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Matt Proudfoot will join the England coaching staff after being part of Rassie Erasmus’s coaching ticket that helped South Africa win the Rugby World Cup. Photograph:  Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

Ten weeks and three months after South Africa’s pack laid the foundation for World Cup victory over England, Eddie Jones has turned to the Springboks’(...)

South Africa centre  Damian de Allende will join Munster next season on a two-year deal. Photograph: Ashley Western/PA Wire

Damian de Allende, the Springboks’ World Cup winning centre, has agreed a two-year deal with Munster. The Irish province and head coach Johann van Gra(...)

 South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus and  captain Siya Kolisi after victory over England  in the World Cup  final  at the International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan.Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

By the end of the 2019 World Cup, all felt right in the rugby world. This feel-good tournament had the ultimate feel-good story; a head coach free of (...)

 Lukhanyo Am: his  skills and vision as a playmaker for South Africa had been largely kept under wraps until the final. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

(1) Scrums still matter The game pivoted on the third-minute incident when Maro Itoje’s elbow accidentally caught Kyle Sinckler, leaving Dan Cole(...)

 The England scrum is pushed back during the World Cup final  in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Who saw that coming? Not me, for starters. The final produced a match that couldn’t really have been anticipated. England never got going, weren’t al(...)

 Faf de Klerk, Mazakole Mapimpi and Tendai Mtawarira celebrate after the Rugby World Cup final win over England at International Stadium Yokohama in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph:  Juan Jose Gasparini/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa 32 England 12 Entering the last 15 minutes of South Africa’s third final, it seemed the Boks were set to complete a third World Cup triu(...)

Springboks skipper Siya Kolisi withSouth Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

And that’s a wrap. Just over seven weeks since it began with Japan’s 30-10 win against Russia on September 20th, the 2019 Rugby World Cup has come to (...)

Siya Kolisi lifts the Webb Ellis Cup. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Rugby World Cup final: England 12 South Africa 32 The Springboks are the deserving world champions for a third time, thereby joining the All Blacks a(...)

England’s Kyle Sinckler during training ahead of the Rugby World Cup final against South Africa. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Rugby World Cup final: England v South Africa Kick-off: 9am Irish time, Saturday. Venue: Yokohama International Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Tim(...)

 England hooker Jamie George   during a training session at Fuchu Asahi Football Park ahead of the World Cup final.  Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Like father, like son. Owen Farrell didn’t lick his uber competitive streak off the pavement. Many of his earliest childhood memories are of being in(...)

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