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Autumn Nations Cup
Autumn Nations Cup 2020: All you need to know about the tournament and the eight nations competing in it
Your guide to the new tournament, who is playing, where to watch, and what to look out for.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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MEDIA RELEASES
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.
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Rugby World Cup Memories
On this day in 1995: Mandela, Williams and Pienaar help unite South Africa
Twenty-five years on from the historic Rugby World Cup 1995 final, Francois Pienaar, Bryan Habana and Siya Kolisi reflect on the inspirational effect of South Africa's RWC victories on their generations.
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MEDIA RELEASES
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.
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Podcast Preview
Between the Lines: Sam Warburton
Former Wales captain Sam Warburton discusses the unifying impact of touring with the British and Irish Lions on the latest episode of the World Rugby podcast.
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Classic Rivalries
Le Crunch: What is it? Where is it? And who wins it?
World Rugby examines the facts and figures behind England’s 114-year rivalry with France.
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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.
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Classic matches
Watch LIVE rugby TODAY … England v Wales, RWC 2015
Relive all the action from the pulsating Pool A encounter between hosts England and Wales at Rugby World Cup 2015.
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Classic Matches
Johnson: ‘Wales had good players and nothing to lose’
England’s Rugby World Cup 2003-winning captain Martin Johnson shares his recollections of the quarter-final win over Wales — which his side trailed 10-3 at half-time.
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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World Rankings
Russia return to world's top 20
Russia were the only team to move up the World Rugby Men's Rankings following their victory over Romania in the Rugby Europe Championship 2020.
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World Rankings
Wales and France seek pool draw boost
This weekend's matches could see changes in the top band of seeds for the Rugby World Cup 2023 pool draw, with Wales and France both able to climb into the top four in the World Rugby Men's Rankings.
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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.
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World Rankings
High five for Les Bleus
Grand Slam-seeking France are up to fifth in the World Rugby Men's Rankings, their highest position for nearly six years, following their 27-23 win over Wales in Cardiff.
Wales v France - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
World Rankings
Top band of seeds for RWC 2023 could be set for shake-up
After a fallow week, the Six Nations and Rugby Europe Championship resume with a set of matches that could have a significant impact on the World Rugby Men's Rankings.
Rugby Europe Championship 2020: Spain v Georgia
World Rankings
Georgia overtake Italy in rankings
Ireland, Georgia and Portugal all climb the World Rugby Men's Rankings, while Russia fall to their lowest position in over 14 years.
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World Rankings
Northern hemisphere bragging rights on the line in Six Nations
Wales and Ireland could both replace England as the highest-ranked northern hemisphere team when the Six Nations continues this weekend, while significant milestones are within the reach of Spain and Portugal if results go their way in the Rugby Europe Championship.
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World Rankings
Les Bleus on the rise in rankings
France, Georgia and Portugal all climb the World Rugby Men's Rankings following this weekend's matches in the Six Nations and Rugby Europe Championship.
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World Rankings
First international weekend of 2020 heralds start of new era
The jockeying for position in the World Rugby Men's Rankings ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023 pool draw begins this weekend as the Six Nations and Rugby Europe Championship get underway.
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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
Features
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.
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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.
England v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019 Final
World Rankings
Springboks on top of the world
Rugby World Cup 2019 champions South Africa move to the top of the World Rugby Men's Rankings for the first time in nearly 10 years.
England v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019 Final
REPORT CARD: ENGLAND
England rue final failure - but future looks bright
Having looked so good in ousting New Zealand one week, Eddie Jones's men come up short in the RWC final the next. But even if he makes a swift exit, his young team will surely put up another strong challenge at RWC 2023.
England v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019 Final
Final analysis: the numbers that matter
An 11-3 scrum count is South Africa's springboard to victory
South Africa displayed complete physical dominance over England in the final of Rugby World Cup 2019.
England v Tonga - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool C
ROAD TO THE FINAL
How England stepped up the march with superb one-two in knockouts
Eddie Jones and his team kicked off their campaign by outmuscling Tonga, before outclassing Australia and finishing their journey with a consummate dismissal of the All Blacks.
