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France

French flair as Les Bleus cruise past Italy

MATCH REPORT: Damian Penaud edged closer to Serge Blanco's France try record as Les Bleus secured a World Cup quarterfinal with a 60-7 thumping of sorry Italy on Friday.

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France

Player ratings: France

OPINION: France have topped Pool A and claimed their spot in the World Cup quarterfinals with a comprehensive win over Italy in Lyon.

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France

France v Italy RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Pool A match between France and Italy at OL Stadium in Lyon.

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News

Stormers put down pre-season marker against Sharks

WRAP: A Stormers XV scored five tries on their way to a hard-fought 33-21 pre-season win against the Sharks in George on Friday.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Brother Lukhi ready to do a job for Boks

WATCH as recalled Springbok centre Lukhanyo Am chats to @king365ed about his return to the Springbok camp.

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Ireland

VIDEO: Jean Kleyn's insightful prediction for Pool B decider

WATCH dual international Jean Kleyn gives his insightful view on the World Cup Pool B decider between Ireland and Scotland on Saturday.

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Argentina

Joseph tweaks Japan team for crunch match against Argentina

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Japan coach Jamie Joseph has made just one change to his starting XV from their 28-22 victory against Samoa for the crunch World Cup match against Argentina in Nantes on Sunday.

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Argentina

Cheika rings the changes for must-win match against Japan

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Argentina coach Michael Cheika has made 11 changes to his team for their must-win final World Cup Pool D match against Japan in Nantes on Sunday.

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New Zealand

VIDEO: All Blacks sweat over key player

INJURY UPDATE: The All Blacks will be keeping a close eye on one of their star players in the coming days.

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Ireland

Ireland v Scotland - Teams and Prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND FIVE: Permutations and conspiracy theories dominated headlines this week ahead of Saturday's Pool B shoot-out between Ireland and Scotland at Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

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News

South African referee duo make Sevens 2024 panel

NEWS: South Africa's AJ Jacobs and Morne Ferreira were included on the Match Official panels for the 2023-2024 World Sevens Series, leading into the Olympic Games Paris 2024, World Rugby has announced.

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England

England v Samoa - teams and prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND FIVE: With England already guaranteed a quarterfinal spot, Saturday's Pool D match will be all about Samoa.

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News

Bulls unveil their new kit

KIT LAUNCH: The Bulls have launched their new 2023/24 home and alternative kit with a 'Welcome to the Capital of Rugby' campaign celebrating the fans, the culture, the gees, the legends and future stars behind the badge.

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Georgia

Wales v Georgia - teams and prediction

PREVIEW: Unbeaten Wales promised no let-up when they take on winless Georgia in Nantes on Saturday.

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New Zealand

VIDEO: 'We are ready for whoever it is'

REACTION: Coach Ian Foster said he was looking forward to a "monster" quarterfinal, after New Zealand secured their place in the knock-out phases with an 11-try rout of Uruguay.

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News

Western Force v Cheetahs - teams and predication

PREVIEW: The Cheetahs are determined to use their limited game time as preparation to ensure their are up for their second run at European glory.

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News

Why Stormers captain Moerat is not featuring in pre-season matches

SQUAD UPDATE: Stormers captain Salmaan Moerat is currently on the sidelines with a knee injury.

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New Zealand

All Blacks ease past Uruguay to book RWC quarterfinal spot

MATCH REPORT: New Zealand cantered to the bonus-point victory they needed to secure qualification for the World Cup quarterfinals with a 73-0 win over Uruguay on Thursday.

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New Zealand

Player Ratings: New Zealand

OPINION: The All Blacks have secured a quarterfinal spot at the 2023 Rugby World Cup with a 73-0 win over Uruguay in Lyon.

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New Zealand

New Zealand v Uruguay RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and Uruguay at OL Stadium in Lyon.

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England

England flank out of RWC as Farrell moves to midfield

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: England captain Owen Farrell said on Thursday he was on the same page as flyhalf George Ford after they were named to start this weekend's World Cup game against Samoa.

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Ireland

Ireland make two key changes for Scotland match

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Peter O'Mahony will become the latest Irish player to reach a landmark 100 caps for his country on Saturday when Ireland face Scotland in a match pivotal to both sides' World Cup hopes.

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Ireland

Townsend springs scrumhalf surprise for Ireland showdown

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has revealed his team to face Ireland in their crunch Pool B match in Saint-Denis on Saturday.

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Latest News

RFU's Nation Cup plan gives hope to 'minnows'

NEWS: Rugby Football Union (RFU) chief executive Bill Sweeney said discussions about a controversial Nations Cup tournament were in place as he remained confident about his ability to lead one of the sport's wealthiest governing bodies.

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South Africa

WADA ban: Appeal will save Bok blushes

REACTION: South Africa plan to appeal the proposed 'ban' by the World Anti-Doping Agency that could come into effect on October 14.

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News

'Our depth will be tested': Stormers reveal their teams for doubleheader

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENTS: There will be two Stormers XVs in action in George on Friday in the last of their pre-season matches.

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France

France v Italy - teams and prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND FIVE: France coach Fabien Galthie has warned his team not to underestimate a "wounded" Italy ahead of their decisive World Cup Pool A match on Friday.

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Second Phase

Should Tier One countries really 'babysit' the minnows?

OPINION: Ben Smith asks if it is really the job of Tier One nations to develop and support Tier Two countries.

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France

Basque brothers: The famous sons of Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle

SPOTLIGHT: The village of Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle is not too well known outside of the Pyrenees mountains it nestles in between, let alone throughout France but on Friday eyes from across the globe will be focused on its two most famous sons.

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Australia

More woes for Wallabies in France

NEWS: The Wallabies' wretched World Cup just went from bad to worse with Carter Gordon and Nick Frost ruled out for the remainder of the tournament through injury.

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Argentina

World Rankings: A big change at the top?

SPOTLIGHT: World Rugby has published the ranking permutations for the final round of World Cup 2023 pool matches in France.

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Ireland

'The icing on the cake': Why pressure is not a problem in Ireland camp

SPOTLIGHT: Ireland forwards coach Paul O'Connell said on Wednesday he is confident his players can handle the pressure of their final World Cup pool match with Scotland this weekend because they have become used to high stakes games.

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South Africa

VIDEO: No game time, no problem for Am

WATCH as Springbok attack coach Felix Jones explains how recalled centre Lukhanyo Am will fit into the national team set-up despite having had no game time for just over two months.

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Second Phase

World Cup Ultimate XV: Fans and experts make their picks

SPOTLIGHT: As the World Cup approaches the play-off stages, perhaps now is a good time to have a stab at naming at all-time ultimate XV.

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South Africa

Boks can be stripped of national flag due to non-compliance

BREAKING NEWS: The Springboks might have to compete under a neutral flag in the quarterfinals of the World Cup and without the opportunity of singing the national anthem due to non-compliance of the latest World Anti-Doping Code (Wada).

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New Zealand

New Zealand v Uruguay - Teams and Prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND FIVE: New Zealand head coach Ian Fosters says his team will be giving Uruguay the respect they deserve as they look to secure a quarterfinal spot on Thursday.

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France

Spotlight on Lucu as Galthié reveals French team to face Italy

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: France head coach Fabien Galthié has named his 23-man matchday squad for Friday's Pool A game against Italy in Lyon.

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Latest News

Sirgel joins Lions on loan deal

The Lions have boosted their pride with the acquisition of loose foward Hanru Sirgel from Griquas. 

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France

Italy shuffle their playmakers for France showdown

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Tommaso Allan returns to flyhalf as Italy coach Kieran Crowley reverted to two midfield playmakers in his team announced on Wednesday to play France at the World Cup.

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England

'We'll worry about what is to come when our game is over'

INTERVIEW: England may have already clinched a World Cup quarterfinal spot but defence coach Kevin Sinfield is refusing to look further than Saturday's final group game with Samoa.

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Ireland

O'Mahony: The Irish rock

SPOTLIGHT: Peter O'Mahony is the Ireland rugby team's "emotional leader" according to head coach Andy Farrell, although unlikely as it sounds he gets all dewy-eyed when his hydrangeas are blooming in his garden.

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South Africa

Match fixing saga: Lost in translation

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber responds to a French journalist's question about the possibility of 'collusion' between Ireland and Scotland to knock South Africa out of the World Cup.

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France

The Italians know what to expect from France

OPINION: Italy has "reset and are focusing on France" after their 17-96 drubbing by New Zealand which was a "freak game", Italian wing Paolo Odogwu said on Tuesday.

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Fiji

Positions up for grabs as Fiji gears up for Portugal

OPINION: Fiji head coach Simon Raiwalui says his players are going to have to battle hard against a "very good" Portugal side on Sunday to secure their place in the World Cup quarterfinals.

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Argentina

Los Pumas now focus on knock-out stages

SPOTLIGHT: Argentina is "very hungry" to get back into the World Cup knock-out stages after missing out four years ago, head coach Michael Cheika said on Tuesday.

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Ireland

Ireland coach has his say on collusion idea to knock Boks out

SPOTLIGHT: Ireland assistant coach Mike Catt has rubbished suggestions that his team could collude with Scotland to send home South Africa home early from the World Cup.

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South Africa

Gymnastics and Bulls prepped Fourie for Tongan brutes

SPOTLIGHT: Deon Fourie, who holds the record as the oldest player to have made his Springbok debut, was conditioned for the brutality of facing Tongan by two of the most contrasting sources.

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Fiji

Fiji star misses son's funeral to stay with teammates

NEWS: Josua Tuisova, man of the match in Fiji's upset World Cup win over Australia, missed his seven-year-old son's funeral on Tuesday after opting to stay with his teammates in France, according to Fijian news site Fiji Village.

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France

'The surgeon's opinion': Dupont's quarterfinal fate to be decided

NEWS: France captain Antoine Dupont will be assessed by the surgeon who operated on his fractured cheekbone before staff decide if he can return for a possible World Cup quarterfinal, the team said on Tuesday.

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New Zealand

All Blacks make nine changes for Uruguay match

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sam Cane returns to captain New Zealand as head coach Ian Foster on Tuesday made nine changes to his side to face Uruguay at the World Cup.

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Ireland

'We had a good look at what we did against South Africa'

SPOTLIGHT: Ireland will be out to make it extremely tough for Scotland to score points in their crunch World Cup Pool B clash at Stade de France on Saturday.

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South Africa

The numbers that put Pollard back in the Bok seat

SPOTLIGHT: Handre Pollard showed his World Cup class and maturity when he slotted his first penalty in 13 months from the touchline.

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Australia

'I'll be wearing a Portugal shirt': Wallabies to start prepping for England quarterfinal

SPOTLIGHT: Before the World Cup in France got underway rugby fans were licking their lips at the prospect of polarising coach Eddie Jones lining up for a quarterfinal clash against his former team England.

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South Africa

VIDEO: The Pollard and Libbok debate settled

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber shares his views on Handré Pollard's first Test in 13 months and we also look on the way forward with Manie Libbok.

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Japan

The figure behind Japan's transformation

SPOTLIGHT: Head coach Jamie Joseph's evolution in delegating and becoming a better communicator is a major reason why the Japanese are a win away from reaching the World Cup quarterfinals, forwards coach Shin Hasegawa said on Monday.

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LIVE FROM FRANCE: @king365ed on those #RWC permutations

LISTEN as Cape Talk radio presenter Clarence Ford chats to @king365ed about all things Springbok and the World Cup!

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Ireland

Rassie: The 20 different scenarios and how Boks can lose out

GRAPHIC EXPLANATION: South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has added another layer to the already multifarious scenarios that can play out ahead of the World Cup quarterfinals.

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South Africa

Replacement for Mapimpi confirmed

UPDATE: South Africa confirmed centre Lukhanyo Am has replaced wing Makazole Mapimpi in their squad for World Cup 2023.

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Georgia

Six changes and new skipper for Wales

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named his team to play Georgia at Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes in their final Pool C match of the World Cup on Saturday.

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Rugby World Cup

Plenty to play for as the World Cup heads into last 16

SPOTLIGHT: There is still plenty to play for as the pool phase in France enters its final week.

