England give South Africa a guard of honour after the Springboks destroyed them 36-0 in Pool A of the 2007 World Cup. Photograph: Getty

In 2007 England came to the World Cup more in hope of defending their crown than with any real expectation. In the four seasons which had passed sinc(...)

Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll  eyes up the New Zealand All Black haka before  the ill-fated first Test match in Christchurch in  2005.

New Zealand 21Lions 3at Jade Stadium, ChristchurchJune 25th, 2005Bad and all as losing him within a minute of the kick-off was, the real psychological(...)

 Former England World Cup-winning full-back Josh Lewsey has been appointed head of rugby for Wales, the Welsh Rugby Union has announced. He will start work with the WRU at the end of September. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

Josh Lewsey is the new head of rugby for Wales. The 36-year-old, who won the World Cup with England in 2003, will take up his post at the end of Septe(...)