Rugby World Cup 2011
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Wednesday 1 February, 2012
The Wales coach has spoken of the threat posed by a team still feeling the pain of last year’s quarter-final defeat.
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Monday 23 January, 2012
The veteran Irish centre said ‘We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t say it hurt and we wanted to right a wrong’
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Tuesday 13 December, 2011
The Ireland captain says he tries not to dwell on how Ireland’s participation in September’s tournament came to a premature end.
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Sunday 4 December, 2011
The No8 admits that it’s possible, but that the context in which he made the remark has been distorted by media coverage of the World Cup leaks.
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Wednesday 23 November, 2011
Leaked documents accuse one senior player of responding to defeat against France by saying ‘There’s £35k just gone down the toilet.’
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Wednesday 16 November, 2011
Johnson denies that decision to resign was a “knee-jerk” response to England’s Rugby World Cup disappointment.
Eddie O’Sullivan confirmed today that he is stepping down as head coach of the US Eagles rugby team.
Martin Johnson will confirm his resignation as England manager later this morning, according to reports.
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Tuesday 15 November, 2011
Reports suggest that the RFU funded the English rugby team’s drinking before their ill-advised night out in Queenstown’s Altitude Bar.
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Friday 11 November, 2011
Chris Ashton and James Haskell were also landed with suspended fines for their inappropriate behaviour in New Zealand.
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Monday 7 November, 2011
Ireland and Leinster may be down a match-winning talisman, but the temporary loss of Brian O’Driscoll may prove the opportunity Ireland didn’t know it was waiting for.
The England star has a few choice words for the tournament chiefs in his forthcoming autobiography.
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Tuesday 1 November, 2011
Victory over France was Graham Henry’s last game as New Zealand coach, the 65-year-old confirmed this morning.
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Monday 24 October, 2011
It’s been a long time coming, but now it’s here.
As we draw the curtain on an unforgettable six weeks, here are the pictures that captured the drama and excitement of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Saturday 22 October, 2011
Get in the mood for tomorrow’s big finale by reminding yourself of what happened in Eden Park 24 years ago.
Join us in taking a look back at the stories and images that defined the week.
Here’s how tomorrow’s World Cup final is shaping up.
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Friday 21 October, 2011
Catch up with our minute-by-minute report as Australia and Wales went toe to toe in this morning’s Rugby World Cup “bronze final”.
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Thursday 20 October, 2011
This week’s round-up includes: a German expressing his love of Northern Ireland’s finest, Richie McCaw’s somersault turnover and the most inappropriate goal celebration of the season.
Sunday’s sell-out World Cup final has generated almost €30m alone, organisers revealed this morning.
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Tuesday 18 October, 2011
Despite winning the jersey toss, France have granted their opponents the right to wear their iconic kits in front of home fans.
Warren Gatland discussed asking his players to fake injury in Saturday’s semi-final against France, he revealed this morning.
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Sunday 16 October, 2011
Graham Henry pays tribute to his side’s “huge ticker, huge character and guts” after they booked their place in next Sunday’s World Cup final.
There was no love lost as New Zealand met Australia for a place in the World Cup final. Here’s the minute-by-minute report.
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Saturday 15 October, 2011
“There wasn’t much to say in the dressing room and in the team room afterwards. Deccie didn’t even say that much. What could you say?” Jenno checks in with the final installment of his World Cup diary.
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Friday 14 October, 2011
“These lads are model professionals who’ve helped to build a great rugby legacy in this country and this was their last chance. There’s just nothing you can say.”
With the Welsh squad less than 48 hours away from the biggest game of their rugby lives, we turned to our man in the valleys for some pre-match guidance.
Carling, Brooke, Henderson and Quinnell look forward to this weekend’s action in Eden Park.
Kurtley Beale looks set to start for Australia after Robbie Deans provisionally named the full-back in his starting XV to face New Zealand.
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Thursday 13 October, 2011
Yo, stats nerds. Come join us as we crunch the numbers on the Dubliner’s refereeing performances and look at what to expect from him in Saturday’s semi-final.
We’re hoping for a couple more of these pearlers in the run-up to Saturday’s semi-final.
Wales have made just one change to their starting XV ahead of Saturday’s World Cup semi against France.
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Wednesday 12 October, 2011
Nobody has any idea if Ronan O’Gara is retiring from international rugby or not. Not even the man himself.
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Tuesday 11 October, 2011
Declan Kidney’s men were met by a crowd of fans as they disembarked at Dublin Airport.
The South Africa coach claims the speech he delivered following the Springboks’ quarter-final loss to Australia definitely wasn’t about his resignation. Whatever gave you that idea?
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Monday 10 October, 2011
With a handful of Ireland’s Golden Generation having now slipped the wrong side of 30, how many have the appetite for another year of competitive international rugby?
# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Sunday 9 October, 2011
“Imagine a junior disco in Ireland. Now imagine it without the tipsy teens staggering from one song to another before a big fight breaks out.”
South Africa’s outspoken coach says that he will not be staying on following this morning’s quarter-final exit.