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RTÉ broadcaster Gay Byrne died on November 4th

While Ireland crashed out of the Rugby World Cup at the wearingly familiar quarter-final stage again this year, Google searches for the Japanese showp(...)

South African rugby fans great the team on their national  tour with the Webb Ellis Cup in Pretoria on Thursday. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

As South Africans waited for their Rugby World Cup-winning team to bring the trophy home this week, many were pondering a question that goes beyond sp(...)

South Africa’s head coach Rassie Erasmus instantly changed the perception of the Springbok brand, but he did it for the right reasons. Photograph: Odd  Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

I feel privileged to have broken bread with Francois Pienaar. Over dinner one night, Pienaar spoke about the importance of sport in South Africa and h(...)

South Africa’s flanker Siya Kolisi lifts the Webb Ellis Cup as they celebrate winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup final against  England in Yokohama. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

Way, way back in time, circa mid-September 2019, the common perception was that this World Cup would be the most open of the nine to date. Now that it(...)

 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 (...)

 The England scrum is pushed back during the World Cup final  in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Who saw that coming? Not me, for starters. The final produced a match that couldn’t really have been anticipated. England never got going, weren’t al(...)

 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 Maro Itoje  is tackled by Nepo Laulala of New Zealand during their World Cup  semi-final  at International Stadium, Yokohama. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Last Monday, Maro Itoje turned 25. That’s almost worth repeating several times for he has already won more than the vast majority of players, even leg(...)

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