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  • New England coach Jones salutes legacy left by Lancaster

    New England coach Jones salutes legacy left by Lancaster

    New England head coach Eddie Jones is eager to build on a great legacy left by predecessor Stuart Lancaster. Lancaster was heavily criticised after England became the first nation to tumble out of a home World Cup in the pool stages, which led to...

  • We need to cut out silly mistakes, says Malta coach Neill

    We need to cut out silly mistakes, says Malta coach Neill

    Malta rugby coach Damien Neill has called on his players to cut out “silly” defensive mistakes as they step up their preparations for tomorrow’s FIRA-AER Division 2A match against the Czech Republic at the Hibs Stadium. Last weekend, the Maltese...

  • All Blacks captain McCaw retires

    All Blacks captain McCaw retires

    Richie McCaw always knew the perfect moment to attack the breakdown, to make a tackle or complete a pass and the All Blacks skipper demonstrated his perfect sense of timing once again yester¡day in announcing his retirement from rugby. McCaw, who...

  • A 15-year roller-coaster journey

    A 15-year roller-coaster journey

    This year, Malta marks the 15th anniversary of its debut in international rugby. Tomorrow, the Malta Rugby Football Union (MRFU) will hold an event to commemorate the occasion. Two teams featuring former international players will meet in a...

  • Legend Lomu dies

    Legend Lomu dies

    New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu, who revolutionised wing play to become the sport’s first global superstar, died yesterday in Auckland at the age of 40, prompting a global outpouring of grief. Lomu had suffered from kidney disease for two...

  • Odds slashed on Jones becoming England coach

    Odds slashed on Jones becoming England coach

    Eddie Jones, the former Australia and Japan coach, has emerged as the hot favourite to take over the vacant England job after one British bookmaker stopped taking bets after his odds plummeted on the back of money pouring in on the...

  • Croatia beat Malta in high-scoring encounter in Split

    The Malta rugby national team opened their international commitments for the 2015-16 season with a 34-27 defeat to Croatia in Split yesterday. It was Malta’s third defeat in the FIRA-AER Division 2A and leaves Damian Neill’s men just one place off...

  • 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...

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