Rugby World Cup 2015

The World Cup trophy showing the previous tournament winners

Huge TV audience for World Cup opener

One of the largest ever New Zealand television audiences tuned into the opening night of Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC 2011) official figures show. Combining the live broadcast by host…

The Scottish fly-half hopes to flourish in New Zealand

Dan Parks hopes to flourish in New Zealand

He made his Test debut on St Valentine’s Day 2004 and for the past seven years Dan Parks has been involved in a love affair with the Scotland rugby team,…

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New Zealand drift in World Cup betting

THE ALL Blacks disjointed performance against Tonga sees them move out to 4/6 for the World Cup with Ladbrokes. The bookies weren’t blown away by their win against 57 point underdogs…

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The Playmaker – Quade Cooper

Pop quiz. Identify the player Robbie Deans is describing: “He’s an outside-half who reacts. He has an enormous amount of talent and an instinct for the game, which we encourage…

Samoan Captain Mahonri Schwalger leads the Haka upon their arrival in Auckland, ahead of the World Cup

Samoa are out to upset the big boys

In 2007, Samoa fell below their usual high standards at the World Cup, but they’re back four years later with a squad capable of making the knockout stages, writes Paul…

Carl Hayman employs an odd tactic to stop Wales getting the ball

The other side of Jamie Roberts

RUGBY WORLD: Who are the jokers with Wales? JAMIE ROBERTS: Tom Shanklin has had to retire now but there are still a few jokers in the squad. Stephen Jones continues…