Rugby World Cup

    706 days ago

    Argentina overtake Ireland in rugby world rankings

    Ireland have fallen one place to eighth in the IRB World Rankings, swapping places with Argentina who jump to seventh.

    1058 days ago

    Johnson defends under-fire Moody

    Martin Johnson has launched a passionate defence of England’s under-fire World Cup captain Lewis Moody – and insisted he would make the same choice all over again.

    1073 days ago

    Tindall fined and dropped by England

    Mike Tindall has been removed from England’s elite player squad and fined £25,000 (€29,000) following events in New Zealand during the recent World Cup campaign.

    1081 days ago

    Warburton: Rolland right to show red

    Wales World Cup captain Sam Warburton admits that the tackle that saw him sent off in their semi-final defeat to France was “uglier” than he had thought, and that referee Alain Rolland was correct to show him a red card.

    1091 days ago

    Ireland sixth in rugby world rankings

    The biggest competition in international rugby has come and gone and left Ireland in 6th place in the IRB world rankings.

    1091 days ago

    Dusautoir named player of year

    France captain Thierry Dusautoir has been named International Rugby Board player of the year at a ceremony in Auckland.

    1092 days ago

    Dagg proud of World Cup success

    Israel Dagg has revealed New Zealand’s sense of “great relief” at ending a 24-year wait to be crowned world champions.

    1092 days ago

    Lievremont proud of Les Bleus

    Marc Lievremont admitted he could not have asked for any more from his players after they went agonisingly close to destroying New Zealand’s World Cup dream.

    1092 days ago

    McCaw: Win came down to courage

    New Zealand captain Richie McCaw hailed his team’s courage and desire after they ended 24 years of hurt by winning the closest final in World Cup history.

    1092 days ago

    McCaw hails World Cup triumph

    Captain Richie McCaw spoke of his pride after New Zealand ended their 24-year wait to regain the World Cup with a hard-fought 8-7 victory over France.

    1092 days ago

    All Blacks survive French scare to claim World Cup

    France 7 New Zealand 8
    New Zealand ended 24 years of hurt by being crowned world champions at an emotion-charged Eden Park – but only after perceived no-hopers France gave them a colossal fright.

    1092 days ago

    All Blacks win the World Cup

    France 7 New Zealand 8
    New Zealand have scraped past the challenge from France to win the Rugby World Cup by a single point.

    1093 days ago

    McCaw warns against complacency

    New Zealand captain Richie McCaw has urged his All Blacks team not to waste their opportunity tomorrow when they bid to be crowned world champions.

    1093 days ago

    Jones: We put Wales back on rugby map

    Wales’ World Cup squad will head home today with former captain Ryan Jones believing the players can take great pride in their performances.

    1093 days ago

    Mas: Scrum dominance will be key

    Nicolas Mas has put France on full alert for a fearsome challenge from the New Zealand pack in tomorrow’s World Cup final at Eden Park.

    1097 days ago

    Ward: Irish ref Rolland adhered to IRB guidelines

    Former Irish fly-half Tony Ward has defended under-fire referee Alain Rolland in the wake of Saturday’s controversial red card incident.

    1098 days ago

    Australia rugby chief to step down

    Australian Rugby Union boss John O’Neill has announced he will step aside when his current contract expires in two years’ time.

    1100 days ago

    Phillips: France will get blown away in the final

    Mike Phillips launched a withering attack on World Cup finalists France after Wales saw their dream of global domination destroyed in controversial fashion at Eden Park.

    1101 days ago

    Ireland seventh in World Rankings

    Ireland have slipped back to seventh in the IRB World Rankings, after reaching as high as fifth after victories against Australia and Italy in the World Cup.

    1106 days ago

    Argentina make it tough for All Blacks

    New Zealand 33 Argentina 10
    New Zealand advanced to a Rugby World Cup semi-final with Australia after struggling to subdue Argentina in the last quarter-final at Eden Park in Auckland.

    1106 days ago

    Late score sends Australia through

    South Africa 9 Australia 11
    Australia crept into the World Cup semi-finals today after James O'Connor landed a late penalty to send champions South Africa crashing out.

    1107 days ago

    Lievremont savours 'beautiful' win

    France head coach Marc Lievremont revelled in his side's 19-12 Rugby World Cup quarter-final victory over England today and immediately began looking towards next week's last-four clash with Wales.

    1107 days ago

    Gatland salutes his team

    Warren Gatland hailed his “fantastic ambassadors” after a stunning quarter-final victory over Ireland kept Wales firmly on course for World Cup glory.

    1107 days ago

    Bowe rues missed opportunity

    Tommy Bowe admits Ireland squandered a glorious chance to make history with their 22-10 defeat by Wales.

    1107 days ago

    England dumped out of World Cup

    France 19 England 12
    England crashed out of the Rugby World Cup as France booked a semi-final clash with Wales.

    1107 days ago

    Fans pay tribute to Ireland despite heartbreak

    Tears filled Irish eyes this morning as rugby fans watched their world cup dream come to an end.

    1107 days ago

    O'Driscoll: We were outplayed

    Brian O’Driscoll spoke of the crushing disappointment of Ireland’s World Cup exit, but accepted they had come up short in an enthralling clash with Wales.

    1108 days ago

    Wales hail Ireland 'gentlemen'

    Captain Sam Warburton hailed Wales’ progression to the World Cup semi-finals as a “massive achievement” following their 22-10 quarter-final success over Ireland in Wellington.

    1108 days ago

    World Cup dream dies in Wellington

    Wales 22 Ireland 10
    Ireland saw its Rugby World Cup dream dashed by a dominant Welsh side in this morning’s quarter-final clash.

