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 1:43

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(...)

South Africa’s Eben Etzebeth (centre left) is pushed towards the try line by team-mate Lodewyk de Jager during the  match against the USA at the Olympic Stadium, London. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA

Heyneke Meyer has seized on a topic – youth – its vigour, its energy and he’s shaking the life out of it. The South African coach has frontloaded hi(...)

Bryan Habana scored a hat-trick to move level with Jonah Lomu as the World Cup’s all-time leading try scorer as South Africa routed the USA at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Reuters

South Africa 64 USA 0 No one expected the Brave Blossom heroics of several weeks ago. Lightning striking twice in Pool B with South Africa on t(...)