France’s   Fijian centre Virimi Vakatawa,  who was almost unplayable,  celebrates scoring  a try for Racing92 against Saracens. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty

One of these days we might go a whole 24 hours without mentioning the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Ireland’s quarter-final exit. But not just yet. Here’s(...)

  Japan players celebrate their victory over  Scotland at International Stadium Yokohama. The home side’s daring, energetic, high-tempo rugby thrilled all spectators. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Best moments The enthusiasm, warmth, hospitality and friendliness of the people and the diversity of Japan’s cultures, its sights and sounds, Tokyo’s(...)

Jaco Peyper shows France’s Sebastien Vahaamahina a red card during his side’s defeat to Wales. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Referee Jaco Peyper was not considered for a World Cup semi-final appointment after an “inappropriate” picture of him with Welsh fans appeared on soci(...)

Referee Jaco Peyper shows Sebastien Vahaamahina a red card during France’s Rugby World Cup defeat to Wales. Photograph: Ashley Western/PA

World Rugby is investigating the circumstances around a photo of referee Jaco Peyper in which he appears to mock the elbow to the head that earned Fra(...)

Jaco Peyper awards Ross Moriarty’s try. Photograph:  Christophe Ena/AP

Wales 20 France 19 Wales are into the semi-finals of the World Cup but only after one of the crazier quarter-finals of modern times. With six minutes(...)

France players clap the fans after their Rugby World Cup victory over Tonga. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

France 23 Tonga 21 France secured their place in the World Cup quarter-finals with a 23-21 victory over Tonga at the Kumamoto Stadium. France will n(...)

France’s  Camille Lopez celebrates following the victory over Argentina in the World Cup clash in Tokyo.  Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

France 23 Argentina 21 France begin their World Cup quest safe in the eternal knowledge that nothing about them is certain. They possess all the el(...)

Gael Fickou of France is tackled during the Pool C game between France and Argentina in Tokyo. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Argentina 21 France 23 France survived by riding their luck as much as Camille Lopez’s 70th minute drop goal separated these old rivals in a calamito(...)

Number eight Louis Picamoles has been included in France’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Number eight Louis Picamoles will get to finish his international career at the World Cup after he was included in France’s 31-man squad on Monday. T(...)

Felix Lambey was the standout player in a poor French performance. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

15 Thomas Ramos - Three turnovers in the first half and beaten in the air by Garry Ringrose that could have led to a try; looked spooked and unsure at(...)

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