South Africa’s “Chiliboy” Ralepelle is serving a two-year suspension. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

World Rugby will not reveal how many doping tests it will conduct over the next six weeks of the World Cup. But it maintains that the sport is clean a(...)

Romania’s Welsh head coach Lynn Howells at a training session in London:  “We have to hope our players weather France and are still standing for Ireland.” Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

This week Samoan Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu tweeted: “Its match fixing. Short rests against the two highest ranked teams in the pool is madness, stupidity(...)

France’s prop Rabah Slimani (C) rides a tackle from Italy’s back row Samuela Vunisa (2L) to score France’s first try during the Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between France and Italy at Twickenham stadium. Photograph: AFP PHOTO / Adrian Dennis

France 32 - 10 Italy It was all blue, more French blue than Italian blue, in Twickenham on Saturday night in Pool D. But it was hardly a spectacle of (...)

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw gets ready to scrum down with his fellow forwards during the Bledisloe Cup match against Australia at Eden Park, Auckland, in August. Photograph:  Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

They are here to win the World Cup. They think it and look it. They behave it and live it. A knife-edge blend of stunning confidence and old-school co(...)

Rugby’s uncanny knack to organise a singalong brought a boozy, knees up atmosphere to Twickenham. With 82,000 fans breaking into ‘Sweet Caroline’ and (...)

France’s head coach Philippe Saint Andre attends a training session at Twickenham  two days before their 2015 Rugby Union World Cup match against Italy. Photo: Franck Fife/Getty Images

France have come to London, as coach Philippe Saint-André said on Thursday, “to play with a smile on our faces”. That intention might strike fear into(...)

Munster’s Doug Howlett is tackled by Scott Waldrom of New Zealand in their 2008 match: “I don’t think I felt more alive in a match.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Every wannabe David, with understandable trepidation, is already lining himself up against a rugby Goliath. New Zealand against Namibia. Australia (...)

Doug Howlett says teams prepare for playing the All Blacks as though they were approaching a final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Opinion isn’t always kind to New Zealand. A win in the first World Cup in 1987 and again in New Zealand in 2011 has been slim pickings for a team regu(...)

Dublin will be the only venue in Europe to host Round Two of the men’s competition, with the other two events going to Trinidad & Tobago and Bangladesh

In what is turning out to be one of the most important years in the history of the game, Irish hockey has secured hosting rights for the men’s World L(...)

Leinster’s Luke McGrath could team up with former St Michael’s College team-mates Cathal Marsh and Ross Byrne for the match against Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Joe Schmidt admitted it was a calculated risk. Isaac Boss and Kieran Marmion stay at home with Ian Madigan prepared to slot in at scrumhalf if the wo(...)