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#Rugby World Cup

# rugby-world-cup - Friday 30 October, 2015

Wales move to retain Shaun Edwards and the rest of Gatland's back room team until next World Cup
# Stay Another Day
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# Stay Another Day

Wales move to retain Shaun Edwards and the rest of Gatland's back room team until next World Cup

Oct 30th 2015, 2:45 PM 4,414 Views 6 Comments

Gatland omitted Edwards from his Lions touring party in favour of Andy Farrell, but wants him by his side until 2019.

'He likes a beer, he likes a laugh and he's nice company' - Hansen lauds Carter
# Golden Boy
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# Golden Boy

'He likes a beer, he likes a laugh and he's nice company' - Hansen lauds Carter

Oct 30th 2015, 2:27 PM 6,776 Views 1 Comment

The 33-year-old out-half ends his New Zealand career after tomorrow’s World Cup final.

The winners and losers from a memorable Rugby World Cup
# RWC
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# RWC

The winners and losers from a memorable Rugby World Cup

Oct 30th 2015, 7:47 AM 11,425 Views 25 Comments

There’s a lot to look back on ahead of this weekend’s decider.

Toulon-bound Ma'a Nonu aiming to finish All Blacks 'dream' in glory
# Skux
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# Skux

Toulon-bound Ma'a Nonu aiming to finish All Blacks 'dream' in glory

Oct 30th 2015, 6:45 AM 5,890 Views 7 Comments

Leinster will have to deal with the Kiwi centre later this season.

Adam Ashley-Cooper ranks as one of Australia's all-time greats
# AAC
From The42
# AAC

Adam Ashley-Cooper ranks as one of Australia's all-time greats

Oct 30th 2015, 6:15 AM 4,650 Views 2 Comments

The Bordeaux-bound wing has been one of the Wallabies’ best servants of all.

'I always take a moment during the week to realise how lucky I am' - McCaw
# King Of NZ
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# King Of NZ

'I always take a moment during the week to realise how lucky I am' - McCaw

Oct 30th 2015, 12:05 AM 5,247 Views 2 Comments

The 34-year-old is expected to retire after New Zealand’s World Cup final against Australia tomorrow.

# rugby-world-cup - Thursday 29 October, 2015

Lynne Cantwell: BOD and D'Arcy had it, All Blacks Nonu and Smith have it too
# Column
From The42
# Column

Lynne Cantwell: BOD and D'Arcy had it, All Blacks Nonu and Smith have it too

Oct 29th 2015, 10:22 PM 19,247 Views 33 Comments

Our World Cup columnist looks at the strength of the All Blacks’ centre pairing.

Cheika: 'We're not all guys camped out by the billabong, wearing cork hats'
# Patriot
From The42
# Patriot

Cheika: 'We're not all guys camped out by the billabong, wearing cork hats'

Oct 29th 2015, 5:58 PM 8,986 Views 10 Comments

Michael Cheika provided some laughs this afternoon in London.

Japan in running with heavyweights for World Rugby team award after tournament heroics
# Gongs
From The42
# Gongs

Japan in running with heavyweights for World Rugby team award after tournament heroics

Oct 29th 2015, 5:05 PM 4,248 Views 3 Comments

Michael Cheika is on the shortlist for the top coach award, meanwhile.

Richie McCaw refuses to admit World Cup final will be his last game of rugby
# Leader
From The42
# Leader

Richie McCaw refuses to admit World Cup final will be his last game of rugby

Oct 29th 2015, 3:18 PM 16,448 Views 18 Comments

The 34-year-old is widely expected to hang up his boots following Saturday’s clash with Australia.

'They can call us whatever they want. Being Aussies, they probably will'
# All Blacks
From The42
# All Blacks

'They can call us whatever they want. Being Aussies, they probably will'

Oct 29th 2015, 3:01 PM 5,663 Views 5 Comments

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen isn’t too concerned about what the Australians are and aren’t saying.

A 4-year plan in fast forward? Michael Cheika is 80 minutes from coaching greatness
# Cheik Mate!
From The42
# Cheik Mate!

A 4-year plan in fast forward? Michael Cheika is 80 minutes from coaching greatness

Oct 29th 2015, 8:50 AM 6,155 Views 3 Comments

With club successes in two hemispheres, the former Leinster coach will be king of the world if he beats New Zealand this weekend.

2001 Lions villain Grey demands defensive aggression from Cheika's Wallabies
# Uncompromising
From The42
# Uncompromising

2001 Lions villain Grey demands defensive aggression from Cheika's Wallabies

Oct 29th 2015, 6:45 AM 6,766 Views 4 Comments

The former Australia centre is a key part of Michael Cheika’s coaching staff.

