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Mick Cleary: 'The RFU need to give the English public some assurance that things can get better'
Steve Borthwick's side have put respectability into the shirt but it is a mirage to suggest all in rosy in England's garden
Mick Cleary
30 Oct, 18:18
'It was a plan that suited the team and what we needed': Ben Youngs on England tactics
Ben Youngs enters Test retirement comforted by the belief that England’s future is in safe hands after an encouraging World Cup.
30 Oct, 18:14
Andy Farrell lands coach of the year despite Ireland quarter final exit
Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has been named World Rugby coach of the year for 2023.
30 Oct, 17:24
'Sad Eddie situation' won't make Rugby Australia chairman quit
Hamish McLennan said the former England coach’s departure is a ‘hurdle we’ll overcome’.
30 Oct, 17:08
Rugby Australia set sights on new coach as Eddie Jones walks
Eddie Jones has left Rugby Australia scrambling for a new national coach after sensationally walking out on the Wallabies 10 month…
30 Oct, 9:54
'Sport can be pretty cruel': Whitelock signs off on immense All Blacks career
Falling to an agonising one-point loss to serial rivals South Africa, the All Blacks farewelled Whitelock, along with several othe…
Ned Lester
30 Oct, 7:55
France and Ireland dominate World Rugby Men’s 15s Dream Team of the Year
World Rugby has unveiled the 2023 dream team, an XV stacked with bruising physicality, electric pace and otherworldly skillsets.
Ned Lester
30 Oct, 6:24
All Black Ardie Savea crowned World Rugby player of the year
Ardie Savea has been crowned the World Rugby men's world player of year for the first time.
Josh Raisey
30 Oct, 4:30
Tinus De Beer boots Cardiff to Welsh derby victory over Dragons
Cardiff won the first Welsh derby of the season with a hard-fought 16-9 BKT United Rugby Championship victory over Dragons at Rodn…
30 Oct, 4:14
Thomas Ahern’s last-gasp try earns Munster draw at Benetton
Thomas Ahern’s last-gasp try spared Munster’s blushes as they fought back from 13-3 down to earn a 13-13 draw in their BKT Uni…
30 Oct, 4:09
Northampton up and running after edging past winless Newcastle
Northampton earned their first Gallagher Premiership win of the season by beating winless Newcastle 16-14 at Kingston Park.
30 Oct, 3:40
Eddie Jones’ coaching timeline after reportedly resigning as Australia boss
Eddie Jones has resigned as Australia head coach after less than a year in charge, according to reports in the country.
30 Oct, 3:34
Nathan Doak kicks 16 points as Ulster secure second win of season against Bulls
First-half tries from Tom Stewart and Jacob Stockdale helped Ulster to a hard-fought 26-19 victory over the Bulls on what was the …
30 Oct, 3:29
What ‘grounded’ Aaron Smith after heartbreaking World Cup final defeat
Aaron Smith is no longer an All Black, but he is a dad.
Finn Morton
29 Oct, 21:00
The 2023 Rugby World Cup team of the tournament
There were outstanding individual performances over seven weeks and 48 matches but some players put in Herculean shifts
Owain Jones
29 Oct, 20:36
Ian Foster reflects on the ‘privilege’ of coaching All Blacks
There was no fairytale ending for coach Ian Foster as the All Blacks’ head coach.
Finn Morton
29 Oct, 20:24
Pat Lam rues sloppy handling after Bristol Bears 'dominate'
Bristol director of rugby Pat Lam felt his side were their own worst enemies after they slipped to a 23-21 defeat against Harlequi…
29 Oct, 20:01
Jamie George: 'It is hard for us because you hear the whispers'
The RFU wants to tie 25 players to the deals that will give Steve Borthwick greater control over frontline members of his squad.
29 Oct, 19:52
‘It wasn’t to be’: Ian Foster’s raw reaction to World Cup final loss
In the end, it just wasn’t to be for the All Blacks.
Finn Morton
29 Oct, 19:49
Titanic tournament: 5 Rugby World Cup talking points
The 10th edition of the Rugby World Cup was also its longest, producing highs and lows across its eight weeks.
29 Oct, 19:45
This Springboks team go to places that other sides can't
This is why the Springboks have deeper wells than most teams. This is why when three knockout games are decided by just a...
Daniel Gallan
29 Oct, 19:14
Handre Pollard responds to incredible personal stat that led to World Cup glory
Handre Pollard did not play a huge amount at the World Cup, but the fly-half made it count when he was on the pitch.
Josh Raisey
29 Oct, 19:03
Rassie Erasmus urged to switch Test allegience after World Cup win
Double Rugby World Cup winning Springboks director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has been called upon to switch allegiance following Sou…
Ian Cameron
29 Oct, 18:46
Ian Foster leaps to All Blacks captain Sam Cane's defence after World Cup final red
New Zealand captain Sam Cane admitted he was feeling “so much hurt” after he was sent off in Saturday’s 12-11 World Cup fina…
29 Oct, 18:29
Former lawyer Wayne Barnes keeps his cool in bruising Rugby World Cup final
The Stade de France showpiece was was the most indisciplined final of all time with Sam Cane’s red card and three sin-binnings k…
29 Oct, 17:59
Michael Hooper's classy response to surprising Eddie Jones remarks
Michael Hooper has avoided being drawn into a war of words with Wallabies coach Eddie Jones, who says he didn't select the long-ti…
29 Oct, 17:43
Eddie Jones quits as Wallabies boss after 10 disastrous months
Eddie Jones has resigned as Wallabies coach, just 10 months into a five-year deal.
29 Oct, 17:20
‘Live with forever’: All Blacks captain Sam Cane reacts to red card
All Blacks captain Sam Cane was visibly hurting after the Rugby World Cup final.
Finn Morton
29 Oct, 7:43
All Blacks player ratings vs Springboks | Rugby World Cup 2023
The All Blacks have fallen to a gut-wrenching 12-11 defeat at the hands of the Springboks in the 2023 Rugby World Cup final. How d…
Tom Vinicombe
29 Oct, 5:34
Springboks player ratings vs All Blacks | Rugby World Cup 2023
South Africa are world champions for a record fourth time. It wasn't pretty. There were large chunks of the match when it looked l…
Daniel Gallan
29 Oct, 5:28
Springboks overcome 14-man All Blacks to defend World Cup title
Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus and captain Siya Kolisi can rightfully take their place on the throne of rugby gods after deliver…
Finn Morton
29 Oct, 5:15
South Africa concede their first ever World Cup final try
After 320 minutes across over three-and-a-half matches of action, South Africa have conceded their first ever World Cup final try.…
Josh Raisey
29 Oct, 4:35
All Blacks captain receives first ever men's World Cup final red card against South Africa
All Blacks captain Sam Cane has become the first player to ever receive a red card in a World Cup final for a high tackle on South…
Josh Raisey
29 Oct, 3:52
'Outclassed, outworked and outmuscled': Sale boss' verdict after record loss
Sale director of rugby Alex Sanderson admitted his side had been “outclassed” after their biggest ever defeat to Exeter Chiefs…
29 Oct, 3:24
Bath bemoan ill discipline in narrow loss to Leicester Tigers
Bath head of rugby Johann van Graan refused to get downbeat after a last-minute 25-24 defeat to Leicester.
29 Oct, 3:15
Ashman scores on return from Scotland World Cup duty as Edinburgh beat Lions
Edinburgh just held on to maintain their winning start to the BKT United Rugby Championship season with a 17-16 victory over the L…
29 Oct, 2:43
Connacht beat Glasgow outfit loaded with Scotland World Cup stars
Connacht scored 20 unanswered points in 15 second-half minutes to see off Glasgow Warriors 34-26 at the Sportsground to maintain t…
29 Oct, 2:34
Leinster back to winning ways with routine victory over Sharks
Max Deegan marked his 100th appearance for Leinster with a try in their 34-13 United Rugby Championship win over the Sharks at a w…
29 Oct, 2:31
Springbok Skosan scores as Stormers blitz past Scarlets
Scarlets suffered a second heavy defeat on their South African swing as Marcel Theunissen and Paul de Wet both scored a pair of tr…
29 Oct, 2:19
Justin Tipuric inspires Ospreys to narrow victory over Zebre Parma
Justin Tipuric was at his trademark, brilliant best as Ospreys bagged their first victory of this season’s United Rugby Champion…
29 Oct, 1:47
Premiership finalists Sale demolished by young Exeter outfit
Exeter showed their 11-try thrashing of defending Premiership champions Saracens on the opening day of the campaign was no fluke a…
29 Oct, 1:32
Leicester edge past Bath after late Russell and Shillcock kick battle
Leicester fly-half Jamie Shillcock returned to haunt former side Bath as he scored the winning penalty with the last kick of the g…
29 Oct, 1:25
Jarrod Evans seals late Harlequins against Bristol Bears
Jarrod Evans kicked a 79th-minute penalty from 45 metres to give Harlequins a dramatic late Gallagher Premiership victory over Bri…
29 Oct, 1:16
Japan League's 'amazing 40 per cent' World Cup final player claim
Japan Rugby’s League One has a dozen Rugby World Cup final starters enrolled to play in the 2023/24 season – more starters in …
Liam Heagney
29 Oct, 1:14
Suzie the waitress: Former All Black opens up on World Cup final controversy
Former All Blacks playmaker Andrew Mehrtens has opened up on the infamous ‘Suzie the waitress’ incident.
Finn Morton
28 Oct, 21:04
'We were crap': England star looks back on 'journey' to World Cup bronze
There are "plenty of things to be hopeful for in the future" for England according to loosehead Joe Marler after they finished thi…
Josh Raisey
28 Oct, 19:46
This All Blacks ‘can do what we couldn’t manage in 1995’: Josh Kronfeld
Josh Kronfeld has just one clear memory of playing in the most celebrated rugby match in history. And it is not a good one.
Luke Norman
28 Oct, 19:05
Schalk Brits on why Rassie Erasmus is 'rolling the dice' on the 7-1 split
Schalk Brits has defended Springboks director of rugby Rassie Erasmus use of the 7-1 split in the Rugby World Cup final, as he fee…
Ian Cameron
28 Oct, 18:47
Kieran Read: 'I don’t care, the All Blacks will win'
Former captain Kieran Read believes the All Blacks have the physical clout to take on and beat the Springboks machine in tonight's…
Ian Cameron
28 Oct, 18:15
'Up to standard': Cheslin Kolbe on potential World Cup final position switch
South Africa wing Cheslin Kolbe has undergone a scrum-halfing crash course this week from teammate Faf de Klerk to make sure he is…
Josh Raisey
28 Oct, 18:07
Joe Marler to retire at the end of the season
England prop Joe Marler is set to retire at the end of the current Gallagher Premiership season - RugbyPass understands.
Ian Cameron
28 Oct, 16:37
Key battles won and lost: Eva Karpani leads from the front in Wallaroos win
While France came into this game riding high, and Australia were smarting from a tough loss to England, the Wallaroos gained momen…
Matt Merritt
28 Oct, 16:10
Wallaroos claim famous win over France to shake up WXV1 standings
France entered round two of WXV1 full of confidence having tackled the reigning world champion Black Ferns in round one.
Ned Lester
28 Oct, 15:53
The 'such a rush' addiction that Theo Dan just can't get enough of
Theo Dan has claimed he is addicted to Test match rugby after rounding off his maiden Rugby World Cup with a try-scoring appearanc…
Liam Heagney
28 Oct, 15:41
Borthwick: 'Playing for England should be the time of your life'
Steve Borthwick has hailed the rapid progress of his England team, turning around a difficult run of form in 2023 to produce six w…
Liam Heagney
28 Oct, 15:10
The Owen Farrell reaction to the Parisian crowd regularly booing him
England skipper Owen Farrell has given his take on having numerous fans barracking him at every opportunity on Friday night.
Liam Heagney
28 Oct, 14:54
Ruby Tui scores four as Black Ferns thump Wales in Dunedin
The Black Ferns were hell-bent on redemption after being dismantled by France in WXV 1's opening round, facing Wales in Dunedin.
Ned Lester
28 Oct, 12:43
Ian Foster on the cusp of vindication with it all on the line
The Rugby World Cup final offers New Zealand and South Africa the chance to win a fourth title and become the greatest nation in t…
28 Oct, 10:39
'Superstar of the future': Wallaroos back 18-year-old to shine against France
The Wallaroos are looking to upset giant-killers France, who downed world champions New Zealand 18-17 on their home turf in round …
28 Oct, 10:28
The 'no idea' Michael Cheika reaction when asked about his future
Michael Cheika has claimed he has no idea if he will be coaching Argentina in 2024 after their Rugby World Cup campaign ended with…
Liam Heagney
28 Oct, 6:14
'We seemed to have all the momentum but it was all them on the scoreboard'
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall was delighted to see his side return to winning ways with a 24-3 win at Gloucester after lo…
28 Oct, 6:03
England pick up World Cup bronze medal with gritty win over Argentina
England held their nerve to overcome Argentina’s determined fightback and finish the World Cup in third place with a tense 26-23…
28 Oct, 5:32
England player ratings vs Argentina | Rugby World Cup 2023
England player ratings live from Stade de France: Forty-eight days after a 14-man England comprehensively defeated Argentina 27-10…
Liam Heagney
28 Oct, 5:12
Tom Willis brace brings Saracens first Premiership win of season
Saracens number eight Tom Willis scored two tries in a 24-3 victory over Gloucester to ensure the reigning champions did not begin…
28 Oct, 5:09
Argentina player ratings vs England | Rugby World Cup 2023
Argentina finished their World Cup how they started- losing to England, this time by a slender margin of three points, 26-23.
