WADA compliments Rugby World Cup for zero failed drug tests

468 samples were collected from players from the 20 nations involved.

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Stuart Lancaster steps down as England head coach 'by mutual consent'

Stuart Lancaster has stepped down as England head coach by mutual consent, the Rugby Football Union has announced.

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VIDEO: Why the Rugby World Cup 2015 was the greatest rugby tournament ever

One week after New Zealand claimed a historic victory in the Rugby World Cup final, we reflect on what may have been the greatest rugby tournament ever.

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‘We love you JC’: All Blacks bring Webb Ellis trophy to former team-mate’s grave

The back row would have turned 35 yesterday and Ma'a Nonu, Sonny Bill Williams, Liam Messam, Dan Carter and Jerome Kaino all made the journey to pay their respects.

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VIDEO: All Blacks return home to awesome airport haka

Rugby World Champions New Zealand were treated to an epic welcome when they returned home with the Webb Ellis Trophy.

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Dan Carter thrilled after ending international career with 'ultimate achievement'

Dan Carter admitted he could hardly have a better ending to his glittering international career after his man-of-the-match performance helped the All Blacks to a historic World Cup triumph.

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Sonny Bill Williams gifts World Cup winners' medal to young fan

Sonny Bill Williams presented his World Cup winner’s medal to a fan tackled by security guards when trying to celebrate with the All Blacks.

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Five things we learned from the Rugby World Cup final

New Zealand emerged 34-17 winners over Australia in a compelling World Cup final at Twickenham.

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All Blacks become first side to retain World Cup

New Zealand cemented their status as rugby’s greatest ever team by becoming the first side to retain the World Cup with 34-17 victory over Australia.

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New Zealand coach Steve Hansen expects 'some running rugby' in world cup final

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen believes Saturday’s World Cup final against Australia has the potential to buck a recent trend.

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South Africa win bronze as Habana misses try-scoring record

Bryan Habana endured a wretched night in missing four chances to break Jonah Lomu’s record.

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VIDEO: When Nigel Owens met Jack Whitehall: ‘Just you and me now sunshine’

Nigel Owens took time out from preparing to referee tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup final to tweet this clip of an encounter with Jack Whitehall.

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Michael Cheika accidentally reveals game-plan notes for Rugby World Cup final

Australia have blundered on the eve of Saturday’s World Cup final by accidentally revealing elements of their game-plan for dethroning New Zealand.

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Leinster replace Jamie Heaslip as captain - BOD tweets approval of new leader

Leinster announced today that Isa Nacewa is to take over the role of club captain on a permanent basis, having taken led the team on an interim basis during the Rugby World Cup.

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Australia make a single change for Rugby World Cup final

Australia have made one change for Saturday’s World Cup final against New Zealand after Scott Sio completed his recovery from an elbow injury.

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New Zealand unchanged as quintet seek perfect finish

Five All Blacks stalwarts can end their Test careers by cementing New Zealand’s class of 2015 as rugby’s greatest ever with World Cup glory.

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Nigel Owens’ home village is very proud of its famous son

It isn’t only Australia and New Zealand who will have thousands of fans cheering them on at the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday.

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Munster sign Argentinian back and Australian flanker on short-term deals

Munster announced this morning they have signed two new players on three-month contracts - one of whom is currently in action at the Rugby world Cup.

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Jonah Lomu fears Pocock and Hooper can bring down All Blacks

New Zealand great Jonah Lomu fears David Pocock and Michael Hooper will give Australia a critical edge at the breakdown in Saturday’s World Cup final.

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Two Julian Savea scores in shortlist for Try of the Year Award

Nominations for the World Rugby Awards continue to be announced, last week was the shortlist for best Rugby World Cup moment for the past 20 years, this week they have announced two more award shortlists.

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World Cup injury rules Tommy Bowe out of Six Nations

Ireland wing Tommy Bowe will miss this season’s RBS 6 Nations Championship due to a knee injury he suffered during the World Cup quarter-final defeat against Argentina nine days ago.

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David Pocock invites David Attenborough to World Cup final

Australia number eight David Pocock has invited “legend” David Attenborough to Saturday’s World Cup final against New Zealand at Twickenham.

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Nigel Owens confirmed to referee Australia v New Zealand World Cup final

Welshman Nigel Owens has been appointed to referee next Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham.

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Michael Cheika: New Zealand are favourites for Rugby World Cup final

Australia boss Michael Cheika had few qualms branding his Wallabies the underdogs for Saturday’s World Cup final against defending champions New Zealand.

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Richie McCaw given all-clear to play in New Zealand – Australia final

World Rugby confirmed on Sunday night there were no citings from the Twickenham clash.

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Cheika applauds Australia defence after battling into final against New Zealand

“They tore Ireland apart last week, we had to work hard to stop them scoring a try.”

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WATCH: Ashley-Cooper hat-trick helps Australia through nerve-shredding semi

Australia survived a rousing Argentina fightback to set up a final against old foes New Zealand.

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Steve Hansen defends Richie McCaw over Francois Louw incident

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has vigorously defended All Blacks captain Richie McCaw after video footage emerged of him apparently striking South Africa flanker Francois Louw during Saturday’s World Cup semi-final at Twickenham.

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Nigel Owens will referee World Cup final, says All Blacks selector

Welshman Nigel Owens will referee next weekend’s World Cup final at Twickenham, according to New Zealand All Blacks selector Grant Fox.

