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Jones ready for All Blacks test

21st October 2019, 00:34

Eddie Jones says England will work on exploiting New Zealand's weaknesses this week and insists they are beatable.

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Springboks must improve to lift World Cup - Erasmus

20th October 2019, 19:37

South Africa have been warned by coach Rassi Erasmus that they will not win the Rugby World Cup if they don't improve their play.

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Beaten Japan will 'get stronger' - Leitch

20th October 2019, 19:15

Captain Michael Leitch is backing Japan to continue improving after their 26-3 defeat to South Africa in the World Cup quarter-finals.

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Fortune favours Wales in QF win

20th October 2019, 12:06

Warren Gatland admitted Wales rode their luck but battled hard to beat France 20-19 to reach the last four of the Rugby World Cup.

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Cheika walks away from the Wallabies

20th October 2019, 10:42

Michael Cheika has confirmed his intention to step down from his job as Australia boss following Saturday's Rugby World Cup exit.

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No thoughts on England yet for Hansen

19th October 2019, 18:59

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen is determined to let his men enjoy their victory over Ireland before thinking about the England clash.

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England advance to semi-finals with Aussie battering

19th October 2019, 18:41

England are through to the Rugby World Cup semi-finals after a comprehensive 40-16 victory over Australia in Oita.

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New Zealand down Ireland to book last-four spot

19th October 2019, 13:51

New Zealand will face England in the World Cup semi-finals on Saturday after claiming an emphatic 46-14 win over Ireland.

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No special Biggar treatment - Brunel

18th October 2019, 17:10

France coach Jacques Brunel has questioned whether Dan Biggar should play for Wales but insists his men will not target him.

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Vunipola eyes Red Rose legacy

18th October 2019, 07:47

England back-rower Billy Vunipola says he and the team hope to build a legacy as they prepare for Saturday's encounter with Australia.

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England spring surprise by omitting Ford

17th October 2019, 09:30

England coach Eddie Jones has sprung a surprise by leaving out George Ford for Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against Australia.

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Biggar is winning fitness race say Wales

17th October 2019, 00:12

Dan Biggar is winning his fitness battle ahead of the World Cup quarter-final clash against France on Sunday, Wales have confirmed.

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No complacency issues for All Blacks

16th October 2019, 18:55

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has dismissed any complacency concerns ahead of Saturday's clash with Ireland.

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Wales ace ready for final push

16th October 2019, 10:40

Wales star Liam Williams says his side have what it takes to beat France this weekend and secure the World Cup in Japan.

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England handed Vunipola boost

16th October 2019, 00:36

Billy Vunipola should be fit to play when England face Australia in their World Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

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I won't waste England chance - Marler

15th October 2019, 17:55

Joe Marler insists he will not let this World Cup opportunity with England slip through his fingers as the quarter-finals approach.

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England ready for Aussies says Youngs

15th October 2019, 00:22

England will be ready to go when they take on Australia in the World Cup quarter-final on Saturday, scrum-half Ben Youngs says.

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Gatland wary of France threat

15th October 2019, 00:16

Wales coach Warren Gatland says they are taking nothing for granted when they face France in the World Cup quarter-final.

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Aki banned for remainder of World Cup

14th October 2019, 16:12

Ireland centre Bundee Aki has been handed a three-game suspension and will sit out the rest of the World Cup as a result.

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Media negativity surprises Sexton

14th October 2019, 13:59

Johnny Sexton says he has been left perplexed by the negative media focus on his Ireland side.

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Laidlaw to take time on retirement call

14th October 2019, 10:19

Scrum-half Greig Laidlaw says he won't rush any call regarding his international future following Scotland's exit from the World Cup.

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Scotland heading home after Japan loss

13th October 2019, 16:29

Scotland have been knocked out of the World Cup following a narrow 28-21 loss against Japan in their final Pool match.

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Wales top Pool D to set up Les Bleus showdown

13th October 2019, 12:32

Wales scrapped to a bonus-point 35-13 Pool D win over Uruguay on Sunday to book a Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France.

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Hogg relishing Japan encounter

12th October 2019, 20:11

Stuart Hogg says Scotland are ready for an epic battle against Japan when the two teams meet at the World Cup on Sunday.

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Ireland earn quarter-final berth after beating Samoa

12th October 2019, 14:22

Ireland secured a 47-5 bonus-point victory over Samoa in Fukuoka on Saturday to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals.