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Samoa suffer big blow ahead of England clash

DISCIPLINARY NEWS: Samoa wing Ben Lam will miss his team's World Cup pool clash against England on Saturday.

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Tonga

Tonga coach pleads for more Tier One matches

OPINION: Winless Tonga will bow out of the World Cup hopeful of a victory in their final Pool B match against Romania as coach Toutai Kefu pleaded for more competition against tier-one nations.

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Australia

Rugby in Australia needs complete overhaul

SPOTLIGHT: Well before it was plagued by upheaval, shoddy performances and financial woes, Australian rugby was widely lauded and the Wallabies deemed the country's favourite winter team.

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Ireland

'Do or die': Scotland plan to disrupt #RWC Pool B prediction

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Scotland's Darcy Graham may have impressed by scoring four tries in Saturday's 84-0 rout of Romania in the World Cup but the wing knows there is a bigger challenge ahead against Ireland next weekend.

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Ireland

VIDEO: Boks sweating over quarterfinal permutations

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber explains why his team is not yet guaranteed a place in the World Cup quarterfinals.

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South Africa

Another Bok out of World Cup

NEWS: The Springboks suffered another big injury setback with the World Cup quarterfinals just around the corner.

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South Africa

Boks put one foot in quarters after bruising encounter against Tonga

MATCH REPORT: The Springboks climbed to the top of Pool B with a scrappy 49-18 win over Tonga in Marseille on Sunday.

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South Africa

Player Ratings: South Africa

OPINION: South Africa scored seven tries in their 49-18 in their victory over Tonga in Marseilles on Sunday, moving to the top of Pool A.

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South Africa

South Africa v Tonga RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Tonga at Stade de Marseille.

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Australia

Player Ratings: Australia

OPINION: The Wallabies managed to secure a victory against Portugal, but it was far from a convincing display from the Australian outfit.

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Australia

Glimmer of hope for Wallabies as they see off gutsy Portugal

MATCH REPORT: Australia kept their faint hopes of reaching the World Cup knockout stages alive with an unconvincing 34-14 victory over minnows Portugal on Sunday.

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France

Italy lose a forward ahead of key France World Cup match

NEWS: Danilo Fischetti has been ruled out of Italy's final World Cup group game against hosts France with a rib injury, the Italian rugby federation (FIR) confirmed Sunday.

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Ireland

Scotland can knock over Ireland on the day

SPOTLIGHT: Scotland have not beaten Ireland since 2017 but there is always a first time, says defence coach Steve Tandy.

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Ireland

'I'm not going to answer that': Townsend sidesteps Ireland RWC question

REACTION: Scotland cruised to an 84-0 victory over Romania on Saturday but the focus was always on next weekend's crucial game against Ireland in Paris, with their hopes of reaching the World Cup quarterfinals on the line.

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Australia

Wallaby coaches all responsible says Hatley

NEWS: While coach Eddie Jones insists he should be the "fall-guy" from the Wallabies horror World Cup campaign, his assistant Neal Hatley says it's a shared responsibility.

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New Zealand

Rassie's biting response to All Black chirp

REACTION: South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus is back in his happy space on social media - responding as forceful and quirky as only he can.

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Argentina

SATURDAY WRAP: Fiji target last eight; Scots set up Ireland decider

REACTION: Fiji were below par but came from behind to beat Georgia 17-12 on Saturday and stay on course for the World Cup quarterfinals, a result that pushed Australia closer to a historic elimination.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Why ThorMeulen now has 'coaching ambitions'

WATCH as veteran South African loose forward Duane Vermeulen explains to @king365ed what changed his mind about taking up coaching after finishing his playing career.

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Scotland

Player Ratings: Scotland

OPINION: Scotland set-up a qualification decider with Ireland in Paris next Saturday after crushing Romania in Lille.

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Scotland

Ruthless Scots on the rampage against Romania

MATCH REPORT: Scotland registered twelve tries in their 84-0 victory over Romania at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille on Saturday evening.

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Romania

Scotland v Romania RECAP| World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Pool B match between Scotland and Romania at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille.

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Fiji

Player Ratings: Fiji

OPINION: Fiji very nearly lost against Georgia at the Stade Matmut Atlantique in Bordeaux in a contest which saw the Islanders look worryingly unfocused, profligate and frankly irrational at times.

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Fiji

Fiji move closer to play-off berth

MATCH REPORT: Fiji fought back to beat fading Georgia 17-12 on Saturday and remain on course for the World Cup quarterfinals, pushing Australia to the brink of elimination.

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Fiji

Fiji v Georgia RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Pool C match between Fiji and Georgia at Stade de Bordeaux.

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Latest News

VIDEO: The Moodie move that benefits the Boks

WATCH as rookie Canan Moodie talks about the possibility of a permanent move to outside centre for the national team.

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Argentina

Los Pumas ease past Chile to stay in the hunt for play-off spot

MATCH REPORT: Argentina stayed in contention for a quarterfinal spot at the World Cup by beating Chile 59-5 on Saturday.

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New Zealand

NZ Rugby boss confirms discussions with SA on 'old-school' tours

SPOTLIGHT: New Zealand Rugby CEO Mark Robinson confirmed that his organisation has been in discussions with South Africa over bringing back 'old-school' tours between the two nations.

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France

France captain back with the team

NEWS: France's talismanic captain Antoine Dupont has rejoined the hosts' World Cup squad a week after undergoing surgery on a fractured cheekbone, the French federation (FFR) announced on Saturday.

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Australia

Australia v Portugal - teams and prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND FOUR: The Wallabies have emerged from a "bad hangover" to set themselves for one last night out in France as their World Cup pool stage - and likely tournament - ends with Portugal.

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New Zealand

'We wanted to make a statement'

REACTION: New Zealand head coach Ian Foster lauded a "statement" win after his All Blacks trounced Italy 96-17 to reignite their World Cup bid on Friday.

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Italy

Ruthless All Blacks give Italy a rugby lesson in Lyon

MATCH REPORT: The All Blacks reminded the rugby world what they are capable of with a 96-17 win over Italy in their Pool A match in Lyon on Friday.

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New Zealand

Player Ratings: New Zealand

OPINION: The All Blacks well and truly got their Rugby World Cup back on track on a warm evening in Lyon, thrashing Italy 96-17.

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New Zealand

New Zealand v Italy RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and Italy at OL Stadium in Lyon.

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South Africa

South Africa v Tonga - teams and prediction

ROUND FOUR PREVIEW: South Africa won't admit it, but they are already casting one eye towards a potential World Cup quarterfinal face-off with hosts France.

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News

Stormers score 10 tries on their way to victory in George

MATCH REPORT: The Stormers got their pre-season underway with a 64-26 win over SWD Eagles in George on Friday.

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South Africa

Tonga coach Kefu reveals his hand for Bok clash

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Tonga coach Toutai Kefu has made three changes to the starting line-up to play South Africa in the Pacific Islanders' third World Cup Pool B match in Marseille on Sunday.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Realistic Pollard not expecting a 10 out of 10

WATCH as Handre Pollard and Andre Esterhuizen chat to @king365ed about their expectations for the World Cup face-off with Tonga on Sunday.

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Super Rugby AU

Cheetahs fall short in Australia

MATCH REPORT: The Western Force finally got their Challenge Series win, beating the Cheetahs 30-27 at Mandurah Stadium on Friday.

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Ireland

Huge praise for Andy Farrell's man management

INTERVIEW: Ireland back row Jack Conan credits Andy Farrell and his coaching staff for filling him with "confidence" by telling him despite a foot ligament injury they were keeping him in the World Cup squad.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Siya - From court jester to éminence grise

WATCH as Siya Kolisi talks to @king365ed about his journey from a drunken clown to Springbok captain and one of the country's most respected senior statesmen.

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Australia

Eddie happy to be the 'fall guy' for World Cup horror show

SPOTLIGHT: As a hooker, Eddie Jones wasn't known for his side-step, but the Wallabies coach has continued to use his evasive skills to avoid talking about his ties to the Japan coaching vacancy.

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England

RFU deeply concerned as another English club face liquidation

NEWS: English club rugby's bleak financial climate appears to have claimed another victim after Jersey Reds announced they have ceased trading as the sport is being showcased at the World Cup in France.

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Argentina

Argentina v Chile - Teams and Prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND FOUR: Nantes hosts an historic match on Saturday, regardless of the result, as it will be the first-ever meeting of two sides from South America at a World Cup.

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Argentina

Cheika banks on experience for Chile clash

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Argentina head coach Michael Cheika said on Thursday his much-changed outfit to face Chile in the World Cup this weekend can prove him a point.

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Fiji

Fiji v Georgia - teams and prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND FOUR: Fiji and Georgia enter their showdown in Bordeaux on Friday on quite different emotional trajectories.

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Australia

Milestone for Slipper as Eddie gambles in the midfield

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Wallabies centurion James Slipper will break George Gregan’s record for the most World Cup matches by an Australian when he runs out at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard against Portugal on Sunday.

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Romania

Scotland v Romania - Teams and Prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND FOUR: Scotland will be out to build some momentum in their match against Romania ahead of their crucial Pool B encounter against Ireland a week later.

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Japan

Japan's hopes stay alive after beating 14-man Samoa

MATCH REPORT: Japan took a big step on the road to the quarterfinal as they shattered Samoan hearts to win a vital Pool D game by 28-22 in Toulouse on Thursday.

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France

France team doctor gives update on Dupont

NEWS: The news on the recuperation of France captain Antoine Dupont is "reassuring", according to team doctor Bruno Boussagol, who said he hoped for a "quick return" to World Cup action for the talismanic scrumhalf.

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Japan

Japan v Samoa RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Pool D match between Japan and Samoa at Stadium de Toulouse

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South Africa

VIDEO: Willie the 'waterboy' has some signs for his teammates

WATCH as Willie le Roux chats to @king365ed about his roles in the Springbok team - as waterboy, communicator, playmaker and defensive organiser.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Kolbe, Kolbe, Kolbe ...

WATCH as we bring you scenes from South Africa's open training session at Stade Mayol in Toulon on Thursday - one of only two public sessions at the World Cup in France.

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Romania

Townsend rings the Scotland changes for Romania match

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend made 13 changes to his side to face Romania in the World Cup this weekend.

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South Africa

VIDEO: The harsh 'realities' facing the Boks

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber speaks about the ongoing flyhalf and goalkicking debate and dishes out a healthy dosage of reality to grumpy fans.

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Namibia

Namibia's big missed opportunity

REACTION: Namibia's head coach Allister Coetzee says had they secured their first ever win at a World Cup it could have had the same impact on them as Japan's stunning win over South Africa in 2015 had on the Asian country.

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Latest News

Western Force v Cheetahs - teams and prediction

PREVIEW: The Cheetahs announced a very experienced side to face the Western Force in the Challenge Series in Australia on Friday.

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Italy

New Zealand v Italy - Teams and Prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND FOUR: Italy head coach Kieran Crowley says there is "no fear' in his squad as they aim to upset the All Blacks in their big Pool A encounter in Lyon on Friday.

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Australia

Moore lays blame for Wallaby woes at feet of Rugby Australia

NEWS: Straight-shooting former Australia Test captain Stephen Moore says Eddie Jones must come clean on the Japan job and the Wallabies coach should fall on his sword if he has been interviewed.

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News

Stormers to unleash new signings in George

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Experienced prop Brok Harris will lead a 28-man Stormers XV squad in their first pre-season match against the South-Western Districts Eagles at Outeniqua Park in George on Friday.

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Second Phase

BOKS OFFICE: Pollard or Libbok?

WATCH episode four of BOKS OFFICE, as host Hanyani Shimange is joined by Springboks legend Jean de Villiers and former flyhalf Butch James.

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Ireland

The two-pronged prop attack that sunk Boks

INTERVIEW: Tadhg Furlong and Andrew Porter may play in the unglamorous position of prop but they epitomise the resilience and character that Ireland head coach Andy Farrell spoke of.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Nienaber's fears and expectations for Pollard

REACTION: Handre Pollard's recall to the Springbok team, after a year in the international wilderness, brings with it some obvious risks.

