From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
After New Zealand demolished Italy at the very first World Cup match in 1987, the tournament needed a boost. It came in very next game, as Scotland and France played out the first classic encounter in the tournament’s history with a 20-all draw that had everything.
It is often said that defence wins big games. The fact of the matter is that a whole combination of factors wins big games, but defence is certainly a crucial component.
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David Dadunashvili became the youngest hooker in Rugby World Cup history at 21 years and 270 days when he replaced Akvsenti Giorgadze in Georgia’s starting line up against South Africa in 2003.
Gifted back Kurtley Beale concedes it will be very difficult for him to regain a starting spot in the Wallabies’ side for the World Cup, but is excited by that challenge.
Wallabies and Brumbies openside flanker David Pocock and Waratahs back Kurtley Beale have re-signed with Australian Rugby and their Super Rugby franchises.
Why do I know so little about women’s sport? It’s an interesting question, with quite an uninteresting answer, that being: I’m lazy.
The Wallabies leave for the United States on Saturday, where they will bunk down for a two-week camp at the famed University of Notre Dame, Indiana, either side of the Test against the US.
In any World Cup of substance there’s bound to be the odd one-sided result when the less-experienced nations try and match it with the big boys.
Champion fullback Israel Folau last night became the first Wallaby to win back-to-back John Eales Medals.
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Tired of being quizzed over his selection of two specialist hookers, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika hit back at his critics on Thursday.
Australian rugby boss Bill Pulver has indicated the ARU could bid if cost-cutting Japan should lose the hosting rights for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Wallabies captain Stephen Moore hopes to use America’s inability to differentiate between rugby league and union by declaring Jarryd Hayne one of theirs when they hit the US this weekend.
Israel Folau has claimed his second straight John Eales Medal, finishing ahead of predicted frontrunners Michael Hooper and David Pocock at the awards ceremony in Sydney on Thursday night.
Round 1 of the NRC produced no great upsets, but it was clear that teams have upped their defensive intensity and base fitness levels; no doubt major lessons learned from last year.
At the time of writing the Rugby World Cup is 23 days and 8 hours away, and closing fast. Of course, you knew that, despite being momentarily distracted by the Hayne Plane roaring towards a fat NFL contract in San Francisco.
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With only two hookers announced in the Wallabies World Cup squad, there has been plenty of discussion about whether we will be capable of winning our own ball.
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Without doubt the weakest of all the groups, South Africa should breeze through Pool B untroubled.
Heyneke Meyer has put his faith in experienced players he can trust, and I hope he gets what he prays for.
I was recently in Donegal, Ireland, at a family gathering. While there I visited the town of Ramelton with my uncle Joe, which is the birthplace of rugby player David Gallaher.
Perth Spirit host their first home game of the 2015 against a North Harbour Rays side who will be smarting after a see-sawing loss last week.
NSW Country Eagles will be looking to make it two in a row when they host the Canberra Vikings in Sydney. Join us on The Roar from 3pm (AEST) for live scores of this clash.
Melbourne Rising are defending the Horan-Little shield for a second time when they put it on the line against Brisbane City. Join The Roar for live scores of this National Rugby Championship clash from 2pm (AEST).
Many generations ago, after a monumental clash of powers, the two sons of the god William Webb Ellis declared war on each other.
The 2015 Rugby World Cup will see a few players represent a nation other than their birth country, with some poached by bigger sides and others settling for a lower level after failing to make Tier 1 squads.
Ireland’s third warm-up game for the Rugby World Cup takes place against Wales this Saturday, at 2.30pm (UK time) in the Aviva Stadium.
He may not be the sharpest offensive player in world rugby and he may not even know all the rules yet, but there is one very good reason why Sam Burgess was selected for England. And it could turn out to be a stroke of genius by Stuart Lancaster.
Irascible Biltongbek, effervescent RobC, voice-of-reason Diggercane, sprightly near-genius Ben Gibbon, and rugby poet Harry Jones were invited by The Roar to select respective World XV teams from any and all eras, using an NBA-style selection draft.
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Since rugby union became a professional sport in 1995, many rugby union bodies have looked towards the Pacific Islands in order to fill their demand for top level rugby stars.
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Without a shadow of doubt, Pool A is the strongest and most interesting of the pools. It may not contain the best side in the tournament but it contains three sides ranked in the top six in the world – and one of them will not make it out of the pool stage.
The rugby World Cup is just over three weeks away now and excitement is building. Over the past few weeks we have seen a dominant Wallabies team go from beating the all-conquering All Blacks to receiving a master class by the very same team.
Match Result: The Sydney Stars remain undefeated in the National Rugby Championship with a high scoring 50-40 win over Queensland Country.
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World Rugby CEO and Australian Brett Gosper wants England to go through, Australian George Smith thinks Fiji will, while Welshman Lee Byrne has doubts about Wales going through at all.
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