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Wallabies battle past resilient Georgia

11th October 2019, 15:30

Australia were made to work hard for the points as they moved top of Pool D thanks to a 27-8 win over Georgia on Friday.

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McInally dropped for Japan decider

11th October 2019, 14:46

Scotland captain Stuart McInally has been forced to settle for a seat on the bench ahead of their Pool A decider with Japan.

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England v France is off due to Typhoon Hagibis

10th October 2019, 15:21

England's Rugby World Cup clash with France has been called off because of Typhoon Hagibis, which is due to hit on Saturday.

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Gatland salutes Wales character

10th October 2019, 05:54

Warren Gatland hailed the character in his Wales side as they booked their place in the quarter-finals with a comeback win over Fiji.

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Biggar ruled out of Uruguay game

9th October 2019, 19:16

Dan Biggar will sit out Wales' final Pool D game against Uruguay due to the head injury he suffered in the win over Fiji.

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Ledesma ready to battle on as Argentina boss

9th October 2019, 16:47

Argentina boss Mario Ledesma says he will fight for his job and won't walk away despite a disappointing World Cup campaign.

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Scots sink Russia to set up Japan decider

9th October 2019, 11:08

Scotland have set up what will be a Pool A decider against hosts Japan following a 61-0 thrashing of Russia on Wednesday.

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Erasmus feels Springboks can win World Cup after Canada scalp

8th October 2019, 14:26

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus feels they have a "chance" of World Cup glory following a crushing victory over Canada.

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Gatland makes changes for Fiji test

8th October 2019, 03:28

Warren Gatland says he has an 'eye on the bigger picture' after making two changes to his Wales side for the clash with Fiji.

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Vunipola in race to face France

8th October 2019, 02:37

England are waiting for news on Billy Vunipola, who picked up an ankle injury during the victory over Argentina.

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Big changes for Scotland’s crucial Pool outing

7th October 2019, 13:19

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has made 14 changes to his side for their crunch Pool A meeting with Russia.

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Pumas ace hit with four-match ban

7th October 2019, 12:49

Argentina lock Tomas Lavanini has been handed a four-game ban following his high tackle on England centre Owen Farrell.

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Brunel to take France back to basics

7th October 2019, 00:10

Jacques Brunel says there will need to be a big improvement from his France side when they face England at the World Cup.

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Ford wants full concentration on France

6th October 2019, 16:05

England fly-half George Ford says the squad are only thinking about their final Pool C match with France.

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Unconvincing France book quarter-final spot

6th October 2019, 12:28

France have booked their place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals although they did not convince when beating Tonga 23-21.

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Cheika wants faster starts from Wallabies

5th October 2019, 17:16

Michael Cheika watched Australia thrash Uruguay 45-10 at the Rugby World Cup and then urged his team to start matches faster.

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Japan too good for Samoa

5th October 2019, 15:06

Japan moved to the top of Pool A with a 38-19 victory over Samoa to keep up their momentum at the Rugby Word Cup.

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No let up from Jones

5th October 2019, 12:22

Eddie Jones says there are still areas of improvement for England after they booked their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

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Springboks yet to hit top form - Erasmus

4th October 2019, 16:40

Head coach Rassie Erasmus feels South Africa are yet to hit top form despite earning a 49-3 win over Italy on Friday.

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Wales' Edwards targets semi-final spot

4th October 2019, 10:25

Shaun Edwards says he will be "unbelievably disappointed" if Wales fail to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.

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France handed double World Cup injury blow

3rd October 2019, 18:40

France have confirmed hooker Peato Mauvaka and fullback Thomas Ramos have been ruled out of the rest of the Rugby World Cup.

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Schmidt expects key pair to make Samoa showdown

3rd October 2019, 17:05

After beating Russia, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt says Joey Carbery and Johnny Sexton should be fit to face Samoa.

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Ford and Farrell to face Argentina

3rd October 2019, 14:11

Eddie Jones has included George Ford and Owen Farrell in his England side that will face Argentina at the World Cup.

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Laidlaw - Scots still face qualification battle

2nd October 2019, 15:37

Greig Laidlaw knows Scotland still have a lot of work to do if they are to reach the knockout stages of the Rugby World Cup.

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France stutter in USA victory

2nd October 2019, 15:18

France scored three late tries to finally beat the United States 33-9 at the Rugby World Cup.