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New Zealand v Namibia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
World Rugby Awards
World Rugby Awards: Vote for the IRP 15s Tries of the Decade
Fans from across the globe are being invited to cast their vote on the International Rugby Players Men’s and Women’s 15s Try of the Decade.
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Match officials announced for the Tri-Nations 2020
World Rugby has announced the match official appointments for the Tri-Nations 2020, which kicks off in Australia on 31 October.
Bledisloe Cup Game 1 - New Zealand v Australia
Australia's Hooper becomes youngest-ever test centurion
Australia came within inches of marking captain Michael Hooper's landmark 100th test with a precious victory in the first Bledisloe Cup test of the year, but it was still a standout day for the openside.
New Zealand v Australia - 2019 Rugby Championship
Rugby history
The story of the Bledisloe Cup in 15 facts
We take a look at the key facts and figures around the annual contest between Australia and New Zealand.
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Bledisloe Cup
Dave Rennie prepares to start Wallabies mission against familiar opponents
Ahead of the first Bledisloe Cup test in Wellington on Sunday, we look at what Australia fans can expect from their new coach and his young squad.
Australia v Fiji - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
Rugby history
Michael Hooper at 100: Five defining moments of Wallabies captain’s test rugby career
We take a look at five of the Australia flanker’s greatest moments as he prepares to make his 100th test appearance, in Wellington on Sunday.
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Match officials
Owens and Neville to make officiating history
November will see history created for match officials with Nigel Owens set to become the first to take charge of 100 test matches and Joy Neville the first female to perform TMO duties for a major men's international competition.
RWC 2023
LOXAM announced as Rugby World Cup France 2023 Official Sponsor
The LOXAM group, leader in equipment rental, becomes Official Sponsor of Rugby World Cup France 2023. This commitment was formalized this Monday, September 7 by Gérard Deprez, President of the LOXAM group and Claude Atcher, General Manager of Rugby World Cup France 2023.
RWC 2023 - Webb Ellis Cup
RWC 2023
France 2023 aims to deliver positive impact and unite the host nation with three years to go
8 September marks three years to go until France hosts Rugby World Cup 2023 and to celebrate the milestone, the France 2023 organising committee has announced details of how the flagship event will be the most socially responsible and sustainable rugby event ever.
Jillion Potter fends off a tackle
Rugby history
Six players who made inspirational returns to the rugby pitch
We take a look at six players who have dealt with hardships off the pitch in order to thrive on it.
Photo of Eddie Jones at England v Ireland in the Guinness Six Nations
Virtual High Performance Academy
Eddie Jones happy to share secrets of his success through Virtual High Performance Academy
The England coach has kept busy during lockdown, passing on his considerable coaching knowledge to participants in the World Rugby Virtual High Performance Academy.
Philippe Bernat-Salles celebrates against New Zealand
Rugby history
10 of the greatest rugby match comebacks of all time
We take a look at some of the biggest, and most unlikely, comeback victories that have occurred in international sevens and 15s rugby.
Photo of Jamie Joseph playing in the Rugby World Cup 1995 Final
Rugby history
An open game: The story of how rugby union turned professional
We take a look at the events leading up to Vernon Pugh’s historic announcement in Paris, 25 years ago.
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International rugby set to resume in October as World Rugby Council approves temporary 2020 COVID-19 calendar
An exciting programme of international matches is set to take place later this year after the World Rugby Council approved a temporary adjustment to Regulation 9 to accommodate the release of international players for revised 2020 windows.
Japan v Scotland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
RWC 2019 delivers record economic, social and sporting outcomes for Japan
Japan 2019 was the most economically successful Rugby World Cup ever, with nearly £4.3 billion generated in economic output according to a report published by EY today.
Rugby World Cup 2023 Qualification Process
RWC 2023
Qualification process set for Rugby World Cup 2023
World Rugby has announced details of the qualification process for Rugby World Cup 2023 in France.
RWC 1995: South Africa v Australia
Classic matches
Watch LIVE rugby TODAY ... South Africa v Australia, RWC 1995
Rugby World Cup 1995 signified the dawning of a new era and South Africa got the tournament off to the best possible start with victory over Australia, a match you can watch again in full via our live streaming service this Friday.
Japan v Scotland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
Press releases
New research links Japan’s Rugby World Cup hosting with national pride and excitement boost
Rugby World Cup hosting was a catalyst for national pride growth in Japan, capturing the imagination, growing rugby interest and leaving a positive legacy for the sport, according to the latest research.
