Monday 24 October, 2011
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 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.
Marc Lievremont’s side failed to stay the prescribed distance away in the final yesterday.
The French captain received the accolade ahead of David Pocock, Will Genia, Ma’a Nonu, Jerome Kaino and Piri Weepu.
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.
Sunday 23 October, 2011
The Happy Camper is home in wet and windy Ireland. It didn’t stop him from penning one last diary entry for RWC 2011.
The French captain and coach Marc Lievremont reflected on what might have been after losing the RWC final by a single point.
New Zealand’s captain and manager were very happy men after seeing their side triumph at Eden Park.
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.
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
Quade Cooper won’t be back on a rugby pitch until next year after suffered a suspected ACL injury on Friday.
Dwarf-throwing, facial hair, ball-swapping, Hooky in his pyjamas. Did that just happen?
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.
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.
Friday 21 October, 2011
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?
70% of the Australian public believe their rivals’ pre-match tradition should be done away with. Do you agree?
American rapper Busta Rhymes will play an unlikely role in Sunday’s Rugby World Cup final…
You’ve already seen the best, now here is a team of the worst individual performers of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
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.
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
Will Carling, Matt Burke, Zinzan Brooke and Scott Quinnell share their thoughts once more, as the World Cup draws to a close.
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.
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.
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.
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
As the IRB announced their list of shortlisted stars today, we highlight some of the individuals who were unfortunate to miss out.
Some critics suggest the final constitutes an anti-climax, however there have been memorable moments over the course of the tournament.
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.
France coach trusts the men who got him to the tournament decider as Les Bleus attempt to shock the All Blacks.
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
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.
Monday 17 October, 2011
Quade Cooper says he ‘grew a lot of confidence’ from the abuse he took during Australia’s Rugby World Cup campaign.
The Welsh skipper had to go and Irish ref Rolland deserves none of this criticism.
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.
Irishman will be reserve referee this weekend after Saturday’s tough day at the office.