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#Rugby World Cup

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

Who should you support in the World Cup now Ireland are out?
# The Quizziness End
From The42
# The Quizziness End

Who should you support in the World Cup now Ireland are out?

Oct 22nd 2015, 5:00 PM 33,297 Views 38 Comments

Guaranteed to sort you out with a country to root for in the Rugby Championship too!

'World Rugby has to fix that problem' - All Blacks coach defends Joubert
# Mistakes
From The42
# Mistakes

'World Rugby has to fix that problem' - All Blacks coach defends Joubert

Oct 22nd 2015, 4:12 PM 7,234 Views 10 Comments

Steve Hansen says referees must be able to use the TMO for big calls such as last weekend’s in Twickenham.

'If you don’t fear the guy you're fighting, you're fighting the wrong bloke or you're stupid'
# The Master
From The42
# The Master

'If you don’t fear the guy you're fighting, you're fighting the wrong bloke or you're stupid'

Oct 22nd 2015, 3:40 PM 6,128 Views 1 Comment

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen was in impressive form this afternoon in Weybridge.

All Blacks make just one change for 'live or die' showdown against South Africa
# New Zealand
From The42
# New Zealand

All Blacks make just one change for 'live or die' showdown against South Africa

Oct 22nd 2015, 12:00 PM 8,236 Views 4 Comments

Joe Moody starts in the New Zealand front row on Saturday.

Burger's brush with death an inspiration to Ulsterman Pienaar at RWC
# Resilience
From The42
# Resilience

Burger's brush with death an inspiration to Ulsterman Pienaar at RWC

Oct 22nd 2015, 7:00 AM 8,870 Views 0 Comments

The experienced scrum-half admits to a touch of sadness as Ireland’s quarter-final exit.

Drop-goal hero Larkham may be the most important man in Australia's RWC bid
# Brains
From The42
# Brains

Drop-goal hero Larkham may be the most important man in Australia's RWC bid

Oct 22nd 2015, 6:00 AM 6,104 Views 2 Comments

One of Michael Cheika’s most important moves was bringing the former out-half in as his attack coach.

# rugby-world-cup - Wednesday 21 October, 2015

Ireland's review must be thorough as they move on from RWC failure
# Getting Better
From The42
# Getting Better

Ireland's review must be thorough as they move on from RWC failure

Oct 21st 2015, 3:30 PM 21,684 Views 112 Comments

Joe Schmidt will look to learn from any mistakes he made in this failed campaign.

Current All Blacks 'probably the best team to ever play the game' -- Springbok boss Meyer
# Charm Offensive
From The42
# Charm Offensive

Current All Blacks 'probably the best team to ever play the game' -- Springbok boss Meyer

Oct 21st 2015, 1:36 PM 3,877 Views 7 Comments

‘To beat the number one side in the world you have to be better than your best,’ says Bryan Habana.

'He's a beautiful man. I always told him that when he was at Toulon'
# El Mago
From The42
# El Mago

'He's a beautiful man. I always told him that when he was at Toulon'

Oct 21st 2015, 9:53 AM 13,015 Views 6 Comments

Matt Giteau racked up his 100th Test cap last weekend against Scotland.

Veteran Kiwis Smith and Nonu set for tussle with Boks' midfield upstarts
# Centre Collision
From The42
# Centre Collision

Veteran Kiwis Smith and Nonu set for tussle with Boks' midfield upstarts

Oct 21st 2015, 6:45 AM 4,707 Views 3 Comments

Saturday’s World Cup semi-final in Twickenham sees youth pitted against experience in the midfield.

Payne set for up to two months out as Ulster wait on Tommy Bowe injury
# Injuries
From The42
# Injuries

Payne set for up to two months out as Ulster wait on Tommy Bowe injury

Oct 21st 2015, 6:40 AM 7,337 Views 4 Comments

The Ireland internationals were both injured at the World Cup.

Leinster in the past as Douglas looks towards Wallabies' World Cup semi-final
# Changed Man
From The42
# Changed Man

Leinster in the past as Douglas looks towards Wallabies' World Cup semi-final

Oct 21st 2015, 6:00 AM 5,152 Views 3 Comments

The 26-year-old lock has a strong relationship with Michael Cheika.

Boks clash with the All Blacks is all mental, says 'machine' Vermeulen
# Psychology
From The42
# Psychology

Boks clash with the All Blacks is all mental, says 'machine' Vermeulen

Oct 21st 2015, 12:09 AM 3,354 Views 2 Comments

‘We’re going to bash each other for 80 minutes.’

