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Chris Robshaw of England catches the lineout ball before being bundled into touch by Welsh players during the World Cup Pool A match at Twickenham on September 26th. photograph: mitchell gunn/getty

The captain wearing the number seven jersey had a decision to make. His side were three points down with not long to go and had just been awarded a pe(...)

New Zealand have asked for soundproof windows in their Cardiff hotel. Photograph: Getty Images

New Zealand asked for the windows at their city centre hotel in Cardiff to be soundproofed after being kept awake on Saturday evening by roisterous(...)

New Zealand wing Waisake Naholo will make his World cup debut against Georgia at the Millennium Stadium on Friday night. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Wing Waisake Naholo will make a World Cup debut for New Zealand on Friday, just 10 weeks after breaking his leg. Naholo suffered a hairline fracture d(...)

New Zealand’s Sonny Bill Williams offloads in the tackle against Argentina during the side’s World Cup Pool C at Wembley. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

I don’t want to get all gushy so early in the tournament, but the signs of a return to running rugby at international level are looking good. I(...)

Richie McCaw is tackled during New Zealand’s unconvincing 58-14 win over Namibia at the Olympic Stadium

New Zealand 58 Namibia 14 Rarely has a 44-point defeat in rugby felt so much like a victory. But the smiles from Namibia’s players after this v(...)

Flanker Sam Cane will captain New Zealand for the first time in Thursday’s World Cup clash against minnows Namibia. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Sam Cane will captain a New Zealand side that shows 12 changes from the one that beat Argentina for Thursday’s Rugby World Cup match against Namibi(...)

 Sonny Bill Williams of New Zealand offloads in the tackle during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match against Argentina at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Sonny Bill Williams made an instant impact as New Zealand opened their World Cup defence with victory against Argentina, but says there is plenty of w(...)

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 (...)

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw gets ready to scrum down with his fellow forwards during the Bledisloe Cup match against Australia at Eden Park, Auckland, in August. Photograph:  Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

They are here to win the World Cup. They think it and look it. They behave it and live it. A knife-edge blend of stunning confidence and old-school co(...)

The New Zealand All Blacks during a gym session at Lensbury ahead of their World Cup opener. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

The New Zealand 23-man match squad contains 11 players who will take part in their first Rugby World Cup match when the reigning champions take to the(...)

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