England v Australia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
Press releases
RWC 2019 sets new broadcast records and inspires new audiences
Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan was the most watched rugby event ever with more than 857 million people around the world watching the action via World Rugby’s network of rights-holding broadcast partners, an increase of 26 per cent from the previous tournament in England.
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Press releases
RWC 2019 player welfare approach delivered significant concussion reduction
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont has praised “hugely encouraging” player welfare results from RWC 2019 that demonstrate a 28 per cent reduction in overall concussion incidence and a 37 per cent reduction in tackle concussion incidence compared to the current elite competition average.
France 2023
RWC 2023
World Rankings race begins for RWC 2023 Pool Draw
World Rugby and the France 2023 Organising Committee have confirmed that the Rugby World Cup 2023 Pool Draw will take place in Paris after the November 2020 international window.
England v Australia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
Retiring legends of the international arena
Rugby World Cup 2019 was the last hurrah for a host of international rugby greats. Here we highlight the players who have officially called time on their test careers.
Wales v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
Press releases
Fun focus sees RWC 2019 social and digital content break new ground and records
World Rugby has announced record-breaking digital content viewing figures for Rugby World Cup 2019, confirming the tournament as one of the most watched and engaged sports events of the decade.
RWC 2023 meetings - November 2019
RWC 2023
France 2023 sets sights on most impactful Rugby World Cup as preparations are praised
World Rugby has concluded its first official coordination meetings in Paris since the hosting ball was passed from Japan 2019 to France 2023 earlier this month, with the international federation praising continued strong progress.
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They Said It...
Quotes of the day - Wednesday, 23 October
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England v Australia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
Report card: Australia
Cup 'specialists' Australia attack when name of the game is defence
The Wallabies flattered to deceive under the 'throw-caution-to-the-wind' philosophy of their coach, and were unable to make up for a lack of composure and accuracy.
Japan v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter-final
World Rankings
England and South Africa on the rise in rankings
England and South Africa climb the World Rugby Men's Rankings to ensure that the top four nations will contest the Rugby World Cup semi-finals.
England v Australia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
Cheika to stand down as Wallabies coach
Following 40-16 quarter-final defeat by England, Australia boss says he will walk away when five-year contract expires at end of 2019.
Match preview
Moment of truth arrives for Australia and England
Quarter-final showdown will reveal how far Jones's team have come and test Cheika's much-discussed selection policy.
England Captain's Run
Vunipola glad to have big brother watching his back
Billy and Mako will make a rare start together against Australia, with the elder sibling ready to show his affection by taking the hits.
Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
Analysis: Key man - Australia
Stage set for Kerevi to show he is world's best
Rugby News Service analysts select key performers to watch out for in this weekend's quarter-finals. The latest is Australia centre Samu Kerevi.
Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
Analysis: team focus - Australia
Slow-starting Wallabies need to address pool-stage weaknesses
Whatever their skipper might say, Australia need to avoid shipping soft tries if they are to compete with England for the full 80 minutes.
Australia v Georgia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Jordan Petaia and Samu Kerevi
Wallabies team-mates tip Petaia for greatness
He may be only 19, and have started just two games, but the Australian camp is adamant: the tyro full-back is the real deal.
Australian Wallabies 2019 Rugby World Cup Media Acess
World Cup winner Finegan on the real Michael Cheika
Linguist, fashionista, coaching marverick: the Australia coach is all these and more, according to those who know him best.
Australia v Georgia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
Team announcement
Cheika puts his faith in teenager Petaia for England showdown
Australia coach selects 19-year-old at outside-centre and a refreshed backline for Saturday's quarter-final.
Photo of George Gregan and Matt Dawson in the Rugby World Cup 2003 Final
No splitting these best of enemies
England have won the past six meetings but Australian great George Gregan and fellow World Cup-winning scrum-half Matt Dawson agree - Saturday's quarter-final is a hard one to call.
Sir Stevo Timothy hilariously previews Ireland v Russia
RWC Daily host is roaming with a licence to thrill
The video magazine is wooing a whole new audience with its fresh take on all matters rugby, thanks in large part to livewire presenter Elma Smit.
Photo of Jonny Wilkinson kicking the drop goal in extra time that gives England a 20-17 victory over Australia in the final of Rugby World Cup 2003
England v Australia: Five classic World Cup clashes
Two World Cup final wins on their opponents' turf feature among the epic encounters between these two, who face each other in the first quarter-final of RWC 2019.
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Jones v Cheika: rivals united by common background
Bob Dwyer, who led Australia to World Cup glory in 1991, explains why there is more that binds the England and Australia coaches than separates them.
