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# World Cup

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# 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.
# stirring the pot
Jones claims England were spied on and calls Kiwi media 'fans with keyboards'
The England boss said all the pressure is on New Zealand ahead of Saturday’s World Cup semi-final.
# Rugby Weekly
Schmidt found Ireland's performance hard to explain as his team fell at a familiar hurdle
Joe Schmidt admitted after the game that it was hard to find a reason for Ireland not performing against New Zealand, and Rory Best spoke about the pressure associated with a World Cup quarter-final.
# Controversy
'Explanations will be necessary' - France upset over Jaco Peyper photo
The South African referee has come under fire for a photo shared on social media.
# Hurt
Regrets and questions will gnaw at Schmidt after Ireland's World Cup exit
Andy Farrell is tasked with taking over and learning the lessons from Ireland’s failings in Japan.
# Feeling Bleu
France coach Brunel disappointed by contentious Welsh try
Ross Moriarty’s late score was awarded by the TMO as Wales advanced through to the semis.
# Ground Down
Rassie's Springboks power into semi-finals to end Brave Blossoms' World Cup
The hosts couldn’t match the power and patience of the South Africans in Tokyo.
Japan v South Africa, Rugby World Cup quarter-final
Could the hosts continue their magical campaign and book a place in the semi-finals? We followed all the action from Tokyo.
Wales v France, Rugby World Cup quarter-final
Ireland may be gone, but the World Cup carries on and we’re going minute-by-minute as Warren Gatland chases another semi-final.
# Deja Vu
Farrell's reign must see change after Ireland deliver 'D game' in Tokyo
The Englishman now takes over and the 2023 World Cup has to be the primary focus.
# Woe
Ireland's miserable record at Rugby World Cups rolls on in Tokyo
‘Maybe you put too much pressure on,’ said Ireland captain Rory Best after the latest defeat.
# heartbroken
Schmidt: 'I'm a little bit broken... you carry your scars more than your successes'
The Ireland head coach’s six-year tenure came to an end with a crushing defeat to the All Blacks.
# Exit strategy
Cheika requests 'compassion' as he objects to question over his future
The Wallabies boss said he did not appreciate the topic of his future being raised so soon after the World Cup exit.
# Wizard of Oz
Jones insists England can get even better after impressive victory over Australia
The head coach says he’s like to face the All Blacks in the last four.
# End of the road
Distraught Cheika says Wallabies 'gave it everything'
After Australia lost their Rugby World Cup quarter-final to England, the former Leinster boss struggled to contain his disappointment.
New Zealand v Ireland, Rugby World Cup quarter-final
The All Blacks stood between Ireland and a first-ever appearance in the RWC semi-final…
# Preview
All Blacks stand in the way as Ireland target first-ever World Cup semi-final
‘There’s nothing we can do about the previous results,’ said Ireland out-half Johnny Sexton.
England v Australia, Rugby World Cup quarter-final
Eddie Jones and Michael Cheika pit their wits together with a place in the semi-final on the line.
# belief
Sexton: 'We've been reared on knock-out rugby... we should use our experiences'
The Ireland out-half travelled to Tokyo Stadium without his team-mates today.
# Warrior code
It's do or die as Eddie Jones turns up heat ahead of England-Australia 'samurai' clash
The England chief is braced for the quarter-final meeting with rivals Australia in Oita.
# Influence
The All Blacks have always loomed large for Kiwi native Joe Schmidt
The Ireland head coach and Steve Hansen have had some great battles since 2013.
# belief
'It shows you that they're human' - Chicago changed everything for Ireland
Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray underlined the confidence within Joe Schmidt’s squad.
# Details
Analysis: How can Ireland go about beating the All Blacks in Tokyo?
It will be fascinating to see how Joe Schmidt’s team go about attacking Richie Mo’unga off lineouts.
# cohesion
Henshaw and Ringrose the more tested midfield combo against All Blacks
The All Blacks have plenty of experience but some relatively new combinations.
# chilled out
'My wife thought I was going to have a heart attack with the state I was' - Earls
The Ireland wing is more relaxed than ever about a World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand.
# Legend
Japan inspired to honour 'Mr Rugby' against South Africa
Seiji Hirao passed away three years ago on Sunday having established himself as one of the country’s most important figures in the sport.
# late arrival
Herring set to join Ireland's World Cup squad as Cronin suffers injury
The Ulster hooker has won eight caps in this Test career so far.
# Home Straight
Wales want 'incredible' Gatland to end on a World Cup high
Defeat on Sunday would spell the end of the New Zealander’s 12-year reign.
# Level Heads
'Guys were very emotional at the last World Cup after winning a pool game'
Ireland believe they’re mentally in a better place to make history against the All Blacks on Saturday.
Japan v Scotland, Rugby World Cup
This match will determine who Ireland are to face in the quarter-finals, so we’re going minute-by-minute.
# Try Machine
'They don't come around too often for me, so I'll make sure I gloat' - Furlong
The Ireland tighthead now has two tries in three World Cup starts in Japan.
# Dominant
Aki red the only blot as Ireland secure World Cup quarter-final with big win over Samoa
Joe Schmidt’s men were back somewhere close to their best in a seven-try victory in Fukuoka.
Ireland v Samoa, Rugby World Cup
Typhoon in Japan, but Ireland’s final pool match is going ahead in Fukuoka and we’ll bring you minute-by-minute updates as Schmidt’s men chase a bonus point.
# Preview
Ireland out to clinch World Cup quarter-final with bonus-point win over Samoans
Joe Schmidt’s side can save themselves a nervous Sunday by winning with four tries in Fukuoka today.
# Man at Work
Cheika hopeful over Beale fitness as Wallabies look to last-eight clash
The Australia star played just 13 minutes of the win over Georgia, but his coach says his head injury is not serious.
# Azadi Stadium
Thousands of Iranian women enjoy football match as Tehran lifts decades-old ban
The move came amid pressure from Fifa, which had threatened to ban the country if female supporters were not permitted to games.
Anger and frustration entirely fair as World Rugby's greatest fear realised
Supporters, players, and coaches are entitled to be deeply disappointed with the cancellations.
# Angry
'It's ridiculous that there was no Plan B' - Italy's Parisse slams World Rugby
The Italians’ World Cup clash with the All Blacks has been cancelled.