South Africa stands alone at cup summit as new eras beckon everywhere

Give the Springboks a few days to revel in their record-breaking Rugby World Cup success. Give losing finalist New Zealand a little time to grieve.

Superb defending, grit and resilience lead Springboks to record fourth cup win

New Zealand 11, South Africa 12 There was just seven seconds left on the clock, and one massive scrum to play to decide the

All Blacks captain Cane is first man to be red-carded in a final

Sam Cane leaned back on his sin-bin chair and crossed his arms. That was it then. The New Zealand captain in the Rugby World Cup

England gets bronze after holding out hard-charging Pumas

England 26, Argentina 23 England finished third at the Rugby World Cup for the first time by stopping waves of late Argentina attacks and prevailing 26-23

South Africans defend Mbonambi over racial slur allegation

South Africa’s sports minister mounted a defense of Springboks player Bongi Mbonambi this week after he was accused of directing a racial slur at an England opponent in

The final will be supercharged by one of sport’s greatest rivalries

New Zealand and South Africa will contest this weekend’s Rugby World Cup final and bring one of sport’s most enduring, most intense rivalries to the ultimate

South Africa pulls off great escape to beat England and make the final

England 15, South Africa 16 The Springboks finally broke the English scrum, and once again their hearts, to reach the Rugby World Cup final and have

Errant All Blacks wing Tele’a proves a point in semifinal after axing

New Zealand 44, Argentina 6 Punished one week, punisher the next. New Zealand winger Mark Tele’a responded to being dropped for the Rugby World

Pulsating quarterfinals highlight enduring strength of the southern hemisphere

 South 3, North 1. Talk of a potential shift in the balance of power in world rugby toward the northern hemisphere might have been premature. According

Erasmus thinks Springboks’ running game might be key in defense

Playing pretty rugby has never been high on the Springboks’ agenda, especially when it comes to the business of winning a World Cup in tense knockout

Resilient Springboks ruin host France’s dream in quarterfinals

The Springboks were at their most stubborn to wreck France’s dream at the Rugby World Cup yesterday . The defending champions dug deeper than normal for

England ends Fiji’s crowd-pleasing run with tense win to reach semifinals

The lead was 14 points, the  Then Fiji finally turned up. The World Cup quarterfinals delivered another heart-stopper on Sunday as England held on in the face of

Argentina reaches semifinals after coming back twice to beat Wales

Wales 17, Argentina 29 Argentina’s rugby team doesn’t have a totemic figure like Lionel Messi to bind it like the national soccer team did when

All Blacks give defensive masterclass to knock out Ireland

Ireland 24, New Zealand 28 New Zealand was thought to have showed too much razzle-dazzle and met not enough resistance to seriously trouble top-ranked Ireland going

Springboks have earned back respect from referees, Erasmus says

One of the surprises of the Rugby World Cup pool stage was the only team not to concede a yellow or red card: South Africa. The

Smith not burdened by All Blacks-Ireland history ahead of quarterfinal

Aaron Smith made his New Zealand test debut against Ireland in 2012. The Irish were his first three tests, including his first test try. That

Portugal pulls off stunner and Fiji advances in storming end to pool stage

Portugal will be by far the happiest of the teams going home early from the Rugby World Cup. The Portuguese pulled off a stunner of an upset with

All Blacks hoping for right balance in last pool outing against Uruguay

A total of nine changes suggests New Zealand wants a snatch-and-grab game against Uruguay today , the main prize a Rugby World Cup quarterfinal. Qualifying for the

Tournament reaches the halfway stage and Ireland confirms its status as favorite

The Rugby World Cup is at its halfway stage, with 24 games done and dusted. The top story of the third set of matches was

Uruguay players aim to shrug off Italy defeat with win against Namibia

Uruguay had made no secret of the fact it was targeting Italy and Namibia to record two wins in the tournament for the first time in its history. Leading

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