Australian Wallabies 2019 Rugby World Cup Media Access
'Captain Invincible' Hooper leads Wallabies by example
High-scoring and tough-tackling flanker - who rarely gets injured - skippers Australia in his own understated way.
Cheika on England game
Cheika's view on England? 'I don't really have one, mate'
The Wallabies' focus this week will be on themselves rather than quarter-final opponents, says head coach who is 'not a big analyser of the opposition'.
Japan v Scotland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool A
World Rankings
Japan climb to new high in rankings
Japan’s victory over Scotland means they go into the RWC 2019 quarter-finals in their highest ever position in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings.
Slipper Simmons
Old mates Simmons and Slipper still rocking with Wallabies
They may have failed to get a gig in the music world but the two old school friends are happy survivors in an Australia side gunning for quarter-final glory against England.
Australia v Georgia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
Solid hit-out and ‘home’ comforts have Australia spirits high
Centre Kerevi insists criticism is irrelevant, as the Wallabies begin their quarter-final preparations at a luxurious base outside Tokyo.
Australia v Georgia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
Wallabies toil to beat Georgia - then Cheika takes a dig at England
Australia head coach cannot not resist trying to put the pressure on probable quarter-final opponents England after his side finally see off dogged Georgia.
World Rugby Press Conference
Official statement
Typhoon Hagibis impact on Rugby World Cup 2019 matches
World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee have announced an update regarding the predicted impact of Typhoon Hagibis on this weekend’s pool matches. This includes the cancellation of two matches on safety grounds.
Sekope Kepu Australian Wallabies 2019 Rugby World Cup Media Access
'Uncle' Kepu still sets standards for Wallabies
Despite his looming international retirement record-breaking Australia prop retains the belief of his team-mates and coaches alike.
Michael Cheika - Head Coach of Australian Wallabies 2019 Rugby World Cup Media Access
Keeping players in dark works best for us, claims Cheika
Australia coach is happy to sacrifice stability for an extra competitive edge among his players.
Australia v Uruguay - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
Team announcement
Cheika shuffles Wallabies pack for Georgia clash
The Australia coach selects his third different fly-half in four matches for Friday's game at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa.
David Pocock Press Conference
Pocock dreams of a World Cup return for Zimbabwe
With the right support in place, the former Wallabies skipper believes the land of his birth could one day return to rugby's biggest stage.
Georgia v Fiji - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
World Rankings
Georgia count cost of Fiji victory in rankings fall
The Lelos have dropped three places in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings after their 45-10 loss to Fiji.
Australian Wallabies 2019 Rugby World Cup Media Access
'To be able to play again is something I am really, really proud of'
After surviving leukaemia, Australia fly-half Christian Lealiifano is determined to make the most of his World Cup journey - and inspire others.
Australia v Uruguay - Group A: Rugby World Cup 2015
Match preview
Young guns primed to fire fast in Australia-Uruguay shootout
Los Teros start with 12 players aged 25 or under, while teenage winger Petaia becomes Wallabies' youngest RWC player.
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Press Release
Rugby World Cup stars unite to support #KeepRugbyClean initiative
All 20 teams at RWC 2019 will unite to get behind Keep Rugby Clean weekend on 5-6 October in a show of solidarity and support for World Rugby’s anti-doping education and awareness programme.
France - Alain Medard supporting son Maxime Medard
Parents' pride as sons follow their World Cup dreams
Fathers - and mothers - of players at Rugby World Cup 2019 who also represented their countries are among the most passionate fans in Japan.
Kurtley Beale wearing Australia's Indigenous jersey for Rugby World Cup 2019
Wearing indigenous jersey has Wallabies excited
For the first time at a Rugby World Cup, Australia are to wear a special strip that reflects the heritage, history and diversity of the side and the country.
Australian Wallabies 2019 Rugby World Cup Media Access
Wallabies debutant Petaia has the talent to match hype
The much-heralded winger is the standout name in Australia's team to face Uruguay on Saturday.
Australian Wallabies 2019 Rugby World Cup Media Access
Team announcement
Petaia makes debut as Cheika rings the changes for Uruguay match
The teenager is the first player since 2007 to make his Wallabies test debut in a Rugby World Cup match.
Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
White or Genia? Conundrum for Australia coach Cheika
Scrum-half with the Peaky Blinders moustache is locked in a battle for the No.9 shirt with veteran Genia.
Japan v Ireland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
Drop goals, Japanese tenacity and the rise of the hooker set World Cup alight rounds up the biggest analytical talking points from the second weekend at Rugby World Cup 2019.
