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Argentina’s Juan Martin Hernández glides through the Georgian defence during the Pool C match at Kingsholm. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images.

As in 2007, Juan Martín Hernández rocks up to a World Cup and struts around the pitch looking like a contender for the World Player of the Year again.(...)

Felipe Contepomi: “For me he (Sexton) is one of the best outhalves in the world, if not the best. I feel sorry for him not to be fit. Maybe good for Argentina, I don’t know, because Ireland have big depth in strength.”

Felipe Contepomi remains a doctor of medicine even while doing a spot of journalism and coaching the Jaguars these past few days, weeks, months. Life(...)

In the face of adversity, Ireland’s replacements against France delivered individual moments of calm excellence, particularly Ian Madigan, whose task at outhalf was hugely daunting. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

I first played rugby alongside Paulie O’Connell for the Ireland schoolboys in 1998. Even then you could see a born leader. All he had to do was walk i(...)

Ian Madigan’s body language might appear cocky to some, but it is because he realises a goal-kicking outhalf has to impart that to his team-mates. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

The remnants of the Blarney Army awoke a little bleary-eyed to a sapphire blue Cardiff sky and glorious sunshine, and yet another remarkable clean-up (...)

Richardt Strauss is one of five Irish players, not born in the country. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The pool stages may be over but the debate over player eligibility at the Rugby World Cup looks likely to rumble on ahead of the next tournament in 20(...)

Argentina’s Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe celebrates after his side’s nine try rout of Namibia in Leicester. Photograph: Reuters

Argentina 64 Namibia 19 It was not the farewell Namibia wanted or deserved but they are not the only ones to have fallen prey to the Pumas and on curr(...)

Diego Maradona reacts before the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Tonga at Leicester City Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Argentina 45 Tonga 16 Argentina took a huge step to the World Cup quarter-finals with a comprehensive win over Tonga in front of football great Diego (...)

 Argentinian fans arrive for the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool C match against Tonga at Leicester City Stadium.Photograph: EPA

Argentina go into their Rugby World Cup Pool C match against Tonga on Sunday with a late change to their bench, Facundo Isa coming in for veteran flan(...)

Right winger Santiago Cordero scores his second and Argentina’s  sixth try in the World Cup Pool C game at Kingsholm in Gloucester. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Argentina 54 Georgia 9 Three tries and 21 points in 12 minutes put Argentina back on course for a place in the quarter-finals - and a possible meeting(...)

Aaron Smith celebrates with his New Zealand team mates after scoring his side’s opening try in their Rugby World Cup match against Argentina at Wembley. Photo: Darren Staples/Reuters

New Zealand 26 Argentina 16 For a moment it seemed as if New Zealand might be about to go the same way as South Africa on Saturday. Down to 13 (...)

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