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 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(...)

In the wake of a magnificent English victory, Steve Hansen, Kieran Read (above) and their New Zealand team displayed astonishing dignity. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The gamble by World Rugby to move the RWC outside the traditional rugby countries has paid off, big time. The first RWC in Asia has been an outstandi(...)

England’s George Ford against the All Blacks. England have way more passing and kicking inventiveness than South Africa in their dual playmakers Ford and Owen Farrell.  Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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

England’s Manu Tuilagi running at New Zealand’s Anton Lienert-Brown during the  World Cup semi-final  at International Stadium, Yokohama. Photograph:  PA Photo

A World Cup final between England and South Africa provides food for thought. “What might have been”’ for Ireland doesn’t really wash. Not after the y(...)

Wales’ coach Warren Gatland during a training session at the International Stadium, Yokohama. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Rugby World Cup semi-final: Wales v South Africa Kick-off: 9am Irish time, Sunday. Venue: International Stadium, Yokohama. How to follow: T(...)

New Zealand fullback Beauden Barrett  makes a break during the Rugby World Cup Group B game between New Zealand and South Africa at the International Stadium in Yokohama. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

New Zealand 23 South Africa 13 The significance of Ireland’s victory over Scotland on Sunday was heightened by the extraordinary spectacle the day be(...)

 New Zealand’s George Bridge scores the first try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

New Zealand 23 South Africa 13 Rumours of the champions impending demise may have proved premature. South Africa’s reinvention and rejuvenation unde(...)

New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett clears a kick against South Africa during a Test match at Westpac Stadium in July 2019 in Wellington, New Zealand. Photograph: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

Pool B: New Zealand v South Africa, International Stadium, Yokohama, Saturday, 10:45am Irish time. Live on Eir Sport and ITV Time to rumble indeed. T(...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan is looking forward to South Africa’s opening Rugby World Cup game against New Zealand on Saturday. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

With Australian Stephen Larkham, Irish manager Niall O’Donovan and South African defence coach JP Ferriera, Johann van Graan’s Munster team could be p(...)

Siya Kolisi returns for the Springboks as he bids to prove his fitness ahead of the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Ross Setford/Reuters

Siya Kolisi will start as flanker for South Africa in their one-off test against Argentina at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, eager to prove his fitness (...)

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