England v Tonga - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group C
Final Analysis: Key Man - England
Hard-tackling Underhill out to dominate Springboks
Rugby News Service analysts select key performers to watch out for in Saturday's final. Here we spotlight England flanker Sam Underhill.
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Match preview
Two styles, one winner: can England create a new world order?
As a wonderful tournament comes to a close, Eddie Jones's team seek to win the Rugby World Cup with their fourth straight north v south victory. But they know South Africa have the game to kick their hopes into touch.
England v Argentina - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group C
Final Analysis: Key man - ENGLAND
How Ford puts England in driving seat
Rugby News Service analysts select key performers to watch out for in Saturday's final. The latest is England fly-half George Ford.
England v New Zealand - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
Final Analysis: England
Making a case for the defence in England's knockout successes
Eddie Jones's attackers draw all the plaudits but his defenders build the platform for victories on the road to a final appearance.
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Final Analysis: Ages
Jones' view: if they're good enough they're old enough
England coach picked the youngest pair of flankers ever to play in a Rugby World Cup final in 2003, when he led Australia. Now he has done it again, showing that he is no rugby traditionalist.
England v Argentina - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool C
Final Analysis: Key Man - England
Why destructive Itoje is England’s one-man wrecking crew
Rugby News Service analysts select key performers to watch in Saturday's final. Here we spotlight England second-row Maro Itoje.
England v New Zealand - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
News
Cool head Underhill ready to fight fire with fire against Springboks
England know they are in for a physical battle but flanker insists the key is to be be controlled and accurate in their aggression.
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World Rankings
Top spot beckons for Webb Ellis Cup winners
Whoever lifts the Webb Ellis Cup at International Stadium Yokohama on Saturday will end the weekend top of the World Rugby Men's Rankings.
World Rugby Men's 15s Player of the Year 2019 nominees
World Rugby Awards
Nominees for World Rugby Players of the Year announced
Six nations are represented on the shortlists for the World Rugby Men's and Women's 15s Player of the Year awards in association with Mastercard, which will be presented at the World Rugby Awards 2019 in Tokyo on Sunday.
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The fabulous backroom boys - England
Rugby News Service profiles the unsung heroes on the coaching support staff who have helped Eddie Jones lead England to the Rugby World Cup final.
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News
Eyes on the prize: Spencer's target changes from London Irish to World Cup final
England call comes when scrum-half is thinking about Saracens' next games - and feeding Millie and Oscar.
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World Rugby Awards
World Rugby Team and Coach of the Year nominees announced
The nominees for the World Rugby Team and Coach of the Year 2019 accolades have been revealed with Rugby World Cup 2019 hosts Japan and their coach Jamie Joseph joined by the four semi-finalists in England, South Africa, Wales and New Zealand on the shortlists.
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team announcement
Good news for England as Jones names unchanged team for final
Coach clear to pick strongest line-up - and youngest Rugby World Cup final team in the professional era - after Sinckler, Farrell and May are declared fit to face South Africa.
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NEWS
Don't expect England to repeat masterclass, warns Dallaglio
But the former captain says Eddie Jones's men will be deserving champions if they can beat South Africa for a hat-trick of wins over the southern hemisphere's finest.
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News
'Misery of losing 2007 final will stay with me to the grave'
Twelve years after haunting defeat against South Africa, England's Nick Easter says Saturday's showdown offers the class of 2019 a shot at 'immortality'.
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World Rugby Awards
World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year nominees announced
Joe Cokanasiga, Herschel Jantjies and Romain Ntamack are the nominees for the World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year 2019 award in association with Tudor.
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News
Past dramas leave finalists with big boots to fill
Kickers have played a starring role in their previous World Cup encounters, in which South Africa hold a 3-1 advantage over England.
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Analysis
How do England's tyros measure up to 2003 vintage?
When it comes to caps, the class of 2019 compare favourably with Clive Woodward's World Cup-winning team.
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News
Boks can't bully us, says Billy Vunipola
England number eight delivers defiant response to South Africa's claims they will fight 'fire with fire' in Rugby World Cup final.
