The Australian scrum was dominant all night and a source of penalties and crucial momentum for the Wallabies. Photograph: Reuters  1:35

Of all the people who had a cruel hand in ejecting the hosts from their own party, a special mention should be made of Mario Ledesma, the former Argen(...)

Scott Williams leaves England’s Mike Brown and Sam Burgess trailing in his wake at Twickenham. Burgess showed all the attributes of his rugby league background in what was England’s biggest game for eight years. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I only started playing centre in 2004. It took until the 2007 World Cup before I felt properly attuned to the nuances of the position and comfortable (...)

Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau shows the England defence a clean pair of heels at Twickenham. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP photo

England 25 Wales 28 Sometimes a game actually lives up the hype, and in this instance that’s really saying something. After nearly two years of(...)

Wales’ Gareth Davies dives in to score his side’s try in the Rugby World Cup Pool A match against England at Twickenham. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA

England 25 Wales 28 Somehow, it actually lived up to the hype and the seismic sense of occasion. Maybe even bettered it. There’s bravery, and t(...)

The England team arrive at Twickenham for their match against Wales in the RBS Six Nations in March last year. Photograph: David Rogers/RFU/via Getty Images

Up from Richmond, along the river Thames and into Twickenham village, the George Cross flags and Rugby World Cup banners remind visiting fans of wh(...)

It’s no fun having to tackle someone like Mathieu Bastareaud if he gets a 10-yard run on you. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Every World Cup has its own personality, a style of play that evolves the game of rugby. This year will be no different. We have already seen most of (...)

Ireland fullback Rob Kearney will do “moderated training in the first part of this week” after suffering a bruised knee in training. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is taking no chances with fullback Rob Kearney’s World Cup fitness. Simon Zebo deputised at fullback in Saturday’s 21(...)

England’s speed at the breakdown allowed them to put pressure on Ireland’s backs, particularly Simon Zebo. Photograph: Afp

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction; England’s one, two, three versus Ireland’s one, two, three, four, five – when punctuated wit(...)

England’s flanker Chris Robshaw  is tackled by Ireland’s  Rory Best and   Jack McGrath  during Saturday’s Rugby World Cup warm-up match at Twickenham. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Twickenham makes England genuine World Cup contenders. Every other nation must enter this heady arena and seek victory. Ireland tried, Ireland failed(...)

Ireland’s Dave Kearney is tackled by England’s George Ford as Paul O’Connell and Devin Toner close in during Saturday’s international at Twickenham. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland retreated from Twickenham beaten, but not bowed and not too damaged either physically or mentally. This wasn’t a good final dress rehearsal, (...)