Stunning score: Jubilant Japan celebrate Karne Hesketh's winning try against South Africa

If the endgame of these global tournaments is to catapult the sport into the wider consciousness and inspire fresh fans, Rugby World Cup 2015 may have already reached a zenith. A 34-32 victory for…

Thumbs up? Should Wales be happy with their win? (Photo: Getty Images)

When is a job done satisfactorily? The difficulty with completing any job is that some people are never fully satisfied. Whether it’s a painter, gardener or rugby writer someone will…

New Zealand All Blacks IRB RWC 2011 Fan Day

Protein The Rugby World Cup squads will be educating all of their players on the importance of proteins. Proteins are not only essential for life but are crucial for many…

Highs and lows: Cory Allen delighted the fans with a hat-trick but suffered an injury. (Photo Getty Images)

Wales avoided a first-day upset, running in eight tries to beat Uruguay at a canter. Four first-half tries – three by Cory Allen – set the scene and after the…

Georgian joy: The final whistle is the cue for Georgian celebrations. (Photo: Getty Images)

Georgia produced the first shock of the 2015 World Cup as they beat Tonga – who sit five places above them in the World Rugby Rankings – 17-10 at Kingsholm.…

The Kriel thing: Jesse Kriel has made a big impact with the Boks. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kriel, 21, played full-back for the Bulls in this year’s Super Rugby tournament, but switched to outside centre to make his Test debut against Australia on 18 July, and grabbed…