Josh Raisey
28 Oct, 4:56
‘Wasn’t a great role model’: Eddie Jones’ shocking reason for axing Michael Hooper
Jones didn’t believe the unfavoured trio of Michael Hooper, Cooper and Foley were “obsessed” enough to don Wallaby gold in F…
Finn Morton
28 Oct, 3:52
What’s motivating ‘cynical’ All Blacks ahead of World Cup final
When the All Blacks run out onto the hallowed turf at Stade de France on Saturday, they won’t just be representing themselves, e…
Finn Morton
28 Oct, 1:44
All Blacks duo on ‘difficult’ journey from record loss to World Cup final
When the full-time whistle sounded on a sombre August night at Twickenham two months ago, it was hard to believe what had just hap…
Finn Morton
28 Oct, 1:06
Born in 7s - How some RWC 2023 finalists honed their skills
A fascinating look at the Springbok and All Blacks stars who will be in the RWC final, but were sevens standouts in a previous lif…
Grant Constable
28 Oct, 0:43
Ex Jersey Reds boss lands new job in the United States
Major League Rugby outfit the Chicago Hounds have announced that former Jersey Reds boss Rob Webber has joined as their new forwar…
Josh Raisey
28 Oct, 0:20
Rugby's most thrilling rivalry will take centre stage in World Cup final
England, Argentina, France, Ireland, Wales and Fiji might disagree, but the World Cup has landed the dream final.
Gregor Paul
27 Oct, 23:51
Jacques Nienaber has pinned Springboks' World Cup hopes on gratuitous risk
A 7-1 bench is an absurd proposition but it's especially hard to comprehend when it forces the omission of one of the Springboks' …
Tom Vinicombe
27 Oct, 23:34
'For South Africans, there is no greater challenge'
The 2023 Rugby World Cup final is just another chapter in a 102-year page-turner in which the All Blacks currently have bragging r…
Daniel Gallan
27 Oct, 22:00
South Africa out to inspire new generation, become best RWC team ever
The winner will be crowned the most successful nation in the tournament’s history.
27 Oct, 21:53
Retiring Ben Youngs names the proudest moment of his England career
Ben Youngs has named his proudest moment in the England shirt. First capped in March 2010, the 34-year-old is set to win his 127th…
Liam Heagney
27 Oct, 19:32
Epic clashes, lopsided groups and future changes: 5 RWC talking points
The World Cup in France has had plenty of thrills and spills.
27 Oct, 18:26
Five talking points from England's critic defying World Cup
Until they hit a Springbok-shaped roadblock, England were the only semi-final side with an unbeaten record.
27 Oct, 18:18
Five All Blacks make World Cup team of the tournament
Reigning champions South Africa take on fellow three-time winners New Zealand in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final.
27 Oct, 18:14
Wales RWC review: what the future holds for Warren Gatland’s men
Wales were revitalised in France after their Six Nations struggles.
27 Oct, 18:03
The bottom line for this England team - Andy Goode
It might be the game nobody wants to play in but England won’t want to lose the third place play-off and hopefully we’ll get a…
Andy Goode
27 Oct, 17:54
Louis Deacon confident there is more to come from in-form England
England interim head coach Louis Deacon says his side are far from the finished article despite sweeping aside Canada 45-12 in the…
27 Oct, 17:49
A bleak World Cup review for ‘the best ever Scotland team to take the field’
Scotland suffered a group-stage exit at the Rugby World Cup after falling victim to a formidable pool featuring the two teams that…
27 Oct, 17:43
Legendary quarter-finals headline list of standout matches of the World Cup
Reigning champions South Africa take on fellow three-time winners New Zealand in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final.
27 Oct, 17:32
Bundee Aki and Tadhg Beirne shine in review of Ireland's World Cup
Ireland’s Rugby World Cup adventure ended in a familiar quarter-final exit.
27 Oct, 17:18
Jake White: Springboks have sent crude message to All Blacks
Now we’ve had a few days to reflect on that narrowest of victories against England, you have to ask yourself this question. Was …
Owain Jones
27 Oct, 17:10
'A great example of a world class back row... I can't think of anyone better I've played with'
Courtney Lawes might not be getting the international swansong that some of his teammates are getting against Argentina in the bro…
Josh Raisey
27 Oct, 16:48
Lark Atkin-Davies bags four tries in Red Roses' second WXV 1 win
Four tries to England hooker Lark Atkin-Davies denied Canada another tight contest, extending England's win streak to seven.
Ned Lester
27 Oct, 16:16
Rugby World Cup Fantasy Rugby: No value in Boks
World Rugby Fantasy Rugby: After 51 days, 48 games, and countless heart-stopping moments, it all comes down to this.
Cameron Stephens
27 Oct, 16:15
'There’s not a part of me that thinks ‘what if’' - Ben Youngs
England’s most capped men’s player with 126 appearances makes his first start of the tournament against Argentina at the Stade…
27 Oct, 15:26
Tickets for HSBC SVNS Perth go on sale now
Tickets go on sale today for the inaugural HSBC SVNS series in Perth as Western Australia welcomes the world's best sevens rugby p…
27 Oct, 15:00
Aaron Smith describes the 'yin and yang' of playing Springboks in final
All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith says playing the Springboks is a unique challenge that requires a certain attitude and intent.
Ned Lester
27 Oct, 8:40
Rosie Galligan: Whirlpools, 'mortifying' moments and a new coach in town
In the warm up I looked up at the big screen and saw my Mum being interviewed. At first I was mortified as all I could hear was he…
Rosie Galligan
27 Oct, 6:48
'Subconsciously, it's the final the Northern Hemisphere really wanted'
The quarter-finals saw two powerhouses fall, leaving the Southern Hemisphere with the bragging rights for another World Cup cycle.
Ned Lester
27 Oct, 4:58
South Africa have painted themselves into a corner
Fair play to Jacques Nienaber and Rassie Erasmus. They don’t play by anyone else’s rules. 
Daniel Gallan
27 Oct, 4:30
Argentina second row warns England that this is now about revenge
Argentina second-row Pedro Rubiolo has warned England that revenge is their motivation for Friday’s World Cup bronze final at th…
27 Oct, 4:09
Ian Foster address injury rumours to key All Black before World Cup final
All Blacks coach Ian Foster has unequivocally dismissed rumours of an injury to star playmaker Richie Mo’unga.
Finn Morton
27 Oct, 1:59
'Tom is the innocent party': Maro Itoje defends Tom Curry
World Rugby has closed its investigation into allegations the South Africa hooker called England’s Curry a “white c***” in t…
27 Oct, 1:48
Nigel Owens weighs in on match-defining moment as South Africa beat England
Former referee Nigel Owens has labelled the decision to penalise England at the scrum in the final minutes of their World Cup semi…
Josh Raisey
27 Oct, 0:09
All Blacks name their most experienced team to ever play World Cup final
The All Blacks have named a relatively settled team to take on the Springboks in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final at Stade de Fr…
Finn Morton
27 Oct, 0:08
Steve Borthwick responds to speculation over Kevin Sinfield's England future
Amid speculation that Steve Borthwick's assistant coach Kevin Sinfield will step down from his England duties at the end of the Wo…
Josh Raisey
26 Oct, 23:04
Eddie Jones set to quit Wallabies after World Cup fallout – report
Eddie Jones’ time with the Wallabies is set to come to an abrupt end, according to a report out of Australia.
Finn Morton
26 Oct, 22:47
Anna Caplice: 'It will be hugely psychological for Ireland to win this weekend'
It was another really successful weekend for Ireland in terms of scoreline. Last week I was hoping that they'd play a lot of heads…
Anna Caplice
26 Oct, 22:39
Calls for Six Nations to be protected as free-to-air TV institution
The Government should ensure the Six Nations remains on free-to-air television by placing the tournament in the top bracket of its…
26 Oct, 21:53
'He is always the last off the training field'- Steve Borthwick
Ahead of his second start of the World Cup on Friday against Argentina in the bronze final, England coach Steve Borthwick has prai…
Josh Raisey
26 Oct, 21:51
Rassie Erasmus makes subtle 'X' account change in light of Mbonambi probe
South Africa director of rugby and Twitter impresario Rassie Erasmus has made a not particularly subtle change to his profile in l…
Ian Cameron
26 Oct, 20:24
Steve Borthwick named England captain - OTD
Steve Borthwick was appointed England captain on this day in 2008 as manager Martin Johnson placed his faith in the Saracens lock …
26 Oct, 20:04
‘It does get lonely’: Siya Kolisi’s assessment of ‘special’ All Blacks
This matchup is both fierce and brutal, and sets up a gladiatorial battle between two sets of rugby warriors in a rematch of a fam…
Finn Morton
26 Oct, 20:04
Faf de Klerk lists surprise candidates to replace him at scrum-half against All Blacks
South Africa's Faf de Klerk has said that his approach will not change on Saturday against the All Blacks in the World Cup final d…
Josh Raisey
26 Oct, 19:50
Thistly and thriving: Scotland’s return to winning ways
‘Winning is a habit’ is something you hear an awful lot in sport, and Scotland’s recent results suggest that’s a truism ba…
Claire Thomas
26 Oct, 19:48
Will All Blacks or Springboks taste World Cup glory at Stade de France?
The equation is simple for the All Blacks and Springboks on Saturday night: dominate the opening exchanges.
Nick Bishop
26 Oct, 19:40
Jacques Nienaber on Handre Pollard over Manie Libbok call
As many predicted, South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber has gone for experienced standoff Handre Pollard for the Rugby World C…
Ian Cameron
26 Oct, 19:28
SA Rugby issue 120-word statement on Bongi Mbonambi findings
SA Rugby have welcomed the drawing to a close of the World Rugby investigation into Bongi Mbonambi in a 120-word statement. The un…
Ian Cameron
26 Oct, 18:54
Ian Foster nominated for World Rugby Coach of the Year
A lot has changed in 15 months for All Blacks coach Ian Foster. Foster has been nominated for World Rugby Coach of the Year.
Finn Morton
26 Oct, 17:46
Jacques Nienaber confirms Springboks' back-up No9 after unorthodox bench call
South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber has confirmed that winger Cheslin Kolbe will serve as back-up to Faf de Klerk at scrum-ha…
Josh Raisey
26 Oct, 17:21
South Africa captain Siya Kolisi addresses online abuse of England's Tom Curry
South Africa captain Siya Kolisi has reached out to England flanker Tom Curry this week following abuse and threats he received on…
Josh Raisey
26 Oct, 16:53
Four Kiwis nominated for World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year awards
World Rugby has unveiled the 2023 nominees for the women’s and men’s Sevens Player of the Year awards.
Finn Morton
26 Oct, 16:51
RFU statement: Tom Curry and Bongi Mbonambi
The RFU have given its full support to England back row Tom Curry for raising the racially abusive behaviour he allegedly experien…
Liam Heagney
26 Oct, 15:47
One All Black and one Springbok nominated for World Rugby player of the year
The nominees for the World Rugby Men's 15s Player of the Year have been announced, with the World Cup finalists the All Blacks and…
Josh Raisey
26 Oct, 15:33
World Rugby statement: The Bongi Mbonambi investigation has ended
Bongi Mbonambi is free to play for the Springboks in this Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final.
Liam Heagney
26 Oct, 15:25
RWC 2019 winning halfback pairing return for final with New Zealand
South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber has named his 23 to take on old rivals New Zealand in Saturday's Rugby World Cup final at…
Grant Constable
26 Oct, 14:59
Black Ferns make seven changes after opening round defeat
The Black Ferns have made seven changes to the squad for the second match of WXV 1 against Wales in Dunedin.
Lucy Lomax
26 Oct, 7:12
England and Canada announce teams for WXV 1 clash in Dunedin
England and Canada have announced their match day 23's for Friday evening's clash at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin in round 2 of…
Lucy Lomax
26 Oct, 7:00
'The worst thing for us': Former captain on what makes the Springboks uncomfortable
As the Springboks prepare to meet the All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup final for the second time, former World Cup-winning captai…
Ben Smith
26 Oct, 5:40
From Suzie to 'The Kick': The history of the All Blacks in World Cup finals
The All Blacks are in the Rugby World Cup final again. They will tussle with South Africa who have also won three finals and lost …
Adam Julian
26 Oct, 4:48
How the France and England wins showed the Springboks are built different
After narrow one-point wins over France and England, South Africa have proved a resolve that few can match
Daniel Gallan
26 Oct, 0:57
Felix Jones: From rooming with Howlett to coaching with Rassie 
It was very apt where Felix Jones was seated on Wednesday afternoon, conducting his final media briefing as a Springboks assistant…
Liam Heagney
26 Oct, 0:42
The rousing speech Rassie Erasmus gave South Africa bench while losing to England
The World Cup semi-final clash between South Africa and England was a tale of two benches.
Josh Raisey
26 Oct, 0:16
Ben Youngs set for England swansong against Argentina
Head coach Steve Borthwick called Youngs ‘a brilliant player and a fantastic team man’.
