Rugby World Cup

Australia out of Women's Rugby World Cup after defeat to France

Australia have been eliminated from the Women's Rugby World Cup, losing their final pool game to France 17-3 in Paris on Saturday.


Japan qualify for 2015 Rugby World Cup

Justin Ives touches down for Japan.

Japan have qualified for their eighth straight Rugby World Cup with a 49-8 win over Hong Kong in the final of the Asian Five Nations in the last sporting event at Tokyo's National Stadium.


ACT Brumbies' Tom Staniforth to miss Australia's junior rugby world cup opener

Withdrawn: The Brumbies' Tom Staniforth.

Brumbies rookie Tom Staniforth has been forced to withdraw from the junior rugby World Cup opener.


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.


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.

Rugby World Cup to draw 85,000 visitors

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Wellington RUGBY UNION Rugby World Cup organisers on track to draw 85,000 international visitors and gross $A201 million in ticket sales for sport's 2011 showpiece.

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.

The Bingham Cup: celebrating homosexuality in rugby

Pearse Egan (back) pictured with the Royal Bucks, ahead of the Bingham Cup.

Lucy Cormack Pearse Egan has only played rugby since the start of 2014, but even in a matter of months he has found himself transformed by the sport, so much so that he is playing the upcoming gay rugby world cup.

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Brad Thorn joins English club Leicester

England bound: Brad Thorn.

Veteran dual-rugby international Brad Thorn will extend his remarkable career once again, after signing a deal with English rugby outfit Leicester.

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All Blacks winger Cory Jane has dig of his own at Wallabies No.10 Kurtley Beale

Ready to test Kurtley Beale:  All Black winger Cory Jane at training.

Georgina Robinson All Blacks winger Cory Jane has taken a leaf out of his coach's book and dared Wallabies five-eighth Kurtley Beale to defend in the front line against New Zealand in the opening Bledisloe Cup Test.

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All Blacks need to lie back and think of England

Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons Oh come on you All Blacks. If the Wallabies do you on Saturday night in the first Test of the Bledisloe Cup like we hope they will, you must lie back and think of England. It might hurt less.

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Australia score back-to-back Women's World Cup wins with comfortbale victory over Wales

Tricia Brown scores for Australia against Wales.

Australia have beaten Wales 25-3 in a brutal encounter at the Women's Rugby World Cup.


NSW Waratahs must honour their attacking game against Canterbury Crusaders – and have fun

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Spiro Zavos Graham Henry told me at a rugby function he endured the agonies of Job in the last part of the RWC 2011 final as a victory by France over New Zealand became an alarming possibility.


Super Rugby semi-final: Stylish NSW Waratahs rekindle fans' love of football

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Spiro Zavos Virtue has its own rewards. At 9.27pm last Monday a media release from the Waratahs franchise popped up on my laptop. It had this exuberant headline: "Over 33,000 Tickets Snapped Up For Tahs.


Canberra's Louise Burrows adopts the Wallaroos for World Cup campaign

Louise Burrows plays with her two children, Fletcher, 6 and Georgie, 5.

David Polkinghorne Canberra's Louise Burrows is taking time out from her motherly duties to make her Women's Rugby World Cup comeback.

Rugby club accused of homophobia refutes claim they banished gay player Jay Claydon

Homophobia claims dismissed: Jay Claydon.

A Canterbury rugby club has refuted a reported claim from a gay former player that he was banished from the club because of his sexuality.


Michael Cheika shrugs off possible star defections as he prepares for finals

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika.

Georgina Robinson Michael Cheika has shrugged off suggestions NSW stars Israel Folau and Kurtley Beale are vulnerable to offers to defect to the NRL as the Waratahs build towards what looks to be a sold-out semi-final...