# rugby-world-cup - Tuesday 20 October, 2015

Peter Stringer: Ireland veered away from game plan under Argentinian pressure
# Column
From The42
# Column

Peter Stringer: Ireland veered away from game plan under Argentinian pressure

Oct 20th 2015, 8:31 PM 23,468 Views 55 Comments

Our World Cup columnist looks back on a desperately disappointing day for Irish rugby.

Two Irish officials on the line as Joubert dropped from World Cup semi-final ref roster
# Ref Justice
From The42
# Ref Justice

Two Irish officials on the line as Joubert dropped from World Cup semi-final ref roster

Oct 20th 2015, 6:05 PM 41,528 Views 41 Comments

There’s no place for Nigel Owens either (but probably for the opposite reasons).

Springboks want to 'unite a nation' after brutal murders in Johannesburg
# Perspective
From The42
# Perspective

Springboks want to 'unite a nation' after brutal murders in Johannesburg

Oct 20th 2015, 10:27 AM 12,395 Views 5 Comments

Bryan Habana paid tribute to school teacher Zukisa Kela in a poignant statement.

Cheika springs to defence of Craig Joubert after World Rugby sell him out
# Defender Of Refs
From The42
# Defender Of Refs

Cheika springs to defence of Craig Joubert after World Rugby sell him out

Oct 20th 2015, 9:49 AM 11,230 Views 22 Comments

The Wallabies coach has also hit out at pundits targeting the South African referee.

# rugby-world-cup - Monday 19 October, 2015

Analysis: Ireland crash out of RWC with worst defensive display of Schmidt era
# Horror Show
From The42
# Horror Show

Analysis: Ireland crash out of RWC with worst defensive display of Schmidt era

Oct 19th 2015, 10:50 PM 17,248 Views 55 Comments

Argentina’s brilliant attack tore Ireland to shreds in Cardiff.

'We can lift it up a few notches': All Blacks promise to get even better next week
# Always Bet On Black
From The42
# Always Bet On Black

'We can lift it up a few notches': All Blacks promise to get even better next week

Oct 19th 2015, 5:59 PM 4,040 Views 4 Comments

Scary, eh?

'I looked up at the clock and couldn't believe there was only 12 minutes gone'
# Millennium Meltdown
From The42
# Millennium Meltdown

'I looked up at the clock and couldn't believe there was only 12 minutes gone'

Oct 19th 2015, 3:11 PM 34,627 Views 86 Comments

Keith Earls stopped to talk about the ‘bizarre’ opening period that ended up deciding yesterday’s World Cup quarter-final.

Fine Gael got an awful lot of grief for this tweet before the match yesterday
# Facepalm
# Facepalm

Fine Gael got an awful lot of grief for this tweet before the match yesterday

Oct 19th 2015, 3:09 PM 26,102 Views 60 Comments

Economy ≠ rugby

One Ireland player made our Team of the RWC quarter-finals
# Knockout Kings
From The42
# Knockout Kings

One Ireland player made our Team of the RWC quarter-finals

Oct 19th 2015, 1:13 PM 22,423 Views 14 Comments

Scotland are well represented after their heartbreaking exit.

15 reasons Irish fans were the real winners at the Rugby World Cup
# Feels Of Athenry
From The Daily Edge
# Feels Of Athenry

15 reasons Irish fans were the real winners at the Rugby World Cup

Oct 19th 2015, 9:30 AM 9,936 Views 10 Comments

We may be out, but our fans were epic.

# rugby-world-cup - Sunday 18 October, 2015

'If I see referee Craig Joubert again, I am going to tell him how disgusted I am'
# Ref Justice
From The42
# Ref Justice

'If I see referee Craig Joubert again, I am going to tell him how disgusted I am'

Oct 18th 2015, 10:26 PM 32,497 Views 55 Comments

The South African referee is in the firing line following his penalty call that went against Scotland.

Hard to begrudge the brilliant Pumas their World Cup semi-final spot
# Vamos!
From The42
# Vamos!

Hard to begrudge the brilliant Pumas their World Cup semi-final spot

Oct 18th 2015, 6:15 PM 7,294 Views 18 Comments

Argentina swatted Ireland aside to move into the last four.

Anguished Ireland players left to wonder why they were unable to walk the walk
# Down And Out
From The42
# Down And Out

Anguished Ireland players left to wonder why they were unable to walk the walk

Oct 18th 2015, 6:10 PM 14,164 Views 56 Comments

All the messages were right before kick-off, but they didn’t translate into a first half performance.