26 Oct, 0:11
England explain picking Tom Curry despite his online abuse ordeal
England boss Steve Borthwick has explained why he has picked Tom Curry to start Friday night’s bronze medal final versus Argenti…
Liam Heagney
25 Oct, 23:29
Michael Cheika changes three as Argentina prepare for England rematch
Michael Cheika has named his team to face England in the third place play-off at Stade de France in Paris on Friday night.
Grant Constable
25 Oct, 23:02
'Their heart rate is 200; emotion is very high all over the world'
Seasoned Springboks utility Willie le Roux can’t wait for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final versus the All Blacks,
Liam Heagney
25 Oct, 21:39
WXV 2 recap: Italy, Scotland, and Japan secure victories in the second round
WXV 2 treated fans to yet more exhilarating action as the teams moved from Stellenbosch to Cape Town for the second round of the i…
Imogen Ainsworth
25 Oct, 20:33
Springboks' Mbonambi update, le Roux explains his England bust-up
The Springboks have delivered the latest update regarding the ongoing Bongi Mbonambi investigation by World Rugby, while Willie le…
Liam Heagney
25 Oct, 20:30
England make eight changes for Argentina, but Curry chosen to start
Steve Borthwick has made eight changes to his England team for Friday’s Rugby World Cup bronze medal final versus Argentina in P…
Liam Heagney
25 Oct, 19:30
All Blacks prepare to farewell ‘special’ legends after World Cup final
Assistant coach Jason Ryan has revealed the “special part of our week” that is driving the All Blacks before the Rugby World C…
Finn Morton
25 Oct, 19:17
FFR president Florian Grill addresses French public on social media
The president of Fédération Française de Rugby (FFR) - Florian Grill - has implored France's rugby public not to go down the ro…
Ian Cameron
25 Oct, 19:08
Sale Sharks statement: ‘Disgusting abuse directed at Tom Curry’
Sake Sharks have issued a statement in support of Tom Curry after the England back-rower and his family were subjected to “disgu…
Liam Heagney
25 Oct, 18:42
Wales star Leigh Halfpenny announces international retirement
Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny has confirmed that he will retire from international rugby after playing against the Barbarians nex…
Josh Raisey
25 Oct, 18:15
Dan Carter on the unexpected advantage the All Blacks have over South Africa
Heading into the World Cup final, everyone is searching for areas where the All Blacks might have an advantage over South Africa a…
Josh Raisey
25 Oct, 17:56
Dan Carter sees just one option at 10 for the Springboks
Dan Carter has weighed in on who he believes is the right flyhalf to start for South Africa in their Rugby World Cup final showdow…
Ian Cameron
25 Oct, 17:41
All Blacks great Zinzan Brooke warns 'leggy' South Africa ahead of World Cup final
All Black great Zinzan Brooke has warned the Springboks they could be torn apart in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday by an Ar…
Chris Jones
25 Oct, 16:55
English rugby club's classy touch for fallen foes
Coventry Rugby Chief Executive Nick Johnston has described himself as “absolutely delighted” by the response to his club’s w…
Paul Smith
25 Oct, 16:49
What it will take for the All Blacks to 'starve the Springboks'
The Springboks' world-renowned forward pack will come up against a much improved All Blacks unit in the final.
Ned Lester
25 Oct, 10:58
The All Blacks have been pretty ordinary but now will win the World Cup
And yet, in a few days’ time, the All Blacks are likely to be crowned Rugby World Cup champions.
Hamish Bidwell
25 Oct, 10:40
Jason Ryan: Rassie Erasmus in three words, the Ox Nche 'wow' factor
All Blacks forwards coach Jason Ryan was put on the spot in Paris on Tuesday when asked to describe SA Rugby director Rassie Erasm…
Liam Heagney
25 Oct, 8:23
The tongue-in-cheek name the All Blacks have given their 'bomb squad'
Replacement back-rower Dalton Papali'i has revealed the tongue-in-cheek name he has come up with for the All Blacks subs bench hea…
Liam Heagney
25 Oct, 7:48
Keira Bevan already looking forward to Black Ferns challenge
Keira Bevan’s Wales side may have lost their opening WXV 1 match against Canada, but the scrum-half is upbeat about the potentia…
Jamie Wall
25 Oct, 6:08
Former All Black would rather pick up dog s*** than watch England play
A former All Black has said he'd rather have picked up dog excrement at his local park than watched England's Rugby World Cup semi…
Ian Cameron
25 Oct, 5:59
Watch - Video purporting to reveal Bongi Mbonambi and Tom Curry incident emerges
A video that appears to reveal the audio from the Bongi Mbonambi and Tom Curry incident during the Rugby World Cup semi-final betw…
Ian Cameron
25 Oct, 1:35
England issue Tom Curry allegation update, address Sinfield's future
Richard Wigglesworth has insisted that the allegation of discriminatory language against Tom Curry in last Saturday’s Rugby Worl…
Liam Heagney
25 Oct, 0:32
The All Blacks' hopes against Springboks rest on young shoulders
The scrum battle will prove decisive at the Stade de France on Saturday night.
Tom Vinicombe
24 Oct, 22:02
World Rugby to launch rebranded Pacific Nations Cup in 2024
As part of World Rugby’s commitment to “increasing global competitiveness” ahead of the 2027 and 2031 Rugby World Cups, the …
Finn Morton
24 Oct, 21:35
‘Focused on raising standards’: Rugby World Cup 2027 expands to 24 teams
In four years’ time, more nations than ever before will compete for the right to hoist the Webb Ellis Cup with World Cup confirm…
Finn Morton
24 Oct, 20:56
'An historic moment': World Rugby confirms major rugby calendar reform
World Rugby has confirmed some exciting changes to the men’s and women’s international rugby calendars which has been describe…
Finn Morton
24 Oct, 19:40
Springboks: The Bongi Mbonambi behind-the-scenes reaction to allegation
South Africa hooker Bongi Mbonambi is said to have performed perfectly in training despite an ongoing investigation regarding an a…
Ian Cameron
24 Oct, 17:39
England have painful lessons to learn from the last four years
It’s November 2 2019. Eddie Jones has fielded the youngest ever side in a Rugby World Cup final with an average age of 27 years …
Josh Raisey
24 Oct, 17:28
Tendai Mtawarira's six word verdict on South Africa successor Ox Nche
Tendai 'The Beast' Mtawarira has called for Ox Nche to start in the World Cup final on Saturday against the All Blacks after his d…
Josh Raisey
24 Oct, 16:34
'We call him the Ferrari for a reason, I hope he breaks that eight'
New Zealand purred their way into the Rugby World Cup final last weekend, dismissing Argentina 44-6 in Paris but not only could th…
Liam Heagney
24 Oct, 16:11
How Jean Kleyn was braced for backlash from Ireland after switching to South Africa
Former Ireland international Jean Kleyn acknowledges being on the verge of becoming a world champion with his native South Africa …
24 Oct, 15:37
Sophie de Goede: Canada looking for improvements after first up win
Canada made an entertaining start to WXV 1 with a 40-22 win over Wales, but smiles were in short supply post-match.
Jamie Wall
24 Oct, 11:43
'Going to help grow women’s rugby': Feleu on ground-breaking Black Ferns win
France have started their WXV campaign with an historic win over the Black Ferns, their first on New Zealand soil. 
Jamie Wall
24 Oct, 11:21
Good luck in the final against the All Blacks
Either the Springboks or All Blacks will claim a record fourth Rugby World Cup title in Paris on Saturday night, but this time the…
Ben Smith
24 Oct, 6:16
All Blacks fans should do the right thing and admit fault
Sitting by himself in the changing rooms at Ellis Park, coach Ian Foster shed some tears after a famous All Blacks win.
Finn Morton
24 Oct, 5:19
Borthwick's verdict: Scrums, O'Keeffe, Curry claim, Boks at full-time
England boss Steve Borthwick has revisited Saturday night’s agonising one-point Rugby World Cup semi-final loss in Paris.
Liam Heagney
24 Oct, 0:55
All Blacks coach praises Jordie Barrett's defensive ‘difference’
It’s hard to believe that Jordie Barrett wasn’t an inside centre at Test level 14 months ago.
Finn Morton
24 Oct, 0:33
Wasps 'actively engaged' in process of setting up a permanent home
Former Premiership giants Wasps have announced their intention to explore the possibility of establishing a permanent home in Kent…
24 Oct, 0:31
'Brave' Boks call described as 'brutal' and 'tough to come back from'
The decision to give South Africa flyhalf Manie Libbok the proverbial shepherd's crook after just 30 minutes of the Rugby World Cu…
Ian Cameron
24 Oct, 0:28
Referees confirmed for World Cup final and bronze final
Wayne Barnes is set to take charge of his first ever World Cup final on Saturday as the reigning champions South Africa face the A…
Josh Raisey
23 Oct, 23:51
‘Ireland were too good’: How Scott McLeod fixed All Blacks’ defensive woes
Defence coach Scott McLeod has spoken about the change that’s worked wonders for the All Blacks.
Finn Morton
23 Oct, 23:49
'Not good for the global game' - Irish TV pundit slams Bok approach
Former Scotland coach turned Irish television rugby pundit Matt Williams believes the scrum heavy approach to the sport as encapsu…
Ian Cameron
23 Oct, 23:28
What the All Blacks will have learned from Springboks' set-piece battle
Until the last half-hour of their semi-final with South Africa, England won the tactical battle hands-down.
Nick Bishop
23 Oct, 22:57
On this day: Wasps star quits rugby to attempt NFL career
The then 27-year-old left Wasps but returned to rugby with Racing 92 in 2022 after failing to make the Buffalo Bills roster.
23 Oct, 22:46
All Blacks break silence on Bongi Mbonambi accusations
New Zealand defence coach Scott McLeod believes that the potential loss of hooker Bongi Mbonambi would be 'a massive' dent for Sou…
Ian Cameron
23 Oct, 21:40
All Blacks primed and ‘ready’ for Springboks in World Cup final
Assistant coach Scott McLeod insists the All Blacks are “ready” and “excited” for their unmissable clash with the Springbo…
Finn Morton
23 Oct, 21:24
Borthwick branded Alan Turing-esque 'genius' by England winger
England went out on their shields in Saturday’s World Cup semi-final defeat by South Africa, losing 16-15 to a late Handre Polla…
23 Oct, 21:17
RWC 2023 semi finals: Double rematch in store as we digest a wet weekend
And just like that, we’ve got a southern hemisphere Rugby World Cup final to look forward to
Grant Constable
23 Oct, 21:17
How England could look at the 2027 World Cup
And with that semi-final performance against South Africa, there is suddenly renewed hope with English rugby. Plenty of England's …
Josh Raisey
23 Oct, 18:56
World Rugby statement: Alleged discriminatory language
The alleged incident occurred in the second quarter of the Stade de France clash.
23 Oct, 18:41
The All Blacks who inspired Will Jordan’s incredible rise
Just like kids back in New Zealand, even All Black Will Jordan has heroes.
Finn Morton
23 Oct, 18:24
Ox, Koch and Polly
The last dance comes down to toe-to-toe combat between two familiar Southern Hemisphere heavyweights in Paris
Graham Simmons
23 Oct, 17:38
England's Rugby World Cup exit breaks UK television viewing record
England's heartbreaking loss to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup on Saturday has emerged as the most-watched program of the yea…
Ian Cameron
23 Oct, 17:10
England coach set to be axed after World Cup - report
Steve Borthwick is set to part ways with defence coach Kevin Sinfield at the end of the World Cup, according to The Telegraph. 
Josh Raisey
23 Oct, 16:40
'It was a tough 2 weeks after being left out of the World Cup squad'
Harlequins director of rugby Billy Millard believed that the disappointment felt in last week’s narrow defeat at Gloucester was …
23 Oct, 15:46
Courtney Lawes to call time on England career
The 34-year-old’s bid to end his international career on a high was cruelly ended by South Africa.
23 Oct, 14:36
Mick Cleary: 'What has changed is that England have regained respect'
England's ills are not entirely cured but they made a huge step in the right direction against the world champion Springboks
Mick Cleary
23 Oct, 3:44
Glasgow power to opening URC victory over Leinster at Scotstoun
A Glasgow side containing seven members of Scotland’s Rugby World Cup squad were pushed all the way by Leinster before eventuall…
23 Oct, 1:48
Jarrod Evans and Luke Northmore guide Harlequins to win over Exeter
Harlequins picked up their first league win of the Gallagher Premiership season with a hard-fought 22-14 victory over Exeter at th…
23 Oct, 1:42
The All Blacks might just have the best wing combination in the world
Will Jordan and Mark Telea are giving the All Blacks a lethal attacking threat on both sides of the field.
