday with no-one showing serious ill-effects from Sunday’s bruising semi-final win over...

  • Ashley-Cooper sends Australia into final

    Ashley-Cooper sends Australia into final

    Winger Adam Ashley-Cooper’s hat-trick of tries sent Australia into a first World Cup final since 2003 after a 29-15 victory over Argentina yesterday secured a showdown with holders New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday. The Wallabies were superior...

  • All Blacks have the grit as well as swagger

    They can win with swagger and a touch of arrogance that defines the All Blacks aura. But New Zealand, as they showed in reaching a second successive World Cup final, can also win ugly through grit, will and self-belief. Three defeats in 53 matches...

  • All Blacks reach final

    All Blacks reach final

    New Zealand surged into the Rugby World Cup final for a record fourth time when they proved too strong, too dangerous and ultimately too streetwise for South Africa in a predictably tense 20-18 victory yesterday. Tries by Jerome Kaino and Beauden...

  • Habana should get shot at try record, says Burger

    South Africa winger Bryan Habana has another chance to become the all-time leading Rugby World Cup try-scorer today (Twickenham, 5pm) and the Springboks hope to create something special for him against New Zealand in their semi-final, flanker...

  • Boks retain starting XV for Saturday’s semi-final

    South Africa have named an unchanged starting line-up for their Rugby World Cup semi-final against New Zealand on Saturday but have included experienced lock Victor Matfield on the bench. The 38-year-old second row was the only change made by...

  • No plans to change TMO system, say sport’s rulers

    Rugby’s governing body has no plans to review the use of the television match official (TMO), despite a furore after it was not invoked during the controversial finale of Australia’s World Cup quarter-final win over Scotland. Australia edged the...

  • Wallabies win Twickenham epic

    Wallabies win Twickenham epic

    A controversial last-gasp penalty by Bernard Foley earned Australia a 35-34 victory at Twickenham yesterday that broke Scottish hearts and sent the Wallabies into a World Cup semi-final against Argentina. Scotland had been on the verge of a...

  • Late Du Preez try sends Springboks into semis

    Late Du Preez try sends Springboks into semis

    Captain Fourie Du Preez’s late try sent South Africa into the Rugby World Cup semi-finals after a tense 23-19 victory over gallant Wales at Twickenham yesterday. The Springboks produced a moment of magic six minutes from time, catching Wales...

  • France keep the faith for All Blacks showdown

    France keep the faith for All Blacks showdown

    There’s no shortage of historical reference points to show why France’s quarter-final showdown with defending champions New Zealand will be anything but an enthralling and intriguing battle. Les Bleus enter today’s clash at the Millennium Stadium...

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