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News

French star joins Premiership side

TRANSFER NEWS: Virimi Vakatawa, regarded as one of the most talented players on the planet, will make his explosive return to rugby in a Bristol Bears jersey.

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Uruguay's second-half show denies Namibia a famous #RWC win

MATCH REPORT: Namibia missed a chance to break their losing streak after Uruguay produced a brave comeback World Cup win at OL Stadium in Lyon.

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South Africa

#BREAKING: Pollard returns for Boks

Handre Pollard will play his first Test since August 2022 and Marco van Staden will wear the No 16 jersey as replacement hooker for the first time when the Springboks meet Tonga in Marseille on Sunday, as coach Jacques Nienaber rotated his starting team for their final Rugby World Cup pool match.

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South Africa

VIDEO: 'You have to accept he might run over you'

WATCH as seasoned Springbok utility Kwagga Smith talks about the key aspects of the game in Sunday's World Cup Pool B match against Tonga in Marseille.

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News

Stormers add depth to their forward stocks

TRANSFER NEWS: Utility forward Hendre Stassen has joined the Stormers ahead of the upcoming season.

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Latest News

Former Lions scrumhalf to head up rugby at Waterkloof

NEWS: Former Lions scrumhalf Dillon Smit has been appointed as the Head of High Performance at Hoerskool Waterkloof.

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Italy

All Blacks get major boost for Italian job

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The All Blacks welcome back four players from injury for their Pool A clash against Italy on Friday.

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Japan

Samoa v Japan - Teams and Prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND FOUR: The winner of the Japan-Samoa match in Toulouse on Thursday will stay in contention for the quarterfinals while the loser’s chances of advancing from Pool D will all but disappear.

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Italy

Italy change three for 'pretty bloody important' match against All Blacks

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Italy are ready for New Zealand's intimidation and bullying tactics, head coach Kieran Crowley said on Wednesday after naming his team to face the All Blacks.

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Italy

Will Italy answer haka with their own haka?

SPOTLIGHT: Lining up against the All Blacks in Lyon on Friday will be a special occasion for Italy forwards Toa Halafihi and Hame Faiva.

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Italy

Why All Blacks regret Springboks' Super exit

SPOTLIGHT: No longer able to hone their skills against South Africa teams in Super Rugby, New Zealand's forwards run the risk of 'going soft'.

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South Africa

Rassie's disco lights: Cracking the code

SPOTLIGHT: The reemergence of Rassie Erasmus' disco lights have caused a stir. @rugby365com went 'deep underground' to see if we could crack the code and figure out what those signals mean.

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South Africa

No Fifita for game against the Springboks

NEWS: Tonga's Vaea Fifita will miss the next two World Cup games, against South Africa and Romania, following his disciplinay for the red card he received.

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France

'No doubt' Dupont will play

NEWS: France forwards coach William Servat said on Tuesday he had "no doubt" that emblematic captain Antoine Dupont could return from injury in time for a potential World Cup quarterfinal next month.

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Namibia

Massive game ban for Namibia captain

NEWS: Namibia captain Johan Deysel has been banned for six matches following his dangerous tackle on France captain Antoine Dupont.

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South Africa

VIDEO: 'You can't talk it right'

WATCH as Springbok scrum coach Daan Human explains how they are going to 'fix' the quagmires that got the better of them against Ireland, as they prepare for a #MustWin Round Four World Cup encounter with Tonga.

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Rugby World Cup

Chile must catch up with Uruguay says Martinez

SPOTLIGHT: Argentina is by a long chalk South America's rugby number one side but Chile back-rower Raimundo Martinez hopes his outfit can catch up with the number two outfit Uruguay "in the next four years."

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Australia

No comment out of Japan on Jones rumours

NEWS: No comment has been forthcoming from the Japan Rugby Football Union regarding the rumours that Australian coach Eddie Jones is exploring a return to Japan.

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Latest News

What instigated the Wales' revival?

SPOTLIGHT: Head coach Warren Gatland says 'hard work' is responsible for Wales turning crisis into joy as his team became the first side to reach the World Cup knock-out stages following a record win over Australia.

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Namibia

Namibia v Uruguay - Teams and prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND FOUR: World Cup minnows Uruguay and Namibia clash in Lyon on Wednesday in their own personal 'final' where the winner takes home the glory and the loser faces four years of frustration.

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Ireland

Scotland are tough customers

INTERVIEW: Flyhalf Jack Crowley says Scotland will not be taken lightly by Ireland even if the Irish are expected to beat them in their final Pool B match on October 7 and secure their place in the quarterfinals.

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Australia

Why sacking Eddie Jones would be a mistake

REACTION: Former Wallaby captain Stirling Mortlock has said "the worst thing" Rugby Australia can do is sack embattled head coach Eddie Jones, despite the team's poor World Cup campaign.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Tonga to face #BIG Bok backlash

WATCH as South African coach Jacques Nienaber and captain Siya Kolisi explain how they will react to the loss against Ireland.

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New Zealand

Boks and Ireland inspire All Blacks to reach new levels

REACTION: New Zealand flank Dalton Papali'i said on Monday the All Blacks were inspired by watching Ireland's brutal victory over South Africa in the World Cup at the weekend, and they aspire to reach that level.

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Australia

'A failing Super Rugby system': Former loosie calls for less Aussie teams

SPOTLIGHT: Eternally wounded from his own World Cup horror show, former Wallaby loose forward Stephen Hoiles believes less Australian Super Rugby teams is one answer to the country's spectacular fall from grace.

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South Africa

Why RG wants tips from Damian and Manie

REACTION: South Africa was left to contemplate and reconsider their methodology after losing 8-13 to world No.1 Ireland in a battle of attrition in Paris at the weekend.

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News

Munster coach Rowntree decides his future

NEWS: Munster and the IRFU have released statement on head coach Graham Rowntree's future at the Irish province.

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Australia

World Rankings: Boks move down, Australia fall to new low

SPOTLIGHT: There are some notable changes in the World Rugby Men's Rankings after the latest round of World Cup matches.

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France

New twist as Dupont could return with specialist mask

INJURY UPDATE: Frane has been given hope as superstar Antoine Dupont is reportedly on the fast track to return from injury for the World Cup quarterfinals.

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Ireland

World Cup to witness Boks v Ireland sequel?

SPOTLIGHT: Rugby fans could be in for a sequel to the memorable tussle Ireland and defending champions South Africa served up on Saturday with Irish lock Tadhg Beirne believing they can meet in the Final.

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Scotland

Scotland veteran out of World Cup after neck injury

INJURY UPDATE: Stuart McInally was given an emotional send-off from the Scotland squad following Sunday’s victory over Tonga after the veteran hooker was forced out of the World Cup with a neck injury just over a week after being given a late call-up.

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Second Phase

EXTENDED HIGHLIGHTS: Recap all the drama from the #BIG game - Ireland versus South Africa

WATCH the extended highlights package of the #BIG match of the weekend, Ireland versus South Africa in Paris!

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Australia

Wobblies hit 'rock bottom'

MEDIA REACTION: The Wallabies were blasted by the Australian media after their record defeat to Wales on Sunday left Eddie Jones' side on the verge of an early World Cup exit.

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Australia

VIDEO: Gatland calms fears over flyhalf injury

REACTION: Wales coach Warren Gatland insisted the chest injury that forced star flyhalf Dan Biggar off the pitch in Sunday's record 40-6 thrashing of Australia was "not significant."

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Australia

VIDEO: Eddie Jones 'committed' to Wallaby job despite Japan link

REACTION: Australia coach Eddie Jones apologised for the Wallabies' record defeat to Wales, but insisted he was "committed" to the job.

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Australia

Wallabies on course for early exit after heavy defeat to Wales

MATCH REPORT: Australia's World Cup destiny is now totally out of their hands after they suffered a 6-40 defeat to Wales in their Pool C encounter in Lyon on Sunday.

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Wales

Player Ratings: Wales

OPINION: Wales were simply brilliant. They made an admittedly ropey Australian side look an absolute mess as they dominated from front to back and from start to finish in their 40-6 win.

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Australia

Player Ratings: Australia

OPINION: The Wallabies have fallen to a demoralising 6-40 defeat against Wales in Lyon, all but ending their hopes of World Cup glory.

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Australia

Wales v Australia RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Pool C match between Wales and Australia at OL Stadium in Lyon.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Pressure now on Boks in play-off race

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber talks about the consequences of his team's deflating 8-13 loss to Ireland in Paris at the weekend.

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Scotland

Scotland v Tonga RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Pool B match between Scotland and Tonga at Stade de Nice.

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Scotland

Player Ratings: Scotland

OPINION: Scotland’s improbable route to the knockout phase of the Rugby World Cup is still alive after a 45-17 bonus point win over Tonga in Nice.

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Scotland

Big win for Scotland as they bag bonus point

MATCH REPORT: Scotland kept their quarterfinal hopes alive with a superb 45-17 victory over Samoa scoring seven beautifully crafted tries in the process at Stade de Nice on Sunday.

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South Africa

Pollard is not Superman

REACTION: Veteran flyhalf Handre Pollard will feature for South Africa in the 'must-win' World Cup Pool B match against Tonga at Stade de Marseille next Sunday.

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France

Stats reveal how valuable Dupont is for France

STAT ATTACK: Scrumhalf Antoine Dupont has played an integral role in France's rise over the last few years and he is now widely regarded as the world's best player.

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Italy

Italy hooker ruled out of World Cup

SQUAD UPDATE: Italy hooker Luca Bigi has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup with an injury to the adductor muscle in his right leg, the Italian federation announced Sunday.

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Ireland

Three things that augur well for Ireland's World Cup hopes

SPOTLIGHT: Ireland's epic 13-8 victory over defending champions South Africa had all the ingredients to suggest they could at last be able to erase years of World Cup disappointment.

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Ireland

Rassie says 'sorry' and sends message to ref Ben O'Keeffe

REACTION: Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus took some time on social media to apologise to South African fans and send a message to referee Ben O'Keefe after the Springboks' crunch World Cup match against Ireland on Saturday.

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Australia

Win or lose, seems Eddie will be on his way

NEWS: Eddie Jones has been interviewed to take over as Japan coach, reports said Sunday, casting doubt over his future in the middle of Australia's stuttering World Cup campaign.

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England

Five tries for Arundell as England thrash Chile

MATCH REPORT: England scored eleven tries on the trot as they disposed of Chile in their Pool D match at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille on Saturday with wing Henry Arundell crossing the white wash five times in their 71-0 win over the South Americans.

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England

Coach hails Farrell, Smith as Red Rose inch to quarters

REACTION: Steve Borthwick hailed Owen Farrell and Marcus Smith for mixing England a mouthwatering attacking cocktail in the 71-0 Rugby World Cup hammering of Chile.

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Ireland

VIDEO: 'This one was right up there'

REACTION: Ireland moved to the brink of the World Cup quarterfinals by beating reigning champions South Africa 13-8 in a low-scoring but thoroughly absorbing match at the Stade de France on Saturday.

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Ireland

VIDEO: 'Goal-kicking did not cost us the game'

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber addresses the 'elephant in the room' - his team's sub-par and erratic goal-kicking.

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South Africa

Player Ratings: South Africa

OPINION: The Springboks will be kicking themselves that they didn't convert more opportunities into points in Saturday's World Pool B encounter against Ireland in Saint-Denis.

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Ireland

Player Ratings: Ireland

OPINION: Ireland have secured a titanic 13-8 win over the Springboks in Paris to give themselves the best possible chance of topping Pool B at the Rugby World Cup – and earning a quarterfinal against the All Blacks.

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Latest News

Ireland put down big marker against Boks in Paris

MATCH REPORT: Ireland made a big statement, beating the defending champions Springboks 13-8 at Stade de France in Saint-Denis on Saturday.

