Stuart Lancaster steps down as England head coach 1:09

Stuart Lancaster speaking after Englands World Cup exit. Lancaster has now left his post as England’s head coach by mutual consent following the disma(...)

 Sam Burgess has left Bath with immediate effect, returning to Australia. Photograph: David Davies/PA

World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward has launched a stinging attack on English rugby following Sam Burgess’ return to the South Sydney Rabbitohs, de(...)

New Zealand celebrating in Twickenham after winning the World Cup. For all of Dan Carter’s magnificence, Ma’a Nonu was the key figure in delivering tries.Photograph: AFP Photo /Franck Fife

How will this World Cup be remembered? That question must be viewed from two perspectives – the champions and Ireland’s – because each provides vastly(...)

Sam Burgess returned to training with his club, Bath on Monday. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

England centre Sam Burgess has attended training at Bath today amid speculation he could return to rugby league, the Aviva Premiership club have anno(...)

Paul O’Connell’s hamstring injury could rule him out for the entire rugby season. Photograph: Inpho

Paul O’Connell could miss the entire rugby season due to injury. The Irish lock, who has signed up with French Top 14 side Toulon, will be out of rugb(...)

Japan players celebrate their momentous victory over South Africa in the pool section – the Brave Blossoms missed out on a place in the quarter-finals but won the hearts of the rugby world. Photograph: Getty Images

Gerry Thornley Match of the tournament? Spoilt for choice. Japan provided the best finish, Australia v Argentina was the most breathless, but t(...)

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw and Dan Carter  with the Webb Ellis Cup after the All Blacks’ victory over  Australia at Twickenham. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Not like this. That’s what Dan Carter thought when writhing in agony on home soil four years ago. It can’t end at a training session on the eve of the(...)

So close: Australia’s head coach Michael Cheika  walks past the the Webb Ellis Cup after Saturday’s final. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Australia come out of this World Cup a stronger force than they went in. New Zealand are automatically weakened by the loss of Richie McCaw, Dan Carte(...)

Dan Carter (centre) has been named the World Rugby player of the year for 2015. New Zealand won the team award. Photograph:  Glyn Kirk/AFP

New Zealand outhalf Dan Carter has followed up his man-of-the-match performance in Saturday’s World Cup final by being crowned World Rugby player of t(...)

Sonny Bill Williams of New Zealand gives his winning medal to young fan Charlie Lines following the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium in London. Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

New Zealand centre Sonny Bill Williams has been presented with a second World Cup winner’s medal after giving his original to a teenager. Williams han(...)