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Tuesday 25 October, 2011

French accuse Joubert of favourtism towards New Zealand

Players including Dimitri Szarzewski have indicated that the officiating on Sunday was unacceptable.

Monday 24 October, 2011

Poll: Did Stephen Donald actually score his match-winning penalty? Paranoia This post contains a poll This post contains videos

Poll: Did Stephen Donald actually score his match-winning penalty?

The All Black’s fourth-choice fly-half scored the points that put the Webb Ellis beyond doubt, but did his 45th-minute penalty actually split the posts?

The wait is over for New Zealand…but only just

The lads at Whiff of Cordite come in from the side on the subject of yesterday’s referee, the All Blacks performance and Les Bleus’ heroes.

France facing £10,000 fine for advancing on haka Punishment This post contains videos

France facing £10,000 fine for advancing on haka

Marc Lievremont’s side failed to stay the prescribed distance away in the final yesterday.

Thierry Dusautoir wins IRB Player of the Year; gets mistaken for Henry Winning This post contains videos

Thierry Dusautoir wins IRB Player of the Year; gets mistaken for Henry

The French captain received the accolade ahead of David Pocock, Will Genia, Ma’a Nonu, Jerome Kaino and Piri Weepu.

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.

Sunday 23 October, 2011

The Happy Camper: Final thoughts on an incredible tournament

The Happy Camper is home in wet and windy Ireland. It didn’t stop him from penning one last diary entry for RWC 2011.

Devastated Dusautoir hails French display

The French captain and coach Marc Lievremont reflected on what might have been after losing the RWC final by a single point.

McCaw, Henry proud of All Blacks’ efforts

New Zealand’s captain and manager were very happy men after seeing their side triumph at Eden Park.

Sporting tweets of the week Twittersphere This post contains images

Sporting tweets of the week

Find out what Jerry Flannery has to say about Dana, what digusting image Bernard Berrian recently conjured and which Brian O’Driscoll tweet provoked George Hook’s ire.

As it happened: France v New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup final Minute-by-Minute This post contains videos

As it happened: France v New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup final

We’ve had drama, heartbreak, elation, surprise results and plenty of disappointments. And it all came down to the French and the All Blacks at Eden Park…

Saturday 22 October, 2011

Cooper facing lengthy spell on the sidelines

Quade Cooper won’t be back on a rugby pitch until next year after suffered a suspected ACL injury on Friday.

Who’s Webb Ellis? These are the REAL winners and losers of the Rugby World Cup In From The Side This post contains videos

Who’s Webb Ellis? These are the REAL winners and losers of the Rugby World Cup

Dwarf-throwing, facial hair, ball-swapping, Hooky in his pyjamas. Did that just happen?

You said what? Here’s our 16 favourite Rugby World Cup quotes Shop Talk This post contains images

You said what? Here’s our 16 favourite Rugby World Cup quotes

From #seanobrienfacts to Marc Lievremont’s penchant for pessimism, we round up the memorable words of wisdom from some of the sport’s most eminent figures… And George Hook.

WATCH: Highlights of the All Blacks’ famous 1987 World Cup triumph History Repeating? This post contains videos

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.

The sports week in pictures Snap Happy This post contains images

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.

Friday 21 October, 2011

New Zealand v France: a history lesson

You know what they say – to know the future, you have to study the past – so what do previous results between New Zealand and France tell us about Sunday’s RWC final?

Poll: Should the New Zealand haka be banned? Have Your Say This post contains a poll This post contains videos

Poll: Should the New Zealand haka be banned?

70% of the Australian public believe their rivals’ pre-match tradition should be done away with. Do you agree?

ABs to spin some tunes as ‘hurt’ unifies under-fire France

American rapper Busta Rhymes will play an unlikely role in Sunday’s Rugby World Cup final…

Named and shamed: the flops XV of the Rugby World Cup

You’ve already seen the best, now here is a team of the worst individual performers of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Sofa supporter: the sport on TV this weekend

Don’t touch that dial. You may have heard there’s a rugby game on but here’s all the sport on the telly over the coming days.

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”.

Thursday 20 October, 2011

‘France are the worst team ever to reach the final’ Conjecture This post contains videos

‘France are the worst team ever to reach the final’

Will Carling, Matt Burke, Zinzan Brooke and Scott Quinnell share their thoughts once more, as the World Cup draws to a close.

YouTube Top 10: because Rory McIlroy is like the baby from ‘Look Who’s Talking’ Going Viral This post contains videos

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.

The Score’s team of the Rugby World Cup

It’s taken us all of 46 games (and over a month of late nights and early morning), but we’ve finally settled on 15 names worthy of a place on our dream teamsheet.

WATCH: Ali and Sonny Bill wind the press corps up Giggling This post contains videos

WATCH: Ali and Sonny Bill wind the press corps up

The All Blacks duo decided to entertain themselves during yesterday’s press conference by pretending to translate each other… and tee-heeing like little schoolgirls. Not everyone was entertained.

Three reasons why France can beat the All Blacks… Prospects This post contains videos

Three reasons why France can beat the All Blacks…

Ahead of Sunday’s World Cup Final, here’s why Les Bleus can surprise New Zealand and win the Webb Ellis.

Wednesday 19 October, 2011

Absent friends: here’s our alternative Rugby Player of the Year nominations

As the IRB announced their list of shortlisted stars today, we highlight some of the individuals who were unfortunate to miss out.

Poll: Has the Rugby World Cup lived up to expectations? Have Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Has the Rugby World Cup lived up to expectations?

Some critics suggest the final constitutes an anti-climax, however there have been memorable moments over the course of the tournament.

Who’s the man? IRB announces Player of the Year shortlist Have Your Say This post contains a poll

Who’s the man? IRB announces Player of the Year shortlist

International rugby’s governing body has announced its shortlist for this season’s awards. Five of the six nominees ply their trade in the southern hemisphere.

Plus ca change… Lievremont names same French side for World Cup decider

France coach trusts the men who got him to the tournament decider as Les Bleus attempt to shock the All Blacks.

Focus: Three reasons why New Zealand will win the Rugby World Cup

As we inch closer to the World Cup Final between New Zealand and France, we offer three reasons why the All Blacks will taste victory…

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.

Monday 17 October, 2011

Australia’s Quade Cooper: Nobody likes me, I don’t care

Quade Cooper says he ‘grew a lot of confidence’ from the abuse he took during Australia’s Rugby World Cup campaign.

Ignore the blather… here’s why Rolland was right to dismiss Warburton

The Welsh skipper had to go and Irish ref Rolland deserves none of this criticism.

Lewis confident of keeping Gatland, as Edwards’ future in doubt

The Wales coach is likely to be in demand after he oversaw a number of impressive performances from his side at the Rugby World Cup.