Ireland beat France 24-9 in a brutal Cardiff encounter to earn a quarter-final meeting with Argentina, leaving the well-beaten French the daunting prospect of facing New Zealand as the Rugby World Cup’s pool phase came to a close on Sunday.
Argentina warmed up for the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with a nine-try romp as they defeated minnows Namibia 64-19 in their final Pool C match at the Leicester City Stadium on Sunday.
Third-place battle (play-off) could be termed symbolic given the herculean effort by the Sri Lankan players earlier on in the day at the Race Course International Rugby Stadium yesterday.
Australia beat Wales 15-6 after withstanding a late Welsh siege while down to 13 men on Saturday to set up a Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Scotland, who beat Samoa in a thriller, and send the Welsh into a clash with South Africa.
England brought a close to their sorry Rugby World Cup campaign with a predictably emphatic 60-3 victory over Uruguay on Saturday in a final outing that provided a crumb of comfort but did little to soothe the open wound of a pool-stage exit.
Joe Schmidt may wax lyrical about Wesley Fofana and other former Clermont charges, but the Ireland coach insists there will be no split loyalities when his team take on France on Sunday.
New Zealand centre Ma’a Nonu scored a late try against Tonga on Friday in his 100th test, helping his team to a thumping victory and top spot in Pool C ahead of a hectic weekend when the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals will be determined.
Australia full-back Israel Folau is confident his injured ankle will hold up for what coach Michael Cheika believes will be the Wallabies’ “most brutal” match of the World Cup so far against Wales on Saturday.
Eddie Jones and his Japan rugby team’s exploits at the World Cup have proved the country will be worthy hosts of the showpiece event in 2019, Japan’s ambassador to Britain, Keiichi Hayashi, said Friday.
A well drilled strategy of playing wide and avoiding contact centre of the field has made Sri Lanka a dangerous outfit in Asian rugby’s 7’s circuit.
There may come a time when South Africa’s humiliating Rugby World Cup loss to Japan is viewed as a blessing in disguise, even if the Springboks are not quite ready to admit that yet.
Embattled England rugby coach Stuart Lancaster has come out fighting after taking heavy blows during the week and said he backs himself on his overall record while in charge of the humiliated World Cup hosts.
Scotland coach Vern Cotter did not have to think twice when asked to sum up what Saturday’s Samoa game meant.
Bernard Foley and Dan Biggar — who put England’s World Cup hopes to the sword on successive weekends — go boot-to-boot on Saturday.
If ever there was a definition of a ‘no-win’ game, England’s final match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup against Uruguay in Manchester on Saturday is surely it.
New Zealand will be looking for a complete performance to wrap up top spot in Pool C when they take on Tonga in Newcastle in their final Rugby World Cup group match on Friday evening.
South Africa winger Bryan Habana scythed through the U.S. defence on Wednesday for a hat-trick of tries that took him level with a player he feels is beyond comparison at the top of the Rugby World Cup try-scoring list.
France number eight Louis Picamoles is feeling refreshed after sitting out the game against Canada ahead of the Rugby World Cup Pool D showdown against Ireland, he said on Wednesday.
The United States suffered the biggest defeat of the Rugby World Cup when a near second-string side went down 64-0 to South Africa on Wednesday but their coach said it would have been worse in previous tournaments.
South Africa secured top spot in Rugby World Cup Pool B with a crushing 64-0 win over the United States on Wednesday to put their shock defeat by Japan firmly behind them and they will play Australia or Wales in the quarter-finals.