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  • 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...

  • Scotland to appeal against Ford, Gray suspensions

    Scotland confirmed yesterday that they would appeal against the bans that have ruled out hooker Ross Ford and lock Jonny Gray for Sunday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Australia. World Rugby’s disciplinary tribunal handed the pair...

  • Ban for Scotland duo is a ‘sick joke’, says Logan

    Former Scotland international Kenny Logan has described the three-week bans that have ruled out hooker Ross Ford and lock Jonny Gray for the rest of the World Cup as a “sick joke”. Ford and Gray were handed the bans after being cited over a...

  • Man-of-the-match selection process set for overhaul at the World Cup

    A string of embarrassing “anomalies” in picking the man of the match in Rugby World Cup pool games has led organisers to consider overhauling the selection process for the knockout stages, reports said yesterday. Under the existing system, three...

  • Swieqi Overseas lift Ray Elliott Cup

    Swieqi Overseas lift Ray Elliott Cup

    Sliema Stompers 3Swieqi Overseas 28 Swieqi Overseas started the new rugby season on a sound footing last week after beating Sliema Stompers in front of a bumper crowd to lift the Ray Elliott Cup at the Marsa ground. Despite the ever-present threat...

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