Mario Ledesma

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 Australia last claimed the Web Ellis trophy in 1999 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. File photograph: Dave Rogers/Getty Images

Australia winning the right to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup would be an important step in the rejuvenation of the sport in the country after a few l(...)

Pablo Matera with his Argentina team mates, celebrating their victory against New Zealand. Photograph: Getty Image

In devising a game plan to defeat the might of New Zealand, Argentina coach, Mario Ledesma, accepted that the Kiwis had more skill and pace than his P(...)

Tempers flare between Ireland and Wales players during the Autumn Nations Cup clash at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Alun Wyn Jones had demanded a Welsh win and his team were fully “up” for their visit to Dublin on Friday evening. The passionate singing of Land of (...)

Rassie Erasmus has confirmed South Africa won’t take part in the Rugby Championship. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

World champions South Africa will not take part in the Rugby Championship in a decision that leaves the tournament greatly diminished two weeks before(...)

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(...)

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