Argentina’s fly half and captain Nicolas Sanchez is tackled by South Africa’s flanker Schalk Burger during the bronze medal match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and Argentina at the Olympic Stadium, London. Photo: getty Images

South Africa 24 Argentina 13 Bryan Habana endured a wretched night in missing four fine chances to break Jonah Lomu’s all-time World Cup try-sc(...)

Argentina head coach Daniel Hourcade during his team’s Captain’s Run at London Irish’s training ground in Sunbury-on-Thames. Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

Argentina’s Daniel Hourcade, shortlisted for world coach of the year after the Pumas’ fine Rugby World Cup, has said he does not see himself still in (...)

Japan’s Karne Hesketh scores the winning try during the Rugby World Cup match at the Brighton Community Stadium. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

World Rugby has unveiled the shortlists for the Coach of the Year and Team of the Year accolades, with the winners to be announced at the World Rugby (...)

Australia head coach  Michael Cheika congratulates David Pocock after the Rugby World Cup semi-final victory over Argentina at Twickenham. Photograph:   Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Not exactly La Bombonera but for this night Twickenham’s groove was nothing like a rugby stadium. The 80,025 crowd was riddled with passionate Argent(...)

Australia’s Adam Ashley-Cooper scores his second try during the Rugby World Cup semi-final against Argentina at Twickenham. Photograph:  David Davies/PA

Australia 29 Argentina 15 The Pumas will go home to a heroic welcome after next Friday’s bronze play-off, and will do so as the great entertainers of (...)

 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(...)

David Pocock returns from injury and will play at number eight for Australia in Sunday’s World cup semi-final. Photograph:   Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Australia’s chances of toppling Argentina in Sunday’s World Cup semi-final have improved after David Pocock and Israel Folau were passed fit for the T(...)

Joe Schmidt has delivered two Six Nations and got us to a World Cup quarter-final. He is ideally placed to bring in structures so the next wave of players are better coached at a younger age. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

In the movie Moneyball Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt, turns on the old baseball scouts and says: “If we try to play (...)

 Dave Kearney is tackled at the Millennium Stadium  in the defeat to Argentina. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Of the more than one million Irish viewers of yesterday’s quarter-final in the Millennium Stadium between Ireland and Argentina, how many could nam(...)

A grounded Ian Madigan tries to stop Pablo Matera. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Ireland’s glass ceiling remains unbroken. Joe Schmidt was at pains not to use the injury count as an excuse. Even though it’s a valid one. “We’ve sust(...)