Impressive Ireland top group but at a heavy cost

Published : 1:33 pm  October 12, 2015 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  
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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.

Pumas pounce on Namibia in nine-try romp

Published : 11:48 am  October 12, 2015 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  
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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.

Gallant Tuskers script memorable 7s mission

Published : 7:15 am  October 12, 2015 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  
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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 line up Scotland, Wales face Springboks

Published : 10:49 am  October 11, 2015 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  
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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 bow out with thumping victory over Uruguay

Published : 10:25 am  October 11, 2015 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  
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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.

No mixed Irish loyalties for ex-Clermont coach Schmidt

Published : 8:41 am  October 10, 2015 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  
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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.

All Blacks win ahead of busy weekend to decide quarter-finals

Published : 8:21 am  October 10, 2015 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  
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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.

Folau to face Wales in World Cup crunch game

Published : 10:46 pm  October 9, 2015 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  
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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.

‘Brave Blossoms’ prove Japan deserves World Cup: ambassador

Published : 10:35 pm  October 9, 2015 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  
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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.

Confident Sri Lanka raring to go

Published : 10:24 pm  October 9, 2015 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  
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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.

Springboks’ focus sharpened by Japan shock, says Du Preez

Published : 7:42 pm  October 9, 2015 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  
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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.

Defiant Lancaster gives himself vote of confidence

Published : 7:09 pm  October 9, 2015 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  
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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.

Crunch time for Scotland

Published : 12:22 pm  October 9, 2015 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  
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Scotland coach Vern Cotter did not have to think twice when asked to sum up what Saturday’s Samoa game meant.

Boot boys Biggar and Foley set for World Cup showdown

Published : 11:54 am  October 9, 2015 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  
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Bernard Foley and Dan Biggar — who put England’s World Cup hopes to the sword on successive weekends — go boot-to-boot on Saturday.

Lancaster still facing the flak as England bow out

Published : 11:34 am  October 9, 2015 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  
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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.

All Blacks look for momentum and top spot against Tonga

Published : 9:57 am  October 8, 2015 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  
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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.

Habana dismisses comparisons with class-act Lomu

Published : 9:50 am  October 8, 2015 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  
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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’s Picamoles rejuvenated for Ireland showdown

Published : 9:43 am  October 8, 2015 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  
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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.

United States closing the gap despite SA drubbing – Tolkin

Published : 9:30 am  October 8, 2015 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  
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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.

Habana record as Springboks win pool, Georgia sink Namibia

Published : 9:26 am  October 8, 2015 |  No comments so far  |  Print This Post  |  
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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.

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