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Richie McCaw faces World Cup final ban if he is cited for elbowing Francois Louw

Richie McCaw could miss the World Cup final if he is deemed to have deliberately elbowed Francois Louw in New Zealand’s 20-18 victory over South Africa.

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All Blacks through to Rugby World Cup final after tight win over South Africa

Reigning champions New Zealand reached a second straight World Cup final by seeing off fellow southern-hemisphere heavyweights South Africa 20-18 in an immense Twickenham showdown.

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WATCH: Hundreds of supporters recreate famous Springboks run with Francois Pienaar

By Simon Lewis, London Rugby World Cup semi-finals weekend got off to a nostalgic, poignant start in central London on Saturday morning as South Africa's 1995 World Cup-winning captain Francois Pienaar led team-mates and hundreds of Springboks supporters on a run around the English capital.

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Schalk Burger brands All Blacks attack ‘phenomenal’

Schalk Burger accepts that South Africa must take any opportunities that come their way against World Cup semi-final opponents New Zealand on Saturday.

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‘I’m certainly not going anywhere’, says Schmidt to end England rumours

“I’m absolutely committed to the group of young men I work with, they’re such a good group.”

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Marcelo Bosch returns in sole Argentina change for Sunday's semi-final

Bosch slots in for Matias Moroni in head coach Daniel Hourcade’s sole change from last weekend’s 43-20 quarter-final victory over Ireland.

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VIDEO: The greatest Irish diary of the Rugby World Cup

We’ll be telling each other the stories for years, but when it comes to an actual record of events, this one is hard to beat.

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Return of David Pocock and Israel Folau gives Wallabies a World Cup semi-final lift

Australia’s chances of toppling Argentina in Sunday’s World Cup semi-final have improved after David Pocock and Israel Folau were passed fit for the Twickenham showdown.

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Former Springbok claims 'out-smashing' All Blacks is South Africa's only way to final

A heavyweight last-four showdown between the two southern hemisphere giants looms at Twickenham with the great rivals set to clash for the 91st time, the All Blacks winning on 52 previous occasions.

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World Cup injury list grows; Tommy Bowe facing long spell on the sidelines

The Ulster winger has been pictured on crutches because of ligament damage sustained during the loss to Argentina and faces six months or more out of action.

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VIDEO: Ireland team pay tribute to ‘living legend’ Paul O’Connell

Although, teammates being teammates, they also got a few sneaky digs in.

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Wyatt Crockett only All Blacks change for World Cup semi-final

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has made one enforced change for Saturday’s World Cup semi-final against South Africa at Twickenham.

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South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer names unchanged XV for New Zealand semi-final

Coach Heyneke Meyer has named an unchanged South Africa starting XV to play New Zealand in the semi-final at Twickenham on Saturday.

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WATCH: Simon Zebo comes in top of the 5 greatest tries never scored

Zebo’s nearly-try against Romania holds off some serious competition to take the gong.

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World Rugby condemned over treatment of referee Craig Joubert

“If World Rugby were going to come out and clarify the decision, there’s a lot more they could have shared with the public.”

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Michael Cheika: Rugby World Cup referee Craig Joubert treated unfairly

“I genuinely feel for Craig Joubert. It’s so unfair. No other referee has had this stuff put out there like that and he’s a very good referee.”

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Six Nations rejection was a blessing in disguise, says Argentina coach

Argentina coach Pablo Bouza believes the Pumas would have struggled to reach the World Cup semi-finals had they joined the Six Nations instead of the Rugby Championship.

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World Cup organisers admit late penalty against Scotland was a mistake

Joubert blundered by awarding Australia the last-gasp penalty that sent Scotland crashing out.

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'Proud' Joe Schmidt refuses to blame loss on injuries

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has refused to blame the absence of Ireland's big players for their World Cup exit yesterday.

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Scotland reeling over Craig Joubert's last-gasp penalty decision

Scotland are reeling from the injustice of being denied a place in the World Cup semi-finals by Craig Joubert after the South African referee awarded Australia an incorrect last-gasp penalty.

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Devin Toner: We have no excuses, Argentina were 'awesome'

Ireland second row, Devin Toner, has said that the effort of Ireland's big win over France last Sunday had very little part to play in his side's poor performance yesterday against Argentina.

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Joe Schmidt tipped to bounce back after RWC exit

Joe Schmidt will lick his wounds into the small hours watching endless re-runs of Ireland’s World Cup exit – then come back stronger for the hurt.

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Joe Schmidt: Argentina 'milked' the Devin Toner penalty

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt feels the penalty Devin Toner gave away for a high tackle on Argentina's Nicholas Sancez was "milked for everything it was worth".

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How Twitter saw Ireland v Argentina

A sad day for Irish Rugby as Argentina secured victory to claim a brilliant win.

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Ireland defeated in World Cup quarter-final against Argentina

Argentina piled on World Cup misery on Ireland once again by reaching the last four of the competition with a 43-20 victory in Cardiff this afternoon.

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Live updates: Ireland v Argentina

Ireland will today attempt to make history and progress to the Rugby World Cup semi-finals for the first time ever.

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WATCH: Ireland and Argentina fans in fine voice as World Cup quarter-final approaches

There's a carnival atmosphere in Cardiff this morning as fans gather to watch the Rugby World Cup showdown between Ireland and Argentina.

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