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# World Cup

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# Testify
Blatter insists he has a 'clear conscience' and that he's willing to testify about Qatar World Cup vote
Qatar beat Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United States to win the vote. However, the result has been consistently questioned.
# legacy
Joe Schmidt interview: planning to live without a plan... for now
Murray Kinsella sits down with the former Ireland head coach to reflect on the Rugby World Cup, his new book and much more.
# book review
Schmidt's book offers insight into coaching values but has few World Cup answers
Ordinary Joe includes some poignant human passages.
# number two
Scannell settled back in at Munster with Ireland's hooker spot up for grabs
The 27-year-old is keen to go to another World Cup with his country.
# new boss
Murray excited by 'fresh' Farrell era after Ireland's World Cup failings
The Munster scrum-half is focused on enjoying his rugby again after the dejection in Japan.
# Sidelined
Munster insist there's 'no frustration' at Carbery returning from World Cup injured
The 24-year-old is rehabbing an issue he carried throughout Ireland’s campaign in Japan.
# Future
'Tides can turn' but Southgate has no plans to quit England ahead of 2022 World Cup
The manager has outlined his intention to remain in charge through Qatar, depending on how Euro 2020 goes.
# New Campaign
Irish provinces aiming for high places as European season kicks-off
Connacht are back in with the big boys for the return of the Heineken Champions Cup.
# Irish Abroad
'Felix has been amazing and has brought so much. The boys absolutely love him'
Irishman Felix Jones is a World Cup winner.
# Arigatou
Sayonara, Japan! Curtain comes down on a memorable World Cup
The Brave Blossoms’ stunning exploits were a real highlight over the past seven weeks.
# Top Honour
Boks clean sweep at World Rugby awards as du Toit wins Player of the Year
Rassie Erasmus was named Coach of the Year, while South Africa earned Team of the Year.
# resurgence
How Rassie Erasmus returned from Munster to lead the Boks to World Cup glory
The 47-year-old told his players they could lift the trophy 18 months ago.
# Beaten
Jones proud of England but says they'll be 'kicking stones for four years'
The England head coach was at a loss to explain how his side failed to back up their win against the All Blacks.
England v South Africa, Rugby World Cup final
England are one game away from their second World Cup, South Africa are pushing for a third. Join us to see who gets their hands on the Webb Ellis.
# Preview
Eddie Jones' England have qualities to secure World Cup against Boks
Rassie Erasmus’ South Africans will back themselves to match the English power in Yokohama.
# Likeable
'They can inspire a whole country' - Jones asks England to play without fear
The Australian head coach says his team have pride in their style of play.
# Shifting Roles
Erasmus confirms he'll step aside as Boks head coach after World Cup final
The former Munster boss will concentrate on his director of rugby role.
# Last Hurrah
'He's a god of the game' - Gatland to bow out against his native New Zealand
Tomorrow’s World Cup bronze final will see several people bidding farewell.
# subs
Finishers versus the Bomb Squad: The World Cup final game within a game
Both Eddie Jones and Rassie Erasmus have stressed the importance of their benches.
# named
Sinckler and May passed fit as Jones names unchanged England XV
Ben Spencer has replaced Willi Heinz on the bench in the only change to the matchday 23.
# Captain
'He's the sort of person you want to follow' - Farrell leading England by example
The 28-year-old Saracens man is the heartbeat of Eddie Jones’ team.
# Rehab
Joey Carbery returns to Munster with ankle injury after World Cup
The 23-year-old is now a doubt for the opening rounds of the Heineken Champions Cup.
# Irish Abroad
Irishman Felix Jones will be involved in the World Cup final at the age of 32
The former Munster coach was brought on board by Springboks boss Rassie Erasmus.
# Leader
O'Driscoll says there's 'no rush' with James Ryan being Ireland captain
There have been many calls for the 23-year-old to succeed the retired Rory Best.
# box kicks
Kolbe fit for final but Rassie Erasmus insists Springboks won't change tactics
The South Africans have been criticised in many quarters for their kick-heavy approach.
# reflection
'In the final year, Joe failed to evolve the team when he needed to' - BOD
Brian O’Driscoll wants to see Irish rugby placing a greater focus on developing passing skills.
# Changes
To their credit, Eddie Jones and England evolved leading into this World Cup
The head coach said his team’s journey began on the 2018 tour of South Africa.
# Rainbow Nation
'I was watching the 2007 final in the tavern because I didn't have a TV at home'
Springboks captain Siya Kolisi has proved to be a wonderful leader for Rassie Erasmus’ side.
# marching on
'I'm not 100% sure a World Cup is going to be won by a very expansive game plan'
Rassie Erasmus’ Springboks ground their way into a World Cup final against England.
# perspective
'My kids aren't going to love me less' - Emotional All Blacks front up to defeat
The All Blacks were still hurting badly this morning after their defeat to England.
Wales v South Africa, Rugby World Cup semi-final
Rassie left Ireland to bring South Africa back to the top of the game. Warren Gatland and Wales stood between them and the World Cup final.
# late arrival
Spencer joins England squad as injury replacement for World Cup final
The Saracens man has replaced the injured Willi Heinz in Eddie Jones’ squad.
England v New Zealand, Rugby World Cup semi-final
The best two teams at the World Cup locked horns this morning and we went minute-by-minute to see who would prevail.
# Thriller
All Blacks clash with England shaping up to be a World Cup classic
Today’s semi-final in Yokohama will see Eddie Jones’ team desperate to bring the Kiwis down.
# alternative interests
All Blacks seek to drag kids from 'PlayStation and soccer'
Rugby is commonly held to be like a religion in New Zealand, but studies have shown participation rates falling.
# early kill
Analysis: The incredible ruck-to-try ratio from the World Cup quarter-finals
Performance analyst Eoin Toolan examines the try-scoring trends from last weekend’s action.
# Change
Scott Barrett starts as All Blacks drop Sam Cane to the bench for semi-final
Steve Hansen has rejigged his back row for Saturday’s clash with England.
# Halfbacks
Analysis: Diminutive de Klerk and Davies making decisive defensive plays
The South Africa and Wales scrum-halves are small players but often make a big impact without the ball.
# little genius
Wales wary of explosive Kolbe and Boks' 'blowtorch speed' out wide
Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards also lauded the ongoing class of Alun Wyn Jones.
# honesty
'Rassie has made a massive difference' - How Erasmus turned the Boks around
The former Munster head coach has overseen South Africa’s transformation into World Cup contenders.