Rugby World Cup


USA advances to Rugby World Cup

The United States booked a berth in the 2015 Rugby World Cup with a 32-13 victory over Uruguay on Saturday at Kennesaw State University.


John O'Neill quits Rugby World Cup post


John O'Neill has quit his role as a director of the Rugby World Cup citing personal reasons.


Wallabies' spring tour to start and end in London

SYDNEY, April 16 AAP - The Australian Rugby Union has confirmed the Wallabies' 2014 spring tour will start and end in London.

NZ mulls Rugby World Cup withdrawal

The New Zealand Rugby Union has raised the possibility of not competing in the 2015 Rugby World Cup unless changes are made to the tournament.

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Special guide to the Rugby World Cup


Don't miss your Rugby World Cup guide in Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald. It includes all the latest news from the Wallabies camp, as well as the untold story of how Australia secured coach...

New Zealand win the 2011 Rugby World Cup


The All Blacks defeat France by one point in a thriller at Eden Park.

Action from the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony at Eden Park

Opening Ceremony

Images from the opening ceremony of the 2011 Rugby World Cup from Eden Park, Auckland. The 48-match festival will be spread over 13 cities with the final being held at Eden Park on October 23.

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Clyde Rathbone: Why free speech is the best tool to tackle racism in sport


Clyde Rathbone Saturday Serve: This week I met Jeremy Mututu, a human face of racism in sport.


All Blacks veterans on notice, says Steve Hansen

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said Monday he will not shy away from axeing his ageing superstars if it boosts New Zealand's chances of defending next year's Rugby World Cup.

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Farewell to Jonny, still England's golden boy

Jonny Wilkinson

Jonny Wilkinson will aim to retire with little fuss but make no mistake - he is one of the all-time greats, writes Mick Cleary.


England must channel the pain of Six Nations near miss

Harness the pain: England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

Mick Cleary Memo to Stuart Lancaster: Take a snapshot of the final Six Nations table. Send to every single England player.


Georgia grouped with All Blacks at 2015 World Cup

Valentin Calafeteanu of Romania in action against Georgia.

Georgia's reward for beating east European rivals Romania 22-9 on Saturday was to be drawn in Group C of the 2015 Rugby World Cup with title holders New Zealand.

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England on track for World Cup despite Six Nations near-miss, says Lancaster

Confident: England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

Mick Cleary There was an upbeat and defiant mood at the England team hotel in Rome on Sunday morning as Stuart Lancaster, the head coach, declared that his young side could win the 2015 Rugby World Cup and said...

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NZRU confirms All Blacks' sleeping pill use

All Blacks fullback Israel Dagg.

Liam Napier The New Zealand Rugby Union have confirmed All Blacks Cory Jane and Israel Dagg were under the influence of sleeping pills during their infamous night out during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.


Super Rugby should make Brian O'Driscoll an offer he can't refuse

Fairfax Media writer

Spiro Zavos Let us praise the rugby career of Brian O'Driscoll, on and off the field, and make a modest proposal about his future.

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Matfield leads Bulls to win over Sharks

Bulls players

Legendary second-rower Victor Matfield marked his return as captain by leading the Bulls to a 23-19 victory over the Sharks in a captivating Super Rugby clash on Saturday.


Late try gives Uruguay World Cup qualifier draw with US

Scrumhalf Agustin Ormaechea scored a try five minutes from time to give Uruguay a 27-27 draw with favourites the United States in the first leg of their Rugby World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

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World Cup dreams prompt Gill's 'non merci' to French clubs

Liam Gill

Phil Lutton Reds flanker Liam Gill spurned the advances of French rugby clubs to chase his dream of being Australia's first-choice openside in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

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James O'Connor signs with Toulon, putting World Cup chances in jeopardy

James O'Connor.

Big-spending French Top 14 side Toulon have agreed a one-year deal for next season with Australian back James O'Connor, club president Mourad Boudjellal announced on Thursday.

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Victor Matfield rumoured to make comeback for Bulls, Springboks

Victor Matfield

Gerald Imray Victor Matfield will return to top-level rugby in this year's Super Rugby competition and make himself available again for the Springboks, it is being widely reported in South Africa.