Like all Michael Cheika’s teams, Australia were way too streetwise, together and opportunistic for Argentina. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Some of the previously optimistic Irish fans who had bought tickets for the semi-finals made the trek to Twickenham over the weekend. There were clear(...)

 David Pocock of Australia passes the ball during a training session at The Lensbury Hotel in London. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

The state David Pocock and Israel Folau show up in may dictate this result. Their loss, along with Scott Sio’s busted-up elbow, would equate to Ire(...)

Argentina are jubilant after beating host nation France 17-12 in the opening game of the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Getty

More often than not the first game of the Rugby World Cup is a ceremonial affair, giving the host nation the chance to get an early win under their be(...)

New Zealand’s Sonny Bill Williams starts against Argentina. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

The All Blacks pack has another chance to shake out the cobwebs while a potentially game-breaking combination will be blooded in midfield when New Ze(...)

Robert Kitson names 11 provincial players in his all-time European Cup best XV, including former Munster number eight Anthony Foley. Photograph: Getty

Time-travelling is always a temptation at this time of year. This week sees the 20th showpiece final in European club rugby’s eventful history and, in(...)

Steffon Armitage was the difference really. At least three textbook turnovers killed Leinster momentum.

Rob Kearney 7/10Three superb acts of high fielding gave Leinster the briefest glimpses of front foot ball but his long, long range drop goal with seco(...)

Ospreys lock Ian Evans will join Toulon on a three-year deal. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Heineken Cup holders Toulon have announced the signing of Wales international lock Ian Evans. Toulon confirmed Evans’s capture in an announcement on t(...)

Gethin Jenkins reaches the 100-cap milestone against Pumas.

Argentina may not seem the ideal opponents for a side that are without their two leading tighthead props but the weary Pumas and their large coterie o(...)

Israel Folau scored Australia’s try in The Rugby Championship victory over Argentina in Perth. Photograph:  Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Australia 14 Argentina 13: Australia made hard work of it but snapped a four-match losing streak with a narrow one-point victory over Argentina to dra(...)

 New Zealand’s Aaron Smith  scores a try during the Rugby Championship victory over  Argentina at Waikato Stadium  in Hamilton, New Zealand. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand 28 Argentina 13: New Zealand outhalf Dan Carter became the first man to reach 1,400 Test points to help his side to a 28-13 Rugby Champion(...)