Tatafu Polota Nau of the Waratahs is key to Wallabies’ hopes.  Photograph:  Matt King/Getty Images

Australia v Argentina Gold Coast, 10.05am Sky Sports 2The sandy beaches and glitzy night-spots of the Gold Coast have long catered to Australians comi(...)

Toulon’s Steffon Armitage: considering options due	 to England’s refusal to pick anyone who is based overseas. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The International Rugby Board is ready to block exploitation of a loophole in qualifying regulations for Rio 2016 that enables players to switch natio(...)

Beauden Barrett  during a New Zealand All Blacks training session at McLean Park  in Napier, New Zealand. Barrett is set to make his first start at outhalf against Argentina. Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

Playing smarter has been a key message the All Blacks have repeated in the build-up to their Rugby Championship clash with Argentina tomorrow, part(...)

Handre Pollard of South Africa, who just two months ago was  captaining South Africa’s under-20 team at the Junior World Championship. Photograph: Jason Oxenham/Getty Images

Inexperienced flyhalf Handre Pollard was named ahead of long-standing incumbent Morne Steyn in South Africa’s team for their opening match of the Rugb(...)

Rioters clash with police in Buenos Aires following Argentina’s defeat to Germany in Sunday night’s World Cup Final in Brazil. Photograph. Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

‘Tell Me How You Feel Now’ was Monday’s gloating front page headline of Brazilian sports daily Lance!All month the Argentine fans at the World Cup hav(...)

 Christoph Kramer of Germany lies dazed on the pitch during the  World Cup final but got up and continued to play for a further 13 minutes before finally coming off. Photograph: EPA.

Fifpro, the world players’ union, has accused Fifa of failing to protect players during the World Cup over its treatment of concussion and said footb(...)

Argentina captain  Lionel Messi  takes his medal off during the prize giving ceremony for the World Cup Final in Rio. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Diego Maradona has declared that Lionel Messi did not deserve to be chosen as the best player of the 2014 World Cup, suggesting the Argentina forward (...)

Philipp Lahm lifts the World Cup trophy with team-mates after final win over Argentina at the  Maracana. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Manuel Neuer hailed an “unbelievable” moment as Germany won the World Cup thanks to Mario Götze’s extra-time winner over Argentina in the final at the(...)

We’ll Leave It There So – broadcasting legend Bill O’Herlihy – with the panel of John Giles, Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady – ahead of the World Cup Final as he prepared for his final broadcast for for RTÉ Television. Photo: Steve Langan/Inpho

You know, Kleenex should have sponsored RTÉ’s World Cup final coverage, divil a dry eye in the homes of the nation. Ciao Billo. And Brazil.(...)

Javier Mascherano  voices his disagreement to referee Nicola Rizzoli during the the  FIFA World Cup final against Germany at the Maracana Stadium in  Rio de Janeiro. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

And so South America’s World Cup is over and it is a European side going home with the trophy. After all the pride in how the region’s teams perfor(...)