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South Africa

South Africa v Ireland RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Ireland at Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

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England

Player Ratings: England

Before this one-sided fixture was won 71-0, England had managed just 22 tries in 11 games under Borthwick, on average a try every 40 minutes, and their best single-game haul was the five scored against Italy in game two of the head coach’s tenure. So ugly was their play for long periods last Sunday in Nice that they even were loudly booed with Japan still alive and that result in the balance.

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Argentina

Los Pumas was always in control says coach

REACTION: Los Pumas assistant coach Juan Fernández Lobbe reckons the Argentinians were always in control of the game in their 19-10 victory over Samoa in their Pool D match at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne on Saturday.

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Samoa

Player Ratings: Samoa

Manu Samoa has fallen to their first loss of the World Cup, going down 19-10 to Argentina in Saint Etienne.

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Argentina

Player Ratings: Argentina

Los Pumas are still alive at the Rugby World Cup after sneaking past a valiant Samoa outfit 19-10 in Saint-Etienne on Friday evening.

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Georgia

Portugal suffer late heartbreak against Georgia

MATCH REPORT: Raffaele Storti scored two tries to help Portugal to an 18-18 draw with Georgia on Saturday, but Nuno Sousa Guedes missed an injury-time penalty that would have handed them a first-ever World Cup victory.

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Georgia

Georgia v Portugal - Teams and Prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND THREE: Georgia and Portugal will be hoping to secure their first points of the World Cup when they face off in their Pool C clash early on Saturday afternoon.

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Latest News

Scotland v Tonga - teams and prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND THREE: Scotland face a must-win clash with Tonga in Nice on Sunday to stay in contention for a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.

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Australia

Wales v Australia - Teams and Prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND THREE: Wallaby head coach Eddie Jones says his team is in a good position to right the wrongs and bounce back in their must-win World Cup Pool C clash against Wales on Sunday.

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France

Dupont update: What the FFR statement means

NEWS: Antoine Dupont's race to be fit in time for the closing stages of the World Cup with France got underway late on Friday.

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News

The Boerie Broers

ON THE SIDELINE: Many teams at World Cup 2023 have been cooking food together and Scotland are the latest to get in on the action.

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Second Phase

The Big Jim show LIVE from pitch side!

WATCH the pre-match show ahead of the #BIG Ireland versus South Africa crunch Pool B match at Stade de France in Paris on Saturday.

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Ireland

VIDEO: Boks geared for 'four seasons in one day'

WATCH as South African assistant coach Mzwandile Stick explains why a sudden change in conditions won't discourage the Springboks in their World Cup Pool B crunch encounter with Ireland.

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France

More tests as France sweat over Dupont

UPDATE: France's talisman and captain Antoine Dupont was set to undergo new tests, after suffering a facial fracture in the win against Namibia this past Thursday.

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Argentina

Argentina's Boffelli sinks Samoa

MATCH REPORT: Emiliano Boffelli steered Argentina to a 19-10 victory over Samoa after scoring all the points in their Pool D match at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne on Saturday.

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Argentina

Argentina v Samoa RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Pool D match between Argentina and Samoa at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne

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Second Phase

LIVE FROM PARIS: @king365ed on the Stade de France Le Crunch

LISTEN as Cape Talk radio presenter Clarence Ford chats to @king365ed about all things Springbok and the World Cup!

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England

England's classy message to injured Dupont

REACTION: England defence coach Kevin Sinfield said on Friday he expects France captain Antoine Dupont to return quickly from the facial fracture he suffered in the host nation's rout of Namibia.

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England

England v Chile - Teams and Prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND THREE: Former winners England face Chile for the first time in the World Cup on Saturday with all eyes on the returning Owen Farrell.

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Scotland

Four changes for Scotland's battle with Tonga

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has made four changes to his starting side to face Tonga in Pool B at Stade de Nice on Sunday.

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Australia

New captain for new-look Wales

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named his 23-man squad to face Australia in Pool C in Lyon on Sunday.

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Australia

Wallabies switch it up for must-win against Wales

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Wallabies vice-captain Tate McDermott and fullback Andrew Kellaway have been named to start for the Wallabies against Wales in Lyon on Sunday.

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France

Dupont update: France hold out hope

BREAKING: France captain Antoine Dupont sustained a facial fracture in the record victory over Namibia.

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France

Dupont has 'suspected broken jaw'

REACTION: France scrumhalf Antoine Dupont may have broken his jaw in a high tackle that forced him off the pitch in the 96-0 World Cup thrashing of Namibia.

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Ireland

Ireland v South Africa - teams and prediction

PREVIEW: The feature match of Round Three. It is Ireland versus South Africa in their first-ever encounter at a World Cup at Stade de France in Paris on Saturday.

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France

Player Ratings: France

OPINION: After a rusty second match that saw France’s reserves struggle to shake a feisty Uruguay side, Les Bleus have put Namibia to the sword to right the ship ahead of a well-earned rest week.

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France

Dupont injury mars France's record win over Namibia

MATCH REPORT: France climbed to the summit of Pool A with a comfortable 96-0 win over Namibia at Stade de Marseille on Thursday.

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France

France v Namibia RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Pool A match between France and Namibia at Stade de Marseille.

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Wales

Springbok star Vermeulen's post-World Cup plan revealed

NEWS: South African World Cup winner Duane Vermeulen and Argentine back row star Pablo Matera will join up with the Barbarians squad following the World Cup in France. 

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Ireland

Ireland 'toyed' with the idea of seven backs on the bench

WATCH as Ireland coach Andy Farrell gives his takes on South Africa's seven-one bench split and if they considered something similar.

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England

He is back to lead England

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Flyhalf Owen Farrell will captain England against Chile on his return from a ban for this weekend's World Cup pool game.

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South Africa

VIDEO: 'Why are you banned from Uber?'

BOKS OFFICE: Host Hanyani Shimange is joined by Springboks legends Jean de Villiers, Schalk Burger and Bryan Habana to review South Africa's World Cup 2023 thrashing of Romania and their match up with Ireland this weekend.

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Ireland

VIDEO: Siya opens up about 'ingenious innovators' that drive Bok success

WATCH as Springbok captain Siya Kolisi speaks about the importance of the 'innovative' approach by coach Jacques Nienaber and Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus.

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Ireland

Milestone for Aki as Ireland face Springboks

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Head Coach Andy Farrell has named his Ireland squad for Saturday's World Cup showdown against South Africa at the Stade de France.

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Australia

Young Wallaby pivot to lose out on Wales clash

NEWS: Young playmaker Carter Gordon is set to pay the price for the Wallabies' shock World Cup loss to Fiji, demoted to the bench for their must-win clash with Wales.

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Ireland

VIDEO: Irish legend reveals blueprint to beat Springboks

WATCH as former Ireland flyhalf Ronan O’Gara shared his insight on how Ireland might go about succeeding South Africa’s renowned rush defence.

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Argentina

Argentina v Samoa - Teams and Prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND THREE: Samoa will be looking to win their opening two pool matches for only the third time when they face Argentina in their Pool D World Cup clash at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne on Friday.

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Australia

The big question facing Eddie Jones ahead of Wales

SPOTLIGHT: Despite their World Cup hopes hanging by a thread, the Wallabies are in the dark about who will lead the side in one of the biggest games in Australian rugby history.

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Ireland

VIDEO: Boks have hit their 'sweet spot'

WATCH Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber talks about the role 'experience' will play in the World Cup Pool B decider between South Africa and Ireland in Paris on Saturday.

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Italy

How Italy produced a gritty comeback win against Uruguay

REACTION: Italy captain Michele Lamaro praised his team for "embracing the challenge" of a 10-point half-time deficit to run out convincing 38-17 World Cup Pool A winners over Uruguay in Nice on Wednesday.

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Italy

Italy's second-half surge too much for gutsy Uruguay

MATCH REPORT: Italy had to produce a strong second-half performance to see off a gutsy Uruguayan side 38-17 in their World Cup Pool A clash in Nice on Wednesday.

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Argentina

Los Pumas change three for Samoa

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Veteran Matias Moroni was one of three changes made to the Argentina team announced on Wednesday by head coach Michael Cheika to play Samoa in the World Cup this weekend.

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Ireland

'Hindsight' will have last laugh over seven-one split

INTERVIEW: South African coach Jacques Nienaber not only caused a stir, but ensured there is a massive talking point in the build-up to their World Cup Pool B crunch match against Ireland.

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Australia

Injury adds to Wallabies' already long #RWC2023 woes

INJURY UPDATE: Uncapped Wallabies rookie Max Jorgensen has been ruled out of the World Cup in France after the youngster fractured his leg at training, with the Australians set to bring in a medical replacement.

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Ireland

Jean Kleyn: Did Ireland miss a trick with Munster monster?

SPOTLIGHT: Ireland coach Andy Farrell may come to rue the decision not to follow the 'guidelines' of his predecessor, Joe Schmidt, and call up Jean Kleyn for the 2023 World Cup.

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Australia

Wales wary of 'wounded' Wallabies

SPOTLIGHT: Wales assistant coach Jonathan Thomas warned on Wednesday that Australia would be like a "wounded animal" before this weekend's high-stakes World Cup game in Lyon.

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France

France v Namibia - Teams and Prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND THREE: France coach Fabien Galthie is taking inspiration from Charles Darwin to prepare for minnows Namibia in Marseille on Thursday in what should be a further step to topping Pool A in the World Cup.

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France

France get some key players back

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Prop Cyril Baille and centre Jonathan Danty make their comeback from injuries after being named in the France team to face Namibia in their third World Cup match in Marseille on Thursday.

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Ireland

VIDEO: Libbok v Sexton - the key aspects of the face-off

WATCH as Springbok flyhalf Manie Libbok speaks about his face-off with Irish legend Johnny Sexton - one of the key aspects of Saturday's World Cup Pool B crunch match in Paris.

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South Africa

Confident Springbok Women side await Barbarians

SPOTLIGHT: The way the Springbok Women – and especially their pack of forwards – rallied when under severe pressure made their hard-fought victory over the San Clemente Rhinos very rewarding.

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Australia

It was never going to be an easy ride for Eddie Jones

SPOTLIGHT: Eddie Jones knew taking on the Wallabies' job for a second time would be difficult but an early exit was surely never on the veteran coach's World Cup bingo card.

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Ireland

Ireland star on Boks: 'I remember being shocked at just the sheer size of them'

SPOTLIGHT: Irish loose forward Caelan Doris says he is confident Ireland's attack can inflict serious damage on defending champions South Africa if they match them for physicality in their World Cup Pool B match on Saturday.

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Ireland

VIDEO: Nienaber explains his 'calculated risk'

WATCH as South African coach Jacques Nienaber explains his decision to employ a loaded bench with seven forwards against Ireland.

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Ireland

VIDEO: Ireland report clean bill of health ahead of Springboks

INJURY UPDATE: All 33 members of Andy Farrell’s Ireland squad trained on Tuesday ahead of the World Cup showdown with the Springboks in Paris.

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News

VIDEO: Stormers drop new kit

WATCH as the Stormers revealed their new jersey which is inspired by the passion of their faithful fans. 

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South Africa

Breaking! Boks employ seven-one split for Ireland showdown

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber made 13 personnel changes for Saturday’s third World Cup pool encounter against Ireland.

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South Africa

World Rankings: Will there be a change at the top?

SPOTLIGHT: World Rugby has published the ranking permutations for the third round of World Cup matches in France.

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England

Marler: No trophy for 'finesse' at World Cup

SPOTLIGHT: People do not remember how you played, they only remember whether or not you win the World Cup.

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Australia

Eddie Jones: 'We are all still searching for answers'

SPOTLIGHT: Australia's World Cup-defining clash with Wales can't come soon enough for Wallaby coach Eddie Jones, who is still searching for answers about their historic loss to Fiji.

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Ireland

'They’re causing big problems': Ireland put a spotlight on Bok game-breakers

SPOTLIGHT: Ireland assistant coach Mike Catt admits that his team will have a tough battle on their hands trying to stop some of the Springboks' key backline players.

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Italy

Italy v Uruguay - teams and prediction

PREVIEW: Italy head into Wednesday's World Cup match against Uruguay in the knowledge that the South Americans will likely have targeted them rather than Pool A heavyweights France and New Zealand.