    1108 days ago

    Ireland down at the break

    HALF-TIME: Wales 10 Ireland 3
    Ireland go in at half-time trailing 10-3 to a dominant Wales in the sides’ Rugby World Cup quarter-final clash at the Wellington Regional Stadium.

    1108 days ago

    D'Arcy: Whoever wants it more will win

    Irish centre Gordon D’Arcy believes his team and their Welsh opponents are evenly matched in terms of ability meaning sheer desire could prove the difference in Wellington tomorrow.

    1108 days ago

    Healy: Insults were a spur

    Cian Healy has revealed that “insulting” criticism of Ireland’s front row inspired them to develop into one of the World Cup’s strongest units.

    1108 days ago

    Ross: Best a key member of the side

    Ireland prop Mike Ross has said he is delighted that Rory Best is fit enough to start tomorrow's World cup quarter-final with Wales in Wellington.

    1109 days ago

    Lievremont: Shock has spurred us on

    France head coach Marc Lievremont believes the loss to Tonga has sparked his team into action for tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against England in Auckland.

    1109 days ago

    Lydiate wary of O'Brien threat

    Dan Lydiate has highlighted the threat of Ireland flanker Sean O’Brien to Wales’ World Cup semi-final ambitions.

    1109 days ago

    Muliaina to win 100th cap against Pumas

    New Zealand full-back Mils Muliaina is focused on the task in hand when he wins his 100th Test cap in Sunday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final with Argentina.

    1109 days ago

    Best confirmed for quarter-final

    Ireland will enter their World Cup quarter-final against Wales with Rory Best at hooker after the Ulster front row won his injury battle.

    1109 days ago

    Flood to start for England

    Toby Flood will start at inside centre alongside fly-half Jonny Wilkinson in England’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France.

    1110 days ago

    Best to start for Ireland

    Rory Best has been included in the Ireland team submitted at the deadline for Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against Wales.

    1110 days ago

    Four changes for Wales

    Leigh Halfpenny – and not James Hook or Lee Byrne – will be the Wales full-back in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against Ireland.

    1110 days ago

    Wilkinson set to start for England

    It is being reported that Jonny Wilkinson will start at number 10 for England's quarter-final with France on Saturday.

    1111 days ago

    Kidney names unchanged team to face Wales

    Ireland will give Rory Best every opportunity to prove his fitness after naming an unchanged team for Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against Wales.

    1111 days ago

    Ireland lifted by travelling green army

    Donncha O’Callaghan has described the hordes of supporters following Ireland across New Zealand as the “Aviva Stadium on crack”.

    1111 days ago

    Sexton in awe of Irish support

    Jonny Sexton has praised the Irish supporters for the “positive effect” they have provided in tough games for Declan Kindey’s team so far in the World Cup.

    1112 days ago

    Wales trio passed fit to face Ireland

    Wales have received a major boost ahead of their World Cup quarter-final against Ireland with three key players passed fit to resume full training.

    1112 days ago

    Munster hooker summoned as Best remains doubtful

    Ireland hooker Rory Best has responded well to treatment on his shoulder but remains doubtful to face Wales in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final.

    1112 days ago

    Ferris encouraged by performance of back row

    Stephen Ferris insists Ireland's back row is capable of mixing it with any loose trio at the World Cup.

    1112 days ago

    Warburton wary of Ireland’s ‘big performance’

    Welsh captain Sam Warburton believes he and his Welsh team mates will need to be on top of their game if they are to match the performance of an in-form Ireland in next weekend’s World Cup quarter final.

    1112 days ago

    Smit wary of Wallabies

    South Africa captain John Smit stopped short of claiming the underdog tag ahead of Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final but acknowledged Australia have had the upper hand over them in the past two years.

    1112 days ago

    Bouncer denies Tindall CCTV charge

    A bouncer accused of illegally accessing CCTV footage of England rugby star Mike Tindall in a bar has pleaded not guilty.

    1112 days ago

    Cueto: No more off-field incidents

    Mark Cueto today launched a vehement defence of England’s off-field conduct and insisted there are no more skeletons in the closet.

    1113 days ago

    Carter urges All Blacks to regroup

    Fly-half Dan Carter has urged New Zealanders to move on from his World Cup-ending injury and throw their full support behind the All Blacks.

    1113 days ago

    Byrne: Wales can go all the way

    Lee Byrne believes Wales are capable of winning the Rugby World Cup.

    1113 days ago

    Best a doubt for Ireland

    Rory Best’s participation in Ireland’s World Cup quarter-final against Wales on Saturday is in serious doubt.

    1113 days ago

    O’Connell expects 'incredibly tough game' from Wales

    With a narrow defeat to South Africa the only blemish in Wales’ World Cup 2011 campaign thus far, Paul O’Connell expects an intense challenge against Warren Gatland’s men in the quarter final.

    1113 days ago

    Lievremont reveals France division

    France coach Marc Lievremont has conceded after the “shame” of yesterday’s shock defeat to Tonga that his squad are not united in pursuit of a first Rugby World Cup title.

    1113 days ago

    O'Brien not getting carried away

    Ireland flanker Sean O’Brien declared the job was only half done after his team reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup with a 36-6 victory over Italy.

    1113 days ago

    Mallett tips Ireland to reach final

    Italy coach Nick Mallett believes Ireland are capable of reaching the World Cup final, asking: “Where is their weakness?”

    1113 days ago

    Samoan player in hot water over tweets

    Outspoken Samoa centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has been hit with a misconduct charge after accusing Welsh referee Nigel Owens of bias.

    1113 days ago

    BOD: Bring on the Welsh

    Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll is relishing a chance to take on Wales for a place in the World Cup semi-finals after a win over Italy secured their place in the last eight.