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  • O’Mahony’s World Cup over but Ireland hopeful on Sexton

    O’Mahony’s World Cup over but Ireland hopeful on Sexton

    Ireland flanker Peter O’Mahony has been ruled out of the rest of the Rugby World Cup, the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) said yesterday, after being among three key players injured in the 24-9 pool-topping win over France. Ireland coach Joe...

  • Injuries strike as Ireland overcome France 24-9

    Injuries strike as Ireland overcome France 24-9

    Ireland survived the loss of captain Paul O’Connell and flyhalf Johnny Sexton to run out 24-9 winners over France and set up a Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Argentina after a brutal Pool D decider yesterday. Second-half tries from fullback...

  • Australia repel Wales to earn Scotland quarter-final

    Australia repel Wales to earn Scotland quarter-final

    A magnificent 13-man defensive effort and another assured kicking display by Bernard Foley earned Australia an 15-6 victory over Wales yesterday to earn a World Cup quarter-final meeting with Scotland and leave the Welsh to face South Africa. Both...

  • Lancaster: I back myself to coach at this level

    Lancaster: I back myself to coach at this level

    Stuart Lancaster is convinced he has demonstrated his credentials as an international coach as he refuses to signal the end of his England stewardship. The worst World Cup performance in Red Rose history will draw to a close against Uruguay at...

  • Wales make six changes for decider against Wallabies

    Wales head coach Warren Gatland has made six changes to his team for tomorrow’s World Cup Pool A decider against Australia at Twickenham. There is a first Test start for New Zealand-born Gareth Anscombe, who features at full-back, while Liam...

  • Greece pull out of qualifier in Malta

    The Malta Rugby League (MRL) said the World Cup qualifier between Malta and Greece at the Melita ground this weekend has been postponed. “The European Championship C clash was scheduled since last winter to go ahead on Saturday. However, the Greek...

  • Habana equals record as Boks cruise into last eight

    Habana equals record as Boks cruise into last eight

    Bryan Habana equalled Jonah Lomu’s World Cup try-scoring record as he led South Africa into the quarter-finals with a crushing victory over the United States at the Olympic Stadium, yesterday. Former All Black Lomu stood three tries clear of...

  • Cipriani and Catt in training bust-up

    England flyhalf Danny Cipriani and attack coach Mike Catt were in-volved in a heated training ground argument before the Rugby World Cup, British newspapers reported yesterday. The incident happened after 27-year-old Cipriani was informed that he...

  • England demise should sharpen Bok focus – Brits

    England demise should sharpen Bok focus – Brits

    Watching England’s painful exit from the Rugby World Cup in the pool stage has served as a motivation for South Africa to avoid such misery so early in the competition, hooker Schalk Brits said. The Springbok hooker will be on the bench for his...

  • South African White open to approach from England

    South African White open to approach from England

    World Cup-winning South African Jake White (right) would be in-terested in coaching England if Stuart Lancaster de-parts. The Rugby Football Union have said there will be no knee-jerk reaction to England’s failure to get through the pool stage at...

  • World Rugby investigates England over coaching protocol breach

    England are being investigated for an alleged breach of protocol in communications with matchday officials during Saturday’s 33-13 defeat to Australia, World Rugby has announced. A report in Australia states that two members of the coaching team...

  • No knee-jerk response to England demise, says RFU boss Ritchie

    No knee-jerk response to England demise, says RFU boss Ritchie

    England will not rush into any hasty decisions over the future of head coach Stuart Lancaster after making their Rugby World Cup exit at the pool stage, Rugby Football Union Chief Executive Ian Ritchie said yesterday. The tournament hosts cannot...

  • Ireland progress, Argentina win

    Ireland progress, Argentina win

    Ireland laboured to a 16-9 victory over Italy to reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals yesterday, taking France along with them and setting up a blockbuster Pool D decider in Cardiff next weekend. As the host nation started to come to terms...

  • England ousted by Australia

    England ousted by Australia

    Hosts England were knocked out of the Rugby World Cup at the pool stage for the first time last night after suffering a humiliating 33-13 defeat to Australia, who booked their place in the quarter-finals with a clinical demolition job. The result...

  • 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...

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