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Ireland

'Whenever Johnny is in the team a lot of things happen'

INTERVIEW: Ireland versus South Africa at Stade de France is building up to be as big and intense occasion as the opening World Cup match between hosts France and New Zealand.

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England

England in an enviable position with their playmakers

SPOTLIGHT: England coach Steve Borthwick finds himself in the enviable position of overseeing a wealth of riches at fly-half as a returning Owen Farrell joins the mix alongside George Ford and Marcus Smith in the contest to start at No 10.

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South Africa

IN PICTURES: Another new Bok kit, another debate

SPOTLIGHT: South Africa will play in their third different jersey at the World Cup, when they face off against Ireland in a crunch Pool B match in Paris on Saturday.

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Australia

Jones keeping cards close to his chest on flyhalf dilemma

NEWS: Coach Eddie Jones has vowed to protect the Wallabies flyhalf in their sudden-death World Cup pool clash with Wales, although he's yet to reveal if that will be Carter Gordon.

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Fiji

Drua behind Fiji's successful World Cup performance

NEWS: Fiji ended a 69-year hoodoo by securing a crucial World Cup win over Australia on Sunday, confirming their status as many people's dark horses for the tournament in France.

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Ireland

'They’re all supporting Ireland': SA-born star's family has switched allegiance

SPOTLIGHT: There will be a few South Africans supporting Ireland when they face the Springboks in their crunch Pool B clash at the Stade de France.

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Ireland

Why pollard won't face Ireland

INTERVIEW: Handre Pollard will #NOT play for South Africa against Ireland in a crunch Pool B World Cup match in Paris on Sunday.

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New Zealand

New Zealand prop learns his fate after red card against Namibia

DISCIPLINARY UPDATE: New Zealand prop Ethan de Groot will miss his team's remaining pool games after he received a ban for foul play in the 71-3 win over Namibia.

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News

Harare setback a 'very hard pill to swallow' for BlitzBoks

REACTION: The Springbok Sevens worked extremely hard to prepare for the Rugby Africa Olympic Games 2024 qualifiers which is why the 12-17 defeat against Kenya in the final was extremely disappointing and gut-wrenching for the squad.

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South Africa

Rassie addresses Ireland link

INTERVIEW: South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus on Monday formally addressed the ongoing and ever-growing rumours about his reported move to Ireland.

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Italy

Italian pivot on course for World Cup record

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Italy’s flyhalf Tommaso Allan is on course to become his country’s all-time leading World Cup points scorer when his side faces Uruguay in Pool A at Stade de Nice on Wednesday.

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Cheetahs en route to Perth and big prize money

NEWS: The Cheetahs are on a quest to win R1 million after bagging the first two games of the Challenge Series against the Western Force as they head to Perth next week for the last two games of the series.

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Fiji

World Rankings: Wallabies fall, Fiji rise

SPOTLIGHT: Fiji’s first win over Australia since 1954 has been rewarded with a one-place gain in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings.

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England

Do or die for Brave Blossoms from here on in

REACTION: Facing an experienced Test side will always be a challenge for a team like Japan and sometimes the Brave Blossoms need a bit of luck as well, said their coach Jamie Joseph.

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Australia

VIDEO: Eddie Jones hits back at Sonny Bill's comments

REACTION: Wallaby head coach Eddie Jones stood his ground after he was criticised for the lack of experienced playmakers in his squad.

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Ireland

Ireland bracing for 'tricky little things' from Nienaber

SPOTLIGHT: Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray has warned his teammates that if there is one thing he knows about South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber from his time at Munster, it is to expect the unexpected.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Bok team to face Ireland has already been 'selected'

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber explains to @king365ed why they have already made up their collective minds about the team to face Ireland.

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OPINION

Player Ratings: England

OPINION: First, the good news on a balmy night on the French Riviera England eventually won 34-12 to chalk up back-to-back victories for only the second time in this underwhelming Steve Borthwick era, while they also managed to avoid card trouble and keep 15 players on the pitch for the full 80.

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OPINION

Player Ratings: Japan

OPINION: Despite a promising start to the game, Japan have fallen to a disheartening 12-34 loss to England in Nice on Sunday.

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England

England one step closer to top Pool D

MATCH REPORT: England laboured to a 34-12 victory over Japan in their second World Cup match in Nice on Sunday to set themselves up as likely Pool D winners.

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South Africa

CONFIRMED: Pollard is back

BREAKING NEWS: As was expected, flyhalf Handre Pollard will join the Springbok team in Paris on Monday.

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OPINION

Player ratings: Fiji

OPINION: After the tight loss to Wales last week, Fiji responded with an emphatic 22-15 win against the Wallabies in Saint Etienne to shake up Pool C.

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OPINION

Player Ratings: Australia

OPINION: Australia’s Rugby World Cup campaign hangs in the balance after losing to Fiji for the first time since 1954 on Sunday evening. The Wallabies were beaten 22-15 in Saint-Etienne.

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Fiji

Fiji rewrites history books with historic win

MATCH REPORT: Fiji has pulled off another famous victory by beating Australia 22-15 for the first time in 69 years at the World Cup in Saint Etienne.

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Australia

Australia v Fiji RECAP| World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Pool C match between Australia and Fiji at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne.

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OPINION

Player Ratings: South Africa

OPINION: The Springboks continued to fine-tune their squad as they recorded a comfortable 76-0 win over Romania in their second World Cup pool match on Sunday

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South Africa

BREAKING: Another knee injury in the Bok camp

INJURY UPDATE: Another key player in the Springbok camp has gone down with a knee injury.

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South Africa

Springboks run rampant in Bordeaux

MATCH REPORT: The Springboks never went into overdrive as they disposed of Romania in their second Pool B World Cup match in Bordeaux on Sunday, stacking up 12 tries in their 76-0 victory.

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South Africa

South Africa v Romania RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Romania at Stade de Bordeaux.

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Australia

Wallaby star not keen on breaking Gregan's record

SPOTLIGHT: Already Australia's longest-serving prop, James Slipper says he's not sure if he wants to go past George Gregan's record as the most capped Wallabies player.

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Namibia

All Black prop faces ban following brutal hit against Namibia

The All Blacks are likely to be without Ethan de Groot for their third Pool A fixture at the World Cup after he received a red card in New Zealand's thumping win over Namibia.

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Portugal

Portugal wing in hot water over Kung-Fu kick

NEWS: Portugal wing Vincent Pinto will appear before an independent Judicial Committee in Paris after he received a red card for kicking Wales’ wing Josh Adams in the face during the World Cup match in Nice on Friday.

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Australia

VIDEO: Eddie Jones' big 'power play'

INTERVIEW: The game's global governing body has turned the sport into a power contest at the World Cup, according to outspoken Australia coach Eddie Jones.

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Australia

Wallaby hooker ready to lead Wallabies if Skelton's out

NEWS: Late-blooming hooker Dave Porecki will become the sixth Wallabies captain of the year should lock Will Skelton miss Australia's World Cup clash with Fiji as expected.

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Latest News

Huge milestone for Aimee, Booi against Kenya

NEWS: South African referee Aimee Barrett-Theron made history in Cape Town on Saturday, equaling Englands’ Sara Cox as the most-capped women’s referee of all time when she officiated the Test between the Springbok Women’s team and Kenia in her 35th Test.

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Ireland

VIDEO: Kleyn looking forward to 'bizarre' opportunity

WATCH as dual international Jean Kleyn speaks about the unique opportunity of featuring in back-to-back World Cups for different countries.

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Ireland

VIDEO: 'My son is more excited about record than me'

REACTION: Johnny Sexton said his son will be talking more about his dad becoming Ireland's record points scorer than he will after the Ireland captain recorded another remarkable personal milestone on Saturday.

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Ireland

Sexton sets new record as Ireland storm past Tonga

MATCH REPORT: Johnny Sexton became Ireland's all-time leading points scorer in a 59-16 win over Tonga in Nantes

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Ireland

Ireland v Tonga RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Pool B match between Ireland and Tonga at Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes.

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Portugal

Wales bag late bonus-point win over Portugal

MATCH REPORT: Wales managed to keep their winning World Cup run intact, recording a hard-fought 28-8 victory over Portugal at the Stade de Nice on Saturday.

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OPINION

Player Ratings: Wales

OPINION: Wales made it two wins from two on Saturday against Portugal in Nice, but it was far from a vintage performance.

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Samoa

Samoa kicks off with five-try victory

MATCH REPORT: Samoa started their World Cup 2023 journey with a five-try 43-10 Pool D victory over Chile at Stade de Bordeaux on Saturday.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Boks keeping a close eye on #RWC2023 rivals

WATCH Springbok skipper Siya Kolisi and fellow World Cup winners Eben Etzebeth and Cheslin Kolbe enjoying some World Cup action between Samoa and Chile on Saturday.

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South Africa

VIDEOS: Boks provide big update on star player

WATCH as a Springbok returns to training after injury and surprises the coaching staff with his vigour.

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New Zealand

New Zealand's 'quiet assassin' lays down marker

SPOTLIGHT: Aaron Smith might be firmly ensconced as New Zealand's number one scrumhalf, but "quiet assassin" Cam Roigard laid down a marker in the win over Namibia that could easily see him promoted to the veteran's deputy.

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Australia

Wallabies captain absent at team photo

NEWS: The Wallabies insist they haven't made a final call on injured captain Will Skelton for their World Cup clash with Fiji, however the giant lock was missing from their final training session ahead of the pivotal game.

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Namibia

Namibia centre under the knife

NEWS: Namibia centre Le Roux Malan has undergone "successful" surgery after suffering a fracture and dislocation to his right ankle, according to coach Allister Coetzee.

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Australia

Australia v Fiji - Teams and Prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND TWO: History is not on Fiji's side when they tackle Australia in their World Cup pool C in Saint Etienne on Sunday.

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Namibia

'It has to be much earlier': Coetzee's message to the rugby world

REACTION: Namibia head coach Allister Coetzee knows exactly what needs to happen over the next few years for his team to be more competitive on the international stage.

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Namibia

'It allowed us to pick and choose how we play'

REACTION: Early forward dominance allowed All Black halfbacks Cam Roigard and Damian McKenzie to run the show in a 71-3 hammering of Namibia in the World Cup in Toulouse on Friday.

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England

England v Japan - teams and prediction

PREVIEW: England will bid to build on their impressive opening World Cup win over Argentina when they take on Japan in Nice on Sunday.

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Romania

South Africa v Romania - teams and prediction

PREVIEW: @king365ed looks at the World Cup Round Two face-off between South Africa and Romania in Bordeaux.

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South Africa

EXPLAINED: Why calling up Pollard makes sense

SPOTLIGHT: World Cup-winning flyhalf Handré Pollard took a giant leap closer to being called up to the Springbok team - in place of the injured hooker Malcolm Marx - after a successful comeback from injury.

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OPINION

Player Ratings: New Zealand

OPINION: The All Blacks have cantered to a 71-3 win over Namibia in Toulouse to get their World Cup campaign back on track following last weekend’s loss to France.

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Namibia

All Blacks cruise past hapless Namibia

MATCH REPORT: New Zealand bounced back in sublime fashion, beating Namibia 71-3 in the World Cup Pool A match at Stadium de Toulouse on Friday.

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New Zealand

New Zealand v Namibia RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Pool A match between New Zealand and Namibia at Stadium de Toulouse.

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England

England tweaks for Japan

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Head coach Steve Borthwick has named his England team to play Japan in their second pool match of World Cup 2023 at Stade de Nice.

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France

'We have to see what went wrong': France's discipline under the spotlight

REACTION: After an impressive tournament-opening win over New Zealand last week many thought Fabien Galthie's France would have no problems against Uruguay in their second World Cup fixture.

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Portugal

Wales v Portugal - teams and prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND TWO: A much-changed Wales will bid to rack up some points and consolidate their unbeaten status in World Cup Pool C when they take on Portugal in Nice on Saturday.