Australian Wallabies 2019 Rugby World Cup Media Access
Australia's To'omua looks to sports star wife for inspiration
Wallabies fly-half is forever fielding questions about his spouse, two-sport World Cup representative Ellyse Perry.
Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
World Rankings
Wales return to second as Japan reach new high
Wales have climbed to second place in the World Rugby Men's Rankings after beating Australia, while Ireland's conquerors Japan now sit in their highest ever position of eighth.
Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
'Grown-up' Wales hold off Wallabies to claim famous victory
Their lead was cut from 18 points to one at one stage - but Wales have learned from past mistakes, said coach Warren Gatland, and they held on to claim their best Rugby World Cup victory.
Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
Smart kicking: the key to Wales victory
The fastest drop goal in Rugby World Cup history and kicking designed to open up Wallabies' defence steered Wales home.
Wales v Australia - International Friendly
Match Preview
Clash of Pool D powers is a pivotal moment in battle for top spot
Wales have won just twice in 19 meetings, but this showdown is wide open with coach Gatland's unchanged line-up taking on a reworked Australia team.
Australia fly-half Bernard Foley hones his kicking skills
Foley and Genia back as part of Wallabies master plan
The revitalised fly-half is ready to repay the faith shown in him by Australia coach Cheika, who makes a major call to replace both his half-backs.
Fiji v Uruguay - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
player column
You only get one shot at the World Cup... We want to finish on a high
In the second edition of his Rugby World Cup diary, Fiji scrum-half Frank Lomani explains why their shock defeat to Uruguay is a timely reminder of how the tournament is helping smaller rugby nations raise the bar.
Adam Ashley Cooper
Wallabies respect us now, says Gatland
Coach says Wales are finally getting the attention and respect they deserve on the international stage.
Australian Wallabies 2019 Rugby World Cup Media Access
team announcement
Foley back to run the show for Wallabies against Wales
Fly-half Foley to make his first appearance for Australia at Rugby World Cup 2019 as one of several changes for the crucial Pool D match against Wales on Sunday.
Japan v Russia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
Press Release
Japan shines as host in spectacular and record-breaking RWC 2019 opening week
From a spectacular opening ceremony, packed stadia and fanzones, record broadcast and social media figures to superb action and emotional scenes in Kamaishi, it has been a spectacular start to Rugby World Cup 2019.
Australia v Fiji - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
Classic awaits as Wales look to blunt Australia's attack
Ahead of the showdown between two of the tournament heavyweights, we look at where the Pool D match may be won or lost.
New Aussies training
Shades of 2015 as Wallabies build team spirit
A phone-free, pre-tournament training camp and the soothing waters of Japanese onsens have helped the Australia players form a strong bond.
Fiji v Uruguay - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
Press Release
Beaumont hails important day as Kamaishi makes Rugby World Cup bow
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont believes the important decision to make Kamaishi a Rugby World Cup host is one of the best the organisation has made.
Australia v Fiji - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
Disciplinary update: Reece Hodge (Australia)
Australia’s Reece Hodge appeared before an independent disciplinary committee in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Australia v Manu Samoa
Pocock opens up on art of contact area
The Wallabies flanker, who has secured more turnovers than anyone in Rugby World Cup history, explains how he dominates this key battleground.
Australia head coach Michael Cheika
Australia's 'free spirits' under orders to carry on running risks
Head coach Michael Cheika has no intention of changing his side's style to adopt safety-first tactics.
Australia v Fiji - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
Disciplinary update: Reece Hodge (Australia)
World Rugby has published a disciplinary update regarding Australia winger Reece Hodge.
Australian Wallabies 2019 Rugby World Cup Media Access
O'Connor comeback puts mental health front and centre
The reformed Wallabies playmaker says he has 'faced his darkness' and is using rugby as a platform to inspire others.
New Zealand v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
New Zealand return to top of rankings
The All Blacks are once again the number one side in the World Rugby Men's Rankings after battling past South Africa in their Pool B opener at Rugby World Cup 2019.
Australia v Fiji - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
Match review: Australia 39-21 Fiji
'Back to basics' saves Australia from Fiji fright
The Wallabies trailed at half-time against a fired-up Fiji but were able to fight through to victory thanks to set-piece play.
Australia v Fiji - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
Full-time report: Australia 39-21 Fiji
Latu crosses twice as Wallabies see off physical Fiji
After a first-half scare, the Wallabies stormed home to see off Fiji in their Pool D game.
