Mario Ledesma

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Fiji’s Peceli Yato  is felled by Australian Reece Hodge’s (right) high body check. Yato could not return to play and Fiji lost their best player. Hodge went on to score when he should not have been on the pitch.  Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Having hoped for an auspicious start, it’ll be back to the drawing board for the match officials at this Rugby World Cup. The games abounded with sp(...)

France’s  Camille Lopez celebrates following the victory over Argentina in the World Cup clash in Tokyo.  Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

France 23 Argentina 21 France begin their World Cup quest safe in the eternal knowledge that nothing about them is certain. They possess all the el(...)

Gael Fickou of France is tackled during the Pool C game between France and Argentina in Tokyo. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Argentina 21 France 23 France survived by riding their luck as much as Camille Lopez’s 70th minute drop goal separated these old rivals in a calamito(...)

Ian McKinley has missed out on a place in Italy’s squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ian McKinley has lost out in the numbers game for Italy’s World Cup squad with head coach Conor O’Shea deciding to take just two outhalves among his 3(...)

South Africa outhalf Handre  Pollard scores one of his two tries in the Rugby Championship match against  Argentina  at the Ernesto Martearena stadium in Salta, Argentina. Photograph: Jan Touzeau/EPA

Argentina 13 South Africa 46 A Handre Pollard-inspired South Africa warmed up for the World Cup in superb style by beating Argentina 46-13 in the sou(...)

Argentina captain Pablo Matera in action against the All Blacks. Photograph: John Davidson/Inpho

Argentina Argentina’s thrilling journey to the semi-finals was one of the stories of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and they have legitimate hopes of matc(...)

Manu Tuilagi celebrates a try against Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

Pool C England - 3rd (9-2) France - 8th (33-1) Argentina - 11th (40-1) USA - 14th (1500-1) Tonga - 15th (1000-1) The Contenders England’s dismantli(...)

 Argentina coach Mario Ledesma has made 10 changes to his Argentina team for their match against the Barbarians. Photograph:  Robert Perry/EPA

Mario Ledesma has made 10 changes to his Argentina team for their match against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday. Ten months out from the Worl(...)

Ireland’s Dan Leavy in possession  during the clash against Argentina at the Aviva Stadium. Niall Carson/PA

“I’ll get the microscope out and have a decent look,” said Joe Schmidt of what Ireland team tussles with the All Blacks. If, as the evidence increasi(...)

 Jordan Larmour fumbles a catch during the international against Argentina  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Ireland 28 Argentina 17 The floodlights were still on and the crowd had only begun to disperse yet one ventures most thoughts had already turned to e(...)

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