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Saturday 4 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Rugby World Cup

All time
# the right path
Gangs, drugs & suicide: Former Springbok Ashwin Willemse on still being here
Somehow, despite his troubled teenage years, the South African broke free from the chains and lived out his dream.
# Juan and the same
The two elder statesman guiding a young Pumas side through the World Cup
Juan Martin squared have helped the South Americans to a second semi-final in three attempts.
# column
Lynne Cantwell: Success at 2019 World Cup must be target in IRFU's review
Our World Cup columnist looks at a process that needs to be unforgiving and honest.
# Ageless
'He used to antagonise the s**t out of the older guys, we had to talk to him'
Dan Carter and Richie McCaw remain vital to the All Blacks despite their age.
# BIG GUNS
Pocock and Folau fit enough to start for Wallabies' World Cup semi-final
Scott Sio, Kurtley Beale, and Ben McCalman drop out of the starting XV that scraped past Scotland.
# enforcer
'Hopefully Julian Savea never runs at me, that will be mildly terrifying!'
Schalk Burger has been in superb form ahead of South Africa’s World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.
# no surprise
Michael Cheika says Australia expected to see Argentina get past Ireland
The Wallabies are waiting anxiously on the fitness of David Pocock, Israel Folau and Scott Sio.
# Final Four
Letter from London: World Cup moves swiftly on without Schmidt's Ireland
Murray Kinsella checks in from the English capital as the tournament heads into the semi-finals.
# the quizziness end
Who should you support in the World Cup now Ireland are out?
Guaranteed to sort you out with a country to root for in the Rugby Championship too!
# Mistakes
'World Rugby has to fix that problem' - All Blacks coach defends Joubert
Steve Hansen says referees must be able to use the TMO for big calls such as last weekend’s in Twickenham.
# The master
'If you don’t fear the guy you're fighting, you're fighting the wrong bloke or you're stupid'
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen was in impressive form this afternoon in Weybridge.
# New Zealand
All Blacks make just one change for 'live or die' showdown against South Africa
Joe Moody starts in the New Zealand front row on Saturday.
# resilience
Burger's brush with death an inspiration to Ulsterman Pienaar at RWC
The experienced scrum-half admits to a touch of sadness as Ireland’s quarter-final exit.
# brains
Drop-goal hero Larkham may be the most important man in Australia's RWC bid
One of Michael Cheika’s most important moves was bringing the former out-half in as his attack coach.
# getting better
Ireland's review must be thorough as they move on from RWC failure
Joe Schmidt will look to learn from any mistakes he made in this failed campaign.
# Charm Offensive
Current All Blacks 'probably the best team to ever play the game' -- Springbok boss Meyer
‘To beat the number one side in the world you have to be better than your best,’ says Bryan Habana.
# El Mago
'He's a beautiful man. I always told him that when he was at Toulon'
Matt Giteau racked up his 100th Test cap last weekend against Scotland.
# centre collision
Veteran Kiwis Smith and Nonu set for tussle with Boks' midfield upstarts
Saturday’s World Cup semi-final in Twickenham sees youth pitted against experience in the midfield.
# Injuries
Payne set for up to two months out as Ulster wait on Tommy Bowe injury
The Ireland internationals were both injured at the World Cup.
# changed man
Leinster in the past as Douglas looks towards Wallabies' World Cup semi-final
The 26-year-old lock has a strong relationship with Michael Cheika.
# Psychology
Boks clash with the All Blacks is all mental, says 'machine' Vermeulen
‘We’re going to bash each other for 80 minutes.’
# column
Peter Stringer: Ireland veered away from game plan under Argentinian pressure
Our World Cup columnist looks back on a desperately disappointing day for Irish rugby.
# Ref Justice
Two Irish officials on the line as Joubert dropped from World Cup semi-final ref roster
There’s no place for Nigel Owens either (but probably for the opposite reasons).
# perspective
Springboks want to 'unite a nation' after brutal murders in Johannesburg
Bryan Habana paid tribute to school teacher Zukisa Kela in a poignant statement.
# defender of refs
Cheika springs to defence of Craig Joubert after World Rugby sell him out
The Wallabies coach has also hit out at pundits targeting the South African referee.
# horror show
Analysis: Ireland crash out of RWC with worst defensive display of Schmidt era
Argentina’s brilliant attack tore Ireland to shreds in Cardiff.
# always bet on black
'We can lift it up a few notches': All Blacks promise to get even better next week
Scary, eh?
# millennium meltdown
'I looked up at the clock and couldn't believe there was only 12 minutes gone'
Keith Earls stopped to talk about the ‘bizarre’ opening period that ended up deciding yesterday’s World Cup quarter-final.
# Facepalm
Fine Gael got an awful lot of grief for this tweet before the match yesterday
Economy ≠ rugby
# knockout kings
One Ireland player made our Team of the RWC quarter-finals
Scotland are well represented after their heartbreaking exit.
# feels of athenry
15 reasons Irish fans were the real winners at the Rugby World Cup
We may be out, but our fans were epic.
# Ref Justice
'If I see referee Craig Joubert again, I am going to tell him how disgusted I am'
The South African referee is in the firing line following his penalty call that went against Scotland.
# Vamos!
Hard to begrudge the brilliant Pumas their World Cup semi-final spot
Argentina swatted Ireland aside to move into the last four.
# down and out
Anguished Ireland players left to wonder why they were unable to walk the walk
All the messages were right before kick-off, but they didn’t translate into a first half performance.
# Skills
Schmidt doesn't see 'a chasm' between Northern and Southern Hemispheres
The Ireland head coach felt that losing the first collision meant his side couldn’t generate linespeed.
# out of 10
How we rated Ireland in that emotional rollercoaster against Argentina
So near and yet so far.
# dominated
Ireland's defence shredded, leaders missed and more talking points from Cardiff
Joe Schmidt’s men crashed out in a bitterly disappointing fashion.
AS IT HAPPENED
Australia v Scotland, Rugby World Cup quarter-final
Who will claim the last semi-final place?
# Glass Ceiling
More quarter-final heartbreak as Ireland fail to recover from an early Puma mauling
Joe Schmidt’s best-laid plans were torn asunder in 10 crazy opening minutes.
# banger
Spotted in Cardiff: This brilliant 'Do it for Paulie' paint job
I think this Mitsubishi speaks for all of us.