Ireland v Russia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
Press release
Jérôme Garcès to referee Rugby World Cup 2019 final
Jérôme Garcès will become the first Frenchman to referee a Rugby World Cup final when he takes charge of England v South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on 2 November.
England v New Zealand - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
News
Full steam ahead for England - thanks to onsens
Head coach Eddie Jones believes his players will be fighting fit for their final against South Africa, helped by the healing properties of the traditional Japanese baths.
England v New Zealand - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
World Rankings
England win ends long wait to top rankings for second time
England return to the top of the World Rugby Men's Rankings for the first time in 15 years with their Rugby World Cup 2019 final opponents South Africa now breathing down their necks.
Wales v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
weekend wrap
Revise and repeat in the semis' circle of life
England rewrite record books against the All Blacks, while Handre Pollard’s return to form with the boot gives Wales a knockout dose of deja vu.
England v New Zealand - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
News
'Come on England, one more push'
Coach Eddie Jones is full of praise for Owen Farrell's leadership but says his team need to find an even higher level in the Rugby World Cup final.
Wales v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
Analysis
When things get tight in a match teams need a kicker they can rely on
South Africa and England secured their places in the final in contrasting fashion, but both teed up their wins with penalty shots.
Saracens v Harlequins - Premiership Rugby Cup
News
Saracens scrum-half Spencer on his way to join England squad
Hamstring injury suffered by Willi Heinz against All Blacks brings emergency call-up for 27-year-old, who was part of Eddie Jones's Rugby World Cup build-up plans.
England v New Zealand - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
MATCH REVIEW: ENG 19-7 NZL
Imperious England set new benchmark to dethrone All Blacks
Maro Itoje is a colossus in a masterclass of defending by Eddie Jones' team, whose all-round superiority takes them past favourites New Zealand and into the Rugby World Cup final.
England v New Zealand - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
News
Itoje rises to the occasion with a stellar performance
Second-row hero is staking a claim as the greatest talent of his generation and will only get better, which should have the rest of the rugby world worried.
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Analysis
England turn over more than a new leaf against All Blacks
Dominating turnovers proved the secret to avoiding a repeat of last year's test against New Zealand when England let an early lead slip.
England v Australia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
News
Itoje: watch out world, our time is now
Dig into our psyche and you'll find a team of winners, says second-row who believes England will take down the All Blacks and reach first World Cup final since 2007.
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Match Preview
Jones has the formula but awesome All Blacks could be an unsolvable problem
New Zealand have an imperious World Cup record and have won 15 of their past 16 games against England. But Eddie Jones has beaten them five times as a coach and his men believe they can win what promises to be an epic semi-final.
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Jones v Hansen: verbal sparring has been fun but now for the real contest
The England and New Zealand coaches, two of the world's very best, share a mutual respect and are level at 1-1 in head-to-head meetings.
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News
From the archives: Four classic England v New Zealand clashes
Unforgettable memories recalling lethal lessons from Lomu, England's famous six-pack, torture in the 'House of Pain' and Tuilagi running riot.
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Analysis: England v New Zealand
Eyeballs on the high balls - All Blacks and England can test each other
Rugby News Service analysts have cast an eye on Saturday's semi-final to identify an interesting area to look out for - in the air.
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News
Brakes on the breakdown can have England in driving seat, says Daly
Full-back says the team has been working all week on ways to slow down New Zealand ball to minimise their attacking threat out wide.
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World Rankings
'We want to become number one in the world again'
The semi-final winners will occupy the top two places in the World Rugby Men's Rankings but will New Zealand retain top spot, England end a 15-year wait to return to number one, Wales reach a first ever Rugby World Cup final or South Africa continue their climb back towards the summit?
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News
Billy Vunipola: if anyone can beat All Blacks, Jones can
The number eight reaches a personal milestone in Saturday's semi-final but his eye is on a bigger prize, one he believes England's coach has the smarts to deliver.
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team announcement
Ford back to steer England against New Zealand
Fly-half is recalled in place of Henry Slade in the only personnel change to the starting XV that beat Australia in the quarter-final.
