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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.
New Zealand v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Bronze Final
Report Card: New Zealand
It was not all black for the dethroned champions
New Zealand are left downcast by the end of their 'three-peat' dream but they still illuminated RWC 2019 with their chart-topping performances.
New Zealand v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Bronze Final
Match review: NZL 40-17 WAL
Stylish six-try farewell for New Zealand's departing heroes
Two tries for Ben Smith, a memorable exit for Kieran Read, and one final victory for Steve Hansen - while injury-hit Wales also play their part in a compelling bronze final.
Francois Steyn (RSA) - ENG v RSA - RWC 2007 Final
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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Match preview
Emotional finale for Hansen and Gatland
Kiwi coaching luminaries are to make their exits from the test arena after a bronze final in which New Zealand and Wales are seeking to send off their respective mentors as winners.
England v New Zealand - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
News
Lessons learned, Hansen urges All Blacks to walk tall again
After a week of soul-searching, the departing New Zealand coach expects his side to dig deep and show their true character against Wales.
World Rugby Team of the Year 2019 nominees
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.
New Zealand Media Access: Atu Moli (left) and Dane Coles
News
Teary Coles will not cry off his career as an All Black
A number of his New Zealand team-mates will retire after the bronze final against Wales but the hooker has committed his future to the team.
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World Rugby Awards
Shortlist revealed for IRP Try of the Year
The contenders for the International Rugby Players Try of the Year 2019 have been revealed, with the winner to be announced at the World Rugby Awards in Tokyo on 3 November.
New Zealand Media Access
team announcement
Hansen selects departing veterans to make an on-field farewell
With several All Blacks to retire from the international scene after Rugby World Cup 2019, outgoing coach Hansen has made seven changes for the bronze final against Wales.
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
No-fuss Hansen departs as All Blacks' greatest coach
The New Zealand mentor is being showered with tributes in his last week in the job but all he wants is his 93rd and final win.
New Zealand v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool B
Analysis
Bronze final offers chance to bow out in style
A last hurrah for some but New Zealand and Wales will see Friday's match as a first step towards RWC 2023.
England v New Zealand - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
News
Tears and regrets as All Blacks heroes get set to wave goodbye
Bronze final will be an emotionally charged affair for coach Hansen, captain Kieran Read and a few more departing New Zealand players.
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
Hansen: semi-final heartbreak will fuel new hunger
New Zealand coach offers no excuses after defeat by England and claims the adversity - as it did after Rugby World Cup 2007 exit - can inspire the next generation of All Blacks.
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.
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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.
New Zealand Captain's Run & Press Conference
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.
South Africa v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2015 quarter-final
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?
New Zealand v Ireland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter-Final
News
Read casting a long shadow over All Black history
The All Blacks number eight has been in inspirational form in Japan as he seeks a third successive World Cup before bowing out of international rugby.
New Zealand v Canada - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
Analysis: Key Man - New Zealand
Savea embodies versatility and flexibility of the All Blacks
Rugby News Service analysts select key performers to watch out for in this weekend's semi-finals. The latest is New Zealand back-row Ardie Savea.
New Zealand v Canada - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
team announcement
All Blacks bring in the biggest Barrett brother to start against England
New Zealand name Scott Barrett at flanker for the World Cup semi-final on Saturday in the only change to the team that triumphed over Ireland.
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They Said It...
Quotes of the day - Wednesday, 23 October
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New Zealand v British & Irish Lions - First Test Match
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.
New Zealand Media Access
News
All Blacks kick on and leave nothing to chance
New Zealand's cricketers lost the World Cup final to England in a tie-break. Their rugby team will be ready if their semi-final has to be decided by a shoot-out.
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Sole England defeat gnaws at serial winner Brodie Retallick
No player in test rugby has a better win ratio than the All Black – which is why he remembers the rare losses.
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.
New Zealand v Ireland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter-Final
News
'Little man Luka' helps lift Smith to another level
All Blacks scrum-half reminds everyone why he is the world’s best - and says he was playing not just for his team, but for his infant son too.
New Zealand v Ireland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter-Final
Match review: NZL 46-14 IRE
Brilliant All Blacks make it a sad farewell for Ireland's Best and Schmidt
Coach Hansen hails New Zealand's ferocious defence and seven dazzling tries that set up a mouth-watering semi-final with England.
Jonah Lomu v Ireland 1995
News
When Lomu crushed Ireland and the world was mesmerised
The late, great winger continues to inspire a new generation of All Blacks as they seek to emulate his legendary performance against Ireland in a World Cup.
New Ireland v N Zealand Chicago
Match Preview
All Blacks face another stern test from their tormentors in green
New Zealand have to tackle an Irish team whose Kiwi mentor Joe Schmidt has already plotted two victories over the champions.
New Zealand Media Access: Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo'unga
Analysis: Team focus - NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand create double trouble for World Cup rivals
Dual playmakers Richie Mo'unga and Beauden Barrett have perfected their mix and match routine to keep the opposition on the back foot.
