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Rugby World Cup 2011

# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Today’s News


# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Wednesday 1 February, 2012

Gatland expecting Ireland to seek revenge for World Cup exit

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

A dish served cold: D’Arcy targets ‘revenge’ against Wales

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

O’Driscoll still sore over World Cup exit

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

Did Nick Easter make the infamous ‘£35k’ comment?

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

IRFU brush off English criticism of World Cup partying Rubbish

IRFU brush off English criticism of World Cup partying

An anonymous English player has claimed that Ireland behaved “much worse” than he and his team-mates did on their infamous night out in Queenstown.

Money-hungry English stars slammed in leaked World Cup reviews Disgrace

Money-hungry English stars slammed in leaked World Cup reviews

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

Johno: It wasn’t an easy decision, but now’s the time to go

Johnson denies that decision to resign was a “knee-jerk” response to England’s Rugby World Cup disappointment.

O’Sullivan flies the Eagles’ nest

Eddie O’Sullivan confirmed today that he is stepping down as head coach of the US Eagles rugby team.

Over and out: Johnson quits as England boss

Martin Johnson will confirm his resignation as England manager later this morning, according to reports.

# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Tuesday 15 November, 2011

An RFU free bar kick-started England’s infamous ‘dwarfgate’ night out

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

England drop Tindall for Queenstown shenanigans

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

BOD-given luck: what the star’s injury might mean for Irish rugby

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.

What a load of balls! Wilkinson lashes out at World Cup organisers

The England star has a few choice words for the tournament chiefs in his forthcoming autobiography.

# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Tuesday 1 November, 2011

Won and done: Henry steps down as All Blacks coach

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

In pictures: Thousands turn out to celebrate the All Blacks’ World Cup win Champione This post contains images

In pictures: Thousands turn out to celebrate the All Blacks’ World Cup win

It’s been a long time coming, but now it’s here.

Rugby World Cup 2011: The tournament in pictures Developing Story This post contains images

Rugby World Cup 2011: The tournament in pictures

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

WATCH: Highlights of the All Blacks’ famous 1987 World Cup triumph

Get in the mood for tomorrow’s big finale by reminding yourself of what happened in Eden Park 24 years ago.

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The sports week in pictures

Join us in taking a look back at the stories and images that defined the week.

Tale of the Tape: New Zealand v France

Here’s how tomorrow’s World Cup final is shaping up.

# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Friday 21 October, 2011

As it happened: Australia v Wales

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

YouTube Top 10: because Rory McIlroy is like the baby from ‘Look Who’s Talking’

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.

World Cup chiefs celebrate as ticket sales pass €150m target

Sunday’s sell-out World Cup final has generated almost €30m alone, organisers revealed this morning.

# rugby-world-cup-2011 - Tuesday 18 October, 2011

New Zealand in black for World Cup final

Despite winning the jersey toss, France have granted their opponents the right to wear their iconic kits in front of home fans.

Gatland: We considered cheating

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

Heart and soul see New Zealand through

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.

As it happened: New Zealand v Australia

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

Shane Jennings’ World Cup diary: the final chapter

“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

Fergus McFadden’s World Cup diary: Time to say goodbye

“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.”

Semi-final countdown: the view from Wales

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.

WATCH: Rugby legends preview the World Cup semis

Carling, Brooke, Henderson and Quinnell look forward to this weekend’s action in Eden Park.

Deans waits as clock ticks on Beale’s fitness

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

Ref report card: Alain Rolland’s Rugby World Cup (so far)

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.

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You said what? 9 gems from the mouth of Marc Lièvremont

We’re hoping for a couple more of these pearlers in the run-up to Saturday’s semi-final.

Priestland blow forces change on Gatland

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

‘We’ll see what happens’: ROG keeps retirement cards close to his chest

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

In pictures: Ireland’s World Cup squad return home Homecoming This post contains images

In pictures: Ireland’s World Cup squad return home

Declan Kidney’s men were met by a crowd of fans as they disembarked at Dublin Airport.

Turns out De Villiers didn’t resign after all

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

Generation Next: Ireland’s rugby retirements

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

The Happy Camper: And now the party goes on without us

“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.”

De Villiers quits as Australia send Springboks packing

South Africa’s outspoken coach says that he will not be staying on following this morning’s quarter-final exit.

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