Gregor Paul
22 Oct, 23:39
Taine Plumtree shines on debut but Scarlets brushed aside by Bulls in URC opener
Taine Plumtree marked his Scarlets debut with a pair of tries but the Welsh side were outclassed as they were beaten 63-21 by the …
22 Oct, 23:25
Repeat set-piece woe and three other beaten England talking points
Saturday night was gut-wrenching for England. Steve Borthwick’s brisk transformation of his team from no-hopers to Rugby World C…
Liam Heagney
22 Oct, 22:09
South Africa statement: Springboks investigating Mbonambi's alleged racist abuse of England’s Curry
South Africa have begun investigating an alleged racist slur directed at England flanker Tom Curry by their hooker Mbongeni Mbonam…
22 Oct, 21:30
'Three or four guys screaming and shouting at me, it was brilliant'
Gentle giant RG Snyman got all emotional when reflecting on the dark times he endured before stepping off the bench on Saturday ni…
Liam Heagney
22 Oct, 19:21
Springboks camp 'not aware' of any Mbonambi comment
The Springboks camp has denied knowledge of 'any comment' made by Bongi Mbonambi towards England flanker Tom Curry.
Ian Cameron
22 Oct, 19:17
Springboks and All Blacks to create more ‘history’ in World Cup final
New Zealand and South Africa share one of the most intense rivalries in rugby, if not world sport.
Finn Morton
22 Oct, 19:12
South Africa hero Ox Nche's act of class spotted during final whistle brawl
Handre Pollard may have been named player of the match in South Africa's 16-15 World Cup semi-final win over England on Saturday, …
Josh Raisey
22 Oct, 18:42
England have until Monday to report alleged racial slur aimed at Tom Curry
Although the alleged slur is not audible on the ref link, Curry’s subsequent conversation with Ben O’Keeffe is.
22 Oct, 17:50
'He cares about Siya from the township': Kolisi gushes over departing Nienaber
As South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber enters his final week with the team before joining Leinster after the World Cup, his c…
Josh Raisey
22 Oct, 17:45
Slur allegation made in heated exchange between Curry and Mbonambi
Questions are being asked over the context to a number of heated exchanges between England flanker Tom Curry and South Africa hook…
Ian Cameron
22 Oct, 17:10
Lawes, Itoje outline where it agonisingly went wrong for England
Neither Courtney Lawes nor Maro Itoje were shy in Saturday night’s post-game mixed zone when it came to identifying what they fe…
Liam Heagney
22 Oct, 16:27
What Danny Care said when sat in a post-game bath with Maro Itoje
Danny Care has reflected on the crushing sense of disappointment at seeing England agonisingly lose their Rugby World Cup semi-fin…
Liam Heagney
22 Oct, 15:52
Owen Farrell explains his final whistle clash with Willie le Roux
Owen Farrell has shrugged off his post-final whistle altercation with South Africa’s Willie le Roux.
Liam Heagney
22 Oct, 15:22
‘Now is not the time to be talking about things like that’
Steve Borthwick has steered clear of sharing his thoughts on the officiating of the scrum by referee Ben O’Keeffe in Saturday ni…
Liam Heagney
22 Oct, 15:11
What Siya Kolisi thought as Handre Pollard lined up match-winning kick
With a Rugby World Cup semi-final hanging in the balance, playmaker Handre Pollard propped the ball up on a goal-kicking tee ahead…
Finn Morton
22 Oct, 7:41
Springboks look to defend World Cup title in 'special' final against All Blacks
South Africa will look to defend their Rugby World Cup title against fierce rivals New Zealand next weekend.
Finn Morton
22 Oct, 6:58
Manie Libbok thrown World Cup final lifeline by Nienaber after first-half axing
South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber has explained the decision behind replacing his starting fly-half Manie Libbok after only…
Josh Raisey
22 Oct, 6:33
The crunch decision making that turned the Springboks' tide
Was there ever a point where they didn’t believe it would happen? Every time the camera switched to the Springboks coaches’ bo…
Daniel Gallan
22 Oct, 6:21
'To have moments like that as a fly-half is what you live for'
Replacement South Africa flyhalf Handre Pollard has praised the Springboks never say die attitude as they clinched a remarkable co…
Ian Cameron
22 Oct, 6:01
'We found a way' - Siya Kolisi lauds team despite 'awful' discipline
South African captain Siya Kolisi has lauded his Springboks side after they snatched a one-point victory from the jaws of defeat, …
Ian Cameron
22 Oct, 5:38
England player ratings vs South Africa | Rugby World Cup 2023
England player ratings live from Stade de France: This was the moment of real truth for Steve Borthwick's England.
Liam Heagney
22 Oct, 5:20
Springboks player ratings vs England | Rugby World Cup 2023
Springboks player ratings: How on earth did they do that? So many of them were terrible. Truly terrible. And yet they found a way.…
Daniel Gallan
22 Oct, 5:20
Handre Pollard heroics breaks English hearts in thrilling World Cup semi
Defending champions South Africa are off to their second-consecutive Rugby World Cup final after beating England 16-15 on a rainy …
Finn Morton
22 Oct, 5:00
Munster earn bonus-point win over Hollywoodbets Sharks in URC opener
Final-quarter tries from Andrew Conway and Ethan Coughlan earned Munster a 34-21 bonus-point win over the Hollywoodbets Sharks as …
22 Oct, 4:25
Former England 10 earns Benetton stunning comeback win over Cardiff
The boot of Jacob Umaga proved crucial as Benetton overturned a 16-point deficit to beat Cardiff 23-22 at the Arms Park in the ope…
22 Oct, 3:40
All Blacks mid-game World Cup experiment labelled 'damning'
A mid-game experiment by the All Blacks at the end of their one-sided Rugby World Cup semi-final win over Argentina has been descr…
Ian Cameron
22 Oct, 3:31
'I was screaming from the touchline and they’re calling ‘leave the rucks alone’'
Skipper Rob du Preez scored the match-winning try and kicked four goals
22 Oct, 2:25
Pat Lam puts Bristol win over Northampton down to 'pure guts'
Bristol Bears director of rugby Pat Lam hailed the guts shown by his side as they came from behind to claim a 33-27 win over North…
22 Oct, 2:18
Mack Hansen watches on as Connacht cut down Ospreys
Caolin Blade’s 22-minute first-half hat-trick catapulted Connacht to an opening 34-26 bonus-point win over the Ospreys in the BK…
22 Oct, 2:18
Johann van Graan's verdict on Bath’s impressive victory over Saracens
Johann van Graan hailed Bath’s mental strength and tactical nous after an impressive 25-16 victory over defending champions Sara…
22 Oct, 2:13
Stormers hold off Lions fightback to win South African derby
The Stormers survived a second-half Lions fightback to prevail 35-33 at Emirates Airline Park in their United Rugby Championship o…
22 Oct, 2:11
Scotland's Ben Healy inspires Edinburgh comeback victory against Dragons
Debutant Ben Healy inspired an Edinburgh comeback victory by kicking 17 points and creating their only try for captain Ben Vellaco…
22 Oct, 2:04
Skipper Rob du Preez gives Sale Sharks deserved win against Leicester Tigers
Captain Rob du Preez’s individual try allowed Sale Sharks to make it back-to-back wins in the Gallagher Premiership as they defe…
22 Oct, 1:57
'I’m just blessed’: Aaron Smith looks ahead to final week as an All Black
This is Aaron Smith’s last week as an All Black. As you read this, take a moment to applaud, celebrate and cherish the greatness…
Finn Morton
22 Oct, 1:49
Saracens remain winless in Premiership after home loss to Bath
Bath maintained their winning start to the new Premiership season with a 25-16 triumph over defending champions Saracens at a stor…
22 Oct, 0:46
Virimi Vakatawa injured as Bristol beat Northampton
Bristol Bears roared back from 11 points down to beat Northampton 33-27 and bag a second successive win at the start of the Gallag…
22 Oct, 0:19
Neve Jones and Beibhinn Parsons both score twice as Ireland thrash Colombia
Neve Jones and Beibhinn Parsons crossed for a brace each as Ireland ran in 10 tries to record a comprehensive 64-3 victory in thei…
22 Oct, 0:10
Javier Bardem on why he loves rugby and the position he played for Spain
Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem joined RugbyPass TV before the Rugby World Cup semi-final between Argentina and New Zealand and …
Ian Cameron
21 Oct, 23:16
Ulster hit back to beat Zebre Parma in thriller
Ulster staged a second-half fightback to beat Zebre Parma 40-36 and get their United Rugby Championship campaign off to a winning …
21 Oct, 22:51
Watch- Finn Russell sets up wonder try in first Bath start
Finn Russell gave the Gallagher Premiership a glimpse as to why Bath signed him on Saturday as he faced the reigning champions Sar…
Josh Raisey
21 Oct, 22:45
How Jason Robinson sees England vs South Africa playing out
Former tournament winner Jason Robinson says he believes that England can cause an upset in their Rugby World Cup semi-final again…
Ian Cameron
21 Oct, 22:45
'It’s a team game': Will Jordan focused on World Cup glory instead of record
Will Jordan would happily sacrifice his place in the history books if it means New Zealand lift the World Cup for an unprecedented…
21 Oct, 21:44
George Horne to make Glasgow milestone against Leinster
George Horne is set to make his 100th appearance for Glasgow when Warriors kick off their United Rugby Championship season against…
21 Oct, 20:07
How England can beat South Africa – Andy Goode
England are rightly significant underdogs against South Africa but they were four years ago as well against New Zealand in the sem…
Andy Goode
21 Oct, 19:35
Tinkerman Borthwick and three other England semi-final talking points
Friday night’s action at Stade de France was a timely reminder that England need to bring their A-game against the Springboks or…
Liam Heagney
21 Oct, 18:36
The 'don't get hit off your feet' Tom Curry message for England
It’s been this week’s lazy Rugby World Cup narrative, that somehow England playing the Springboks in this Saturday’s semi-fi…
Liam Heagney
21 Oct, 17:15
Gloucester boss hails 'outstanding' England World Cup winner as best coach in Premiership
Gloucester director of rugby George Skivington played down the significance of a first Gallagher Premiership away victory in nearl…
21 Oct, 17:13
Ben Kay: 'I’ve seen bigger upsets in sport than England winning tonight'
Steve Borthwick's men are clear underdogs against the Springboks and will hope to cause a huge upset in Paris
Ben Kay
21 Oct, 16:49
Gloucester repel late Newcastle comeback to make it two wins out of two
Gloucester made it two wins from two in the Gallagher Premiership with a nervy 18-14 victory over Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Pa…
21 Oct, 16:48
France resist Black Ferns comeback to claim famous WXV1 victory
The world champion Black Ferns had not faced France since a tight semi-final at the Rugby World Cup last year.
Ned Lester
21 Oct, 15:58
The 'five or six minutes' warning that has Elliot Daly clued in
Think painful memories of the 2019 Rugby World Cup final have England focused for this Saturday’s semi-final rematch with the Sp…
Liam Heagney
21 Oct, 15:50
'This generation's different, gone is the big Churchillian leader'
It’s 20 years now since Martin Johnson was centre stage, inspiring England to Rugby World Cup glory with a belter of a rev-up sp…
Liam Heagney
21 Oct, 14:31
Canada dominate up front to dismiss Wales in WXV1
Canada and Wales made their WXV1 debuts on the second night of action in Wellington, kicking off the double header in the windy ci…
Ned Lester
21 Oct, 12:58
'Didn't have the class': Cheika refuses to leave World Cup on sour note
The Pumas were blown away at the Stade de France but will return next Friday to play either England or South Africa.
21 Oct, 11:05
Fresh faces Miller and Wyrwas light up WXV 1 opener
Both Australia's Miller and England's Wrywas have the ability to showcase the potential that the WXV concept has, to bring players…
Jamie Wall
21 Oct, 10:55
Sam Cane ‘stoked’ with All Blacks’ defensive success at World Cup
Defence wins championships. It’s an old adage that’s thrown around time and time again in sports including American Football, …
Finn Morton
21 Oct, 8:55
Ian Foster insists he does not care who New Zealand face in World Cup final
The All Blacks booked an unprecedented fifth World Cup final appearance after crushing Argentina in a 44-6 success at the Stade de…
21 Oct, 8:29
How the All Blacks bounced back from France defeat on ‘journey’ to final
Just two hours into the Rugby World Cup, the All Blacks’ campaign was flipped on its head. For the first time ever, the New Zeal…
Finn Morton
21 Oct, 8:28
‘Not a personal agenda’: Ian Foster discusses World Cup ‘pressure’ on All Blacks
For a team that came under immense pressure, criticism and scrutiny during an underwhelming run of form last year, the All Blacks …
Finn Morton
21 Oct, 8:03
Jordie Barrett credits 'the big boys' for winning big moments in semi-final
Among the many impressive performances, New Zealand's second five-eighth Jordie Barrett was awarded Man of the Match.
Ned Lester
21 Oct, 7:06
Argentina player ratings vs All Blacks | Rugby World Cup 2023
Argentina's hopes of making their first World Cup final were dashed at the hands of the All Blacks at the Stade de France on Frida…
Josh Raisey
21 Oct, 5:05
All Blacks player ratings vs Los Pumas | Rugby World Cup 2023
Who were the All Blacks' best performers at the Stade de France in a comfortable 44-6 win over Argentina?
Tom Vinicombe
21 Oct, 5:02
All Blacks blitz Pumas to book place in Rugby World Cup final
With the hopes of a rugby-mad nation resting firmly on their shoulders, the All Blacks have overcome pressure, scrutiny and a hist…
Finn Morton
21 Oct, 4:52
Referee change confirmed for England and South Africa semi-final
Referee Mathieu Raynal is set to replace Andrew Brace as an assistant referee in tomorrow's World Cup semi-final clash between Sou…
Josh Raisey
21 Oct, 4:19
Why peaking for a World Cup could be pointless
Much is made of building one's form during the RWC cycle but the unpredictable nature of Test rugby can make coaches wonder if it …
Sam Larner
20 Oct, 23:45
Scotland go two from two with win over United States in WXV2
Scotland beat the United States 24-14 in Cape Town to make it two wins from two WXV2 games.
