South Africa beat South Africa at St James’ Park stadium in Newcastle to remain on track for a place in the last eight. Photograph: EPA

South Africa 34 Scotland 16 South Africa held their nerve to outmuscle Scotland 34-16 in a heart-stopping Pool B match on Saturday and keep the(...)

The 2011 Rugby World Cup semi-final defeat to Wales was Ronan O’gara’s last appearance for Ireland. Photograph: Getty

“It was an episode which has burned so deep into the heart and mind of Ireland that it is not yet possible for the historian to approach it with th(...)

England winger Jonny May celebrates scoring their first try during the World Cup warm-up  at Twickenham. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

One of a few positives coming out of Twickenham is the scoreboard. Only losing 21-13 to a rampant English team – with a powerful pack and dazzling win(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell gets over for a try during the second half of the World Cup warm-up game at Twickenham. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

England 21 Ireland 13 The result may not have been terribly important but while this was the restorative win which was prescribed for England, it was (...)

Simon Zebo is the one surprise in an otherwise anticipated selection with Dave Kearney on the wing. Photograph: Inpho

If the stakes weren’t high in any case for an Anglo-Irish sporting set-to, the need to avoid a second successive defeat before the World Cup kicks off(...)

Richie McCaw picked up a record 142nd Test cap in New Zealand’s 41-13 win over Australia at Eden Park. Photograph: Getty

New Zealand 41 Australia 13 New Zealand roared to a 41-13 win at an emotional Eden Park to retain the Bledisloe Cup against an Australia side who had (...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt will be seeking to fine-tune Ireland’s game plan in the weeks ahead. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Prior to the World Cup four years ago, Ireland would have traded four warm-up defeats for four wins in the pool stages, and that is exactly what trans(...)

Welsh referee Nigel Owens will take charge of Ireland’s key World Cup pool game against France in Cardiff. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s potentially pivotal Rugby World Cup pool match against France at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday, October 11th, will be refereed by everyon(...)

Stuart Hogg beats the tackles of Munster’s Felix Jones and Dave Kilcoyne to set up Glasgow’s third try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO.

No one could begrudge Glasgow this triumph. This was the culmination of four years contesting the knock-out stages, and whereas Munster were completin(...)

Glasgow’s Al Kellock lifts the Guinness Pro 12 trophy afteer the Scottish side’s victory over Munster at Ravenhill. Photo:   Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Glasgow 31 Munster 13 Glasgow became the first Scottish side to carry off the Pro 12 League trophy that even the diehard Munster fans that arrived to(...)