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News
Tuilagi looks to boyhood hero Lomu for inspiration against All Blacks
The England centre, who used to dream about being the New Zealand great, is embracing his chance to deliver a knockout blow to the three-time world champions, just like he did in 2012.
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They Said It...
Quotes of the day - Wednesday, 23 October
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News
England players take their punishment - all in a good cause
Scrum-half Ben Youngs reveals how staying on the right side of the law is a priority as Eddie Jones's side prepares for All Blacks showdown.
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The day 'Raging Bull' Vickery knew England could win World Cup
Back-to-back victories against the All Blacks and Australia, five months before RWC 2003, convinced the prop that England could beat anyone.
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News
Watson bears no grudge against Sonny Bill over red card tackle
The pair quickly made up after the incident on the Lions tour in 2017 but while the England winger respects Williams and his fellow All Blacks, he refuses to buy into their aura of invincibility.
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News
All Blacks under pressure and they know it, claims Jones
'They bleed, they drop balls, they miss tackles,' says England coach, who believes New Zealand's mental skills coach will be busy - while his own team have the ability to surprise the favourites.
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Steady Eddie turns to cricket to find edge against New Zealand
No short stuff, no reverse swing, no yorkers. The England coach and cricketing nut says his team must stick to the rugby equivalent of nagging line and length if they are to remove the mighty All Blacks from their long innings at the top of the order.
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
News
England's true believers not fazed by greatest test yet
Eddie Jones is an ardent fan of the All Blacks but is adamant they are beatable, and his team, so disciplined against Australia, will leave no stone unturned this week in plotting a famous victory.
England Media Access
News
England reaping benefits of reformed Sinckler
Powerful prop has transformed himself from being an "emotional timebomb" to a try-scoring role model.
England v Australia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter-Final
Match Review: ENG 40-16 AUS
Jones lauds 'samurai warriors' for putting Wallabies to the sword
England fly-half Farrell to the fore with a faultless 20-point kicking display that books his team a semi-final spot for first time since 2007.
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Analysis
Uncompromising England punish wayward Australia
Beaten in the statistical reckoning, Eddie Jones's side grabbed a place in the semi-finals by pouncing on their opponents' mistakes.
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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.
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News
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.
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Analysis: team focus - England
Kicks and turnovers key to England possession game
No team at RWC 2019 kick less than than their quarter-final opponents Australia - and no side kick more than Eddie Jones's men.
England v USA - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group C
News
Jones tells Farrell to put himself before captaincy
He was the go-to guy who steered the England squad though the pool stages, but the head coach believes his skipper - one of his 23 samurai - now needs to concentrate on his own big-match preparation.
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News
Underhill relishing a battle of the space invaders
With England and Australia both fielding openside double acts, the flanker is eager to dominate the breakdown along with his even younger partner Curry.
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News
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.
England Media Access
team announcement
Farrell at 10 and Mako back as England look to overpower Wallabies
With big-tackling Courtney Lawes preferred in the second row too, coach Eddie Jones has backed his best ball carriers and most destructive defenders to beat Australia.
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News
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.
England v Argentina - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group C
News
Itoje in control as England chase seven on bounce against Wallabies
Against Australia, the big forward knows there will be no second chances in what he admits is the biggest game of his stellar career.
England v Argentina - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group C
News
May recalls happy meal that changed his life
The England winger has been feasting on tries ever since opting for dinner with his parents instead of drinking with his pals six years ago.
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News
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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News
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.
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News
Marler wants to knock England's 2003 heroes off their perch
Prop returned from retirement to win World Cup because he believes the class of 2019 can emulate Wilkinson and company.
England Media Access
News
Fired-up England have to 'rein it back' in training
Squad's extended rest before taking on Australia is no bad thing, according to full-back Elliot Daly. The only problem is holding them back.
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News
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'.
England Media Access
News
Result more important than being on stage, says England's Slade
Mostly a frustrated spectator for a second World Cup campaign, playmaker is fit and ready to play but happy to accept the role of squad member.
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.
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