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New Zealand name strongest team as Brodie Retallick returns for World Cup quarter-final

6 days ago by The Guardian

Captain Kieran Read also back in side for game in Tokyo We are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journalismLock Brodie Retallick has returned for the All...

Sexton surprised by Ireland critics

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

Johnny Sexton is baffled by "strange" criticism of Ireland and assures they have belief that New Zealand can be dethroned at Tokyo Stadium on Saturday.   Joe Schmidt's side put a...

Japan make history as fearsome All Blacks march on – the pool stage in numbers

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

The Rugby World Cup is headed for the knockout rounds after a dramatic pool stage in which Scotland were the biggest casualties.     Eight teams remain from 20, with hosts Japan – who...

Namibia v Canada cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

Namibia and Canada's final Pool B match at the Rugby World Cup has been cancelled due to the impact of Typhoon Hagibis.   Both teams were aiming to claim a first win of the tournament in Japan,...

RWC Review: Ireland 47-5 Samoa

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

Johnny Sexton claimed an 18-point haul as Ireland sealed their place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with a 47-5 thrashing of Samoa despite Bundee Aki's red card.   Ireland knew maximum points...

Scotland's hopes in the balance with inspection to follow Typhoon Hagibis

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

World Rugby will undertake a venue inspection following the passing of Typhoon Hagibis before deciding whether Scotland's crunch Rugby World Cup clash against Japan goes ahead.   The Pool A fixture...

Rugby World Cup 2019: South Africa 66-7 Canada

2 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

South Africa delivered a statement of intent as they thrashed Canada 66-7 to book their place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals in style.     Rassie Erasmus insisted there would...

RWC Preview: South Africa v Canada

2 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

South Africa boss Rassie Erasmus expects no drop in quality from his much-changed side when they take on Canada in the Rugby World Cup.     Erasmus has made 13 changes for Tuesday's Pool...

Steve Hansen fears tackle red cards could swing World Cup knockout games

2 weeks ago by The Guardian

• ‘We all know what the guidelines are and have to work harder’• We are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journalismSteve Hansen fears matches...

Rugby World Cup: France squeeze past Tonga and New Zealand beat Namibia 71-9 – video highlights

2 weeks ago by The Guardian

Match day 15 saw a dominant All Blacks side breeze past Namibia in a 71-9 victory. Despite the one-sided scoreline, Steve Hansen’s side found themselves behind in the first half before an 11-try demolition...