World Cup

Battle of the back rows

Rugby World Cup finals are close affairs. Never one by more than a few points and always go down to wire. Every battle across the pitch is key, but this weekend the battle of the back row will be where the match is won and lost.
30 October 2015

Australia recall Scott Sio for Rugby World Cup final

Australia have made one change for Saturday’s World Cup final against New Zealand with Scott Sio starting at Loosehead in an otherwise unchanged lineup from to the Wallabies’ side that defeated Argentina last Sunday.
30 October 2015

Martin Landajo: Daniel Hourcade deserves coaching award

Daniel Hourcade's nomination for World Rugby's coach of the year award has vindicated Argentina's focus in recent years on expanding their attacking abilities and style according to Martin Landajo.
30 October 2015

McCaw's focus is on winning the World Cup and not retirement

It is widely expected that Richie McCaw will retire after Saturday's World Cup final against Australia, and yet New Zealand's decorated captain is still refusing make an announcement.
29 October 2015

Heyneke Meyer backed to remain as South Africa coach

The Springboks squad have thrown their weight behind Heyneke Meyer's bid to continue as South Africa coach after the World Cup.
29 October 2015

Rugby World Cup 2015: Team of the tournament

After 43 wonderful days of international rugby, the Rugby World Cup finally came to an end on Saturday, with New Zealand lifting the trophy for the third time in their history, defeating Australia, 34-17.
29 October 2015

Quintet set to finish in unchanged All Blacks side

Five All Blacks stalwarts can end their Test careers by cementing New Zealand's class of 2015 as rugby's greatest ever with World Cup glory.
29 October 2015

Jacques Burger: The honour of the jersey

Namibia's inspirational former captain, Jacques Burger, retired from international rugby after the World Cup and tells Talking Rugby Union about representing his country and his World Cup experience.
29 October 2015

Lomu fears Pocock and Hooper can bring down All Blacks

New Zealand great Jonah Lomu fears David Pocock and Michael Hooper will give Australia a critical edge at the breakdown in Saturday's World Cup final.
28 October 2015

Japan 2019 to kick off on September 20

The opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup will take place on September 20 and the final on November 2, it was announced on Tuesday.
28 October 2015

Prince Harry to present Rugby World Cup trophy to winners

Prince Harry will present the Webb Ellis Cup to the Rugby World Cup winners at Twickenham on Saturday.
28 October 2015

Jonah Lomu: World Cup final will be a humdinger

Former New Zealand international and the leading Rugby World Cup try-scorer Jonah Lomu expects next week's final between the All Blacks and Australia to be a "humdinger".
27 October 2015

McCaw given all-clear for Rugby World Cup final

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw will be available for Saturday's World Cup final after World Rugby declined to cite the influential flanker for his collision with South Africa's Francois Louw during last Saturday's semi-final.
27 October 2015

Nigel Owens to referee Australia v New Zealand World Cup Final

Nigel Owens has been appointed referee for next Saturday's Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham.
27 October 2015

Cheika: New Zealand are favourites

Australia boss Michael Cheika had few qualms branding his Wallabies the underdogs for Saturday's World Cup final against defending champions New Zealand.
26 October 2015

Lobbe left devastated after Argentina defeat

Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe admits he is "devastated" that Argentina's World Cup dream ended at the penultimate knockout stage.
26 October 2015

World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year nominees

World Rugby has announced the shortlist for the inaugural Breakthrough Player of the Year 2015 award, with the winner set to be revealed at the World Rugby Awards dinner at Battersea Evolution, London, on 1 November.
26 October 2015

How the All Blacks made it to the RWC Final

It might not have the ancient animosities that are infused into every fibre of the northern hemisphere grudge matches, but it has become without doubt the biggest rivalry in rugby.
26 October 2015

Hourcade: Referee's decisions cannot be questioned

Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade refused to blame referee Wayne Barnes for the Pumas' 29-15 World Cup defeat to Australia, despite the controversial yellow card for Tomas Lavanini.
26 October 2015

Adam Ashley-Cooper hat-trick sends Australia into World Cup final

Adam Ashley-Cooper scored a hat-trick of tries as Australia reached their fourth World Cup final by beating Argentina 29-15 in an entertaining semi-final at Twickenham.
25 October 2015