Australia Media Access - Rugby World Cup 2019
Match preview
Australia ready to return Fijian fire
Bold selections suggest fireworks in Pool D opener under the roof in Sapporo.
Fiji v Tonga
Tier 2 team analysis: Fiji
Great entertainers Fiji are a team of extremes
In the latest in our series on Tier 2 teams competing at RWC 2019, a guide to the strengths and weaknesses of Fiji.
Australian Wallabies 2019 Rugby World Cup Arrival Press Conference & Training Session
Nuanced nature of Wallabies squad results in tight calls for Cheika
From pairing Hooper with Pocock to promoting White and Lealiifano, Australia's head coach had tough decisions to make.
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Press Release
Stage set for spectacular Rugby World Cup 2019 opening ceremony
Sold-out Tokyo Stadium and massive worldwide television audience set to be delighted by uniquely Japanese welcome.
Australia v Fiji - Group A: Rugby World Cup 2015
Predictions game: your chance to choose the finalists
Players, coaches, media and fans from all 20 World Cup countries have had their say in the bracket game and their choices point to a New Zealand - South Africa final. Now you can have your say...
Wallaby David Pocock training
Pocock back for Australia's opening game against Fiji
The star flanker's inclusion is the only change to the Wallabies side that scored a record victory over the All Blacks last month.
Australian Wallabies 2019 Rugby World Cup Media Access
Friendship on hold for Fiji fly-half and Wallabies number eight
Old school ties will be left in the locker when Alivereti Veitokani and Isi Naisarani face off on Saturday.
Gold medallists Fiji pose during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games medal ceremony for the Men's Rugby Sevens
press release
Olympians set to make Rugby World Cup history at Japan 2019
Tournament will feature 18 sevens players from Rio 2016 - including four Fijians who romped to gold medal glory.
FRA 12 - ARG 17 RWC 2007
Just for starters: blockbusters that launched the Rugby World Cup 1987-2015
Stransky boots Springboks to glory, party time in Paris for Pumas, the 'Miracle of Brighton' - a look back at the biggest RWC opening-round contests across four decades.
RWC 2019 Volunteers
Hospitality and happiness the goal of 'Team No-Side' volunteers
A team of 13,000 from around Japan will help to give fans at Rugby World Cup 2019 lasting memories of a local welcome.
Rory Arnold, left, lines up with Australia team-mates Sekope Kepu and Ned Hanigan before an international Test against Scotland
Cap that - Aussies stand tall in battle of the stats
Tallest, lightest, heaviest, most caps, most popular names... all you need to know about the players at Rugby World Cup 2019.
World Rugby U20 graduates at Rugby World Cup 2019
RWC 2019
U20s a proven pathway to Rugby World Cup stage
More than 300 players selected for Rugby World Cup 2019 have come through either the World Rugby U20 Championship or U20 Trophy.
Folau Fainga'a of Australia of Australia high fives local Japanese children after an Australian Wallabies training session in Odawara, Kanagawa
Inseparable cousins go head-to-head for Australia hooker spot
Folau Fainga'a and Tolu Latu defied family warnings and are now rivals for the Wallabies' No.2 jersey.
Impact Beyond 2019 Infographic (EN)
Press releases
RWC 2019 Impact Beyond programme inspires 1.8 million new rugby participants in Asia
Started in 2016, the innovative Impact Beyond programme has achieved 1.8 million new rugby participants across Asia, including more than one million in Japan.
Fiji players Waisea Nayacalevu coaches children
Fijians loving the local way of life
Pacific Islanders repay support by running a coaching clinic for local kids in remote part of Japan.
FLYING: Adam Ashley Cooper scores a try for Australia in the world cup semi-final win over Scotland in 2015
Record-setting Ashley-Cooper sets uncompromising tone for Wallabies
The experienced winger says he is not at his fourth Rugby World Cup to make friends or sit on the sidelines.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont
RWC 2019
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe excited by prospect of best-ever Rugby World Cup
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont believe that Japan is perfectly placed to host the best-ever Rugby World Cup with seven days to go until kick-off.
Australia Media Access - Rugby World Cup 2019
RWC 2019
Excitement builds as official Team Welcome Ceremonies begin
Official Team Welcome Ceremonies begin on Friday 13 September with Argentina, Fiji, Ireland and hosts Japan among the first teams to be officially welcomed.
ChildFund - Pass It Back Programme
Press releases
Global rugby family pledges record-breaking £2m to ChildFund Pass It Back initiative
Donations will give over 25,000 disadvantaged children the opportunity to transform their lives through rugby.
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