Mercurial Quade Cooper was little used at the World Cup, Australia coach Michael Cheika opting for the steadier game of an in-form Bernard Foley as the Wallabies finished runners-up to trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand after a fine campaign.
World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward has branded English rugby union “arrogant”, “embarrassing” and a “laughing stock” after it was confirmed Sam Burgess was returning to rugby league with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
The return of the All Blacks and Rugby World Cup trophy to Wellington on Friday brought New Zealand’s capital to a standstill. With a slate of retirements and departures looming, however, coach Steve Hansen has little time to enjoy the moment.
Several All Blacks have taken the World Cup on an unscheduled detour to a New Zealand cemetery for an emotional graveside tribute to fallen teammate Jerry Collins.
European champions Toulon will be looking to maverick fly-half Quade Cooper to kick-start their season at home to Montpellier on Saturday.
Bath’s Sam Burgess has turned his back on rugby union and is heading back to Australia to play for rugby league club South Sydney Rabbitohs, British media reports said on Thursday.
They may have had to settle for bronze at the recent World Cup but a number of South Africa’s leading 15-a-side players could be going for gold when rugby returns to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year.
New Zealand media toasted the All Blacks’ victory over Australia in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final, hailing the achievements of a “phenomenal” team many are calling the best of all time.
There has been no decision on Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer’s future, the South African Rugby Union (SARU) said on Monday following reports that he has signed a new four-year deal through to the next Rugby World Cup.
Coach Steve Hansen is unlikely to be at the helm when New Zealand launch the defence of the World Cup in Japan in 2019 after the 56-year-old cast doubts over whether he will extend his contract which runs until 2017.
Dan Carter completed a memorable weekend when, a day after being named man of the match in New Zealand’s World Cup final victory over Australia, he was voted the sport’s player of the year for a third time.
Newly-crowned world champions New Zealand have already been installed as evens favourites to win a third successive title in Japan in four years and the northern hemisphere nations will wake up on Sunday knowing the gap is a big as ever.
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw is the greatest All Black of all time, with flyhalf Dan Carter a close second, coach Steve Hansen said after his team’s 34-17 World Cup final win over old rivals Australia on Saturday.
Australia’s courageous loss to the All Blacks in the World Cup final may be tough for coach Michael Cheika but it remains a testament to what he has achieved in a year.
Dan Carter, who landed the decisive blow in New Zealand’s World Cup triumph over Australia, said he had been relieved to make the Twickenham final.
New Zealand cemented their status as the greatest team in rugby history when they overwhelmed Australia 34-17 at Twickenham on Saturday to become world champions for a record third time, and the first nation to retain the Webb Ellis Cup.
Springbok great Bryan Habana was denied a World Cup record as South Africa beat Argentina 24-13 in the third place play-off, with several of their veteran stars bidding farewell to Test rugby.
Back in August, New Zealand coach Steve Hansen spoke of not allowing Australia “to have a field day at the breakdown” before their Rugby Championship clash and then watched as Wallaby back-rower David Pocock ran amok.
New Zealand have selected an unchanged team and bench for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final against Australia as they seek to retain the title and become the first country to win the trophy three times.
Heyneke Meyer concedes he has made a lot of mistakes as South Africa coach but wants to put their disappointing Rugby World Cup campaign behind them and be given the opportunity to take the team to the next level.