Since 2012 Argentina have built pace and creativity into their game plan. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

When all is said and done at this World Cup, the All Blacks will say a little thank you to Ireland for beating France in their final Pool D clash. (...)

 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(...)

“Playing with a lot of the Irish guys,  it’s almost sad for me not to see them in the semi-finals,” said Ruan Pienaar. Photograph: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images

As ever with Ruan Pienaar there will be no holiday. As soon as South Africa’s World Cup is over, he will return to Ulster. The man who has been on (...)

South Africa’s Bismarck du Plessis and Fourie du Preez take part in squad training at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Heyneke Meyer is old school. He exudes passion for the game in all of his lengthy, meandering thoughts, and cherishes rugby’s “ethos” – one of his fav(...)

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 (...)

Australia head coach Michael Cheika looks on during a training session in London  ahead of their semi-final test against Argentina. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

The World Cup, while cruel to Ireland, was kind on Tuesday to Irish reporters still on the ground in search of an angle. 8am in Teddington and Michael(...)

Can Australia recover from their last-gasp win over Scotland to beat Argentina and make it to the World Cup final? Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

New Zealand Semi-final tie: v South Africa on Saturday at 4pm. Path to the semi-finals: Group stages: beat Argentina 26-16, beat Namibia 58(...)

 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 disappointed Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip trudges off the pitch at the Millennium Stadium following Ireland’s defeat to Argentina. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland undoubtedly dodged a bullet by avoiding a brilliant All Blacks on Saturday night, but their stay of execution only lasted another day. The 43-(...)

Chris Henry attempts to break through Argentina’s defence: “It just felt that every time we got the ball, we were chopped.” Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images.

If Ireland were to win the World Cup – actually, let’s not get carried away any more, if Ireland were to reach the final – then Paul O’Connell, Peter (...)

  • « First
  • Prev
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • Next
  • Last »