# rugby-world-cup - Wednesday 28 October, 2015

Letter from London: Should we be calling them the All Blacks?
# You Know Who
From The42
# You Know Who

Letter from London: Should we be calling them the All Blacks?

Oct 28th 2015, 10:48 PM 13,663 Views 30 Comments

There’s a theory that Michael Cheika’s Australians have been avoiding the famous moniker.

Analysis: All Blacks will have to target ludicrously effective David Pocock
# Turnover King
From The42
# Turnover King

Analysis: All Blacks will have to target ludicrously effective David Pocock

Oct 28th 2015, 4:05 PM 5,705 Views 5 Comments

The Wallabies number eight must be dealt with aggressively and in numbers.

At the risk of jumping the gun, this RWC final is definitely going to be the best RWC final
# Power Ranking
From The42
# Power Ranking

At the risk of jumping the gun, this RWC final is definitely going to be the best RWC final

Oct 28th 2015, 12:44 PM 5,937 Views 9 Comments

Though in fairness, it doesn’t have many classics to compete with.

Two of rugby's deep thinkers will go head-to-head in the RWC final
# Smarts
From The42
# Smarts

Two of rugby's deep thinkers will go head-to-head in the RWC final

Oct 28th 2015, 6:30 AM 5,627 Views 4 Comments

Wayne Smith’s defence will attempt to nullify and exploit Stephen Larkham’s attack.

# rugby-world-cup - Tuesday 27 October, 2015

Gloriously old-school Ben Smith is one of the world's greatest players
# Bender
From The42
# Bender

Gloriously old-school Ben Smith is one of the world's greatest players

Oct 27th 2015, 4:27 PM 15,347 Views 4 Comments

The New Zealand fullback spent a gap year working and playing in Bristol.

Pocock says he'll organise RWC final tickets for 'legend' David Attenborough
# NATURE LOVERS
From The42
# NATURE LOVERS

Pocock says he'll organise RWC final tickets for 'legend' David Attenborough

Oct 27th 2015, 12:00 PM 8,982 Views 7 Comments

The Australia back row says the broadcaster is a ‘big hero of mine.’

2011 has little bearing for Milner-Skudder and the latest breed of All Blacks
# Eyes Ahead
From The42
# Eyes Ahead

2011 has little bearing for Milner-Skudder and the latest breed of All Blacks

Oct 27th 2015, 6:30 AM 7,635 Views 1 Comment

Many of the current World Cup squad watched the 2011 victory on television.

# rugby-world-cup - Monday 26 October, 2015

Peter Stringer: The smallest man in the World Cup final might have the biggest say
# Column
From The42
# Column

Peter Stringer: The smallest man in the World Cup final might have the biggest say

Oct 26th 2015, 9:30 PM 38,588 Views 13 Comments

Our World Cup columnist looks at the All Blacks’ brilliant scrum-half, Aaron Smith.

'We've got the jokers, the lovers, the fighters, a team of diversity'
# Characters
From The42
# Characters

'We've got the jokers, the lovers, the fighters, a team of diversity'

Oct 26th 2015, 5:18 PM 21,326 Views 16 Comments

David Pocock ‘is a really interesting character,’ says Michael Cheika.

These are the nominees for the first Breakthrough Player of the Year award
# Talent
From The42
# Talent

These are the nominees for the first Breakthrough Player of the Year award

Oct 26th 2015, 2:02 PM 12,391 Views 8 Comments

Nehe Milner-Skudder, Mark Bennett and Vasil Lobzhanidze have all showed superb form.

# rugby-world-cup - Sunday 25 October, 2015

They broke Irish hearts, but the Pumas have been a joy in this World Cup
# Emotional
From The42
# Emotional

They broke Irish hearts, but the Pumas have been a joy in this World Cup

Oct 25th 2015, 8:06 PM 8,950 Views 15 Comments

Head coach Daniel Hourcade says he has no regrets about the way Argentina played.

Australia will face reigning champions New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup final
# Neighbours
From The42
# Neighbours

Australia will face reigning champions New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup final

Oct 25th 2015, 5:54 PM 7,289 Views 31 Comments

It will be the fourth installment in a fierce World Cup rivalry.

Diego Maradona took that early Australian onslaught surprisingly well
# Party Animal
From The42
# Party Animal

Diego Maradona took that early Australian onslaught surprisingly well

Oct 25th 2015, 4:32 PM 8,129 Views 8 Comments

He’s the personification of positive thinking, that wee guy.

Cheika calls on knock-out experience to prep Wallabies for Pumas
# Old Pro
From The42
# Old Pro

Cheika calls on knock-out experience to prep Wallabies for Pumas

Oct 25th 2015, 1:50 PM 5,172 Views 3 Comments

The ex-Leinster coach says he never imagined coaching in the World Cup semi-finals.

