Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup

Stuart Lancaster steps down as England rugby coach

ENGLAND could install a foreign head coach for the first time, with Ian Ritchie vowing to lead the hunt to replace Stuart Lancaster.

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Stuart Hogg: Cemented his reputation as world-class No 15. Picture: Jane Barlow

Scotland have talent to build on World Cup near-miss

WHEN Craig Joubert draws up his list of holiday destinations next year, you can bet Scotland will not feature anywhere on it.

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Dan Carter pours a beer into the Webb Ellis Cup. Picture: Getty

Dan Carter savours historic feat after fitting finale

Dan Carter has admitted that New Zealand’s stated mission to make Rugby World Cup history was “a pretty daunting goal”.

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New Zealand captain Richie McCaw presents team-mate Sonny Bill Williams with his replacement World Cup winners' medal. Picture: Getty

Sonny Bill Williams gets replacement World Cup medal

NEW Zealand centre Sonny Bill Williams has been presented with a second World Cup winner’s medal after giving his original to a teenager.

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Richie McCaw raises the Web Ellis Cup as Dan Carter looks on. Picture: Getty

New Zealand 34 - 17 Australia: All Blacks make history

NEW Zealand made sporting history at Twickenham as they became the first team to be crowned Rugby World Cup winners for a second successive time.

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Japan after the win over South Africa. Picture: Getty

Iain Morrison: Good, bad and bizarre at the Rugby World Cup

Iain Morrison looks back on a world cup that provided lots of action, a couple of surprises and plenty to talk about

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Dan Carter. New Zealand bulldozed past a spirited Wallabies for their first World Cup win on foreign soil. Picture: Getty

Iain Morrison: All Blacks the best ever? It’s hard to argue

Chasm not North-South but between All Blacks and the rest, writes Iain Morrison

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Michael Cheika: Has transformed Wallabies. Picture: AFP/Getty

Allan Massie: New Zealand self-belief gives them edge

New Zealand aim to retain the Rugby World Cup, and this is something no holder has yet managed to do. Indeed only twice before – 2003 (Australia) and 2007 (England) – has the winner of the previous tournament reached the final of the next one. Nevertheless, the All Blacks are probably just favourites to pull it off.

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At his fourth World Cup, with a world record haul of points in the bag, Dan Carter has one final piece of business to attend to. Picture: AFP/Getty

Superhero Dan Carter set to marvel one final time

NEW Zealand rugby superhero Dan Carter could be inspired by an unusual costume collection when he aims to make World Cup history with the All Blacks today.

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Eben Etzebeth squeezes over to score South Africa's second try of last night's hard-fought tussle. Picture: Getty

Rugby World Cup: South Africa take third place

BRYAN Habana endured a wretched night in missing four fine chances to break Jonah Lomu’s all-time World Cup try-scoring record despite South Africa seeing off Argentina 24-13.

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Tomorrow's Twickenham showdown will be Richie McCaw's 148th and possibly last Test match. Picture: Getty

Richie McCaw quiet on retirement talk before final

It is widely expected that Richie McCaw will retire after tomorrow’s World Cup final against Australia, and yet New Zealand’s decorated captain is still refusing to make an announcement.

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The New Zealand legend expressed his concerns ahead of the Rugby World Cup final. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Lomu admits Pocock and Hooper could kill off Kiwis

NEW Zealand great Jonah Lomu fears that the All Blacks could fail in their bid to become the first nation to retain the Rugby World Cup and win it for a fourth time.

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Dan Carter helped New Zealand into the Rugby World Cup final. Picture: Getty

Dan Carter ‘the greatest fly-half of all-time’

STEPHEN Larkham insists Australia will face the greatest fly-half of all time when they clash with New Zealand in Saturday’s World Cup final at Twickenham.

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David Pocock celebrates after Australia's  World Cup semi-final victory over Argentina. Picture: Getty Images

Michael Cheika praises varied band of Australians

Michael Cheika has acclaimed the politically-diverse blend of “jokers, lovers and fighters” who have swept Australia to a fourth World Cup final.

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All Blacks captain Richie McCaw wins  line-out ball from Eben Etzebeth of South Africa during the World Cup semi final at Twickenham. Picture: Getty

Simon Taylor: All Black-Springbok clash was purist’s classic

As semi-final weekends go, that was a pretty good one. Everyone has their opinion on what makes a classic, but I thought Saturday’s match between New Zealand and South Africa, despite the relative lack of tries and linebreaks, was one of the most gripping of the World Cup. There is drama in seeing some of the best individuals to ever play the game hammering away at each other from minute one, big-game players putting in fearless performances in what could be their last-ever appearance for their respective countries.

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Welshman Nigel Owens will referee next weekend's World Cup final at Twickenham. Picture: PA

Nigel Owens to referee Rugby World Cup final

WELSHMAN Nigel Owens has been appointed to referee next Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham.

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Mark Bennett was in fine form for Scotland at the Rugby World Cup.  Picture: Ian Rutherford

Mark Bennett in frame for emerging player award

Scotland centre Mark Bennett is in the running to be named rugby’s best emerging youngster after his impressive World Cup display.

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The "lethal" Tommy Seymour makes the team. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Rugby World Cup: British & Irish Lions select XV

IT MAY have been partly down to the scheduling but who would have predicted Scotland would be the last northern hemisphere team, never mind the last Home Nation standing at the World Cup?

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Argentina winger Juan Imhoff has benefited from the new approach. Photograph: Getty

Argentina inclusion in Rugby Championship has paid off

THE Argentine rugby team are a little like one of those reality shows whereby someone gets a makeover and emerges from the chrysalis unrecognisable; a woman looks ten years younger... you know the type of thing. Well, it has happened with the Pumas who this afternoon enjoy their second World Cup semi-final, an entirely different animal to the one that contested their first in 2007.

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Francois Louw, left, is consoled by Richie McCaw. McCaw appeared to elbow Louw during the game. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty

Elbow could see Richie McCaw banned for World Cup final

Richie McCaw could miss the Rugby World Cup final if he is deemed to have deliberately elbowed Francois Louw in New Zealand’s 20-18 victory over South Africa.

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