20 Oct, 22:48
'He knows the South African teams in our league well': New Edinburgh boss' 'bonus'
Stevie Lawrie revealed Edinburgh are driven to get back into the United Rugby Championship play-offs as they bid to bounce back fr…
20 Oct, 22:43
South Africa's Cobus Reinach 'in a good space' after death threat from France fan
South Africa have condemned the death threat received by scrum-half Cobus Reinach ahead of Saturday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final…
20 Oct, 21:11
England vs South Africa: Talking points as World Cup final beckons
The two teams met in the final four years ago, with South Africa resounding winners.
20 Oct, 20:54
Rassie Erasmus has let us all down
Rassie Erasmus has told us often and loudly that the Springboks represent the best of South Africa. He’s right. They are proof o…
Daniel Gallan
20 Oct, 20:50
Jake White: What we now know about the Springboks camp
You want to know what I think about that France South Africa game? Three words. Wow. Wow. Wow. It was simply unbelievable.
Jake White
20 Oct, 19:56
'I know they watch everything and hear everything we say'
England haven’t been just preparing themselves for the physicality of the Springboks this Saturday night in Paris...
Liam Heagney
20 Oct, 19:29
Rugby World Cup Fantasy Rugby: Only four remain... choose wisely
Last weekend may have been the greatest in Rugby World Cup history.
Cameron Stephens
20 Oct, 18:32
England 'two games away from lifting the trophy'
Topsy Ojo has backed England to reach the Rugby World Cup final but admitted they will need to “fight fire with fire” if they …
20 Oct, 18:24
Justin Marshall issues last-minute warning for the All Blacks
Justin Marshall is as aware as anyone ahead of New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup semi-final against Argentina that his former team i…
Luke Norman
20 Oct, 18:10
'Merited a red card': Romain Poite says South Africa star escaped sending off
A number of current and ex referees have had their say about the events of the quarter-final clash between France and South Africa…
Josh Raisey
20 Oct, 18:10
South Africa vs England: 5 past Rugby World Cup meetings
England’s World Cup semi-final clash with South Africa in Paris is the latest instalment of a rich history between the two natio…
20 Oct, 17:58
Louis Koen on the tackle that shook the rugby world
It was a hit that shook the foundations of the game. Not just women’s rugby. Not just South African rugby. But the entire galaxy…
Daniel Gallan
20 Oct, 17:57
It's all kicking off in Cape Town: 50 days to go to the HSBC SVNS!
Totally refreshed, a brand new HSBC SVNS is coming to Cape Town, bringing together a unique festival of sport, music, food, fitnes…
20 Oct, 17:00
England's World Cup semi-final record gives them hope against South Africa
England will be appearing in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals for the sixth time when they lock horns with current champions South …
20 Oct, 16:19
Key Battles: How the Red Roses dominated the Wallaroos
WXV 1 Kicked off with a ferocious encounter between England and Australia that saw the world number one Red Roses dominate almost …
Matt Merritt
20 Oct, 16:12
Red Roses claim debut WXV1 victory in Wellington
It was an historic night for rugby with the WXV1 kicking off in Wellington. The Wallaroos faced the mountainous task of tackling t…
Ned Lester
20 Oct, 16:11
Why Itoje feels England 'are going to be celebrating Saturday night’
Maro Itoje has urged England to seize the chance to clinch a place in the Rugby World Cup final, claiming that South Africa are no…
20 Oct, 14:56
Ben Earl: 'Sink or swim at this point, isn’t it? Let’s hope I swim'
Weights are a tricky business. For whatever reason, a scattergun of different numbers can exist for a player. Take Ben Earl...
Liam Heagney
20 Oct, 14:09
Wallaroos single out England skipper withs sights set on upset
Wallaroos assistant coach Scott Fava said his fifth-ranked team was aware of the challenge presented across the park by world No.1…
20 Oct, 12:38
'There is far too much naysaying around England - the Boks are beatable'
England must believe megaton South Africa and their fabled Bomb Squad are not invincible.
Tom Bradshaw
20 Oct, 5:15
Nominees for ‘Best Team in the World’ continued: A WXV Preview
Welcome back from that brief intermission. We hope you did something fun - like watching a supercut of Alisha Butchers highlights,…
Claire Thomas
20 Oct, 4:10
What the Boks make of facing Freddie Steward instead of Marcus Smith
Springboks boss Jacques Nienaber has weighed in the return of Freddie Steward to England's backline, with Marcus Smith being withd…
Ian Cameron
20 Oct, 3:51
'Northern Hemisphere' team South Africa have no 'hatred' for England
South African head coach Jacques Nienaber has denied there is any 'hatred' from the Springboks towards England and insists that hi…
Ian Cameron
20 Oct, 3:23
WXV 2 returns for a second round of scintillating action in South Africa
WXV 2 kicked off in spectacular fashion in South Africa last Friday. Against Scotland, a bone-rattling tackle from Libbie Janse va…
Imogen Ainsworth
20 Oct, 2:05
The Springboks have just made it harder for themselves
For only the second time in their time together in charge of the Springboks, a run that stretches 64 Tests...
Daniel Gallan
20 Oct, 0:51
Foster downplays All Blacks’ ‘lingering’ thoughts of 2019 semi-final exit
Coach Ian Foster has revealed how much the All Blacks have actually spoken about their semi-final defeat to England in 2019.
Finn Morton
20 Oct, 0:02
URC pre-season report card: A team-by-team look at all 16 sides
While most of the focus is currently on the Rugby World Cup in France, the 2023/24 BKT United Rugby Championship season gets under…
Simon Thomas
19 Oct, 23:13
'Welsh rugby has much to do for the national team to prosper in Australia in 2027'
Warren Gatland exited the World Cup with the goodwill of the Welsh rugby public and will waste no time in preparing for the journe…
Mark Orders
19 Oct, 23:00
Borthwick explains Smith's absence, why Marler, Martin are starting
Steve Borthwick has explained making three changes to his England Rugby World Cup semi-final team.
Liam Heagney
19 Oct, 22:12
‘Didn’t come here to beat Ireland’: All Blacks focused on World Cup glory
The All Blacks have their sights set firmly on the Rugby World Cup prize ahead of a blockbuster semi-final against southern hemisp…
Finn Morton
19 Oct, 22:08
WXV 1 teams are named as anticipation builds for first round in Wellington
The six teams have been named ahead of the first round of WXV 1 in Wellington. All matches will be played at Sky Stadium, kicking …
Imogen Ainsworth
19 Oct, 21:51
The Boks are favourites, but won’t repeat the egregious mistakes made by England’s class of 2019
As the World Cup semi-final draws nearer, the fortunes of the protagonists are scrutinised and their differing paths laid bare
Jon Cardinelli
19 Oct, 21:30
The Nigel Owens verdict on the big calls that upset a nation
After what was arguably one of the best weekends of Rugby World Cup action fans have seen, there were a number of incidents that h…
Grant Constable
19 Oct, 20:55
South Africa driven by fears of 'cheating' a nation – Siya Kolisi
Captain Siya Kolisi says the daily struggles endured by millions of South Africans is fuelling the Springboks’ quest to retain t…
19 Oct, 20:32
Jac Morgan to captain Wales in post-Rugby World Cup fixture
Jac Morgan will captain Wales in next month’s fixture with Barbarians.
19 Oct, 20:09
Fiji's Tuisova set for surgery and long spell out after injury against England
Fiji and Racing 92 centre Josua Tuisova is set to be out for "several months" after picking up an injury to his left knee against …
Josh Raisey
19 Oct, 20:06
Why the All Blacks ‘couldn’t get too close’ to Dan Carter before semi-final
Rugby World Cup-winning icon Dan Carter made another guest appearance at All Blacks training on Wednesday as the New Zealanders pr…
Finn Morton
19 Oct, 19:59
‘Don’t live in the past’: Ian Foster dismisses All Blacks’ semi-final favouritism
Many consider the All Blacks to be overwhelming favourites ahead of their Rugby World Cup semi-final against Los Pumas, but don’…
Finn Morton
19 Oct, 19:32
Richie Mo'unga has come of age as an All Blacks No 10
Perhaps the most important decision the All Blacks have made in the last 15 months has been to commit to Richie Mo’unga as their…
Gregor Paul
19 Oct, 19:04
Three semi-final changes for England, including two in the pack
Steve Borthwick has made three changes to his England team for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final versus the Springboks in Pa…
Liam Heagney
19 Oct, 19:00
'We are definitely ready to play now and can’t wait to get started on Friday'
We talk about world-class and world-leading facilities, and this place has it all. The indoor pitch with interactive kicking scree…
Rosie Galligan
19 Oct, 18:57
Wallabies hopeful Miles Amatosero returns home with Waratahs
Harbouring ambitions of donning Wallaby gold, French-based lock Miles Amatosero will return home to Australia after penning a deal…
Finn Morton
19 Oct, 18:13
All Blacks address how Rieko Ioane behaved at full time versus Ireland
The All Blacks have addressed Rieko Ioane's heated exchange with Johnny Sexton and ear-cupping antics following the final whistle.…
Ian Cameron
19 Oct, 17:56
Nienaber's 'unique' comparison of England and France can be read two ways
South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber has said his side "know what's coming" against England on Saturday in the World Cup semi-…
Josh Raisey
19 Oct, 17:34
Women’s rugby revolution - What is the WXV?
Organisers hope it will act as a “springboard” for the 2025 World Cup.
19 Oct, 16:55
Ireland could yet have last laugh on World Rugby Men's Rankings
Ireland could theoretically return to the No.1 spot in the World Rugby Men's Rankings this weekend, despite being eliminated from …
Ian Cameron
19 Oct, 16:52
The Springboks verdict on England's much-vaunted back row
One of the standout performers for England so far this World Cup, if not the standout performer, has been No8 Ben Earl, who has be…
Josh Raisey
19 Oct, 16:47
The Springboks selection policy that helps cancel out effect of 'physical' games
South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber has downplayed the physical toll two huge games against Ireland and France had his Spring…
Ian Cameron
19 Oct, 16:24
Aaron Smith draws inspiration from 2019 ‘pain’ after emotional quarter-final
Aaron Smith burst into tears after the All Blacks’ thrilling 28-24 quarter-final win over Ireland, with the halfback turning to …
Finn Morton
19 Oct, 16:24
Awards Season is upon us: The WXV 1 nominees are in
This Autumn, the WXV1 trophy will be raised for the very first time - and the nominees are blockbuster. It’s time to cast our ey…
Claire Thomas
19 Oct, 16:21
South Africa name unchanged side for World Cup semi-final clash against England
South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber has decided to stick to a winning formula and has named an unchanged squad to face Englan…
Josh Raisey
19 Oct, 15:27
'We’re growing as a team and that’s a scary thing for any team'
It’s curious the negative narrative that can be built up about England when facing the more bruising international teams.
Liam Heagney
19 Oct, 14:47
Former captain John Smit on why this week is 'easier' for Springboks
Two former Springbok legends have offered their views on the semi-final matchup with England after overcoming France 29-28 in Pari…
Ben Smith
19 Oct, 6:02
Ian Foster warns his All Black side not to be ‘softened’
The All Blacks booked a last-four spot by upsetting Andy Farrell’s men with a pulsating 28-24 victory in Paris.
19 Oct, 5:32
'We'll see': Argentina using last year’s win over New Zealand as semi-final inspiration
Argentina have invoked their historic victory over New Zealand last year in their quest to pull off a seismic upset by winning Fri…
19 Oct, 5:22
Mark Telea returns as All Blacks name team for World Cup semi-final
After missing last weekend’s win over Ireland due to disciplinary reasons, wing Mark Telea has been named in the All Blacks’ t…
Finn Morton
19 Oct, 0:25
Argentina make one change for World Cup semi-final against All Blacks
Argentina have only made one change to their team to face the All Blacks on Friday in the World Cup semi-final from the one that b…
Josh Raisey
18 Oct, 23:59
Anna Caplice: 'This tournament has been created to close those gaps'
WXV is in its infancy, this is the first year of it. This tournament has been created to close those gaps. These big scorelines ma…
Anna Caplice
18 Oct, 23:44
Sean Everitt: 'I want to build a bigger brand than Edinburgh's URC team'
After 15 years at the Sharks ended acrimoniously, Edinburgh's new supremo has a plan to right the Scottish club
Jamie Lyall
18 Oct, 22:18
Warren Gatland confirms plan to remain as Wales coach until next World Cup
Warren Gatland has confirmed his intention to remain as Wales coach until the 2027 World Cup, saying he is "excited" about what th…
Josh Raisey
18 Oct, 21:47
How England can exorcise the Springboks ghosts of 2019
England will not have to look far to discover their extra motivational edge for their RWC semi-final against South Africa.
Nick Bishop
18 Oct, 20:31
England forward refutes semi-final 'revenge is motivation' claim
The rivals collide for the sixth time in the tournament’s history this weekend.
