All Black centre Ma’a Nonu will bring up a century of caps against Tonga. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen would ideally like his side to strike up a rhythm to their patterns in their final pool match before a quarter-final d(...)

“We’re obviously aware of what’s at stake. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work it out,” says England coach Stuart Lancaster of his side’s World Cup clash with Australia. Henry Browne/Reuters

Stuart Lancaster and Chris Robshaw were explaining on Thursday how players remove themselves from what could otherwise become a suffocating world of(...)

Julian Savea was New Zealand’s hat-trick hero in their win over Georgia at the Millenium Stadium. Photograph: PA

New Zealand 43 Georgia 10 It may have been the first meeting between the countries, but Georgia did not have New Zealand on their minds when th(...)

Chris Robshaw of England catches the lineout ball before being bundled into touch by Welsh players during the World Cup Pool A match at Twickenham on September 26th. photograph: mitchell gunn/getty

The captain wearing the number seven jersey had a decision to make. His side were three points down with not long to go and had just been awarded a pe(...)

Richie McCaw is tackled during New Zealand’s unconvincing 58-14 win over Namibia at the Olympic Stadium 1:38

New Zealand 58 Namibia 14 Rarely has a 44-point defeat in rugby felt so much like a victory. But the smiles from Namibia’s players after this v(...)

Romania’s Welsh head coach Lynn Howells at a training session in London:  “We have to hope our players weather France and are still standing for Ireland.” Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

This week Samoan Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu tweeted: “Its match fixing. Short rests against the two highest ranked teams in the pool is madness, stupidity(...)

Australia backrower David Pocock makes a break against New Zealand at ANZ Stadium in Sydney in August. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

In past World Cups, the northern hemisphere countries have rightfully feared the ‘marauding hordes’ from the south. Apart from England in 2003, all ot(...)

As in other sports, there’s nothing quite like it; the only tournament that brings all the leading and developing nations together on a relatively equ(...)

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(...)

Richie McCaw lifts the Webb Ellis Cup after New Zealand beat France 8-7 in the 2011 Rugby World Cup final. Photograph: Getty

When New Zealand captain David Kirk became the first man to lift the Webb Ellis Cup, on home soil in 1987, it seemed inevitable it was the start of(...)