Rugby followers could not believe such a large man as Lomu could be so quick on his feet. Photograph: Eric Luke
Towering figure in New Zealand rugby
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  • November 21, 2015, 01:00

Ellis Park, Johannesburg, on June 24th, 1995, was the setting for the most momentous rugby union match of all time: the World Cup final between South (...)

Former New Zealand rugby union international Jonah Lomu has died at the age of 40. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

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Despite Wales’ World Cup history being bookended by two semi-finals appearances, both of whichended in contentious defeats, one of the game’s grand(...)

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Scotland 32 Tonga 12Scotland rounded of 2014 with another hugely encouraging display as they swept five tries past Tonga in a 37-12 win at Kilmarnock’(...)

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Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has brought two additional players into his squad as injury cover ahead of the autumn internationals.Glasgow centre Pe(...)

Alain Rolland refereesa  match between South Africa and Australia.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

From the age of eight his parents would hang the unaccompanied minor Aer Lingus tag around his neck and usher him onto the aircraft bound for the C(...)

 Alex Cuthbert will return for Wales against the Wallabies.  Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Alex Cuthbert has made a surprise return to the Wales team for Saturday’s autumn international against Australia in Cardiff. The Lions wing suffered a(...)

France’s Dimitri Szarzewski: “We went close against the All Blacks, but now is the time for victory – we cannot afford to lose this game, we do not have the right” Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/Gerry/AFP

Dmitri Szarzewski has challenged France to remove the “stigma” of their Rugby World Cup 2011 defeat to Tonga. Philippe Saint-Andre has named a young s(...)