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“All of this draws us to the conclusion that the outcome of today’s match at the Stade de France sits very much in the mischievous hands of the rugby gods.”  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

A Reading from the Acts of the Coaches. Last summer Ireland’s head coach, Andy Farrell was walking along rugby’s road to Damascus, when a bolt of lig(...)

 Liam Williams:  Lions missed a crucial chance to offload with the try line beckoning during the third and deciding Test against South Africa at Cape Town. Photogaph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Liam Williams and Tom Curry, please explain. When the Lions trekked off at half-time they led 10-6, whereas the score should have been, at least, 20-(...)

Once considered too small, Toulouse and South African wing Cheslin Kolbe has always been too fast. File photograph: Getty Images

Cheslin Kolbe’s story is further proof of sport’s ability to be life changing. Growing up in the crime-filled streets of Kraaifontein, a northern subu(...)

 England head coach Eddie Jones watches his players warm up before the Six Nations match between England and France in Twickenham on Saturday March 13th. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

On Saturday, Ireland once again do battle with the beast. This particular beast is highly dangerous, powerful, skilled, motivated, intelligent and ca(...)

Eamonn Breslin: launched himself at the ball from the edge of the square and beat the Laois goalkeeper with a diving header

You’ve heard of William Webb Ellis, who supposedly picked up a football and ran with it, launching a new sport. Somewhat less famous is Eamonn Breslin(...)

South African president Nelson Mandela presents the William Webb Ellis trophy to captain Francois Pienaar after the victory over New Zealand in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Poisonous coffee. The Friday morning before the World Cup final Frank Bunce gingerly moved off his toilet bowl to track down Dr Mike Bowen. “Doc, I g(...)

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 (...)

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