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Yachvili takes exception to Lièvremont’s comments

Halfback Dimitri Yachvili says he is not happy with the criticism he received from Marc Lièvremont following France’s opening Rugby World Cup victory against Japan.

Report: RWC expected to boost NZ economy

This year’s Rugby World Cup has the potential to deliver a billion-dollar boost to the New Zealand economy, according to a report commissioned by MasterCard.

P-Divvy defends Barnes' decision

Springboks coach Peter de Villiers has leapt to the defence of Wayne Barnes following his decision not to consult the television match official following a controversial missed penalty kick that potentially cost Wales victory.

Cooper undergoes drug test

Bad-boy Wallabies first five Quade Cooper reckons his lack of popularity was the reason he was chosen to undergo a random drugs test following his side’s 32-6 victory over Italy in their Rugby World Cup opener in Albany last night.

TMO should have been consulted

Both Wales fullback James Hook and coach Warren Gatland believe a controversial missed penalty kick during their side’s narrow loss to the Springboks in Wellington last night should have been referred to the television match official.

Stirred but not shaken

Optimists will tell you the All Blacks face ‘good’ problems after their opening RWC hit-out; pessimists will say some of the cracks that surfaced earlier this year became painfully apparent during their unimpressive second half effort.

Mallett talks up Wallabies

Australia is the team to beat at the Rugby World Cup, says Italy coach Nick Mallett.

Slack: All Blacks too old

The All Blacks have an experienced squad, but one that is too old to win the Rugby World Cup, says former Wallabies skipper Andrew Slack.

Priestland, Charteris in, Byrne out

Wales coach Warren Gatland has sprung a couple of selection surprises for his side’s opening Rugby World Cup game against South Africa in Wellington on Sunday.

Smith: Physicality the perfect test

Tonga’s physicality will provide the perfect test for the All Blacks when they open their Rugby World Cup campaign at Eden Park tonight, says assistant coach Wayne Smith.

Mum’s the word for Kirwan

There is only one spectator Japan coach John Kirwan feels the most pressure to impress when his side opens its Rugby World Cup campaign against France in Albany tomorrow.

French wary of Japan

France wing Maxime Médard has labelled his side’s Rugby World Cup opener against Japan in Albany tomorrow as a “danger match”.

McCaw ‘ready to go’

After months of talking and planning, the Rugby World Cup is here and All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw cannot wait to get stuck into it.

Thorn plans to soak up the moment

Enjoy the Rugby World Cup.

Boks name most capped run-on team

The Springboks have named the most experienced starting XV in history for their Rugby World Cup opener against Wales in Wellington on Sunday.

Pocock pleased with Kronfeld praise

Wallabies flanker David Pocock is flattered former All Blacks fetcher Josh Kronfeld rates him so highly.

Armitage set for RWC debut

Delon Armitage will make his Rugby World Cup debut when England opens its campaign against Argentina in Dunedin on Saturday.

England lose another

Wing Mark Cueto will play no part in England’s opening Rugby World Cup clash against Argentina in Dunedin due to a back injury.


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