18 Oct, 20:15
Why former All Black ‘wasn’t surprised’ to see New Zealand beat Ireland
Former All Blacks halfback Justin Marshall has reflected on one of New Zealand’s best performances “in a very long time.”
Finn Morton
18 Oct, 20:07
Racing 92 accuse England star of injuring new signing with 'violent tackle'
Top 14 outfit Racing 92 shared a loaded statement yesterday accusing England flanker Tom Curry of injuring their new centre Josua …
Josh Raisey
18 Oct, 19:59
Ref Ben O’Keeffe responds to Antoine Dupont’s post-match comments
Referee Ben O’Keeffe has hit back at Antoine Dupont’s criticism after France’s heartbreaking Rugby World Cup exit as they lo…
Finn Morton
18 Oct, 18:23
Wales international in contractual limbo after returning from injury hell
Wales and Cardiff centre Willis Halaholo could make a surprise return to the region this weekend for the opening match of the Unit…
Josh Raisey
18 Oct, 17:53
England's 'inside man' could be a concern for the Springboks
England's S&C coach Aled Walters has spent enough time with the Springboks to know exactly how they operate.
Grant Constable
18 Oct, 17:50
Rassie Erasmus continues mind games by predicting England XV to face South Africa
It is often said that South Africa are a team that are made for World Cups and knockout rugby, but so too is their director of rug…
Josh Raisey
18 Oct, 17:15
Boks expecting England to take 'intensity and physicality to a whole new level'
Fly-half Handre Pollard says the pressure of representing South Africa at the World Cup is a privilege as he bids to inflict more …
18 Oct, 16:23
'World-class 15' despite getting 'face smashed all over the place'
Rugby World Cup 2023 has been quite a transformative journey for Marcus Smith.
Liam Heagney
18 Oct, 15:04
Super W expansion delayed as 2024 schedule announced
The five-round season, plus a two-week finals series, kicks off on Friday, March 15 with the Western Force hosting the Melbourne R…
18 Oct, 12:41
Wallaroos shift Palu from midfield to blindside in team for England
The Australians open their campaign in Wellington against England on Friday night, followed by matches against France and Wales.
18 Oct, 12:26
Tana Umaga calls out 'bandwagon' All Black fans for treatment of Foster
Former All Black captain and legendary midfielder Tana Umaga has expressed his disappointment at how head coach Ian Foster has bee…
Kim Ekin
18 Oct, 11:56
What the All Blacks' 2007 World Cup exit can teach Ireland
Sporting history is rich with the tales of teams who suffered a heart-wrenching loss, took the lessons and went on to become world…
Kim Ekin
18 Oct, 11:35
'You need more than that': Springbok legend writes off England's chances
Springboks World Cup-winning flyhalf Joel Stransky has ruled out England's chances of beating South Africa in their semi-final thi…
Ben Smith
18 Oct, 10:32
'The bus was deadly silent': Beauden Barrett talks ruthless quarter-final edge
Reflecting on the All Blacks' quarter-final preparations, Beuaden Barrett has offered some insight into what contributed to New Ze…
Ned Lester
18 Oct, 6:30
'The definition of insanity': Eddie Jones gets 'factual' on World Cup selections
Eddie Jones has finally revealed the reason for omitting Quade Cooper from Australia's Rugby World Cup squad.
18 Oct, 4:34
Rassie Erasmus expects England to have ‘some beef’ with South Africa
The Springboks’ director of rugby began the mind games ahead of Saturday’s Paris showdown.
18 Oct, 4:21
Warriors Women withdraw from Premiership Women's Rugby and Allianz Cup
Warriors Women have been withdrawn from the upcoming Premiership Women’s Rugby and Allianz Cup season.
Imogen Ainsworth
18 Oct, 0:57
England's 'in awe of the physicality they brought' Springboks verdict
Kevin Sinfield has warned England not to be too fixated on the threat posed by star Springboks players in next Saturday’s Rugby …
Liam Heagney
18 Oct, 0:29
‘This is the best England side we've ever had, isn’t it?’
I mean forget 2003, or Grand Slam victors, forget that silver medal team of 2019 that ousted the All Blacks so succinctly, this is…
Sam Roberts
17 Oct, 21:31
Keith Earls going out on his own terms as he announces retirement
Keith Earls has announced his retirement from rugby following a 16-year professional career with Munster and Ireland.
17 Oct, 20:25
South African World Cup winner praises Etzebeth on 'amazing job' developing his game
Eben Etzebeth had an action-packed World Cup quarter-final against France at the Stade de France which included a try-saving inter…
Josh Raisey
17 Oct, 20:15
The night the French dream died
The devastation took hold at the final whistle but when the pain recedes, France have a young squad and will throw everything at A…
Gavin Mortimer
17 Oct, 19:14
Referees confirmed for World Cup semi-finals
Referees Angus Gardner and Ben O'Keeffe are set to referee the World Cup semi-finals this weekend as the All Blacks face Argentina…
Josh Raisey
17 Oct, 18:43
The key intel Cheslin Kolbe had for crucial charge down in South Africa win
No one knew just how important Cheslin Kolbe's charge down was going to be when he stopped France's Thomas Ramos from converting a…
Josh Raisey
17 Oct, 17:33
'The Boks will go again. It is what they do.'
In sport, there can only be one winner and at the Stade de France, France mourned for its stars, while South Africans rejoiced for…
Daniel Gallan
17 Oct, 17:03
WRU statement clarifies what went on with their disappearing numbers
The Welsh Rugby Union have had to clarify what happened when just minutes after kick-off against Argentina in their quarter-final …
Grant Constable
17 Oct, 16:36
Fiji coach Simon Raiwalui steps down after World Cup exit
Fiji head coach Simon Raiwalui has confirmed that he will not look to extend his contract with the Fiji Rugby Union beyond the end…
Josh Raisey
17 Oct, 15:57
The Parisian housewarming Joe Marchant never imagined happening
How incredibly ironic. Joe Marchant jumped on board a train from Marseille to Paris on Monday afternoon, not to embrace his new li…
Liam Heagney
17 Oct, 15:44
The All Blacks did their job as Ireland suffered from their own ineptitude
They had ample opportunities to beat the All Blacks on Sunday and weren’t good enough to take them. At times, that was due to th…
Hamish Bidwell
17 Oct, 11:51
The odd stat that all World Cup quarter-final losers had in common
Each of the four Rugby World Cup quarter-finals provided absorbing and close contests as the top four sides clashed on one side an…
Kim Ekin
17 Oct, 11:39
Sir John Kirwan on the Springbok strength 'you can't measure'
The reigning champs prevailed in a brutal contest against tournament hosts France, facing the might of the Antoine Dupont-led team…
Ned Lester
17 Oct, 10:20
Eddie Jones doubles down on denying Japan talks, commits to Wallabies
Eddie Jones remains committed to Australian rugby and says his full intention is to coach the Wallabies through to the home World …
17 Oct, 8:31
Ellis Genge on why the outside noise is 'fuel' ahead of Springboks semi-final
England take on South Africa on Saturday for a place in the World Cup final.
17 Oct, 7:30
Australian government boosts funding for Fijiana and Fijian Drua
While Fiji helped dump the floundering Wallabies out of the Rugby World Cup, Australia has announced additional funding to support…
17 Oct, 6:42
Mo'unga thought he did a 'good job' at halfback until de Groot's feedback
With No 9 Aaron Smith yellow carded for a deliberate knock-on, the All Blacks decided to move first five-eighth Richie Mo'unga int…
Ned Lester
17 Oct, 6:20
Matt Williams details the possible flaw in Ireland's World Cup strategy
Former Scotland coach and Australian Irish TV pundit Matt Williams has detailed a theory on the possible error in Ireland's Rugby …
Ben Smith
17 Oct, 5:21
Harvey Biljon has found a new role after collapse of Jersey Reds
Former Jersey Reds’ director of rugby Harvey Biljon has taken up a short-term consultancy role with Rotherham Titans.
Jon Newcombe
17 Oct, 2:44
How the rugby world responded to South Africa's ultimate flex against France
South Africa's epic 29-28 World Cup quarter-final win over France on Sunday had a lot going on. From a charged down conversion to …
Josh Raisey
16 Oct, 23:46
Ref Watch: Who will be given the task of rugby's grandest contest?
In addition to surprise Rugby World Cup finalists we may also have a very unexpected referee.
Paul Smith
16 Oct, 23:26
Rassie Erasmus hypes up England with fascinating comparison stats
The reigning champions are red-hot favourites to win Saturday’s Paris semi-final.
16 Oct, 22:56
Grow up and stop booing Owen Farrell
Being booed by the opposition can be seen as a badge of honour for many elite sportspeople. In a gladiatorial environment, it is a…
Josh Raisey
16 Oct, 22:41
'They score two and you’re like, Oh no, please don’t be my fault’
The energy in the Marseille mixed zone on Sunday evening was infectious. There were Hollywood-type England smiles everywhere. Dann…
Liam Heagney
16 Oct, 22:30
The key to the All Blacks turning the tables on Ireland
The All Blacks have shown that they are a team that can fix itself, evolve and pick themselves up after crushing defeats
Gregor Paul
16 Oct, 21:30
Mick Cleary: 'Owen Farrell is not to everyone’s taste but he is a scrapper beyond compare'
Unbeaten yet unfancied, England have taken on the mantle as rank underdogs against the Springboks after navigating Fijian fire
Mick Cleary
16 Oct, 21:25
Gutted Matthieu Jalibert says South Africa fed off the referee's whistle
Devastated Matthieu Jalibert admitted France’s World Cup elimination on home soil was “hard to accept”.
16 Oct, 21:00
How have England reached the Rugby World Cup semi-finals?
England face South Africa in the World Cup semi-finals on Saturday despite entering the competition amid rock-bottom expectations.
16 Oct, 20:45
'I don’t know if I’ll be there' - Gutted Conan concedes brute World Cup fact
Ireland captain Sexton was sent into retirement two games earlier than he had hoped following the defeat to New Zealand.
16 Oct, 20:39
South Africa brimming with confidence for England ‘challenge’
The reigning champions edged out France 29-28 in an enthralling quarter-final on Sunday.
16 Oct, 20:38
Treatment of Owen Farrell by England fans in Marseille condemned
Owen Farrell vindicated his selection ahead of George Ford at fly-half with a man-of-the-match display in Sunday’s 30-24 victory…
16 Oct, 19:37
RWC 2023 quarters: Thrilling weekend proved ultimate advert for rugby
We knew the quarter finals would be close but nobody could have predicted the unbelievable intensity of a weekend producing four c…
Grant Constable
16 Oct, 19:34
Spicy Curry and three other England versus Fiji talking points
Seven weeks ago, you would have been subjected to a bruising pile-on if you dared to suggest that England would be the last northe…
Liam Heagney
16 Oct, 18:44
Cojones and Corleones...
Has there ever been a better weekend of Test Rugby? Fans have been spoilt with quarter-finals from the ages
Graham Simmons
16 Oct, 18:20
South Africa's Rassie Erasmus begins mind games with England
No sooner had South Africa dumped World Cup hosts France out of the World Cup on Sunday in Paris than director of rugby Rassie Era…
Josh Raisey
16 Oct, 17:30
Seismic world rankings change after whirlwind Rugby World Cup weekend
South Africa are back on top of the world ranking after a whirlwind Rugby World Cup quarter-final weekend which saw both Ireland a…
Ian Cameron
16 Oct, 16:47
Two French stars retire in aftermath of World Cup exit
France head coach Fabien Galthie has confirmed that prop Uini Atonio and lock Romain Taofifenua have retired from international ru…
Josh Raisey
16 Oct, 16:09
Kriel: 'I think as South Africans we are a pretty resilient bunch'
Springboks centre Jesse Kriel has lauded the resilience of his South African teammates after they beat France by a single point in…
Ian Cameron
16 Oct, 15:56
O’Mahony says Irish rugby is in a 'better place' despite quarter-final disappointment
O’Mahoney is one of several players who could retire after the quarter-final exit to New Zealand.
16 Oct, 12:01
Antoine Dupont's 'clear and obvious' take on missed calls in France's quarter-final loss
The World Cup hosts were beaten 29-28 by the reigning champions in a semi-final for the ages.
16 Oct, 7:13
Where does the Rugby World Cup go from here?
What happens next? Not just for France who must now accept that their fairytale is over. Not just for South Africa who march on wi…
Daniel Gallan
16 Oct, 6:53
'So many things went on': France not happy with a number of incidents
France have indicated that they were less than pleased with a number of refereeing calls made in their 29-28, Rugby World Cup-endi…
Ian Cameron
16 Oct, 6:34
Jacques Nienaber expects Springboks’ semi to come down to ‘small margins’
With the quarter-finals having come and gone at the Rugby World Cup, the focus has already begun to shift to next week.
Finn Morton
16 Oct, 6:30
France react to devastating exit from their own Rugby World Cup
Devastated France coaches and players have been reacting to their heart-breaking quarter-final loss to South Africa in the Rugby W…
Ian Cameron
16 Oct, 6:11
‘We play for the nation’: Kolisi on Springboks’ comeback win over France
Captain Siya Kolisi watched on from the sidelines as the Springboks looked to close out their thrilling Rugby World Cup quarter-fi…
Finn Morton
16 Oct, 6:02
Hosts France dumped out of World Cup as Boks march on into semis
The Springboks won 29-28 in a thrilling quarter-final at the Stade de France.
