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Edinburgh prop Pierre Schoeman lifted the padding from the bottom of the visitors’ left-hand upright, as Munster hooker Rhys Marshall drove for the line.

Ever since William Webb Ellis supposedly picked up the leather pill and ran with it, rugby teams have been trying to bend the laws. It’s true of any s(...)

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’s president Nelson Mandela handing the William Webb trophy  to  South Africa’s captain Francois Pienaar  in Johannesburg  in 1995. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Muller/AFP via Getty Images

It will forever remain the single most iconic image in the history of Rugby World Cups and, perhaps, the game itself. Nelson Mandela handing over the (...)

England players take part in a training session at Arcs Urayasu Park ahead of the Rugby World Cup semi-final against New Zealand. Photo: Charly Triballeau/Getty Images

New Zealand are the best team at this tournament, as they have been at every World Cup since its inception. The four year planning cycle New Zealand (...)

Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray at the World Cup welcome ceremony in  Chiba. It is time for the iconic Irish players to deliver. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The veteran Wallaby centre Adam Ashley-Cooper is attending his fourth RWC. When he spoke to the media this week he displayed all his wisdom in succinc(...)

Ireland’s James Ryan in action against  Wales in  February  2018 at the Aviva. Gordon D’Arcy, Fiona Coghlan and John O’Sullivan view him as the top northern hemisphere player of the tournament. Photograph:  Julian Finney/Getty Images

Gerry Thornley (Rugby Correspondent) Q1 – How far can Ireland go (where does it end)? Ireland are one of several teams that could actually win the w(...)

 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(...)

Munster senior coach Stephen Larkham at training on Monday. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

After reaching the semi-finals of both the Heineken Cup and Guinness Pro14 in each of the last two seasons, their newly acquired senior coach Stephen (...)

Joey Carbery: he  had been earmarked for this World Cup in part because he also covered full-back and at a push the role of third choice scrum-half

Nobody died, but it sure as hell felt like someone had. Everyone being dressed in black maybe added to the funereal atmosphere. The news had broken ea(...)

CJ Stander taking part in the Ireland squad session at the  The Campus, Faro. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The last World Cup arrived just a fraction too early for CJ Stander but this one can’t come soon enough. The 29-year-old joined Munster in 2012, but(...)

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