Ireland v Scotland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
News
Murray and Sexton: record-breaking partners and pals ... most of the time
For their 56th start together Ireland's half-backs take on the world's No.1 team in a World Cup quarter-final - and they would not want it any other way.
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News
Hansen's thoroughbreds going for double glory
The All Blacks coach dreams of wins for the racehorse he cannot control and the rugby players he can.
New Zealand v Namibia: Anton Lienert-Brown
Analysis: Key man - New Zealand
Lienert-Brown becomes New Zealand’s centre of attention
Rugby News Service analysts select key performers to watch out for in this weekend's quarter-finals. The latest is New Zealand inside-centre Anton Lienert-Brown.
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News
Persistence pays off in epic quest to beat All Blacks
Ireland waited 111 years and endured several heartbreaks before ending their New Zealand hoodoo in the most unlikely venue.
New Zealand v Namibia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
team announcement
Hansen sticks with Goodhue and Lienert-Brown for Ireland clash
Taylor replaces Coles at hooker, while Retallick and Whitelock team up for record 53rd time in second-row for quarter-final clash.
Sir Stevo Timothy hilariously previews Ireland v Russia
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.
Cian Healy vs Romania 2015
News
Past glories against All Blacks mean nothing to resolute Healy
Ireland's veteran loose-head prop admits the quarter-final tie with New Zealand is a 'defining moment' in his career.
New Zealand Media Access
News
Coles goes full-bore in All Blacks' shot at third straight title
He nearly quit rugby earlier this year but abrasive hooker Dane Coles will ensure New Zealand are firing at 100 per cent when they face Ireland on Saturday.
New Hansen with Schmidt
News
Hansen v Schmidt: a coaching duel for the ages
New Zealand against Ireland is a great modern-day rivalry thanks to Shag the former policeman and Schmiddy the ex-teacher - two Kiwi coaching masterminds.
New Zealand Media Access
News
All Blacks happy to avoid 'outstanding' Japan
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen hails the Brave Blossoms as the most in-form team in the tournament.
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.
Johnny Sexton
News
Sexton: never mind the knockers, we're up for the All Blacks
Veteran playmaker says negativity is misplaced and momentum is building within the Ireland squad as they chase another famous victory against New Zealand.
New Zealand Media Access
News
All Blacks primed for the 'real deal', says captain Read
New Zealand number eight is confident his team is in fine shape for the knockout stages, despite their extended break.
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.
New Zealand Media Access
News
Brilliant Beauden's performance level can only rise
New Zealand fly-half has had a fine World Cup even though he has been carrying a slight leg injury - and now he is free to be even better.
Richie McCaw with Webb Ellis Cup copy
News
All Blacks still looking up to Mount Everest man McCaw
Shadow of double World Cup-winning captain looms large as New Zealand aim for 'Everest' standards of excellence in quest for third straight title.
New Zealand v Namibia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
News
Perenara try rouses memories of all-time classics
Brad Weber's behind-the-back pass set up an All Blacks score against Namibia which recalled David Campese, Jonah Lomu ... and Michael Jordan.
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.
New Zealand v Namibia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool B
Match Review: NZL 71-9 NAM
Namibia earn plaudits as All Blacks triumph again
Welwitschias will always remember being in the lead against New Zealand - but of course it could not last.
New Zealand v Canada - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
Match preview
New-look All Blacks can claim 31st straight pool win
Rallied by the words of former captain Jacques Burger, Namibia will be out to enjoy themselves against New Zealand - but the statistics suggest the result is a foregone conclusion.
Jordie Barrett New Zealand v Canada - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
News
Perfect 10: Jordie Barrett given shirt he will always treasure
All Black emulates his idol Dan Carter against Namibia - his first taste of being a test fly-half.
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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.
New Zealand v Canada - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
News
Canucks shaken then stirred by All Blacks hospitality
Magnanimous in victory, reigning champions invite Canada players to their dressing room for a post-match beer.
Brodie Retallick - New Zealand Media Access
News
All Blacks happy Retallick is back to his annoying best
New Zealand's star second-row will return to action against Namibia on Sunday.
New Zealand Media Access
team announcement
Retallick returns ahead of schedule to face Namibia
Second-row recovers from a dislocated shoulder in a boost for the All Blacks.
New Zealand v Canada - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool B
News
Blessed Barrett brothers draw rare praise from coach
A decade ago Beauden, Scott and Jordie played out their World Cup dreams in backyard games. On Wednesday night, they did it for real.
New Zealand v Canada - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool B
Match Review: NZL 63-0 CAN
Barrett boys make try-scoring history as All Blacks sink Canada
Jordie, Beauden and Scott become the first trio of brothers to score in a World Cup match as champions flex their muscles in nine-try win.
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Match Preview
Champions ready to resume treble assault against Canucks
New Zealand, refreshed by an 11-day break after the win over South Africa, are itching to get the show back on the road.
New Zealand Media Access
News
A World Cup first: Savea to wear goggles against Canada
All Blacks flanker is taking steps to protect his eyesight after loss of vision in his left eye.
