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France’s   Fijian centre Virimi Vakatawa,  who was almost unplayable,  celebrates scoring  a try for Racing92 against Saracens. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty

One of these days we might go a whole 24 hours without mentioning the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Ireland’s quarter-final exit. But not just yet. Here’s(...)

 Saracens’ celebrate with the trophy after beating Leinster in last year’s final. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Pool 1 Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Captain: Johnny Sexton. Last season: Runners-up. How they qualified: Pro 14 champions. Key man: Sexton is the(...)

South Africa’s Makazole Mapimpi, Faf de Klerk and Lukhanyo Am all had excellent tournaments. Photograph: Inpho

15 Beauden Barrett (New Zealand) It’s too reactive to say that Barrett’s switch to fullback didn’t work on the basis of their semi-final exit, as Eng(...)

 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(...)

 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 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(...)

South Africa’s Faf de Klerk trains ahead of Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final. Photograph: Anne-Christine Pouloulat/AFP/Getty

As seemingly thousands more English fans descend on Tokyo, with more to come and many of them without tickets, their team’s defence coach John Mitchel(...)

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