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Samoa

Samoa v Chile - Teams and Prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND TWO: Samoa fullback Duncan Paia'aua said his side are "fired up" to start their World Cup campaign against Chile on Saturday.

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Ireland

Ireland v Tonga - Teams and Prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND TWO: Despite opening their World Cup campaign with a huge win over Romania, Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has called on his team to be more ruthless in their second pool match against Tonga.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Bok replacements - 'Handré is in the mix'

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber explains the process to decide on a replacement for the injured Malcolm Marx and potential candidates.

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South Africa

'You can only be enthusiastic': Romania bring in 'experience' for Bok showdown

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Romania loose forward Andre Gorin will make his World Cup debut this weekend at the age of 35 against holders South Africa, head coach Eugen Apjok announced on Friday.

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South Africa

SARU to take drastic steps to protect Boks brand

NEWS: The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has warned that it will take legal action against companies that ambush its intellectual property (IP) rights after securing a court order restraining Eskort from continuing a marketing campaign using the Springboks brand and IP.

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Australia

Injuries force Eddie's hand as Fiji looms

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Test centurion James Slipper will become the third Australian to play in four World Cups named to start at tighthead prop in the Wallabies second Pool C game against Fiji in Saint-Etienne on Sunday.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Revealed - the 'freak accident' that cost Marx his World Cup spot

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber explains exactly what happened during the training ground mishap that ruled Malcolm Marx out of the World Cup.

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Ireland

Sexton starts again as Ireland make four changes for Tonga

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has revealed his team to face Tonga in their World Cup Pool B clash in Nantes on Saturday.

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OPINION

Player Ratings: France

OPINION: France beat Uruguay 27-12 in a game that surprised many, as Uruguay threatened and France failed to rack up the kind of score fans might have expected.

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South Africa

'Like him or not, Manie is doing amazing things'

"Whether you like him or not, Manie Libbok is doing amazing things on the field."

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France

Spirited Uruguay give France a massive scare in Lille

MATCH REPORT: A spirited Uruguayan team pushed France all the way in their World Cup Pool A clash in Lille on Thursday.

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South Africa

Jake White on Marx's replacement: 'There's no debate'

OPINION: Bulls Director of Rugby and former Springbok coach Jake White picks his replacement for the injured Malcolm Marx in the Bok squad.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Schalk - Boks no longer 'one-trick ponies'

WATCH as Springbok legend Schalk Burger joins Jim Hamilton for a walk and talk along the coast of Marseille.

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Wales

'Don't write us off': Gatland's stern warning

Warren Gatland transformed Wales into an ultra-competitive team when he took over as coach and the Kiwi is again relying on turning the Welsh side into one that is "bloody hard" to beat.

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Scotland

Scotland player heads home after hotel accident

NEWS: Scotland hooker David Cherry has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup after suffering a head injury when he slipped on stairs at the team hotel, the Scottish rugby federation announced Thursday.

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News

'Incredibly consistent performer' returns to Stormers

TRANSFER NEWS: Loosehead prop Sti Sithole is back where it all began on his professional rugby journey, having signed with the Stormers.

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Australia

Wallaby star under under injury cloud ahead of Fiji showdown

SPOTLIGHT: The Wallabies' front row stocks to face Fiji have taken a hit with key strike weapon Taniela Tupou under an injury cloud ahead of their crucial World Cup pool match in Saint-Etienne.

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New Zealand

New Zealand v Namibia - Teams and Prediction

WORLD CUP, ROUND TWO: New Zealand's bid to bounce back following their opening World Cup defeat by France will be accompanied by a gigantic task for Allister Coetzee's Namibia side.

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South Africa

Bok superstar ruled out of World Cup

NEWS: The Springboks suffered a hammer blow with the news that one of their key players has been ruled out of the World Cup.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Explained - four scrumhalves and Faf's new role

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber unpacks the reasons behind the selection of four scrumhalves in the matchday squad to face Romania in Bordeaux.

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News

National anthems get a remix ahead of second round of RWC matches

NEWS: World Cup 2023 organisers confirmed that "enhancements" have been made to national anthems.

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Ireland

VIDEO: Two Boks in doubt for Ireland Test

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber gives an injury update and it is not good news.

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Argentina

'We must face this': Los Pumas to bring out fighting spirit

SPOTLIGHT: Argentina are a strong unit who will bounce back from their disappointing performance in the 27-10 World Cup loss to 14-man England, veteran hooker Agustin Creevy said on Wednesday.

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Namibia

Foster opts for new captain to face Namibia

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: All Blacks coach Ian Foster has named Ardie Savea as captain to lead the side in their second World Cup pool game to face Namibia in Stadium de Toulouse on Friday evening.

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South Africa

Four scrumhalves in Bok matchday squad for Romania match

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber has revealed his matchday squad to face Romania in Sunday's World Cup Pool B clash in Bordeaux.

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Portugal

Four World Cup debutants for Wales' clash with Os Lobos

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Wales coach Warren Gatland has made 13 changes to the starting XV to play Portugal in their second World Cup Pool C match in Nice on Saturday.

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Argentina

World Cup second round: Small margins for ranking changes

NEWS: In terms of ranking permutations, it will be a relatively quiet weekend of World Cup action with only two out of eight games that can have an impact.

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New Zealand

All Black coach's subtle dig at Boks and their 'disco lights'

REACTION: The All Blacks will not be following in the Springboks' footsteps anytime soon when it comes to innovative ideas to get messages across to players during games.

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New Zealand

'Wallabies like cousins, Kiwis my real family' says Hansen

SPOTLIGHT: Steve Hansen has been at the World Cup five times as a coach, but this time round he is there as an advisor and spectator.

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United Rugby Championship

Smith sticks with Warriors till 2026

NEWS: Franco Smith, head coach of Glasgow Warriors, has put pen to paper on a new contract that will see him remain at Scotstoun until at least the summer of 2026.

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England

Former Bok fitness guru reveals England's master plan

SPOTLIGHT: England's awful form leading into the World Cup in France was part of a fitness master plan inspired by renowned Australian swim coach Bill Sweetenham.

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France

New captain, 12 changes for France

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Les Blues head coach Fabien Galthié has made 12 changes to his starting XV to face Uruguay in the World Cup in Stade de Pierre-Mauroy in Lille on Thursday.

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Ireland

Tonga to 'turn up the heat' on Ireland

INTERVIEW: Tongan fans "are getting warm" as the 'Ikale Tahi (Sea Eagles) prepare for their World Cup opening match with world ranked No.1 Ireland in Nantes on Saturday.

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France

France v Uruguay - Teams and Prediction

PREVIEW: France head coach Fabien Galthie may have made wholesale changes to his side for Thursday's World Cup game with Uruguay in Lille, but he refuses to take them lightly.

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South Africa

VIDEO: The scary thought that 'haunts' Bok

WATCH as utility forward Deon Fourie chats with @king365ed about the prospect of finally making a World Cup appearance and playing at hooker.

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News

The one key stat that explains why France won

STATISTICAL ANALYSES: Hosts France made a clear statement of intent, with a very 'miserly' approach to the game.

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Namibia

All Blacks wary of 'battle-hardened' Namibia

INTERVIEW: New Zealand scrum coach Greg Feek said his side expected Namibia's pack to put up a tough fight in their World Cup meeting.

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Latest News

The Bus parks at Moana Pasifika

TRANSFER NEWS: All Blacks wing Julian Savea, the joint record try-scorer in Super Rugby history, will play for Auckland-based franchise Moana Pasifika in the 2024 season.

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South Africa

VIDEO: The midfield puzzle that won't solve itself

WATCH as Springbok backline coach Felix Jones chats to @king365ed about the selection poser they have at No.12.

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France

Top tackler stat 'just my job' says Welsh lock

SPOTLIGHT: His tally might not have matched Thierry Dusautoir's match record of 38, but Wales lock Will Rowlands' 27 tackles were crucial in the nail-biting win over Fiji in both sides' World Cup opener.

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England

Another England star suspended

NEWS: England's Tom Curry has become the latest England player to receive a suspension for foul play.

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Scotland

What the stats say about Bok win

STATISTICAL ANALYSES: South Africa have the 'W' behind their name, but they were perhaps not as convincing as the 18-3 scoreline against Scotland suggest.

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Australia

'A special moment': Wallabies bracing for emotional onslaught against Fiji

SPOTLIGHT: Boosted by seven players with Fijian heritage in their World Cup squad, the Wallabies are preparing for a physical - and emotional - onslaught in their crucial World Cup pool clash against the Pacific islanders.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Double boost for Boks

PLAYER UPDATE: South Africa will have two key members of their squad available for the crunch World Cup pool match against Ireland.

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Scotland

The conversation that sparked Boks can't be made public

INTERVIEW: With a scrum and a pack of forwards functioning at only about 60 percent of their capacity, Daan Human had a few choice words to say to the South African team in Marseille at the weekend.

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Ireland

Ireland may have finally found Sexton's successor

SPOTLIGHT: The task of succeeding Irish talisman Johnny Sexton has been beyond some but in Jack Crowley Ireland may have at last found their man.

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New Zealand

Steve Hansen back in black

NEWS: Declining Eddie Jones's jovial offer of a gold jersey, Steve Hansen is back in black - and the Kiwi camp couldn't be happier.

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News

Stormers get a 'valuable asset in an important position'

SPOTLIGHT: Stormers head coach John Dobson has described his new recruit as a "valuable asset" for the upcoming season.

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Second Phase

World Cup Round One: All the extended highlights

WATCH as we bring you all the extended highlights from the opening weekend at World Cup 2023!

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South Africa

VIDEO: Siya on magic Manie's real value

WATCH the brilliant comebacks of Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber and captain Siya Kolisi after yet another parcel of criticism aimed at flyhalf Manie Libbok

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South Africa

LIVE FROM FRANCE: @king365ed on those disco lights

LISTEN as Cape Talk radio presenter Clarence Ford chats to @king365ed about all things Springbok and World Cup!

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New Zealand

All Blacks in no hurry to rush back captain

All Black captain Sam Cane and centre Jordie Barrett are set to spend another week on the sidelines due to injuries.

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Argentina

World Cup already affecting world rankings

NEWS: World Cup 2023 got off to a pulsating start this weekend with several changes to the top 20 in the world rankings.

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South Africa

VIDEO EVIDENCE: It wasn't direct head-to-head

REACTION: South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has come out in defence of veteran centre Jesse Kriel, in the wake of the fall-out in the United Kingdom media over a reported head clash.

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Fiji

Help rugby's 'poor' get richer says Fiji coach

REACTION: Head coach Simon Raiwalui said Fiji did the country proud, but admitted more Tests against SANZAAR or Six Nations unions will put them on a level playing field.

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Sevens

Familiar faces back with the Blitzboks

NEWS: Former Springbok wings Rosko Specman and Travis Ismaiel were both named in an experienced and multi-skilled Springbok Sevens squad that will travel to Harare on Thursday for the Africa Olympic Games qualifiers.

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South Africa

VIDEO: 'He would not have played anyway'

INJURY UPDATE: Star Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth is expected to be sidelined for seven to 10 days with a shoulder injury.

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Argentina

England coach on Ford's 'masterclass'

NEWS: Englands’ defence coach Kevin Sinfield says George Ford produced a ‘masterclass’ and was faultless in Englands' World Cup victory over Argentina on Saturday.

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Fiji

Wales leave Gatland 'pretty angry'

REACTION: Head coach Warren Gatland said Wales's nerve-wracking 32-26 victory over Fiji on Sunday in a pulsating World Cup match was "pretty significant" although he added he had been "pretty angry" at his side's chaotic end to the match.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Rassie's 'disco lights' are back ... with good reason

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber explains the return of the 'disco lights' as a means of communication with the players on the field.

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Fiji

Wales hang on to beat high-flying Fiji

MATCH REPORT: Wales survived a couple of nervy final minutes to record a 32-26 win over the Fiji in a pulsating encounter in Bordeaux on Sunday.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Boks sweat over key player

NEWS: The Springboks will be keeping a close eye on one of their star players in the coming days.

