New Zealand’s fullback Ben Smith  passes to his captain Richie McCaw during World Cup final against Australia at Twickenham. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Did you spot all those tricolours in Twickenham? The ultimate triumph of hope over Argentina. In the end our people had to make do with being neutral (...)

England captain Chris Robshaw walks down the tunnel after victory over Uruguay at the City of Manchester Stadium. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

England 60-3 Uruguay England concluded their World Cup with a meaningless 60-3 rout of Uruguay in Manchester and will now begin their inquest i(...)

The collective moment of madness that cost England dear as Owen Farrell (left) and Sam Burgess fell Australia’s Matt Giteau and Michael Hooper, leading to Farrell’s yellow card. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

England 13 Australia 33 England coach Stuart Lancaster spoke about ‘small margins that at this level have big consequences’. He was referri(...)

 Michael Cheika addresses his charges before Australia’s game against England at Twickenham. Photo:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

As England coach Stuart Lancaster and his captain Chris Robshaw fronted up the media at the post match press conference, down the corridor the English(...)

 Centre Jonathan Joseph returns to the England team for the crucial must-win clash against Australia at Twickenham. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

A sense of calm was restored at Pennyhill Park after a week of what at times became fevered examination of Stuart Lancaster, and England captain Ch(...)

Chris Robshaw of England catches the lineout ball before being bundled into touch by Welsh players during the World Cup Pool A match at Twickenham on September 26th. photograph: mitchell gunn/getty

The captain wearing the number seven jersey had a decision to make. His side were three points down with not long to go and had just been awarded a pe(...)

 RC Toulon’s flanker Steffon Armitage could have given England an edge at the breakdown. Photograph: Getty Images

Japan coach Eddie Jones expects Australia to have a huge advantage at the breakdown in their crunch World Cup clash with England, tipping Michael Hoop(...)

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 (...)

Australia coach Michael Cheika enjoys a good laugh  during an Australia media session at the Grange Wellington Hotel  in London, United Kingdom. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Even with two players on the way home Michael Cheika didn’t flinch at the Australian team hotel in Pimlico. Wycliff Palu and Will Skelton are out of t(...)

England captain Chris Robshaw and head coach Stuart Lancaster face the media after their defeat to Wales at Twickenham. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ten days into the tournament and one could do a PhD on decision-making and psychology. Think of Japan beating South Africa or the Welsh medical sta(...)