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Ireland fans celebrate their team's early try, but their dreams of victory turned to dust

New Zealand 22 Ireland 19: 2nd Test verdict

Rarely will you see a more dramatic Test match than this. Ireland hadn't beaten New Zealand in 25 previous attempts spread over 107 years and a magnificent effort in Christchurch…

Jonathan Joseph (left) and Manu Tuilagi will combine at centre for England

South Africa v England: 2nd Test preview

By Katie Field, Rugby World writer FOR ENGLAND this weekend’s match is all about bouncing back from last Saturday’s 22-17 defeat in Durban to level the three-Test series before it…

Key man: Donnacha Ryan continues to improve

Hurricane Savea blows Ireland away

I’LL BE honest, when I first saw Declan Kidney’s team selection it didn’t fill me with confidence. Losing to the Barbarians the week before travelling to the backyard of the…

Marked man: Leigh Halfpenny's all-round game continues to impress

Five things we learnt about Wales: First Test

THE DIFFERENCE in playing styles between the northern and southern hemispheres maybe narrowing, but the speed at which it is played is not. Wales really struggled with the pace at…

Disconsolate: The England boys have plenty to ponder before the 2nd Test

England can still win the war

SATURDAY WAS not a good 24 hours for Northern Hemisphere sides on tour, but before the evening kick-off in Durban there was still cause for England fans to be optimistic.…

French Focus: Top 14 Final

French Focus: Top 14 Final

THE FRENCH domestic season reaches its climax on Saturday evening as Toulon take on Toulouse in front of a full house at the Stade de France. Reigning champions Toulouse are…

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Match verdict: Australia 6-9 Scotland

PLAYED OUT in the kind of conditions that would have drowned ducks and bent weathervanes Scotland set themselves up for a stripped down but dogged performance against Australia in Newcastle,…

French focus: Top 14 Semi-final play-offs

French focus: Top 14 Semi-final play-offs

AS THE Home Nations gear up for Down Under, across the Channel in France the Top 14 is coming to the boil, writes Gavin Mortimer. The French domestic season is…

After an agonising wait, London Welsh will be part of top-flight rugby. But can they prove themselves?

Rugby World’s Championship blog

London Welsh were crowned kings of the Championship last night at the Kassam Stadium — a palace deemed unfit for the round table of Premiership rugby by the RFU, writes…