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#World Cup

# world-cup - Tuesday 26 November, 2019

Joe Schmidt interview: planning to live without a plan... for now
# Legacy
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# Legacy

Joe Schmidt interview: planning to live without a plan... for now

Nov 26th 2019, 5:30 PM 27,119 Views 17 Comments

Murray Kinsella sits down with the former Ireland head coach to reflect on the Rugby World Cup, his new book and much more.

# world-cup - Thursday 21 November, 2019

Schmidt's book offers insight into coaching values but has few World Cup answers
# Book Review
From The42
# Book Review

Schmidt's book offers insight into coaching values but has few World Cup answers

Nov 21st 2019, 9:30 PM 21,861 Views 45 Comments

Ordinary Joe includes some poignant human passages.

Scannell settled back in at Munster with Ireland's hooker spot up for grabs
# Number Two
From The42
# Number Two

Scannell settled back in at Munster with Ireland's hooker spot up for grabs

Nov 21st 2019, 1:00 AM 5,225 Views 12 Comments

The 27-year-old is keen to go to another World Cup with his country.

# world-cup - Wednesday 20 November, 2019

Murray excited by 'fresh' Farrell era after Ireland's World Cup failings
# New Boss
From The42
# New Boss

Murray excited by 'fresh' Farrell era after Ireland's World Cup failings

Nov 20th 2019, 12:00 PM 20,684 Views 43 Comments

The Munster scrum-half is focused on enjoying his rugby again after the dejection in Japan.

Munster insist there's 'no frustration' at Carbery returning from World Cup injured
# Sidelined
From The42
# Sidelined

Munster insist there's 'no frustration' at Carbery returning from World Cup injured

Nov 20th 2019, 1:00 AM 8,689 Views 13 Comments

The 24-year-old is rehabbing an issue he carried throughout Ireland’s campaign in Japan.

# world-cup - Tuesday 19 November, 2019

'Tides can turn' but Southgate has no plans to quit England ahead of 2022 World Cup
# Future
From The42
# Future

'Tides can turn' but Southgate has no plans to quit England ahead of 2022 World Cup

Nov 19th 2019, 9:44 AM 2,850 Views 2 Comments

The manager has outlined his intention to remain in charge through Qatar, depending on how Euro 2020 goes.

# world-cup - Thursday 14 November, 2019

Irish provinces aiming for high places as European season kicks-off
# New Campaign
From The42
# New Campaign

Irish provinces aiming for high places as European season kicks-off

Nov 14th 2019, 8:00 PM 7,243 Views 10 Comments

Connacht are back in with the big boys for the return of the Heineken Champions Cup.

# world-cup - Monday 4 November, 2019

'Felix has been amazing and has brought so much. The boys absolutely love him'
# Irish Abroad
From The42
# Irish Abroad

'Felix has been amazing and has brought so much. The boys absolutely love him'

Nov 4th 2019, 12:00 PM 49,657 Views 42 Comments

Irishman Felix Jones is a World Cup winner.

Sayonara, Japan! Curtain comes down on a memorable World Cup
# Arigatou
From The42
# Arigatou

Sayonara, Japan! Curtain comes down on a memorable World Cup

Nov 4th 2019, 2:00 AM 6,428 Views 22 Comments

The Brave Blossoms’ stunning exploits were a real highlight over the past seven weeks.

# world-cup - Sunday 3 November, 2019

Boks clean sweep at World Rugby awards as du Toit wins Player of the Year
# Top Honour
From The42
# Top Honour

Boks clean sweep at World Rugby awards as du Toit wins Player of the Year

Nov 3rd 2019, 2:17 PM 15,069 Views 22 Comments

Rassie Erasmus was named Coach of the Year, while South Africa earned Team of the Year.

How Rassie Erasmus returned from Munster to lead the Boks to World Cup glory
# Resurgence
From The42
# Resurgence

How Rassie Erasmus returned from Munster to lead the Boks to World Cup glory

Nov 3rd 2019, 5:12 AM 14,149 Views 9 Comments

The 47-year-old told his players they could lift the trophy 18 months ago.

# world-cup - Saturday 2 November, 2019

Jones proud of England but says they'll be 'kicking stones for four years'
# Beaten
From The42
# Beaten

Jones proud of England but says they'll be 'kicking stones for four years'

Nov 2nd 2019, 6:45 PM 15,021 Views 9 Comments

The England head coach was at a loss to explain how his side failed to back up their win against the All Blacks.

