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All Blacks scrum-half admits to playing injured

New Zealand scrum-half Piri Weepu has admitted to injuring himself during the All Blacks warm-up prior to the Rugby World Cup final against France. Although the 28-year-old was far from 100% fit he still took to the field against the French ...

A Group Day out in the 2011 Rugby World Cup

As we have come to the end of the group stages of the World Cup, I feel this is a good time to reflect upon the 2011 competition in New Zealand. We have seen upsets, dominance, a black wave of power, a French fall, Tongan joy, Irish successes, ...

Steve Thompson expecting “brutal” encounter in World Cup quarter final against France

England hooker Steve Thompson is expecting a "pretty brutal encounter" against France in their World Cup quarter final on Saturday insisting that neither team will be looking to take a step back. England have always seemed to have the edge in ...

Is it about time smaller countries had a chance to host the Rugby World Cup?

Throughout the history of the World Cup, its hosts have all been prestigious rugby playing countries. From the very first World Cup in 1987 hosted by Australia and New Zealand, the tournament has been held by all of the top rugby playing nations ...

Earthquake in New Zealand creates World Cup worry

Following this week’s tragic earthquake in Christchurch, many are worried that the adverse effects of the quake will directly impact the Rugby World Cup in September. More than 75 people were killed and numerous Christchurch buildings collapsed in ...

Sheridan back, but Moody still sidelined for Le Crunch

After a week of speculation, Lewis Moody has lost his fitness race and will be unable to play France in the game which has become known as Le Crunch. With Moody out, Tom Wood and James Haskell will keep their places on the flanks and Mike Tindall ...

French talisman Sebastien Chabal to start against England

France have decided to start with Sebastien Chabal against England at Twickenham on Saturday in what looks to be a move to use more muscle against an side that demolished an Italy side one week ago. France have obviously taken note of England's ...

France may call it hate, but Martin Johnson senses a “bit” of fear

Winning a World Cup on unfamiliar soil is something Martin Johnson and the England team of 2003 did so admirably. Prior to the tournament they received a slating on very much every aspect of their play by other teams, not because this great English ...

Are France a Real Threat to England’s Grand Slam Hopes?

France completed a stylish and dominant victory over an improving Scottish side on Saturday, mainly due to some intelligent and creative play. With the majority of France’s 2010 grand slam winning team in the starting fifteen, the dominance of ...

Six Nations Preview: The Road to New Zealand starts in Europe

With the road to the World Cup starting in Cardiff tonight, England appear early favourites to take the RBS Six Nations crown; as ever, they’ll face strong competition from France, Wales and Ireland and the tournament could potentially hinge on ...

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