16 Oct, 5:31
France player ratings vs Springboks | Rugby World Cup 2023
The tournament hosts have crashed out of the event at the quarter-final stage after losing to reigning champions South Africa 28-2…
Finn Morton
16 Oct, 5:19
Springboks player ratings vs France | Rugby World Cup 2023
South Africa triumphed in what is surely one of the greatest games of rugby ever played. A truly sensational show that could have …
Daniel Gallan
16 Oct, 5:14
How Ireland won the battle but the All Blacks won the war
If there was a Trojan Horse at play on Saturday night, it was the secret unveiling of the New Zealand scramble defence.
Nick Bishop
16 Oct, 4:02
'It does feel unfair': Irish rugby pundits on whether they deserve the choker tag
After a tough 28-24 quarter-final exit at the hands of New Zealand, Ireland has been left to swallow a bitter pill after being the…
Kim Ekin
16 Oct, 3:56
Borthwick hails smart England for surviving 'couple of thunderbolts'
Steve Borthwick has hailed the growing ability of his England team to roll with the punches after they dramatically won their way …
Liam Heagney
16 Oct, 3:01
The lessons the All Blacks learned after 2019 quarter-final win over Ireland
The All Blacks made a statement with a 46-14 quarter-final win over Ireland at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, but the New Zeal…
Finn Morton
16 Oct, 2:34
The incredible defensive stat that saw the All Blacks beat Ireland
It might be a cliché but defence really does win championships, or in the All Blacks’ case it was the difference between stayin…
Finn Morton
16 Oct, 1:41
England player ratings vs Fiji | Rugby World Cup 2023
England player ratings live from Stade Velodrome: Steve Borthwick and co insisted in the lead-up to this Rugby World Cup quarter-f…
Liam Heagney
16 Oct, 1:29
England make semis after battling past Fiji in World Cup thriller
Owen Farrell steered England into the semi-finals of the World Cup after Steve Borthwick’s side faced down a Fiji fightback in a…
16 Oct, 1:20
Fiji player ratings vs England | Rugby World Cup 2023
Fiji's World Cup campaign came to a halt on Sunday against England at the Stade Velodrome, although a late surge almost brought th…
Josh Raisey
16 Oct, 1:12
'If you had offered this 5 months ago, we would have snapped your hand off'
Fly-half won 112 caps and scored more than 600 points for Wales.
16 Oct, 1:08
Alex Sanderson hails ‘northern grit’ in bad tempered Prem win
Alex Sanderson hailed Sale’s “northern grit” as they earned a scrappy 20-15 opening round win over Northampton Saints.
16 Oct, 0:04
Irish contemplate four more years of hurt
Andy Farrell's men could do no more in an epic encounter against the All Blacks and despite regrets, perspective is required to ho…
Garry Doyle
15 Oct, 23:11
Sale grind out win over Northampton to start Premiership season
Sale ground out a nervy 20-15 victory over Northampton to start the Gallagher Premiership season on a winning note.
15 Oct, 23:01
Ref Watch: Wayne Barnes in a two horse race
Quarter-final weekend saw Wayne Barnes move into pole position to referee the 2023 World Cup final through a combination of events…
Paul Smith
15 Oct, 22:06
'You don’t learn a lot from winning constantly': How tough RWC exits 'build character'
Wales wing Josh Adams believes that World Cup co-captains Jac Morgan and Dewi Lake will be “massive figureheads” during the bu…
15 Oct, 22:01
'It wasn't a derogatory comment at all' - Defence coach clarifies Ian Foster remarks
New Zealand defence coach Scott McLeod has defended Ian Foster's comments about Ireland's attack that he says were taken out of co…
Ian Cameron
15 Oct, 21:14
Wales leave World Cup with regrets but with their 'heads held high'
Warren Gatland has made huge strides with his Welsh side but a semi-final berth was beyond them as Argentina emerged victorious
Owain Jones
15 Oct, 20:07
Levan Maisashvili walks out on Georgia
The head coach of Georgia, Levan Maisashvili, has resigned his position just five days after the union denied he was leaving his r…
Ian Cameron
15 Oct, 19:34
Ireland boss Andy Farrell admits it 'is the end for this team'
Fly-half Sexton and veteran wing Keith Earls are already confirmed to be heading for retirement.
15 Oct, 19:15
'You're still the best dad' - Johnny Sexton's glittering career ends in tears
The 38-year-old heads into retirement as arguably his country’s greatest player.
15 Oct, 18:59
'12 months rehabbing for a World Cup you wouldn’t play in'- Quade Cooper
While Cooper did comment after missing out on the World Cup initially, he has refrained from confronting the Wallabies' World Cup …
Josh Raisey
15 Oct, 18:25
Pedestrian ruck and three other England versus Fiji talking points
It’s been quite the week in the south of France, the repeated mantra from the England camp in Aix-en-Provence being how they hav…
Liam Heagney
15 Oct, 18:24
'This is like an Eddie Jones question, is it' - Gatland on his Wales future
Wales boss Warren Gatland was quizzed on his future as head coach following Wales' Rugby World Cup quarter-final exit at the hands…
Ian Cameron
15 Oct, 17:14
'They’ve got a chance': All Blacks win gives Springboks hope against France
Former South Africa back-row and 2007 Rugby World Cup winner Bobby Skinstad believes the All Blacks' victory over Ireland on Satur…
Josh Raisey
15 Oct, 17:06
Claims ex-Ireland player jinxed team with pre-match comments
Remarks made by one ex-Ireland player turned pundit have been claimed to have jinxed Ireland in the lead-up to their Rugby World C…
Ian Cameron
15 Oct, 16:35
Paul Lasike: 'Definitely, you can call not qualifying a silver lining'
Paul Lasike will be up early on Sunday in Salt Lake City, a curious appointment to view where he will be cheering on both teams in…
Liam Heagney
15 Oct, 16:10
'England will kick Fiji to death, and it's France by one – Adam Jones
I’m going with England to reach the Rugby World Cup semi-finals. You saw in that first pool game against Argentina that they hav…
Adam Jones
15 Oct, 16:00
Heated exchange between Sexton and Ioane caught on camera
An angry exchange between Ireland flyhalf Johnny Sexton and All Blacks winger Rieko Ioane was caught on camera in the aftermath of…
Ian Cameron
15 Oct, 15:59
Johnny Sexton reflects on his career after Ireland’s devastating World Cup exit
Sexton has tipped his Ireland team-mates to come back stronger in his absence during an emotional post-match press conference.
15 Oct, 15:34
Sam Cane: ‘You look out for people in black jerseys in the crowd’
With veteran Sam Whitelock perched perfectly over the ball, referee Wayne Barnes raised his arm and awarded that penalty to the Al…
Finn Morton
15 Oct, 9:24
All Blacks coach Ian Foster reflects on ‘special day’ against Ireland
The All Blacks took the lead in the seventh minute through a Richie Mo’unga penalty goal and never looked back as they held on f…
Finn Morton
15 Oct, 8:55
'He's just a freak': Mo'unga on All Blacks' try-scoring phenom
All Blacks flyhalf Richie Mo'unga is "just glad that it's over" after an immense tussle with recent rivals Ireland, also heaping p…
Ned Lester
15 Oct, 8:39
This might be the All Blacks' greatest knockout win of all-time and that's the danger
The All Blacks 28-24 win over Ireland in the quarter-final was a pulsating, titanic battle between two contenders that came down t…
Ben Smith
15 Oct, 7:43
All Black Jordie Barrett on captain Sam Cane’s ‘unbelievable’ quarter-final
The backrower made his presence known with some big hits that could be felt from the stands at Stade de France.
Finn Morton
15 Oct, 7:34
Johnny Sexton was asked how he rates current All Blacks team
Ireland standoff Johnny Sexton was asked how he rated this crop of All Blacks, who have shipped their fair share of criticism over…
Ian Cameron
15 Oct, 7:18
‘Proud All Black’ Jordie Barrett reflects on ‘impressive’ defence against Ireland
About an hour after the full-time whistle sounded at Stade de France, a relieved-looking Jordie Barrett walked through the mixed z…
Finn Morton
15 Oct, 7:12
'We have to celebrate': Revenge served for Beauden Barrett in 'brutal' quarter-final
Spurred on by the memory and lingering emotion of that famous Steinlager Series defeat, Barrett and the All Blacks delivered a com…
Ned Lester
15 Oct, 7:03
Andy Farrell refuses 'sour grapes' over specific aspect of Ireland loss
Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has refused to complain about the officiating of the scrums during his side's heartbreaking 28-24 …
Ian Cameron
15 Oct, 6:29
Man of the Match Ardie Savea reacts to All Blacks overcoming two yellow cards
In a quarter-final for the ages, the All Blacks have prevailed to book a spot in the semi-finals at the Rugby World Cup.
Ned Lester
15 Oct, 5:50
'They sucker-punched us' - Sexton reacts to Ireland World Cup exit
Gutted Ireland captain Johnny Sexton has spoken of his pride in his side despite their Rugby World Cup quarter-final exit at the h…
Ian Cameron
15 Oct, 5:44
Ireland’s quarter-final curse continues as All Blacks move on
Ireland’s World Cup dream was crushed as their quarter-final curse continued with a heartbreaking 28-24 defeat to New Zealand in…
15 Oct, 5:36
Ireland player ratings vs All Blacks | Rugby World Cup 2023
Ireland’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final curse rages on. Coming into the knockout rounds on the back of an impressive 17-Test unb…
Finn Morton
15 Oct, 5:23
All Blacks player ratings vs Ireland | Rugby World Cup 2023
The All Blacks have defied the odds with a well-deserved 28-24 win over Ireland in Paris. How did the players rate in the win?
Tom Vinicombe
15 Oct, 5:10
Warren Gatland: Referee change threw Wales off
Wales head coach Warren Gatland has admitted the change of referee due to an injury to Jaco Peyper effected his team's performance…
Ian Cameron
15 Oct, 2:45
Heartbroken Wales sent home from World Cup as Los Pumas roar into semis
The Pumas ripped up the form book after struggling to qualify from their pool.
15 Oct, 1:25
Argentina player ratings vs Wales | Rugby World Cup 2023
Argentina booked their place in the World Cup semi-finals next week with a hard-fought 29-17 over Wales in Marseille on Saturday.…
Josh Raisey
15 Oct, 1:16
The verdict on the Finn Russell Bath debut
Bath’s head of rugby Johann van Graan was pleased with Finn Russell’s debut performance in the 34-26 victory over Newcastle Fa…
Ian Cameron
15 Oct, 1:12
Wales player ratings vs Argentina | Rugby World Cup 2023
Wales player ratings: A weird, wonderful and scrappy match for a number of reasons. Referee Jaco Peyper limped off after just 20 m…
Ian Cameron
15 Oct, 1:00
Ford-Robinson scores late try as Gloucester fight back to beat Quins
A last-minute try from replacement Jamal Ford-Robinson saw Gloucester edge a thrilling 29-28 home Gallagher Premiership comeback v…
14 Oct, 23:47
Referee Jaco Peyper's World Cup quarter-final ends in the 16th minute
Referee Jaco Peyper had his Rugby World Cup quarter-final appearance ended in the 16th minute in Marseille on Saturday.
Liam Heagney
14 Oct, 23:37
Finn Russell makes Bath debut in six-try win over Newcastle
Big Bath signing Finn Russell made his debut as a first-half replacement but it was skipper Ben Spencer who was the star of the sh…
14 Oct, 23:36
Premiership shock: Champions Saracens suffer record defeat to Exeter
Exeter Chiefs inflicted a record top-flight defeat on defending Gallagher Premiership champions Saracens as they ran amok at Sandy…
14 Oct, 23:07
'He inspires fear' - Teammate describes the Antoine Dupont effect
The France captain is back from a broken cheekbone for the World Cup quarter-final against South Africa.
14 Oct, 22:07
Where South Africa hope to get an edge against France
South Africa assistant coach Mzwandile Stick hopes his team can draw on the experience of their victorious 2019 World Cup run when…
14 Oct, 21:38
World Cup has made Rob Burrow 'bit of a' rugby union fan – Kevin Sinfield
The former Leeds Rhinos rugby league team-mates have raised over £8million for motor neurone disease charities since Burrow’s d…
14 Oct, 21:32
Why Marler warmed to 'jumped-up, entitled, little private school kid'
England prop Joe Marler has revealed his first impression of club and country colleague Marcus Smith – and it wasn’t very flat…
Liam Heagney
14 Oct, 21:23
All Borthwick needs now is a gameplan – Andy Goode
You have to credit Steve Borthwick for not being too conservative in his selection, now we just need the game plan to go with it a…
Andy Goode
14 Oct, 20:05
OTD: Andy Robinson appointed as England head coach
Andy Robinson succeeded Sir Clive Woodward as permanent England rugby union head coach on this day 19 years ago.
14 Oct, 19:00
Matt Dawson on the elephant in the room for New Zealand
Ireland have the form, the confidence plus the weight of recent success behind them and are poised to do to New Zealand what the t…
Luke Norman
14 Oct, 18:34
Dan McKellar to probe 'very flat' Leicester Tigers opener
Leicester’s new head coach Dan McKellar accepted that his side were comfortably second best as they lost 25-14 at Bristol in the…
14 Oct, 17:00
Jake White: Has Nienaber taken a back seat?