Schmidt doesn't see 'a chasm' between Northern and Southern Hemispheres
# Skills
From The42
# Skills

Schmidt doesn't see 'a chasm' between Northern and Southern Hemispheres

Oct 18th 2015, 4:57 PM 12,116 Views 38 Comments

The Ireland head coach felt that losing the first collision meant his side couldn’t generate linespeed.

How we rated Ireland in that emotional rollercoaster against Argentina
# Out Of 10
From The42
# Out Of 10

How we rated Ireland in that emotional rollercoaster against Argentina

Oct 18th 2015, 3:17 PM 20,826 Views 129 Comments

So near and yet so far.

Ireland's defence shredded, leaders missed and more talking points from Cardiff
# Dominated
From The42
# Dominated

Ireland's defence shredded, leaders missed and more talking points from Cardiff

Oct 18th 2015, 3:14 PM 35,929 Views 155 Comments

Joe Schmidt’s men crashed out in a bitterly disappointing fashion.

As it happened: Australia v Scotland, Rugby World Cup quarter-final From The42
Live Oct 18th 2015, 3:08 PM

As it happened: Australia v Scotland, Rugby World Cup quarter-final

More quarter-final heartbreak as Ireland fail to recover from an early Puma mauling
# Glass Ceiling
From The42
# Glass Ceiling

More quarter-final heartbreak as Ireland fail to recover from an early Puma mauling

Oct 18th 2015, 3:06 PM 20,218 Views 140 Comments

Joe Schmidt’s best-laid plans were torn asunder in 10 crazy opening minutes.

Spotted in Cardiff: This brilliant 'Do it for Paulie' paint job
# Banger
From The42
# Banger

Spotted in Cardiff: This brilliant 'Do it for Paulie' paint job

Oct 18th 2015, 10:38 AM 9,667 Views 14 Comments

I think this Mitsubishi speaks for all of us.

Panic over train delays for thousands of rugby fans travelling to Cardiff
# Cardiff
# Cardiff

Panic over train delays for thousands of rugby fans travelling to Cardiff

Oct 18th 2015, 10:31 AM 31,554 Views 34 Comments

Overrunning engineering works and a broken down freight train are causing a bit of a nightmare for fans this morning.

Ireland fans are planning a fifth-minute ovation for Paul O'Connell today
# ThanksPaulie
From The42
# ThanksPaulie

Ireland fans are planning a fifth-minute ovation for Paul O'Connell today

Oct 18th 2015, 12:23 AM 16,104 Views 40 Comments

What do you think of the idea? We may have helped it along.

String-pulling quartet will be sorely missed, but Ireland can declaw Pumas
# Tough Assignment
From The42
# Tough Assignment

String-pulling quartet will be sorely missed, but Ireland can declaw Pumas

Oct 18th 2015, 12:05 AM 8,947 Views 19 Comments

Today’s the day when all the ‘homework’ assigned by Joe Schmidt will be handed in.

# rugby-world-cup - Saturday 17 October, 2015

'All we've done is earn the right to go to training on Monday' - McCaw
# Level Heads
From The42
# Level Heads

'All we've done is earn the right to go to training on Monday' - McCaw

Oct 17th 2015, 11:23 PM 7,188 Views 11 Comments

The All Blacks will not be getting carried away with their nine-try victory.

Bowe looks to help Schmidt's side to 'where no Irish team has ever been'
# Breaking Ground
From The42
# Breaking Ground

Bowe looks to help Schmidt's side to 'where no Irish team has ever been'

Oct 17th 2015, 11:05 PM 8,385 Views 4 Comments

The experienced wing recognises the need for Ireland to seize their opportunity.

Saint-André admits to shame as his tenure ends in All Blacks hammering
# Au Revoir
From The42
# Au Revoir

Saint-André admits to shame as his tenure ends in All Blacks hammering

Oct 17th 2015, 11:01 PM 11,425 Views 26 Comments

The former Toulon boss will be replaced by Guy Noves.

Analysis: Ireland's rucking a cause for optimism against Pumas
# Breakdown
From The42
# Breakdown

Analysis: Ireland's rucking a cause for optimism against Pumas

Oct 17th 2015, 10:00 PM 7,626 Views 6 Comments

Joe Schmidt’s men were ferocious at the ruck last weekend against the French.

As it happened: New Zealand v France, Rugby World Cup quarter-final From The42
Live Oct 17th 2015, 8:45 PM

As it happened: New Zealand v France, Rugby World Cup quarter-final