RC Toulon’s Australian fullback James OConnor  vies with Bath’s Fijian wing Semesa Rokoduguni  during the European Champions Cup rugby union match at the Mayol stadium in Toulon, France. Photograph: Getty Images

Toulon 12 Bath 9 Bath came agonisingly close to a little piece of history beside the Mediterranean but, barring something extraordinary, their Champi(...)

Jimmy Gopperth of Wasps holds off the Bath defence to score a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match  at the Recreation Ground in Bath. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Bath 10 Wasps 36 Outhalf Jimmy Gopperth scored 23 points as Wasps recorded a second away win of their European campaign to remain firmly on course (...)

 Ian Madigan, Hayden Triggs and Isaac Boss have some fun at Leinster squad training. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

This will tell us much about Leinster. They’ve backed themselves into quite a corner and both the circumstances of a brutally tough pool along with(...)

Bath coach Mike Ford believes Sam Burgess “didn’t have the stomach” to fight for his future at Bath after he decided to return to rugby league. Photograph:   Michael Steele/Getty Images

Mike Ford believes Sam Burgess “didn’t have the stomach” to fight for his future at Bath. Cross-code convert Burgess has left Bath after just a year i(...)

Dan Carter is the complete player. His tactical kicking, his passing, his defending were all on the money against South Africa at Twickenham. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

On the evidence of the past fortnight New Zealand would beat Australia by 20 points if Saturday’s game was anything other than a World Cup final. Ever(...)

 A bloodied Scott Fardy of Australia feels the pressure during the World Cup semi-final against  Argentina at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

This memorable World Cup will have the final it deserves – New Zealand v Australia. The two most complete sides, the last two unbeaten sides and simpl(...)

New Zealand’s winger Nehe Milner-Skudder  evades South Africa’s flanker François Louw  during the  semi-final  of the 2015 Rugby World Cup  at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary, the first man to conquer Met Everest For the ages. The greatest team of all time (...)

Francois Louw  and  Richie McCaw shake hands at the end of the World Cup semi-final at Twickenham. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

World Rugby have confirmed that Richie McCaw will not be cited for the incident with South Africa’s Francois Louw in the 22nd minute of Saturday’s sem(...)

New Zealand’s Richie McCaw is tackled by South Africa’s Bryan Habana during the Rugby World Cup, Semi Final at Twickenham Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Richie McCaw could miss the World Cup final if he is deemed to have deliberately elbowed Francois Louw in New Zealand’s 20-18 victory over South Afric(...)

New Zealand’s Jerome Kaino scores his side’s first try during the Rugby World Cup semi-final against South Africa at Twickenham. Photograph:  David Davies/PA

New Zealand 20 South Africa 18 “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves,” - Edmund Hillary For the ages. The greatest team of all time met an(...)