As it happened: England v South Africa, Rugby World Cup final From The42
Live Nov 2nd 2019, 8:00 AM

As it happened: England v South Africa, Rugby World Cup final

Eddie Jones' England have qualities to secure World Cup against Boks
# Preview
From The42
# Preview

Eddie Jones' England have qualities to secure World Cup against Boks

Updated Nov 2nd 2019, 12:57 AM 6,933 Views 16 Comments

Rassie Erasmus’ South Africans will back themselves to match the English power in Yokohama.

# world-cup - Friday 1 November, 2019

'They can inspire a whole country' - Jones asks England to play without fear
# Likeable
From The42
# Likeable

'They can inspire a whole country' - Jones asks England to play without fear

Nov 1st 2019, 1:50 AM 2,930 Views 0 Comments

The Australian head coach says his team have pride in their style of play.

# world-cup - Thursday 31 October, 2019

Erasmus confirms he'll step aside as Boks head coach after World Cup final
# Shifting Roles
From The42
# Shifting Roles

Erasmus confirms he'll step aside as Boks head coach after World Cup final

Oct 31st 2019, 3:00 PM 35,500 Views 40 Comments

The former Munster boss will concentrate on his director of rugby role.

'He's a god of the game' - Gatland to bow out against his native New Zealand
# Last Hurrah
From The42
# Last Hurrah

'He's a god of the game' - Gatland to bow out against his native New Zealand

Oct 31st 2019, 11:30 AM 7,716 Views 7 Comments

Tomorrow’s World Cup bronze final will see several people bidding farewell.

Finishers versus the Bomb Squad: The World Cup final game within a game
# Subs
From The42
# Subs

Finishers versus the Bomb Squad: The World Cup final game within a game

Oct 31st 2019, 6:01 AM 7,123 Views 5 Comments

Both Eddie Jones and Rassie Erasmus have stressed the importance of their benches.

Sinckler and May passed fit as Jones names unchanged England XV
# Named
From The42
# Named

Sinckler and May passed fit as Jones names unchanged England XV

Oct 31st 2019, 2:53 AM 3,750 Views 0 Comments

Ben Spencer has replaced Willi Heinz on the bench in the only change to the matchday 23.

# world-cup - Wednesday 30 October, 2019

'He's the sort of person you want to follow' - Farrell leading England by example
# Captain
From The42
# Captain

'He's the sort of person you want to follow' - Farrell leading England by example

Oct 30th 2019, 10:00 PM 5,510 Views 9 Comments

The 28-year-old Saracens man is the heartbeat of Eddie Jones’ team.

Joey Carbery returns to Munster with ankle injury after World Cup
# Rehab
From The42
# Rehab

Joey Carbery returns to Munster with ankle injury after World Cup

Oct 30th 2019, 5:41 AM 23,238 Views 98 Comments

The 23-year-old is now a doubt for the opening rounds of the Heineken Champions Cup.

# world-cup - Tuesday 29 October, 2019

Irishman Felix Jones will be involved in the World Cup final at the age of 32
# Irish Abroad
From The42
# Irish Abroad

Irishman Felix Jones will be involved in the World Cup final at the age of 32

Updated Oct 29th 2019, 8:07 PM 64,921 Views 42 Comments

The former Munster coach was brought on board by Springboks boss Rassie Erasmus.

O'Driscoll says there's 'no rush' with James Ryan being Ireland captain
# Leader
From The42
# Leader

O'Driscoll says there's 'no rush' with James Ryan being Ireland captain

Oct 29th 2019, 6:15 AM 7,838 Views 37 Comments

There have been many calls for the 23-year-old to succeed the retired Rory Best.

Kolbe fit for final but Rassie Erasmus insists Springboks won't change tactics
# Box Kicks
From The42
# Box Kicks

Kolbe fit for final but Rassie Erasmus insists Springboks won't change tactics

Oct 29th 2019, 5:18 AM 4,633 Views 3 Comments

The South Africans have been criticised in many quarters for their kick-heavy approach.

'In the final year, Joe failed to evolve the team when he needed to' - BOD
# Reflection
From The42
# Reflection

'In the final year, Joe failed to evolve the team when he needed to' - BOD

Oct 29th 2019, 1:01 AM 14,673 Views 26 Comments

Brian O’Driscoll wants to see Irish rugby placing a greater focus on developing passing skills.

# world-cup - Monday 28 October, 2019

To their credit, Eddie Jones and England evolved leading into this World Cup
# Changes
From The42
# Changes

To their credit, Eddie Jones and England evolved leading into this World Cup

Oct 28th 2019, 5:00 AM 7,736 Views 15 Comments

The head coach said his team’s journey began on the 2018 tour of South Africa.