'There’s nothing in it' - Hansen refuses to entertain talk of McCaw citing
# Mark Of Respect
From The42
# Mark Of Respect

'There’s nothing in it' - Hansen refuses to entertain talk of McCaw citing

Oct 25th 2015, 1:46 PM 6,756 Views 3 Comments

‘If you can’t get him on the track, let’s get him off the track sort of thing.’

# rugby-world-cup - Saturday 24 October, 2015

2013 win over Ireland helped build this self belief - All Blacks coach Hansen
# Grit
From The42
# Grit

2013 win over Ireland helped build this self belief - All Blacks coach Hansen

Oct 24th 2015, 8:25 PM 11,263 Views 22 Comments

The Kiwi boss says he hopes Australia and Argentina ‘bash each other’ tomorrow.

'It's like kissing your sister' - Boks not looking forward to 3rd place play-off
# Painful
From The42
# Painful

'It's like kissing your sister' - Boks not looking forward to 3rd place play-off

Oct 24th 2015, 7:45 PM 8,541 Views 8 Comments

Head coach Heyneke Meyer wasn’t ready to provide ‘loser talk’ at Twickenham.

All Blacks pass brutal Springboks test to secure World Cup final spot
# Clinical
From The42
# Clinical

All Blacks pass brutal Springboks test to secure World Cup final spot

Oct 24th 2015, 6:05 PM 7,490 Views 9 Comments

Steve Hansen’s men took their two try-scoring chances wonderfully well.

All Blacks look to turn on basic magic again but Boks will be ferocious
# Best In The World
From The42
# Best In The World

All Blacks look to turn on basic magic again but Boks will be ferocious

Oct 24th 2015, 2:25 PM 4,947 Views 4 Comments

Today’s World Cup semi-final at Twickenham is the latest instalment of a great rivalry.

Gangs, drugs & suicide: Former Springbok Ashwin Willemse on still being here
# The Right Path
From The42
# The Right Path

Gangs, drugs & suicide: Former Springbok Ashwin Willemse on still being here

Oct 24th 2015, 10:00 AM 26,340 Views 7 Comments

Somehow, despite his troubled teenage years, the South African broke free from the chains and lived out his dream.

The two elder statesman guiding a young Pumas side through the World Cup
# Juan And The Same
From The42
# Juan And The Same

The two elder statesman guiding a young Pumas side through the World Cup

Oct 24th 2015, 9:11 AM 2,814 Views 0 Comments

Juan Martin squared have helped the South Americans to a second semi-final in three attempts.

# rugby-world-cup - Friday 23 October, 2015

Lynne Cantwell: Success at 2019 World Cup must be target in IRFU's review
# Column
From The42
# Column

Lynne Cantwell: Success at 2019 World Cup must be target in IRFU's review

Oct 23rd 2015, 10:30 PM 15,281 Views 32 Comments

Our World Cup columnist looks at a process that needs to be unforgiving and honest.

'He used to antagonise the s**t out of the older guys, we had to talk to him'
# Ageless
From The42
# Ageless

'He used to antagonise the s**t out of the older guys, we had to talk to him'

Oct 23rd 2015, 3:36 PM 49,950 Views 11 Comments

Dan Carter and Richie McCaw remain vital to the All Blacks despite their age.

Pocock and Folau fit enough to start for Wallabies' World Cup semi-final
# BIG GUNS
From The42
# BIG GUNS

Pocock and Folau fit enough to start for Wallabies' World Cup semi-final

Oct 23rd 2015, 2:56 PM 3,489 Views 5 Comments

Scott Sio, Kurtley Beale, and Ben McCalman drop out of the starting XV that scraped past Scotland.

'Hopefully Julian Savea never runs at me, that will be mildly terrifying!'
# Enforcer
From The42
# Enforcer

'Hopefully Julian Savea never runs at me, that will be mildly terrifying!'

Oct 23rd 2015, 12:51 PM 6,215 Views 5 Comments

Schalk Burger has been in superb form ahead of South Africa’s World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.

Michael Cheika says Australia expected to see Argentina get past Ireland
# No Surprise
From The42
# No Surprise

Michael Cheika says Australia expected to see Argentina get past Ireland

Oct 23rd 2015, 10:32 AM 8,079 Views 7 Comments

The Wallabies are waiting anxiously on the fitness of David Pocock, Israel Folau and Scott Sio.

# rugby-world-cup - Thursday 22 October, 2015

Letter from London: World Cup moves swiftly on without Schmidt's Ireland
# Final Four
From The42
# Final Four

Letter from London: World Cup moves swiftly on without Schmidt's Ireland

Oct 22nd 2015, 8:09 PM 5,453 Views 2 Comments

Murray Kinsella checks in from the English capital as the tournament heads into the semi-finals.