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OPINION

Player Ratings: Wales

OPINION: A single knock-on - that will be the reason many cite when trying to figure out how Wales won a match that they probably deserve to lose.

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OPINION

Player Ratings: Fiji

OPINION: The Fijians opened their World Cup against Wales in Bordeaux with a 26-32 loss that went right down to the wire.

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South Africa

Player Ratings: South Africa

OPINION: The Springboks were not at their best in their World Cup opener against Scotland on Sunday, but they still managed to outplay Gregor Townsend's side with their powerful forwards.

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Scotland

Player Ratings: Scotland

OPINION: Scotland were in the fight for 40 minutes, but fell away after the break as the defending champions took charge in Marseille.

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South Africa

Boks' slow poison wears down Scotland

MATCH REPORT: South Africa started their World Cup title defence with an 18-3 win over Scotland at Stade de Marseille.

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South Africa

South Africa v Scotland RECAP | World Cup

READERS' FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Scotland at Stade de Marseille.

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News

World Rugby and France 2023 issue statement on Stade de Marseille

NEWS: The France 2023 Organising Committee confirmed that it is taking steps to improve access to Stade de Marseille.

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England

Date set for England star's hearing after red card against Argentina

DISCIPLINARY NEWS: England loose forward Tom Curry will appear before an independent Judicial Committee after he received a red card in his team's World Cup opener against Argentina in Marseille on Saturday.

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Japan

Chile make Japan work hard in Toulouse heat

MATCH REPORT: Japan were made to work hard for their 42-12 win over debutants Chile in their World Cup Pool D match in Toulouse on Sunday.

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Australia

'Unpopular' Jones hails 'perfect' start

REACTION: Australia head coach Eddie Jones said Saturday's 35-15 victory over Georgia was the "perfect" start to the Wallabies' World Cup campaign.

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Argentina

George Ford show sinks lacklustre Argentina

MATCH REPORT: Three drop goals by George Ford sealed a brilliant victory for England as they disposed of Argentina by 27-10 with 14 players in their World Cup opener in Marseilles on Saturday night.

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Ireland

Three key points from Ireland v Romania

REACTION: Ireland recorded their best ever World Cup victory (82-8) over Romania. . We bring you three things learned from the match.

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Argentina

Where it all went wrong for Cheika

REACTION: Argentina coach Michael Cheika said nothing went the way of Los Pumas in a comprehensive 10-27 loss to a 14-man England side in both teams' World Cup Pool D opener on Saturday.

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Argentina

This Ford is the real deal

REACTION: England overcame a potentially dangerous World Cup opener against Argentina on Saturday thanks to the prolific boot of George Ford as Ireland welcomed back their dynamo Johnny Sexton.

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Argentina

Player ratings: Argentina

An ill-disciplined and error-riddled Argentina started their World Cup campaign disastrously in Marseille, losing to an England side that had their full complement of players for only the opening few minutes of the match.

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Argentina

Player ratings: England

England player ratings from Liam Heagney live in Marseille: This was the moment of truth, the night when it all supposed to become all right in the England tenure of Steve Borthwick and it miraculously did just that despite a red card for Tom Curry.

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Argentina

England v Argentina RECAP | World Cup

READERS' FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Pool D match between England and Argentina at Stade de Marseille.

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Scotland

VIDEO: 'It is down to business'

WATCH as Cheslin Kolbe previews South Africa's World Cup opener against Scotland in Marseille on Sunday.

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Australia

Player Ratings: Australia

OPINION: The Wallabies got back into winning ways with a 35-15 win over Georgia in their opening pool stage clash in Paris.

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Australia

Donaldson stars as Wallabies see off plucky Georgia

MATCH REPORT: The Wallabies recorded their first win of the year when they defeated Georgia 35-15 in their World Cup Pool C opener in Saint-Denis on Saturday.

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Ireland

Ireland opens #RWC2023 with 12-try romp

MATCH REPORT: Ireland made a big statement, beating Romania 82-8 at Stade de Bordeaux on Saturday.

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Scotland

South Africa v Scotland - teams and prediction

PREVIEW: @king365ed looks at the Round One, Pool B encounter between defending champions South Africa and Scotland!

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France

France receive some good news after beating All Blacks

SQUAD: France will be getting some key players back from injury ahead of their upcoming pool matches.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Boks have made peace with 'hyper jade' jersey

REACTION: The fans have gone into meltdown mode over South Africa's new away jersey, to be worn in their World Cup opener against Scotland in Marseille on Sunday.

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Italy

Italy outmuscle gutsy Namibia

MATCH REPORT: Italy's second-half show made sure they kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 52-8 win over Namibia at Stade Geoffrey-Guichard in Saint-Étienne on Saturday.

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Scotland

Scotland captain on Bok scrum: 'It doesn't smell good'

SPOTLIGHT: It seems that Scotland captain Jamie Ritchie is not looking forward to competing in the scrums against the Springboks.

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Japan

Japan v Chile - teams and prediction

PREVIEW: Japan are hoping that opening their World Cup campaign against tournament debutants Chile will give their Group D campaign in France a sense of deja vu.

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New Zealand

'Stats are stats': Foster on All Blacks' first-ever pool defeat

REACTION: The All Blacks found themselves on the wrong side of history in the opening match of the World Cup 2023 on Friday.

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France

'Heavy score in our favour' says Galthie

REACTION: Les Blues coach Fabien Galthie said his team was caught up by the atmosphere in the Stade de France stadium but he was proud of how his side disposed of the highly rated All Blacks in the World Cup opener on Friday night.

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Fiji

Wales v Fiji - Teams and prediction

PREVIEW: Wales open their World Cup campaign with a tricky Pool C match against a Fiji side brimming with confidence in Bordeaux on Sunday.

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France

Player Ratings: France

OPINION: A Mark Telea try gave New Zealand the lead just two minutes into the Rugby World Cup 2023 opening match in Paris, but France came back through the phenomenal boot of Tomas Ramos and some standout performances up front, resulting in the All Blacks‘ first ever pool loss in the tournament’s history.

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France

France hand All Blacks their first-ever World Cup pool defeat

MATCH REPORT: The All Blacks lost their first-ever World Cup pool match when they went down 13-27 to hosts France in this year's opener in Saint-Denis on Friday.

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New Zealand

Player Ratings: New Zealand

OPINION: In the opening match of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, it was the visitors New Zealand who struck first against hosts France, with Mark Telea touching down following a passage of strong attacking play from the All Blacks.

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France

France v New Zealand RECAP | World Cup

READERS' FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup opening match between hosts France and New Zealand at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

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France

Cane blow for All Blacks ahead of World Cup opener

NEWS: New Zealand captain Sam Cane was a late withdrawal for Friday's World Cup opener with France in Paris, according to the tournament organisers' official teamsheet.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Bad DJs and good music keep Boks grounded

WATCH as Springbok captain Siya Kolisi reveals who the team's 'best' disc jockey is and what music he listens to before matches.

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Australia

Australia v Georgia - Teams and Prediction

PREVIEW: Australian forward packs have previously relied on a combination of brains and brawn to get the better of their beefy rugby rivals, but not any more.

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Argentina

Four vying to be number one in World Rugby

OPINION: Ireland’s position as the leading team is under threat this weekend from South Africa, New Zealand and France.

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Scotland

VIDEO: 'We don't need to spy on anybody, we just analyse them'

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber addresses the grapevine whispering that has linked his team to a supposed 'spy scandal' at the World Cup in France.

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South Africa

Townsend reveals his Scotland hand for Bok clash

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Mercurial flyhalf Finn Russell will pull the strings for Scotland when they take on South Africa in Marseille on Sunday after coach Gregor Townsend named the squad for what is a crucial World Cup clash.

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Argentina

England v Argentina - Teams and Prediction

PREVIEW AND PREDICTION: England and Argentina will enter the World Cup fray in Marseilles on Saturday in what is widely regarded as the defining clash of Pool D. 

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Ireland

Ireland v Romania - Teams and Prediction

PREVIEW: Ireland begin their World Cup campaign against Romania in Bordeaux on Saturday and the Six Nations Grand Slam winners will want to deliver a performance that suggests they can at last progress beyond the quarterfinals.

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News

'A highly valuable acquisition': Stormers to tap into Bok's Euro knowledge

REACTION: Courtnall Skosan said that the opportunity to return to Cape Town and play for the Stormers was one that he couldn't pass up.

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Latest News

Bok's journey from Metallica to Mongolian throat-singing

INTERVIEW: RG Snyman is not your typical Springbok lock - neither in the type of game he plays nor in the way he carries himself.

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Argentina

Fit again flank returns for England opener against Argentina

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: England coach Steve Borthwick has put his trust in Alex Mitchell and Jonny May for the World Cup opener against Argentina in Marseilles on Saturday.

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Argentina

Los Pumas legend to face England in fourth World Cup

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Argentina coach Michael Cheika named an experienced side to play their World Cup Pool D opener against England in Marseille on Saturday.

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France

World Cup opener: Three key battles

SPOTLIGHT: Hosts France play New Zealand in the opening game of the World Cup on Friday in a highly-anticipated match-up between two of the tournament favourites.

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Scotland

Pieter de Villiers: 'No place to hide' for Boks

INTERVIEW: Pieter De Villiers, Scotland scrum coach, has warned his compatriots South Africa that there would be 'no place to hide' at Stade de Marseille on Sunday.

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Ireland

Sexton returns to lead powerful Ireland side

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Talisman Johnny Sexton will make his first competitive appearance since March this weekend after he was picked to captain Ireland in their World Cup opener against Romania.

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Italy

Italy v Namibia - Teams and Prediction

PREVIEW: Namibia's head coach Allister Coetzee picked an experienced line-up for the African nation's World Cup opener against Italy in Saint-Etienne this weekend.

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Fiji

Good, bad news for Gatland as he announces team to face Fiji

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Wales head coach Warren Gatland named an experienced side to face Fiji in Bordeaux on Sunday, with George North set to appear at his fourth World Cup.

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Scotland

The peril and pay-off of Toulon's heat for the Boks

SPOTLIGHT: Coach Jacques Nienaber was reluctant to share too much detail on the subject, but Toulon's searing heat - as dangerous as it is - is also an ally for South Africa.

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Australia

Eddie Jones reveals fullback shock for clash against Georgia

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Coach Eddie Jones has pulled another huge selection shock.

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France

'History is for us to write' says Ian Foster

NEWS: New Zealand head coach Ian Foster said on Thursday that his side is "at peace" with however France reacts to the Haka in the World Cup's opening game.

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News

SA Rugby sees light at the end of the tunnel for WPRFU

REACTION: SA Rugby CEO Rian Oberholzer says the sale of Newlands Stadium will be the final step in the process before the Western Province Rugby Football Union can return to its "traditional strength and stability".

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News

Former London Irish wing joins Stormers

NEWS: The Stormers have confirmed that former London Irish fullback Ben Loader has joined them ahead of the 2023/24 season.

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France

France v New Zealand - Teams and Prediction

RWC 2023 OPENER: The wait is finally over and we are now set to witness a humdinger between two giants of the game in Friday's opening match between hosts France and the All Blacks at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

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Ireland

Cotter shares his views on Romania's rugby future

NEWS: Minnows Romania can return to the days when they were a match for top-tier rugby teams like France if the government invests in the sport, 'The Oaks' consultant Vern Cotter has told AFP.

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Scotland

South Africa v Scotland: Tale of the tape

STATISTICAL INSIGHT: South Africa opens their World Cup title defence with a tricky encounter against Scotland at Stade de Marseille on Sunday.

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France

'These French boys have been waiting for this game for a long time'

INTERVIEW: New Zealand fullback Beauden Barrett believes the World Cup will be a "fantastic" event which he hopes will start with a revenge victory over hosts France in Friday's opening game.

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Argentina

The time is ripe with Dupont the French catalyst

TOURNAMENT PREVIEW: Dynamic scrumhalf Antoine Dupont will lead France into a home World Cup with hopes high that he can spark a first Northern Hemisphere victory in 20 years in the sport's quadrennial showpiece.

