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Jaco Peyper awards Ross Moriarty’s try. Photograph:  Christophe Ena/AP

Wales 20 France 19 Wales are into the semi-finals of the World Cup but only after one of the crazier quarter-finals of modern times. With six minutes(...)

New Zealand’s   Sonny Bill Williams is shown a red card by referee Jerome Garces during the second Test against the Lions in 2017. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho/Photosport

Just prior to the start of the World Cup there was a proposal put forward to World Rugby by a major union. It was both simple and breathtaking – that (...)

Tommy Bowe:  will  host the Rugby World Cup coverage on eir Sport where he’ll have a trio of ex-team-mates for company – Gordon D’Arcy, Peter Stringer and Jerry Flannery. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

This is very definitely a World Cup for people who get up early in the morning. And with 48 matches over 44 days, the schedule will be a gruelling en(...)

New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick suffered a serious shoulder injury when he was careered out of a ruck recently. It is an injury that is likely to keep him out of Saturday’s game against South Africa.  Photograph: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

When day breaks next Monday in the Land of the Rising Sun, we will have learnt a lot. Some key matches will be over, including Ireland v Scotland (re(...)

Scott Barrett of New Zealand is shown the red card during the 2019 Rugby Championship Test Match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at Optus Stadium in Perth on August 10th. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

“Hopefully none.” Alain Rolland answers a question about what stick will be used to beat match officials in the coming weeks. In recent months Rollan(...)

Sam Warburton has praised Wales and England for their treatment of players who have suffered blows to the head. Photograph: Getty Images

Former Wales captain Sam Warburton has warned that a professional player could die on the pitch unless rugby union takes preemptive measures to impro(...)

 Chester Williams of South Africa  during their 1995 Rugby World Cup quarter-final match against Western Samoa in Johannesburg.  File photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The iconic picture from the 1995 World Cup final of Nelson Mandela presenting Francois Pienaar with the William Webb Ellis trophy gifted rugby and Sou(...)

No O’Brien, no Leavy - all eyes now turn to Josh van der Flier to step up and deliver at the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

No miracle for Seanie Silence the imagination. Fifty-five minutes into a hellish World Cup quarter-final against the Springboks and Seán O’Brien is f(...)

 Saturday’s clash in Cardiff will mark Joe Schmidt’s 30th and last Six Nations game as Ireland’s head coach, and also Warren Gatland’s 50th and last for Wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland appear to have drawn something of a short straw again. Playing England first-up they ran into a hugely motivated team who’d had a fortnight t(...)

Brett Gosper has promised the Pacific Islanders would not be “shut out”  of any World League creation. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Hold Goschot to account This time, Brett Gosper must be held to account for what he says. In May 2016 the chief executive emerged from a World Rugby (...)

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