World Cup

Hansen defends Richie McCaw over Francois Louw incident

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has vigorously defended All Blacks captain Richie McCaw after video footage emerged of him apparently striking South Africa flanker Francois Louw during Saturday's World Cup semi-final at Twickenham.
25 October 2015

Dan Carter: Tough challenge ahead for All Blacks

Dan Carter has warned that the job is "not done yet" after ensuring his last game for New Zealand will be a first World Cup final appearance.
25 October 2015

Grant Fox expects Nigel Owens to referee World Cup final

New Zealand selector Grant Fox expects Welsh referee Nigel Owens to take charge of next weekend's World Cup final, although World Rugby are not expected to make a final decision until early next week.
25 October 2015

New Zealand hold off South Africa to book World Cup final place

New Zealand booked their place in a second successive World Cup final by holding off South Africa to win a pulsating semi-final 20-18 at Twickenham.
24 October 2015

Cheika asks Australia to raise game for Argentina semi-final

Australia coach Michael Cheika says his team are ready for their World Cup semi-final encounter with Argentina and he has challenged his players to raise their game.
24 October 2015

Matera hoping Julian Salvi words will help against Australia

Pablo Matera hopes Julian Salvi's breakdown expertise can help him neutralise "the best around" in David Pocock and Michael Hooper when Argentina take on Australia.
24 October 2015

Return of David Pocock and Israel Folau gives Wallabies a World Cup semis lift

Australia's chances of toppling Argentina in Sunday's World Cup semi-final have improved after David Pocock and Israel Folau were passed fit for the Twickenham showdown.
23 October 2015

Burger says Springboks bid to derail All Blacks starts with defence

South Africa star Schalk Burger knows all about winning against the odds - and a World Cup semi-final against New Zealand does not come close to matching what he has already achieved.
23 October 2015

Alphonsi keen to focus on the Rugby World Cup positives

Maggie Alphonsi has said it is a shame that this week has been dominated by controversy surrounding the Rugby World Cup rather than the focus being on the pulsating quarter-final stage
23 October 2015

Australia to delay naming their side to face Argentina

Australia will delay naming their team for Sunday's World Cup semi-final against Argentina until this afternoon.
23 October 2015

Matfield insists South Africa have what it takes

Victor Matfield insists he can complete the job that dragged him out of retirement and drive South Africa to an unprecedented third World Cup triumph.
23 October 2015

Milton Haig on Georgia's RWC

Georgia alongside Japan won our hearts. Out the blocks quickly; Georgia beat Tonga, frustrated giants New Zealand, Argentina and ground out a scrappy win over Namibia which allowed them to secure third
23 October 2015

All Blacks to keep their heads in semi-final showdown

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has no doubt that South Africa will want to "rip our heads off" in Saturday's heavyweight World Cup semi-final clash at Twickenham.
22 October 2015

Giteau delighted to get World Cup chance with Australia

Matt Giteau has gladly rewritten his plans of earning money on the speaking circuit to help Australia to the brink of claiming a spot in the World Cup final.
21 October 2015

Meyer believes his Springboks can spring a World Cup semi-final shock

Heyneke Meyer has branded New Zealand the best side in rugby history - but still insisted South Africa can topple the defending champions in Saturday's World Cup semi-final.
21 October 2015

The secret to Argentina's success

Argentina have taken the Rugby World Cup by storm, thumping Ireland 43-20 to reach the semi-finals for the second time in eight years.
21 October 2015

Ayerza retains hope of prolonging Argentina career

Marcos Ayerza is as reluctant to end his Argentina career after the World Cup as to start ribbing Leicester's England stars over their premature tournament exit.
21 October 2015

Conrad Smith: South Africa are New Zealand's "ultimate rival"

New Zealand centre Conrad Smith has described World Cup semi-final opponents South Africa as the All Blacks' "ultimate rival” ahead of the two southern hemisphere sides’ clash at Twickenham on Saturday.
20 October 2015

Will Greenwood questions absence of Woodward from RFU panel

Will Greenwood has questioned Sir Clive Woodward’s absence from the panel constructed to investigate England's disastrous 2015 World Cup campaign and fears a repeat of the mistakes made during previous RFU reviews.
20 October 2015

Finn Russell: Scotland are on par with the best teams in the world

Finn Russell once looked up to Australia's star players as idols - but now he believes he and his Scotland team-mates can be considered every bit as good as sides like the Wallabies.
20 October 2015