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The opening weekend of the World Cup saw the TMO in use 25 times in eight games, a rate that has thankfully slowed down since. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

There is a particular focus on discipline under Joe Schmidt. Giving up penalties results in lost territory, lost points and lost games. With 17 penalt(...)

Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau shows the England defence a clean pair of heels at Twickenham. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP photo

England 25 Wales 28 Sometimes a game actually lives up the hype, and in this instance that’s really saying something. After nearly two years of(...)

England’s Tom Wood could be cited for an incident which left Wales fullback unconscious during his side’s famous 28-25 win at Twickenham. Photograph: AFP

England flanker Tom Wood will discover by Monday morning if he is to be cited for the blow that knocked Wales fullback Liam Williams unconscious in Sa(...)

Wales’ Gareth Davies dives in to score his side’s try in the Rugby World Cup Pool A match against England at Twickenham. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA

England 25 Wales 28 Somehow, it actually lived up to the hype and the seismic sense of occasion. Maybe even bettered it. There’s bravery, and t(...)

Jonathan Joseph will start in England’s midfield for their opening World Cup game against Fiji on Friday night. Photograph:  Henry Browne/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Sam Burgess will be a replacement in England’s Rugby World Cup opening fixture against Fiji on Friday as Stuart Lancaster named an unchanged side from(...)

Lansdowne head coach Mike Ruddock: doesn’t believe the loss of Leigh Halfpenny and Rhys Webb to injury will have a massive impact on Wales’ chances at the World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Mike Ruddock knows a thing or two about winning trophies whether it’s with the Mumbles club and their Welsh Division Three South West title triumph t(...)

England’s flanker Chris Robshaw  is tackled by Ireland’s  Rory Best and   Jack McGrath  during Saturday’s Rugby World Cup warm-up match at Twickenham. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Twickenham makes England genuine World Cup contenders. Every other nation must enter this heady arena and seek victory. Ireland tried, Ireland failed(...)

England winger Jonny May celebrates scoring their first try during the World Cup warm-up  at Twickenham. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

One of a few positives coming out of Twickenham is the scoreboard. Only losing 21-13 to a rampant English team – with a powerful pack and dazzling win(...)

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell gets over for a try during the second half of the World Cup warm-up game at Twickenham. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

England 21 Ireland 13 The result may not have been terribly important but while this was the restorative win which was prescribed for England, it was (...)

Paul O’Connell  in Twickenham: “For me when you play England, you always think of the size of the players.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

This almost feels a little like the start of the World Cup. It’s Twickenham, all the squads have been named and England kick off the global, four-year(...)

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