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Faf de Klerk of South Africa celebrates his side winning a penalty to secure victory over Wales during the Rugby World Cup  semi-final  at International Stadium Yokohama on Sunday. Photograph: Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images

Fittingly perhaps, England will be faced by South Africa in next Saturday’s World Cup final, in a reprise of the 2007 decider. But while the Springbok(...)

Wales’ coach Warren Gatland during a training session at the International Stadium, Yokohama. Photograph:  Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Rugby World Cup semi-final: Wales v South Africa Kick-off: 9am Irish time, Sunday. Venue: International Stadium, Yokohama. How to follow: T(...)

Australia’s head coach Michael Cheika during a training session in Urayasu. Photograph: Getty Images

Michael Cheika launched a stinging attack on World Rugby following the three-match ban received by the Australia wing Reece Hodge for a tackle his hea(...)

Ireland’s Rory Best  against  Wales at the Aviva Stadium on September 7th. Photograph:Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Last Saturday’s story centres on lineout management and spatial awareness feeding into the question – where are Ireland on their World Cup preparation(...)

Ireland’s Rory Best leaves the field to a thunderous ovation after the game against Wales in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 19 Wales 10 On the proviso that Keith Earls’s quadricep injury is as insignificant as initially presumed – and hence, miracle of miracles, no(...)

 Tadhg Furlong scores his side’s second try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland 19 Wales 10 Top of the world ma. Not perfect, but much more like it. Far from derailed, Ireland duly completed a deserved double over Wales w(...)

Johnny Sexton starts at outhalf for Ireland this weekend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pivotal Irish halfback duo Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray are back together to face Wales on Saturday. Joe Schmidt’s final match as Ireland coach at t(...)

Johnny Sexton during training at Carton House, Kildare, ahead of Ireland’s final Test match against Wales. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Joe Schmidt and Warren Gatland are likely to be true to their word, and to each other, in unveiling fairly full-strength sides today for Saturday’s fi(...)

Cory Hill has been named in Wales’ RWC squad as he recovers from a fractured leg. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cory Hill has been named in Wales’ 31-man World Cup squad despite suffering from a leg fracture. Dragons lock Hill, who captained his country in two (...)

Dan Biggar tackles Maro Itoje during Wales’ win over England in Cardiff. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Wales 13 England 6 Warren Gatland says Wales will not get carried away after replacing New Zealand as World Rugby’s top-ranked nation. Wales’ 13-6 W(...)

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