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England’s George Ford against the All Blacks. England have way more passing and kicking inventiveness than South Africa in their dual playmakers Ford and Owen Farrell.  Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

World Cup Final: England v South Africa Kick-off: 9am Irish time, Saturday. Venue: International Stadium, Yokohama. How to follow: The Irish Tim(...)

Cheslin Kolbe will be fit for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Rassie Erasmus is likely to make one change for Saturday’s World Cup final against England in Yokohama with the wing Cheslin Kolbe, who missed the sem(...)

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(...)

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and defence coach Jacques Nienaber at Thomond Park, Limerick in October 2017. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The paranoid theory always went that Rassie Erasmus, one of four former Irish provincial coaches overseeing World Cup quarter-finalists last weekend, (...)

 Liam Williams, seen here  preparing for a Wales training session  on Wednesday, has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup semi-final against South Africa on Sunday according to the BBC. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Wales fullback Liam Williams has been ruled out of Sunday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final against South Africa after sustaining an ankle injury, the BBC(...)

South Africa’s Faf de Klerk scores a try at the  Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Japan in  Tokyo Stadium on Sunday.  Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain. This is a country where size is not everything, whe(...)

Makazole Mapimpi dives to score South Africa’s third try in their win ovre Japan. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty

Japan 3 South Africa 26 After all the shocks and surprises, typhoons and earthquakes, The Rugby World Cup has its heavyweight semi-finals. South Afri(...)

 Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga of the All Blacks run through drills during a  training session at Tatsuminomori Seaside Park  in Tokyo. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

15 Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) Age: 28 Height: 6’2” Weight: 91kg (14st, 5lbs) Caps: 80 The world’s best outhalf is now doing a pretty good job from f(...)

 Matt Proudfoot, South Africa’s forwards coach: “If you have watched how we have played in the World Cup you can see how we will play on Sunday.” Photograph:  Steve Haag/Gallo Images

South Africa are exasperated that, before their quarter-final on Sunday, the questions they are asked are invariably about their rivals and tournament(...)

Japan winger Kotaro Matsushima dives to score against Scotland. Photograph: William West/Getty/AFP

IRFU statement an unprecedented turn of events The “IRFU statement re false claims published in Sunday Times” was an unprecedented turn of events, ce(...)

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