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8dSam Bruce

Tall Order: Wallabies at last heed World Cup's tackle message

Wallabies lock Rory Arnold is mindful of the need to lower his tackling height at the Rugby World Cup while coach Michael Cheika says his side have been working on a few different things to avoid further potentially match-turning yellow or red cards.

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Willemse at full-back as Springboks rotate for Canada

Willemse was an injury replacement for centre Jesse Kriel, but has been selected in the No. 15 jersey in a back three that includes Warrick Gelant and Sbu Nkosi on the wings.

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All Blacks run rampant to thrash Namibia in Tokyo

Defending champions New Zealand racked up the biggest points tally of the Rugby World Cup so far by running in 11 tries to hammer a spirited Namibia side 71-9 and charge back to the top of Pool B on Sunday.

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12dSam Bruce

Springboks need to polish attack to challenge Rugby World Cup rivals

South Africa have more than enough firepower up front to handle prospective quarterfinal rivals. but they require far better clarity on their attacking strategy and execution to ensure physical dominance generates full capital, writes Sam Bruce.

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South Africa outmuscle Italy at Rugby World Cup

South Africa ramped up the physicality to defeat Italy 49-3 in Shizuoka, crushing opponents reduced to 14 men for most of the second half and moving above them and New Zealand to the top of Rugby World Cup Pool B.

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Springboks overpower Namibia to open Rugby World Cup account

There was only ever going to be one winner of the 'African derby', despite what Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus had termed his 'fringe' selection, and minnows Namibia simply could not cope with South Africa's physicality.

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1488dESPN Staff

The greatest shocks in Rugby World Cup history

Following Japan's groundbreaking win over two-time champions South Africa, we take a look back at some of the other biggest upsets in the history of the Rugby World Cup.

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22dCraig Dowd

All Blacks' class shone through in battle of rugby superpowers

Saturday night's blockbuster between the All Blacks and Springboks certainly didn't disappoint. New Zealand nailed their opportunities to take the win but don't write off South Africa just yet, Craig Dowd writes.

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25dSam Bruce

Another chapter writes itself into All Blacks-Springboks folklore

This game must be remembered as one of the all-time great World Cup clashes, one that only adds to the All Blacks-Springboks rivalry that continues to deliver and may yet feature another chapter back in Yokohama on Nov. 2.

25dSam Bruce

All Blacks thank Mo'unga but heap praise on Boks flyer Kolbe

Cheslin Kolbe finished with a match-high 128 metres from nine runs with three clean breaks and having left no less than 11 defenders clutching at thin air, but he could not get the Springboks over the line in Yokohama.


Two sparks of brilliance see New Zealand past South Africa

Four minutes of first-half brilliance led an otherwise unconvincing New Zealand to a 23-13 victory over South Africa in a clash between two World Cup favourites on Saturday that never quite lived up to its billing.

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Rugby World Cup Week 2 preview: latest team lists, predictions

After a huge opening weekend of action we kick into Week 2. With a game every day this week, there's plenty of action to keep you excited before the headline match Australia vs. Wales kicks off on Saturday. Read ahead for team lists and previews.


Springboks name unchanged side for World Cup opener

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus made just one change from the starting side that drew with New Zealand in July when he named his team for Saturday's crunch Rugby World Cup clash with the world champions in Yokohama.

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Early starts for Super Rugby in 2020

Everything happens earlier in Super Rugby next year in changes that SANZAAR hopes will make the faltering product more successful in the Australian marketplace.

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