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David Pocock and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe  in last week’s semi-final: Pocock  gave a wonderful display of thievery against Argentina. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

New Zealand and Australia will take the field on Saturday with each bidding to be the first nation to claim a third Rugby World Cup. Fans of free-flo(...)

Julian Savea collects a high ball during an All Blacks training session: the player had to put in long hours to improve his aerial ability. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

The number 11s are hogging it today. Bryan Habana needs one more try to surpass Jonah Lomu’s record tally of 15 World Cup tries, while Julian Savea(...)

David Pocock returns from injury and will play at number eight for Australia in Sunday’s World cup semi-final. Photograph:   Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Australia’s chances of toppling Argentina in Sunday’s World Cup semi-final have improved after David Pocock and Israel Folau were passed fit for the T(...)

 Richie McCaw: will win his 147th cap for New Zealand against South Africa in the World Cup semi-final.  Photo:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

Following Richie McCaw about during a game can prove difficult because eventually he becomes the eye of the storm. McCaw in numbers is greater than ev(...)

Can Australia recover from their last-gasp win over Scotland to beat Argentina and make it to the World Cup final? Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

New Zealand Semi-final tie: v South Africa on Saturday at 4pm. Path to the semi-finals: Group stages: beat Argentina 26-16, beat Namibia 58(...)

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw with France’s Thierry Dusautoir. “If there wasn’t a certain Richie McCaw running around during the same period, Dusautoir would be seen as the dominant guy who has played rugby in that position over a long period,” says New Zealand coach Steve Hansen

A confession: in 2007, embittered after being denied the chance to cover a World Cup quarter-final in Cardiff, I checked out from faux reality to e(...)

Wales coach Warren Gatland speaking at a press conference two days before his side’s World Cup quarter-final with South Africa. Photo: Martin Bureau/Getty Images

Warren Gatland was at his world weary best at the Wales team base in Weybridge, barely glancing up as he summed up the opposition. “It will be the sam(...)

South Africa players arrive for a training session at Pennyhill Park, in Bagshot. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Victor Matfield has not recovered from a hamstring injury which will once again leave South Africa facing into their quarterfinal against Wales this w(...)

Bryan Habana of South Africa has equalled Jonah Lomu’s record of 15 World Cup tries after scoring a hat-trick against the USA on Wednesday. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images.

Bryan Habana stands with his back to the room. Shaped like a stealth fighter, he has just scored three tries in a 20 minute spree of ruthless, opportu(...)

Bryan Habana scored a hat-trick to move level with Jonah Lomu as the World Cup’s all-time leading try scorer as South Africa routed the USA at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Reuters

South Africa 64 USA 0 No one expected the Brave Blossom heroics of several weeks ago. Lightning striking twice in Pool B with South Africa on t(...)

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