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# rwc 15

All time
# ham-iversary
It's a year to the day since Paul O'Connell's brilliant career ended in agony
“It wasn’t a bad way to go out,” says the legendary lock now that his hamstring injury has healed.
# Big Plans
Nucifora addresses foreign signings as World Cup disappointment lingers
The IRFU’s performance director says he has no doubt the provinces can remain competitive in Europe.
# brave blossoms
One of your favourite Japan players from the World Cup was just made a ninja master
Ayumu Goromaruis now even more of a legend.
# SPRUNG LOOSE
Heyneke Meyer walks away from Springboks job
Meyer guided South Africa to third in the World Cup, but was subjected to constant criticism about his side’s style of play.
# Refresher
Leinster's Healy striving for peak fitness with McGrath keeping pressure on
The Ireland and Leinster prop benefited from some down time last week.
# fractured
'Tackle technique nearly cost me a World Cup' - Keith Earls
The Munster wing says he fractured his jaw in the build-up to the global tournament.
# Blow
'Part of me regrets it and part of me doesn't' - Sean O'Brien on the Papé punch
The Ireland flanker says Joe Schmidt ‘didn’t go crazy’ with him over the incident and subsequent ban.
# gone
Stuart Lancaster steps down as England rugby head coach
He took the decision after a poor World Cup.
# share the blame
Reports of poor investment advice another layer to England's sorry World Cup tale
The RFU say that they are looking in to the matter internally.
# Slammin' Sam
England fail to help Sam Burgess crack code
More time was needed for the former rugby league player.
# Crossing Codes
After a difficult World Cup, Sam Burgess is reportedly quitting rugby union
The 26-year-old has ended his contract with Premiership club Bath early for a return to rugby league with South Sydney Rabbitohs.
# Tribute
All Blacks bring World Cup to Jerry Collins' grave to mark his birthday
Carter, Kaino, Nonu, Williams and Messam took a special guest to Porirua.
# rwc 15
Airport staff welcome All Blacks home with Haka on the runway
Thousands of fans crammed inside Auckland airport for the homecoming.
# brave blossom
Super Rugby's Reds snap up Japan star Goromaru
The fullback was the star of Japan’s impressive resurgence in this World Cup, and finished sixth on the list of the tournament’s top scorers.
# column
Peter Stringer: Honing basic skills the key to improving Ireland's gameplan A, B and C
“When you come up against a more physical team than you, you need a plan B.”
# wing man
Milner Skudder shouldn't look this good but he's an All Black and all he knows is success
New Zealand play in such a way that it guarantees their wingers always thrive, writes Simon Hick.
# legacy
'Henry Shefflin would be playing first centre, Brian Cody would be in rugby'
Paul O’Connell regrets Ireland’s missed chance to raise the profile of rugby.
# dream team
Do you agree with the official World Cup Team of the Tournament?
There are a few surprise selections and omissions in the line-up.
# Legend
The 2017 Lions tour 'definitely' isn't part of Paul O'Connell's plans
The 36-year-old will be focusing on rehabbing his hamstring injury in the short term.
# see my vest
Only Ma'a Nonu could get away with wearing this vest... and THOSE SHORTS
He never goes out of style.
# Fallen Giant
'It's the worst injury pain I've had' - POC could be out for eight months
The second row will make his move to Toulon in December.
# supply and demand
7 achingly beautiful RWC passes too good not to watch over and over again
Here’s to the playmakers.
# Try time
It's settled then, here are the 10 best tries of Rugby World Cup 2015
We only had 271 to pick from.
# Second best
Cheika sees World Cup defeat as the beginning of Wallabies' journey
The former Leinster boss says his team can close the gap on the All Blacks by playing them frequently.
# 1598
'It was a dream of mine to kick a right-footed conversion': Dan Carter has done it all now
The world’s record points scorer topped off his Test haul with his weak foot.
# world rugby awards
All Black great Dan Carter is World Rugby's Player of the Year for the third time
Ireland’s Sophie Spence was nominated for Women’s World Player of the Year.
# Best of the Rest
The All Blacks are too good, here's our Kiwi free Team of the Rugby World Cup
Complete with images of 14 of them being dominated by New Zealanders.
# Culture
End of an All Black era, but NZ still boast enough leaders to continue unparalleled success
Don’t go feeling sorry for New Zealand just because the heart is about to be ripped out of their double World Cup-winning side.
# Sonny Brill
Now there's video footage of that brilliant moment between Sonny Bill and the young fan
Williams gave away World Cup medal to young fan who was tackled by security.
# Composure
'The old legs have got a bit of life in them!' - Dan Carter finishes with pride
The 33-year-old was sensational for New Zealand as they claimed a second consecutive World Cup.
# TV3
Seven countries (including Ireland and France!) represented in TV3's Team of the RWC
What do you make of the TV3 panel’s choices?
# Gifted
Sonny Bill Williams explains why he gave his RWC medal to a young fan
The All Blacks centre gave his medal away after the World Cup final.
# always bet on black
Nonu's Ma'avelous try, Dan Carter's deadly drop-goal and the rest of the RWC final highlights
Thanks, All Blacks and Wallabies, for the best Rugby World Cup final ever.
# Golden Moment
Holy SBW! Sonny Bill just offloaded his World Cup medal to this lucky kid
Serious gesture from the All Black centre.
# Best of all time
The Kiwi legends deliver, Wallaby woe and more RWC talking points
Dan Carter’s performance was the peak of his brilliant All Blacks career.
# don't worry be champions
'We knew we'd have someone in the bin at some stage': Best laid plans pay off for Hansen
14 points conceded with a man in the bin? Steve Hansen doesn’t believe in worrying.
# Kiwi Pride
Brilliant Carter guides New Zealand to World Cup victory over Chieka's Wallabies
The 33-year-old signed off from Test rugby with a sublime performance.
AS IT HAPPENED
New Zealand v Australia, Rugby World Cup final
We went minute-by-minute for the most important Trans-Tasman derby in rugby history.
# finale
Hansen's clinical All Blacks face off against Cheika's transformed Wallabies
The two best teams in the world go head-to-head in Twickenham this afternoon.
# clinical
The handling skills for the Springboks' second try were worthy of a much bigger game
Bryan Habana must be wishing his hands managed to stick a little earlier in the game.