Finn Russell returns for Scotland against Samoa as they look for a win which would secure secont place in Pool B. Photograph: PA

Pool B, Samoa v Scotland, Saturday October 10th, 2.30pm, St James’ Park When they arrived in Brighton four weeks ago Samoa took mass at St Magdalen’s (...)

England head coach Stuart Lancaster (centre), backs coach Andy Farrell (left) and forwards coach Graham Rowntree. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

England are being investigated for an alleged breach of protocol in communications with matchday officials during Saturday’s 33-13 defeat to Australia(...)

The Italy squad take part in a training session at Cobham RFC,  London. Photograph: Getty Images

After the second World War, tens of thousands of Italians scrambled onto overcrowded ships, carrying nothing but the desire for a peaceful life, far a(...)

David Campese inspired Australia to victory over the All Blacks in the 1991 World Cup semi-final at Lansdowne Road. Photograph: Getty

Australia and New Zealand played each other for the first time in 1903 but it wasn’t until 1991 theymet on neutral soil. The venue, Lansdowne Road. Th(...)

Philip Matthews can’t stop  Michael Lynagh scoring the winning try in the 1991 World Cup semi-final at Lansdowne Road. Photograph: Inpho

The best teams in any sport are the ones who never know when they are beaten. For them, the clock seems to tick on that little bit longer and f(...)

Gordon Hamilton’s try put Ireland on the brink of a famous win over Australia and the 1991 Rugby World Cup semi-finals. Photograph: Inpho

Ahead of the 1991 World Cup quarter-final between Ireland and Australia, not many people were giving Ciaran Fitzgerald’s side a prayer. Indeed,(...)

Cian Healy, Paul O’Connell and Ronan O’Gara during Ireland’s 15-6 win over Australia at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

With rugby’s senior nations forming a relatively small pool of just eight sides, it figures that certain teams tend to meet each other regularly at th(...)

Richie McCaw lifts the Webb Ellis Cup after New Zealand beat France 8-7 in the 2011 Rugby World Cup final. Photograph: Getty

When New Zealand captain David Kirk became the first man to lift the Webb Ellis Cup, on home soil in 1987, it seemed inevitable it was the start of(...)

Rob Andrew’s drop goal gave England victory over Australia with the last kick of the 1995 Rugby World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Getty

Australia against England is one of sport’s finest and most intriguing rivalries, whether the two nations are competing for a 15cm-tall urn or on a ru(...)

Serge Blanco dives to score a magical try and give France a 30-24 win over Australia in the 1987 Rugby World Cup semi-final. Photograph: Getty

With Australia and New Zealand through to the semi-finals of the inaugural World Cup, where they would play France and Wales respectively, it seeme(...)