Wales’s Gareth Davies puts in against Fiji during their World Cup Pool A match at the Millennium Stadium. Wales forward coach Robin McBryde said: “Fiji put England and Australia under pressure but we were under pressure on our own ball (against Fiji) when the hooker was striking.” Photograph: Getty Images

There is a growing fear of how referees are calling scrums and the breakdown as the World Cup moves towards the final pool matches. While there has(...)

 Michael Cheika addresses his charges before Australia’s game against England at Twickenham. Photo:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

As England coach Stuart Lancaster and his captain Chris Robshaw fronted up the media at the post match press conference, down the corridor the English(...)

The Australian scrum was dominant all night and a source of penalties and crucial momentum for the Wallabies. Photograph: Reuters

Of all the people who had a cruel hand in ejecting the hosts from their own party, a special mention should be made of Mario Ledesma, the former Argen(...)

 RC Toulon’s flanker Steffon Armitage could have given England an edge at the breakdown. Photograph: Getty Images

Japan coach Eddie Jones expects Australia to have a huge advantage at the breakdown in their crunch World Cup clash with England, tipping Michael Hoop(...)

Peter O’Mahony and Jonathan Sexton go through their warm-up routines ahead of Ireland squad training at Surrey Sports Park in Guilford. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rise up this morning and went to Ireland’s media gathering in Guildford. Simon Zebo is doing television.This is interesting for two reasons. Th(...)

The opening weekend of the World Cup saw the TMO in use 25 times in eight games, a rate that has thankfully slowed down since. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

There is a particular focus on discipline under Joe Schmidt. Giving up penalties results in lost territory, lost points and lost games. With 17 penalt(...)

Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau shows the England defence a clean pair of heels at Twickenham. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP photo

England 25 Wales 28 Sometimes a game actually lives up the hype, and in this instance that’s really saying something. After nearly two years of(...)

England’s Tom Wood could be cited for an incident which left Wales fullback unconscious during his side’s famous 28-25 win at Twickenham. Photograph: AFP

England flanker Tom Wood will discover by Monday morning if he is to be cited for the blow that knocked Wales fullback Liam Williams unconscious in Sa(...)

Wales’ Gareth Davies dives in to score his side’s try in the Rugby World Cup Pool A match against England at Twickenham. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA

England 25 Wales 28 Somehow, it actually lived up to the hype and the seismic sense of occasion. Maybe even bettered it. There’s bravery, and t(...)

Jonathan Joseph will start in England’s midfield for their opening World Cup game against Fiji on Friday night. Photograph:  Henry Browne/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Sam Burgess will be a replacement in England’s Rugby World Cup opening fixture against Fiji on Friday as Stuart Lancaster named an unchanged side from(...)