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France

Galthie brings in replacement for Danty to face Kiwis

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: France coach Fabien Galthie has named his side to face New Zealand in their World Cup opener this weekend at Stade de Francais.

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France

All Black team to face France without a Barrett

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: All Black coach Ian Foster picked a star studded side for their World Cup opener against hosts France at Stade de France on Friday.

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South Africa

VIDEO: The absence of Moodie and Kleyn explained

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber explains the absence of utility back Canan Moodie and lock Jean Kleyn from the matchday selection.

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News

WPRFU clubs come to their senses

NEWS: The future of the professional game in the Western Cape was 'saved' when the Western Province Rugby Football Union clubs finally came to their senses.

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France

France ready for #RWC2023 party

REACTION: France head coach Fabien Galthie said on Wednesday it was "an honour" for the host nation to play New Zealand in the World Cup's opening match as he named a team including Yoram Moefana.

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Australia

Wallabies get major boost for World Cup opener

INJURY UPDATE: Wallaby centre Samu Kerevi has been passed fit and is available for Australia's first game in the World Cup against Georgia, the team's scrum coach Neil Hatley said on Wednesday.

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Scotland

Breaking! Settled Boks team to face Scotland

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber has named his squad to take on Scotland in their World Cup 2023 opener on Sunday. 

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Ireland

Ireland better than 2015 team reckons O'Connell

SPOTLIGHT: Irish rugby legend Paul O'Connell hopes his memories of this World Cup will be happier than his final one as a player in 2015 when Ireland once again failed to get past the quarterfinals.

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Australia

No 'safety net' for next-gen Wallabies

The Wallabies no longer have a golden glow, but scrumhalf great Will Genia believes they can still shine at the World Cup 2023, saying Australia have more upside than other contenders.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Boks will have a 'good plan' to nullify Scottish scrum power

WATCH as veteran Springbok Steven Kitshoff sits down for a one-on-one with @king365ed ahead of their World Cup opener against Scotland on Sunday.

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New Zealand

'Fearless' France fancied by an All Black

INTERVIEW: When Sonny Bill Williams retired from the game, after the 2019 World Cup, he brought an end to one of the most glittering careers in the sport.

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News

World Rugby sends stern warning to online bullies during #RWC2023

NEWS: World Rugby announced that it will implement transformative measures to protect all match-day officials and team squad players from online abuse during the World Cup 2023 in France.

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Argentina

Crunching the numbers: Who has the most 'home-grown' players?

SPOTLIGHT: We decided to 'crunch the numbers' and see which country in World Cup 2023 has the most home-grown players and who the lead.

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Fiji

Big blow for Fiji ahead of World Cup opener

NEWS: Fiji flyhalf Caleb Muntz, who scored 15 points in the historic Test win over England last month, has been ruled out of the World Cup due to a knee injury, said coach Simon Raiwalui.

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Australia

Not guessing on the outcome of the World Cup says Eales

NEWS: John Eales knows what it takes to win a World Cup but the former Wallabies skipper says who will take this year's title in France is anyone's guess.

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News

Stephen Ferris’ surprise prediction for #RWC23

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Former Ireland and Ulster legend Stephen Ferris believes Ireland will go all the way to the final but South Africa will edge them to retain their World Cup title.

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England

England veteran still had a 'little dream' of going to France

NEWS: England scrumhalf Danny Care said he had never given up the "dream" of playing at another World Cup despite the pain of missing out four years ago.

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Australia

Georgia can sting, warns Wallaby lock

NEWS: Australian lock Richie Arnold says Australia will "get stung" if they under-estimate their first World Cup opponents Georgia on Saturday at the Stade de France.

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Wales

Good news for Wales' co-captain ahead of opener

NEWS: Wales co-captain Dewi Lake said on Tuesday he is fit to face Fiji in their opening World Cup game this weekend.

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Argentina

Schalk Brits picks his #RWC23 Champion

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Springbok hooker Schalk Brits has made some bold World Cup 2023 predictions.

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News

Kitshoff tops URC charts

NEWS: Springbok and Ulster-bound prop Steven Kitshoff has risen to the No.1 spot in the latest update to the United Rugby Championship Top 100.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Butchering Bok names - the lighter side of a French function

WATCH as the French master of ceremonies struggle with the pronunciation of South African names - as they do in most countries.

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Scotland

'We know what’s coming': Scott on Springboks' Bomb squad

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Scotland know exactly what to expect from South Africa in their World Cup 2023 opener on Sunday reveals lock Scott Cummings.

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France

The All Black hardman that 'fears' the French

INTERVIEW: Former New Zealand captain Wayne 'Buck' Shelford, often dubbed 'the hardest man to play the game', knows better than most the highs and lows of playing Les Bleus.

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Latest News

Webb-Ellis embraced by French as their own

SPOTLIGHT: William Webb-Ellis may or may not have been the creator of rugby but the residents of the French Riviera town of Menton where he is buried have embraced the Englishman as one of their own.

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France

Evolution of haka - from 'jingle bells' to fierce war dance

SPOTLIGHT: Before France takes on New Zealand in the opening game of the World Cup the hosts will have to face the ferocious challenge laid down by the All Blacks in the haka.

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South Africa

Scottish legend's rich praise for 'transformed' Boks

SPOTLIGHT: South Africa was formally welcomed to the World Cup in France at an unrivalled and an extravagant ceremony at La Tour Royale in Toulon on Monday.

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France

France lock: 'I am not a racist'

REACTION: French lock Bastien Chalureau on Monday rejected accusations he is a racist in an affair that has overshadowed hosts France's preparations for the World Cup.

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New Zealand

All Blacks sweat over key player ahead of World Cup opener

NEWS: The All Blacks could be without another key player when they face France in Friday's World Cup opener.

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England

Farrell: 'I made a mistake'

SPOTLIGHT: England captain Owen Farrell said he has accepted the "mistake" that will see him miss the start of the World Cup campaign, but remains excited for the tournament despite his side's dreadful form.

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New Zealand

Dan Carter explains why Pollard is a 'huge loss' for Springboks

SPOTLIGHT: All Black legend Dan Carter believes Handre Pollard's experience will be sorely missed in the Springbok squad during the World Cup.

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South Africa

VIDEO: 'Conditioned' Boks ready to turn up the heat in Marseille

WATCH as Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber unpacks the advantages of the pre-World Cup camp and looks forward towards the opening match against Scotland.

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Scotland

Russell opens up on uphill battle against Boks and Ireland

SPOTLIGHT: Scotland flyhalf Finn Russell says his side face an uphill battle to emerge from a stacked World Cup group that includes holders South Africa and the world's top-ranked side Ireland.

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News

'Excited to work with Morne Steyn': Lions lure Stormers No.10 to Jozi

TRANSFER NEWS: Promising Stormers flyhalf Kade Wolhuter has agreed to a loan deal with the Lions ahead of the 2023/24 United Rugby Championship season.

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New Zealand

The All Black pipeline missed this Barrett

SPOTLIGHT: A trio of Barrett brothers will play for New Zealand at the World Cup, but according to Beauden Barrett, a fourth sibling had also been on course to wear the famous All Blacks jersey until injury prematurely ended his career.

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Argentina

#RWC23: Five youngsters to watch

SPOTLIGHT: From in-form wings to a generational Georgian talent and a co-captain with just 11 caps to his name.

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South Africa

VIDEO: Why Boks are 'at home' in Toulon

WATCH as Springbok captain Siya Kolisi explains why they feel 'at home' in the port city of Toulon on the French Riviera on the Mediterranean coast.

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Wales great dead at 81

NEWS: Wales great David Watkins - the only man to captain the British Lions in both rugby union and rugby league - has died aged 81, it was announced Sunday.

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South Africa

The 'A-Team' to beat Scotland

OPINION: @king365ed puts his selection hat on and names the team he feels will be good enough to give the defending champions a wincing start at the World Cup.

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Latest News

Former Welsh star rushed to hospital during Ironman

NEWS: Former Wales loose forward Alix Popham was hospitalized with a suspected concussion while he was competing at the Wales Ironman.

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Japan

Japan ready to climb Everest in World Cup endeavour

SPOTLIGHT: Japan coach Jamie Joseph said that despite "a mass of problems" his team was preparing to scale Everest at the World Cup.

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Latest News

Boks settle in Toulon to get ready for World Cup kick-off

NEWS: The Springboks arrived at their World Cup base in Toulon on Sunday morning in high spirits after a ten-and-a-half-hour ferry overnight trip from Corsica.

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Latest News

VIDEO: Watch as Ronan O'Gara gets in a sideline scuffle

NEWS: A bizarre incident in the Top 14 clash between Clermont and La Rochelle has grabbed headlines after former Irish international and La Rochelle head coach Ronan O’Gara was attacked by an opposition player.

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Latest News

Hansen on 2019 World Cup: 'I have to take the blame'

Former All Black head coach Steve Hansen has opened up on the 2019 semifinal defeat to England which ended hopes of three consecutive World Cup titles.

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Wales

Gatland: 'We will suprise some people'

SPOTLIGHT: Warren Gatland faces a monumental task in his bid to take Wales to a third World Cup semifinal under his watch, but the Kiwi coach insists his team will do "something special" in France.

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South Africa

'We don't really care': Rassie addresses reaction to Boks' bench split

SPOTLIGHT: South Africa's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus says the Springbok camp didn’t pay much attention to all the outside noise around the make-up of their bench against the All Blacks at Twickenham.

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Fiji

Fiji not thinking about rankings says Raiwalui

NEWS: Fiji head coach Simon Raiwalui said on Saturday his side's record ranking of seventh has no impact on their preparation for the World Cup.

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New Zealand

VIDEO: All Blacks' World War tribute in France

SPOTLIGHT: For New Zealand forward Tamaiti Williams, a visit to a First World War cemetery ahead of the World Cup in France provided an unexpected and emotional link to his family heritage.

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News

Cheetahs too good for Force...again

REPORT: The Cheetahs made it two wins from two matches in the Challenge Series with a 27-12 win over the Western Force in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

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South Africa

Jake White on Boks' Twickers win: 'I can’t see it happening again'

Bulls Director of Rugby and former Springbok coach Jake White shares his thoughts on South Africa's record win over the All Blacks

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South Africa

'We could have selected 15 robots': Bok players get licence to thrill at RWC

SPOTLIGHT: Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber wants his players to express themselves in the best way possible at the World Cup, even if it means going a bit off script.

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South Africa

Gold Cup returns in 'FA Cup' style format

NEWS: The Gold Cup – featuring 32 teams from around South Africa – kicks off in September following a four-year hiatus and will introduce a new and exciting knock-out format, which has never been seen before in the nationwide club competition.

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South Africa

'They are not going to trouble the Boks': Ireland get some much-needed advice

SPOTLIGHT: Ireland need more players to step up as leaders to help talismanic skipper Johnny Sexton and play more expansively if they are to be genuine World Cup contenders, former Irish fullback Hugo MacNeill has told AFP.

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News

Western Force part ways with CEO

NEWS: The Western Force are on the lookout for a new chief executive after parting ways with Tony Lewis.

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England

England desperate to lift gloom ahead of World Cup

SPOTLIGHT: England head into the World Cup arguably at their lowest ebb since the inaugural 1987 edition and with a favourable draw no longer offering much comfort.

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Argentina

Ireland legend on Los Pumas: 'They're a nation built for the World Cup'

SPOTLIGHT: Argentina arrived at their World Cup base on the Brittany coast on Friday where wing Juan Imhoff declared he could feel "the pressure building".

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France

Dupont shares his thoughts on NZ's defeat to Boks

SPOTLIGHT: Less than a week before the World Cup, with expectations rising in the squad and among the home fans, France captain Antoine Dupont says the hosts "have to win" the opener against three-time champions New Zealand.

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France

France rocked by Willemse withdrawal

NEWS: France suffered another big blow to their hopes of winning the World Cup.

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South Africa

Boks wary of De Villiers factor ahead of World Cup opener

SPOTLIGHT: The Springboks will be out to nullify Scotland's dangerous backline in their World Cup opener, but they are also aware that it all starts with the forward battle.

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