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Teddy Thomas and Charles Ollivon celebrate after the France captain scored his side’s second try at the Stade de France. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty/AFP

France 24 England 17 When Eddie Jones talked recently about England looking to become the greatest team the world has ever seen, this was not the sta(...)

George Furbank during an England training session in Vilamoura, Portugal this week. Photograph: Getty Images

George Furbank will win his first cap in England’s Six Nations opener against France on Sunday with Eddie Jones handing the Northampton fullback the N(...)

South Africa’s Makazole Mapimpi, Faf de Klerk and Lukhanyo Am all had excellent tournaments. Photograph: Inpho

15 Beauden Barrett (New Zealand) It’s too reactive to say that Barrett’s switch to fullback didn’t work on the basis of their semi-final exit, as Eng(...)

 Faf de Klerk, Mazakole Mapimpi and Tendai Mtawarira celebrate after the Rugby World Cup final win over England at International Stadium Yokohama in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph:  Juan Jose Gasparini/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa 32 England 12 Entering the last 15 minutes of South Africa’s third final, it seemed the Boks were set to complete a third World Cup triu(...)

  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(...)

England’s Manu Tuilagi running at New Zealand’s Anton Lienert-Brown during the  World Cup semi-final  at International Stadium, Yokohama. Photograph:  PA Photo

A World Cup final between England and South Africa provides food for thought. “What might have been”’ for Ireland doesn’t really wash. Not after the y(...)

England head coach Eddie Jones with his defence coach John Mitchell. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

Attacks win games and defences win tournaments, say the wise and knowing and, of course, defence coaches. But there’s no doubt that one of the great p(...)

England face the Haka during the Rugby World Cup semi-final in Yokohama. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

England have been reprimanded and fined for their V-shaped formation when facing the haka before their World Cup semi-final victory over New Zealand l(...)

England’s Manu Tuilagi scores a try against New Zealand during the Rugby World Cup semi-final at International Stadium  Yokohama on Saturday. Photograph: Eugene Hoshiko/AP

England 19 New Zealand 7 Rarely has an All Blacks team been so thoroughly outplayed, least of all in a World Cup match; but, then again, rarely has a(...)

Antoine Dupont under pressure during France’s Six Nations defeat to England at Twickenham. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Rarely, if ever, have England been involved in a World Cup fixture which their opponents would secretly prefer to lose. France’s players and coaches w(...)

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