Jake White: Let me tell you a story. In 2007, I was in Marseille preparing the Springboks for the game against Fiji in the quarter…
Jake White
14 Oct, 16:19
Lana Skeldon scores brace of tries as Scotland get better of South Africa
Lana Skeldon scored two first-half tries as Scotland beat South Africa 31-17 in their opening match of the inaugural WXV tournamen…
14 Oct, 15:53
Expect Wales to dominate, and All Blacks have a chance – Adam Jones
Test rugby in the northern hemisphere is pretty strong and I’m predicting an all-European line-up for the Rugby World Cup semi-f…
Adam Jones
14 Oct, 15:42
The change of tack that reignited Wales star's career
Aaron Wainwright steps into the shoes of a Welsh legend this weekend for one of the biggest games of his rugby life. But the Drag…
Simon Thomas
14 Oct, 15:41
Simon Raiwalui ‘in no doubt’ grieving Sam Matavesi will be ready to face England
The Northampton hooker is set to appear in the second half of Sunday’s clash in Marseille.
14 Oct, 14:46
Dan Sheehan: 'It’s going to be pretty much same old Test rugby'
The 25-year-old is among the younger generation of players unburdened by previous failures.
14 Oct, 14:40
Flying Fijians primed and ready for quarter-finals after 16 long years
Fijian fans have had to wait a long time for another Rugby World Cup quarter-final birth, 16 years to be precise, and their team i…
Ned Lester
14 Oct, 14:33
Sean Fitzpatrick says 'the boot is on the other foot' in All Blacks' quarter-final
The familiarity of the favourites tag has eluded the All Blacks since that Twickenham Test against the Springboks, but they are no…
Ned Lester
14 Oct, 14:21
Bristol open new season with impressive home win over lethargic Leicester
Man of the match Gabriel Ibitoye scored two tries as Bristol opened the Gallagher Premiership season in style with an impressive 2…
14 Oct, 5:57
'We understand the way the Irish play. The whole world knows'
Leicester Fainga’anuku admits it will be the “pinnacle of his career” to date when he starts for New Zealand in Saturday’s…
14 Oct, 5:40
'Irish jersey wasn't good enough' for All Blacks players
Former Ireland hooker Bernard Jackman has recounted how All Blacks players refused to swap jerseys with Irish players during his p…
Ian Cameron
14 Oct, 5:28
Alex Codling: 'The word grind winds me up - we are blessed to do what we do'
Newcastle Falcons' new supremo on stark finances, gameshows, and swimming with the ProD2 trophy.
Jamie Lyall
14 Oct, 1:08
Ben Kay: 'England go in as favourites, but only on paper, not on form'
Steve Borthwick has rolled the selection dice with the stakes sky-high, win and it's onto the semi-finals, lose and they're going …
Ben Kay
14 Oct, 0:51
‘The pinnacle of my career’: Fainga'anuku eager to embrace World Cup ‘opportunity’
All Blacks selectors were forced to make a surprise call in the lead-up to their quarter-final showdown with Ireland as wing Mark …
Finn Morton
14 Oct, 0:39
Ian Foster full of belief as All Blacks prepare to upset Ireland
Coach Ian Foster truly believes the All Blacks will upset Ireland this weekend.
Finn Morton
14 Oct, 0:14
England boss Borthwick concerned by a curious Fijian penalty stat
Steve Borthwick has raised concerns about the number of penalties Fiji have won in recent matches, but the England coach won’t b…
Liam Heagney
14 Oct, 0:00
What Simon Raiwalui made of England's video nasty session
Fijian head coach Simon Raiwalui has given his take on Fiji's recent win over England being replayed to Steve Bortwick's men ahead…
Ian Cameron
13 Oct, 23:34
Ireland number eight says how they plan to face the Haka
Caelan Dorris knows the enormity of what is to come in Paris. While Ireland have had success over New Zealand in recent years, the…
Grant Constable
13 Oct, 23:31
France captain Antoine Dupont breaks silence on fitness battle
Captain Antoine Dupont has declared himself “fully ready” to lead France in Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final against South A…
13 Oct, 23:04
'He said that to us as a group' - The subplot motivation driving Ireland players
Caelan Doris says attempting to send Johnny Sexton into retirement as a world champion is adding to Ireland’s motivation ahead o…
13 Oct, 22:57
'I have just been with the physios pretty much every day' - Dan Biggar
Wales fly-half Dan Biggar will banish any thoughts of Test rugby retirement when he lines up in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup quart…
13 Oct, 22:34
Borthwick explains why Marcus Smith is starting for England at No15
Steve Borthwick has explained his gamble to start Marcus Smith at full-back for only the second time ever in his England career fo…
Liam Heagney
13 Oct, 22:13
Rugby World Cup Fantasy Rugby: The rules just changed
Fantasy Rugby: What an unbelievable close to the pool stages we witnessed. Samoa came inches away from recording one of the...
Cameron Stephens
13 Oct, 21:43
Fiji ready for another England scalp as team is named for knockouts
Fiji head coach Simon Raiwalui has named his 23-man match-day squad to play England in their Rugby World Cup 2023 quarter-final in…
Grant Constable
13 Oct, 21:43
Warren Gatland: 'That is when we are at our most dangerous'
Warren Gatland says it would be “a huge achievement” if Wales reach their third Rugby World Cup semi-final in the last four to…
13 Oct, 21:17
'Imagine what Rees-Zammit could do with more ball on Rugby World Cup stage'
The flying wing can obliterate defences, but Wales must do a better job of supplying him with opportunities to prosper in Marseill…
Mark Orders
13 Oct, 21:10
Ireland vs New Zealand: 5 talking points
Ireland face New Zealand in Paris seeking to reach a maiden semi-final at the Rugby World Cup.
13 Oct, 21:04
This Springboks selection will knock France out of their own World Cup
Well done Jacques Nienaber. Well done Rassie Erasmus. You nailed it. No notes. Ten out of ten. This is the side that will advance …
Daniel Gallan
13 Oct, 20:58
‘Not what I want to be saying’: All Black admits Ireland are world’s ‘best team’
Two days out from the All Blacks’ date with destiny in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals, playmaker Richie Mo’unga admitted th…
Finn Morton
13 Oct, 19:31
England vs Fiji: 4 memorable encounters ahead of World Cup quarter-final
England endured one of the darkest days in their history when they lost to Fiji for the first time ever in August.
13 Oct, 19:26
‘A true honour’: All Blacks rival on playing Johnny Sexton
With Sexton set to retire after the World Cup, two modern-day greats will exchange blows for the last time when the All Blacks tak…
Finn Morton
13 Oct, 19:05
How All Blacks plan to silence Ireland's green army
The All Blacks are planning on silencing Ireland's remarkable travelling support at the Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Stade de …
Ian Cameron
13 Oct, 19:00
Smith a winner as England confirm two backline changes versus Fiji
Steve Borthwick has made two changes to his England team for this Sunday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final versus Fiji, promoting …
Liam Heagney
13 Oct, 19:00
Why All Black Cam Roigard was overlooked for Ireland quarter-final
The rising star has been omitted from the All Blacks team to take on the world’s top-ranked side, with Finlay Christie set to co…
Finn Morton
13 Oct, 18:11
Antoine Dupont returns from injury as France name powerful team
French head coach Fabien Galthié has named his side to take on the Springboks in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final at Stade de Fr…
Grant Constable
13 Oct, 17:53
England’s 5 previous Rugby World Cup quarter-final apperances
England made unbeaten progress through the Rugby World Cup group stage to secure a quarter-final against Fiji at Stade Velodrome o…
13 Oct, 17:21
Anna Caplice column: 'We’re at the beginning of another new era, but it has to be right this time'
WXV3 is probably one of the most exciting groups because while the teams may be some of the least well-known teams at the moment, …
Anna Caplice
13 Oct, 16:52
Wales vs Argentina: 5 talking points
Wales have lost only two of their 11 Tests against the Pumas.
13 Oct, 16:40
Michael Cheika hints at something special to beat 'favourites' Wales
Argentina head coach Michael Cheika believes the Pumas will need “something different” and “something special” in Saturday…
13 Oct, 16:39
Ringrose: 'I don’t want to say no because I’m well aware of what’s at stake'
Garry Ringrose is determined to break new ground at the Rugby World Cup as he prepares for potentially the biggest Test match in I…
13 Oct, 16:20
Nienaber explains his latest Bok replacements bench surprise
South Africa head coach Jacques Nianaber has explained an apparent return to normal on the Springboks replacement bench for their …
Ian Cameron
13 Oct, 16:03
Libbok gets the nod as Springboks ready for France
South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber has named his matchday 23 to face France in Stade de France on Sunday.
Grant Constable
13 Oct, 14:58
'No, it’s not terrifying': England's Elliot Daly on Fijian physicality
It was curious how the drumbeat about Elliot Daly supposedly being in a very serious race for Rugby World Cup fitness suddenly fel…
Liam Heagney
13 Oct, 14:49
Where Mark Telea’s absence will hurt the All Blacks the most
A breach in team protocol has landed Mark Telea a stint on the sideline for the All Blacks’ biggest Test in four years.
Kim Ekin
13 Oct, 12:51
'A very different stage': Ian Foster on All Blacks' growth since France loss
With their path to rugby's greatest throne set, Ian Foster's side face the ominous challenge of tackling a team unbeaten in their …
Ned Lester
13 Oct, 10:59
'A black wave': Victor Vito's tactical advice for All Blacks against Ireland
It's not easy to find fault in this Ireland team, but a former All Black with a wealth of international and club experience agains…
Ned Lester
13 Oct, 9:18
All Blacks on claim Cam Roigard involved in protocol breach
The All Blacks are insisting that in-form scrumhalf Cam Roigard was not involved in any breach of team protocol in the lead-up to …
Ian Cameron
13 Oct, 7:59
Four players who paved the way for Irish success against the All Blacks
Since Ireland beat the All Blacks for the first time on a historic day at Soldier Field in Chicago in 2016, the emerald green has …
Adam Julian
13 Oct, 7:36
Mo'unga vs Sexton: 'A true honour and privilege to match up against him'
Driving their respective teams around the park under the bright lights of Paris will be two of the rugby world's master tacticians…
Ned Lester
13 Oct, 6:11
No ordinary Joe
When the former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt accepted a role back within the All Black inner sanctum it set him on course for an Iris…
Garry Doyle
13 Oct, 5:57
Speculation growing about big England selection calls versus Fiji
Speculation is growing that Steve Borthwick is set to transform the England backline by naming Marcus Smith to start at full-back …
Liam Heagney
13 Oct, 4:45
It's time for Sam Cane to strike back
It’s a tough old business being captain in New Zealand where the public expect the skipper to be almost superhuman.
Gregor Paul
13 Oct, 4:43
Mark Telea stood down for quarter-final after breaching All Blacks ‘protocol’
In a major blow for the All Blacks ahead of their highly anticipated quarter-final with Ireland on Saturday, wing Mark Telea has b…
Finn Morton
13 Oct, 1:54
Mark Telea ruled out as All Blacks name team for Ireland quarterfinal
The All Blacks feel that they are exactly “where we want to be” ahead of a blockbuster Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against Ir…
Finn Morton
13 Oct, 0:27
The hellish RWC training camp warning Gatland gave Wales after Six Nations
George North will make Welsh rugby history on Saturday when he plays in his fourth Rugby World Cup quarter-final.
12 Oct, 23:51
'Should have done better in the last RWC': Gatland weighs in on draw debate
Wales head coach Warren Gatland does not appear to have a huge amount of sympathy for the critics of the World Cup draw, which has…
Josh Raisey
12 Oct, 23:30
Mbonambi reveals Boks' peculiar way of preparing for ‘hostile’ French crowd
Bongi Mbonambi revealed South Africa have been training with background noise to prepare themselves for the “hostility” they w…
12 Oct, 23:21
Conor Murray downplays claims All Blacks are different under new coaches
Ireland boast a healthy record over the All Blacks since the last World Cup, winning three and losing one, but their series win in…
Josh Raisey
12 Oct, 22:49
Latest cryptic Erasmus tweet hints at most daring bench experiment yet
It is fair to say that South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus is enjoying the hysteria surrounding his and Jacques Nienaber…
Josh Raisey
12 Oct, 22:15
Michael Cheika changes two for Argentina's knockout clash with Wales
Argentina head coach Michael Cheika has named his 23-man match-day squad to face Wales in the Rugby World Cup 2023 quarter-final a…
Grant Constable
12 Oct, 22:13
Wales explain logic of picking both Reffell and Morgan to start
Warren Gatland has explained why he has opted to pick two specialist opensides to start this Saturday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-…
Liam Heagney
12 Oct, 21:53
Let the revolution commence: Your whistle-stop tour of the opening weekend of WXV
WXV is here: 18 teams, three tournaments, and a yearly opportunity for women’s rugby to dazzle on a planetary scale. A truly wor…
Claire Thomas
12 Oct, 21:44
'Life inside is different': The lessons Fiji star learned working in prison
Fiji star Levani Botia recalls his days as a prison officer if he ever feels that life on the rugby field is becoming tough.
12 Oct, 21:10

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