# world-cup - Sunday 27 October, 2019

'I was watching the 2007 final in the tavern because I didn't have a TV at home'
# Rainbow Nation
From The42
# Rainbow Nation

'I was watching the 2007 final in the tavern because I didn't have a TV at home'

Oct 27th 2019, 3:37 PM 18,420 Views 7 Comments

Springboks captain Siya Kolisi has proved to be a wonderful leader for Rassie Erasmus’ side.

'I'm not 100% sure a World Cup is going to be won by a very expansive game plan'
# Marching On
From The42
# Marching On

'I'm not 100% sure a World Cup is going to be won by a very expansive game plan'

Oct 27th 2019, 12:45 PM 12,661 Views 22 Comments

Rassie Erasmus’ Springboks ground their way into a World Cup final against England.

'My kids aren't going to love me less' - Emotional All Blacks front up to defeat
# Perspective
From The42
# Perspective

'My kids aren't going to love me less' - Emotional All Blacks front up to defeat

Oct 27th 2019, 8:54 AM 13,217 Views 14 Comments

The All Blacks were still hurting badly this morning after their defeat to England.

As it happened: Wales v South Africa, Rugby World Cup semi-final From The42
Live Oct 27th 2019, 8:07 AM

As it happened: Wales v South Africa, Rugby World Cup semi-final

Spencer joins England squad as injury replacement for World Cup final
# Late Arrival
From The42
# Late Arrival

Spencer joins England squad as injury replacement for World Cup final

Oct 27th 2019, 4:19 AM 12,120 Views 4 Comments

The Saracens man has replaced the injured Willi Heinz in Eddie Jones’ squad.

# world-cup - Saturday 26 October, 2019

As it happened: England v New Zealand, Rugby World Cup semi-final From The42
Live Oct 26th 2019, 8:12 AM

As it happened: England v New Zealand, Rugby World Cup semi-final

All Blacks clash with England shaping up to be a World Cup classic
# Thriller
From The42
# Thriller

All Blacks clash with England shaping up to be a World Cup classic

Oct 26th 2019, 2:55 AM 11,247 Views 29 Comments

Today’s semi-final in Yokohama will see Eddie Jones’ team desperate to bring the Kiwis down.

# world-cup - Friday 25 October, 2019

All Blacks seek to drag kids from 'PlayStation and soccer'
# Alternative Interests
From The42
# Alternative Interests

All Blacks seek to drag kids from 'PlayStation and soccer'

Oct 25th 2019, 10:51 PM 6,770 Views 2 Comments

Rugby is commonly held to be like a religion in New Zealand, but studies have shown participation rates falling.

# world-cup - Thursday 24 October, 2019

Analysis: The incredible ruck-to-try ratio from the World Cup quarter-finals
# Early Kill
From The42
# Early Kill

Analysis: The incredible ruck-to-try ratio from the World Cup quarter-finals

Oct 24th 2019, 2:30 PM 10,239 Views 7 Comments

Performance analyst Eoin Toolan examines the try-scoring trends from last weekend’s action.

Scott Barrett starts as All Blacks drop Sam Cane to the bench for semi-final
# Change
From The42
# Change

Scott Barrett starts as All Blacks drop Sam Cane to the bench for semi-final

Oct 24th 2019, 4:41 AM 9,034 Views 17 Comments

Steve Hansen has rejigged his back row for Saturday’s clash with England.

# world-cup - Wednesday 23 October, 2019

Analysis: Diminutive de Klerk and Davies making decisive defensive plays
# Halfbacks
From The42
# Halfbacks

Analysis: Diminutive de Klerk and Davies making decisive defensive plays

Oct 23rd 2019, 12:09 PM 19,666 Views 5 Comments

The South Africa and Wales scrum-halves are small players but often make a big impact without the ball.

# world-cup - Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Wales wary of explosive Kolbe and Boks' 'blowtorch speed' out wide
# Little Genius
From The42
# Little Genius

Wales wary of explosive Kolbe and Boks' 'blowtorch speed' out wide

Oct 22nd 2019, 1:30 PM 3,707 Views 3 Comments

Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards also lauded the ongoing class of Alun Wyn Jones.

'Rassie has made a massive difference' - How Erasmus turned the Boks around
# Honesty
From The42
# Honesty

'Rassie has made a massive difference' - How Erasmus turned the Boks around

Oct 22nd 2019, 9:14 AM 9,346 Views 11 Comments

The former Munster head coach has overseen South Africa’s transformation into World Cup contenders.

Jones claims England were spied on and calls Kiwi media 'fans with keyboards'
# Stirring The Pot
From The42
# Stirring The Pot

Jones claims England were spied on and calls Kiwi media 'fans with keyboards'

Oct 22nd 2019, 8:00 AM 28,291 Views 38 Comments

The England boss said all the pressure is on New Zealand ahead of Saturday’s World Cup semi-final.