Italy v Canada - Group D: Rugby World Cup 2015.
News
Trainor aiming for double take against All Blacks
Eight years to the day after he made history at Rugby World Cup 2011, the Canada centre is relishing another crack at the world's No.1 team.
Japan v New Zealand Nov 2018
News
'Awesome' Japan win high praise from All Blacks coach
'They just kept coming, time after time,' says New Zealand coach Steve Hansen, who believes his world champions can learn from the super-swift Brave Blossoms.
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.
Beauden Barrett - RWC 2015 final
team announcement
Three Barrett brothers start for New Zealand
Scott, Jordie and Beauden Barrett are the second trio of brothers to start in a World Cup match after the Tongan Vunipola brothers in 1995.
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News
Canada next up in the firing line for respectful but ruthless All Blacks
New Zealand's faultless record against Tier 2 nations is based on clinical attack and considered regard for the opposition.
New Zealand Media Access
News
Relaxed Sonny Bill still relishing his 'dream job'
New Zealand superstar is chasing a third World Cup after fearing he might not make it.
New Zealand v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
Analysis
Attacking effectiveness – why the All Blacks are so deadly
As Rugby World Cup 2019 moves into its second week one thing is clear: the All Blacks are the most clinical finishers.
Italy v Canada - Group D: Rugby World Cup 2015
News
All Blacks just guys in shorts, say Canucks
As they prepare to take on their childhood heroes, Canada's underdogs are hiding their memorabilia - and their infatuation.
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.
New Zealand v Namibia - Group C: Rugby World Cup 2015.
News
Taylor proud to keep 126-year All Blacks family tradition alive
Hooker is one of eight New Zealand players at Rugby World Cup 2019 with relatives who have played for the team.
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.
New Zealand Media Access
News
All Blacks sharing the love with a besotted Japan
The host nation has fallen for the world’s most famous rugby team, and the feeling is mutual.
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.
New Zealand Media Access
News
Barrett boys living their boyhood dream
The All Blacks' star siblings are still pinching themselves as they prepare to line up together at the World Cup.
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News
'Even the All Blacks trusted me with their stomachs'
Leicester man's rugby-themed restaurant is the place to be seen during RWC 2019
New Zealand All Blacks v Tonga
News
The 'little magician' from Fiji living his All Blacks dream
After a rise as rapid as his footwork, Sevu Reece looks set to become the latest Fiji-born winger to star for New Zealand.
France v Argentina - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group C
Analysis
Boffelli's long-range risk, Ireland's resilience and All Black opportunism
Rugbyworldcup.com rounds up the biggest analytical talking points from the first weekend of matches at Rugby World Cup 2019.
New Zealand Media Access
News
Retallick back in the swim and on course for comeback
All Blacks forward is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a shoulder injury thanks to aqua-jogging.
New Zealand v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
WORLD RANKINGS
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.
New Zealand All Blacks Gym Session
News
New-age Savea ready to take the world by storm
Julian Savea was the standout at the last World Cup for the All Blacks and now his little brother has been tipped to light up RWC 2019.
New Zealand v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool B
Analysis
All Blacks' kicking game gives wingers a real headache
New Zealand's plan to isolate their opponents' wide men worked to perfection against South Africa.
New Zealand v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool B
Match review: New Zealand 23 - 13 South Africa
All Blacks deny gutsy Springboks to dispel any rumours of their demise
New Zealand silence the critics with a display of lethal attacking that will strike dread into all other challengers.
Argentina v South Africa - The Rugby Championship
Analysis
Location, location, location - why South Africa, Argentina and Wales really top kicking tables
Pumas have the highest conversion percentage but deeper analysis reveals the Springboks are No.1 once field position is considered.
New Zealand Training Session
News
Have the All Blacks found another great called Richie?
Richie Mo'unga is ready to shape the All Blacks' World Cup destiny at fly-half, following in a great tradition of New Zealand number 10s.
GETTING A GRIP: Pieter-Steph du Toit dives on to the back of an All Black
Match Preview
When giants collide - the All Blacks and Springboks are ready to rumble
It is fiendishly tough to predict the winner of an epic pool opener as world champions New Zealand face buoyant South Africa.
South Africa's Siya Kolisi
News
'If we lose, every game becomes a final,' says Springboks captain Kolisi
Siya Kolisi is determined to put memories of Brighton 2015 behind him and start RWC 2019 with a win but his South Africa side could not have a tougher test than facing the reigning champions.
New Zealand Media Access
News
Hansen cries foul over Erasmus as war of words escalates
New Zealand coach is not happy with comments by his South African counterpart about the All Blacks being favoured by referees.
opening ceremony
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.
New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen
team announcement
Hansen names All Blacks side for Pool B clash with South Africa
New Zealand's head coach names the youngest All Blacks starting XV since the final of RWC 2011.
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.
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News
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
News
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.
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News
Aaron and Ben ensure The Smiths are still in perfect harmony
All Black greats Aaron Smith and Ben Smith have been enjoying a mutual appreciation society as they plot another World Cup triumph.
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