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  • Three out of three but fear remains for Wales

    Three out of three but fear remains for Wales

    Wales still have their Rugby World Cup destiny firmly in their own hands but there is a nagging fear that despite their heroics so far they could yet be denied a quarter-final berth. After surviving a second-half Fijian onslaught to register a...

  • Tired Wales march on after holding off Fiji

    Wales made heavier work of it than they would have liked but prevailed 23-13 in an entertaining and sometimes breathless Pool A clash against Fiji yesterday to move to the brink of the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals. Despite a crippling casualty...

  • Saint-Andre’s tinkering keeps France on their toes

    France’s players are enjoying the competition for places as coach Philippe Saint-Andre works out his strongest Rugby World Cup line-up, fullback Scott Spedding said yesterday. The French are second in Pool D after wins over Italy and Romania, with...

  • Catt dismisses England critics as ‘white noise’

    Catt dismisses England critics as ‘white noise’

    The England camp are trying desperately to distance themselves from criticism of their performance against Wales last week, with skills coach Mike Catt dismissing it as “irrelevant white noise” yesterday. Though England played well for the first...

  • Wales rise to second in rankings, England slide after defeat

    Wales have climbed to second in the world rankings after Saturday’s thrilling victory over England, while the Rugby World Cup hosts have slumped to six after the chastening Twickenham defeat. Warren Gatland’s injury-hit Welsh stunned England by...

  • Australia’s second string crush Uruguay

    Australia’s second string crush Uruguay

    A second-string Australia ran in 11 tries to hammer Uruguay 65-3 at Villa Park yesterday and ease to the top of Rugby World Cup Pool A ahead of their crunch encounters with England and Wales. The twice former champions, who opened their campaign...

  • Wales score seismic win over England

    Wales score seismic win over England

    Wales took a shuddering step towards the KO stages of the Rugby World Cup last night with a bruising 28-25 defeat of England at Twickenham. The hosts had dominated for the first hour but sloppy play at the breakdown delivered the Welsh penalty...

  • Wales will ‘smash’ Burgess, like the other England players

    Wales will ‘smash’ Burgess, like the other England players

    Wales will not single out centre Sam Burgess for special attention, but will try to “smash” him along with the other England players in the Rugby World Cup Pool A showdown tonight. League convert Burgess was a surprise inclusion in the England...

  • Malta face Spain in qualifier

    The Rugby League European Championship C tournament kicks off today with Spain, who beat Latvia in a pre-qualifier, hosting Malta at the at Polideportivo Cuatre Carreres Stadium, Valencia (kick off 19.00). It will be the first time the nations...

  • No risk picking Farrell and Burgess, says Lancaster

    No risk picking Farrell and Burgess, says Lancaster

    If England’s defence against Wales is as solid as coach Stuart Lancaster’s in the face of a Spanish Inquisition of his team selection yesterday then Twickenham is in line for a thumping home World Cup victory tomorrow. Lancaster’s decision to...

  • Australia win opener

    Australia win opener

    Australia got their Rugby World Cup campaign off to an winning start with a 28-13 win against Fiji yesterday but they will be frustrated they could not claim a fourth-try bonus point after dominating most of the match. Fiji, who lost to England...

  • Jones confident Japan will run Scotland ‘off their feet’

    Jones confident Japan will run Scotland ‘off their feet’

    Eddie Jones insists his Japan side are fitter than Scotland – and warned Vern Cotter his team are ready to run the Dark Blues “off their feet”. The confident Brave Blossoms boss turned to mind-games ahead of today’s World Cup duel at Gloucester’s...

  • New Zealand dig deep to fend off Pumas

    New Zealand dig deep to fend off Pumas

    New Zealand had to dig deep to come from behind for a 26-16 victory over Argentina when they opened their defence of the Rugby World Cup in front of a record crowd at Wembley yesterday. The All Blacks trailed 16-12 until the 56th minute but their...

  • Japan snatch shock win

    Japan pulled off perhaps the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history yesterday, defeating two-time World Cup champions South Africa 34-32 in a ferocious encounter at Brighton Community Stadium. Replacement Karne Hesketh raced in at the corner in...

  • England survive Fiji test to win opener

    England survive Fiji test to win opener

    Hosts England endured an uncomfortable night before overcoming dogged Fiji 35-11 in their Rugby World Cup Pool A opener at Twickenham yesterday. Seeking a second World Cup triumph, England opened up an 18-8 half-time lead through a penalty try and...

  • Fiji offer England tasty starter

    Fiji offer England tasty starter

    Facing the sport’s ninth-best nation would normally be a pivotal Rugby World Cup fixture for a top seed but such is the depth of quality in Pool A that England’s tournament opener against Fiji tonight is a relative hors d’oeuvre. With matches...

  • Referees told to get tough on diving players

    Rugby World Cup officials have been told to sin-bin players who dive or feign injury during matches in a bid to clamp down on a growing football culture in the game. Players appealing to referees to award penalties will also be punished. “There is...

  • World body listening to views on residency rules

    Rugby bosses will know “by the end of the year” whether to alter the three-year residency rule that has handed Scotland the services of Josh Strauss but robbed Fiji of Nathan Hughes. Governing body World Rugby launched a wide-ranging review into...

  • Understated All Blacks leave for England

    Understated All Blacks leave for England

    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen continued his theme of attempting to downplay expectations as his side prepared to leave for the World Cup in England yesterday, emphasising the 2015 team were probably less arrogant than previous...

  • England beat Ireland 21-13 in final warm up at Twickenham

    England completed their World Cup preparations with a deserved 21-13 victory over Ireland yesterday, putting them in great heart for the tournament opener against Fiji back at Twickenham in 13 days but leaving Ireland to analyse a second...

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