England 21-13 Ireland: Jonny May and Anthony Watson both score tries to lead Stuart Lancaster's side to victory in their final World Cup warm-up match at Twickeham

05/09/15 17:06

England 21-13 Ireland REPORT: Stuart Lancaster's men win their final game before the 2015 Rugby World Cup

05/09/15 17:03

England go into their opening World Cup match on a high after a strong win over Ireland featuring two spectacular tries from wingers Anthony Watson and Jonny May. Here's how it happened.

England 21-13 Ireland PLAYER RATINGS: Jonny May in line for World Cup start after fine display but Tom Youngs remains shaky

05/09/15 17:00

England won their final World Cup warm-up match against Ireland thanks to a narrow 21-13 win against their rivals at Twickenham. Sportsmail's SAM PETERS was there to run the rule over the two teams.

Paul O'Connell fired up by Joe Schmidt's sharp words ahead of Ireland's clash with England in final World Cup warm-up

05/09/15 10:51

A repeat performance of Ireland’s under-par display against Wales will not be tolerated by Joe Schmidt at Twickenham on Saturday.

Shaun Edwards dismisses Sir Clive Woodward's view that Wales should have selected more than two hookers

05/09/15 10:44

NIK SIMON: Shaun Edwards has rebuked Sir Clive Woodward after the former England World Cup winning coach expressed his belief that Wales are wrong to select just two hookers for the World Cup.

Wales on a revenge mission to avenge Sam Warburton's World Cup red card in 2011 

05/09/15 10:40

NIK SIMON: Wales were left nursing a deep sense of injustice when they crashed out in 2011 and the ‘bitterness’ is still a potent medicine as they fine-tune their preparations.

Sam Burgess will prove his doubters wrong at Rugby World Cup, says Jason Robinson after centre's code-switch to Union

05/09/15 10:32

England legend Jason Robinson is backing Sam Burgess to prove his detractors wrong in the same manner the code-switching full-back did at the 2003 World Cup.

England will occupy away dressing room at Twickenham as Stuart Lancaster prepares team for Rugby World Cup

05/09/15 10:24

England will take the final step in their meticulous preparation for a home World Cup campaign by emerging from the away dressing room at Twickenham to confront Ireland.

England's forwards must dominate Ireland to make a statement ahead of World Cup 

05/09/15 10:23

CHRIS FOY: England's pack will go ‘back to basics’ on Saturday in a quest to resume normal service after the shock of being pushed around by France on successive weekends last month.

England's clash with Ireland is not a drill... it's our last chance to show we can shake the world

05/09/15 02:08

SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: Make no mistake, England’s starting XV against Ireland on Saturday is the team inked in to play Fiji in the World Cup’s opening game.

Ireland wary of Sam Burgess ‘threat’ ahead of World Cup warm-up with England

05/09/15 00:08

Ireland are adamant they can contain the ‘unknown’ threat posed by Sam Burgess in Saturday's showdown against England.

Scotland centre Matt Scott backs coach Vern Cotter's decisions over squad choices 

04/09/15 22:30

Scotland centre Matt Scott has told Vern Cotter's critics to lay off the head coach - insisting the Kiwi has his players' trust. The Dark Blues are still three weeks away from their World Cup opener.

England have 'a nice balance' in World Cup 2015 squad, says Ireland coach Joe Schmidt

04/09/15 16:09

Joe Schmidt believes England boast 'a nice balance' to their World Cup midfield options, despite question marks still hanging over Stuart Lancaster's strongest inside-back division.

England won the World Cup 12 years ago: Where are Clive Woodward's squad now?

04/09/15 14:44

It is 12 years since England's one and only World Cup triumph when Sir Clive Woodward's side won every match, beating Australia in the final. Here, Sportsmail looks at what they are doing now...

England put through their paces ahead of Ireland clash as Stuart Lancaster's men prepare for final Rugby World Cup warm-up 

04/09/15 14:41

England stepped up their Rugby World Cup preparations with a final training session ahead of their last warm-up match before the tournament.

England forced to wear red kits and use Twickenham's away dressing room in Rugby World Cup opener against Fiji  

04/09/15 11:53

CHRIS FOY: England will start their World Cup campaign in alternate red kits against Fiji at Twickenham on September 18, after losing the right to choose traditional white. 

Sam Burgess: I feel like a rugby union player and part of England squad... Will Carling phoned me to explain his criticism

04/09/15 11:38

Sam Burgess revealed former England captain Will Carling phoned him after criticising his World Cup selection in order to make peace with the former rugby league international.

'England will peak in three years!' RFU chief Rob Andrew in astonishing gaffe just a fortnight before the World Cup kicks off 

04/09/15 10:23

CHRIS FOY FOR THE DAILY MAIL: England's lack of experience could ruin their chances of winning the Rugby World Cup, says Rob Andrew, the RFU’s professional rugby director.

England shouldn't let themselves be conned... Wales are trying it on with hooker ploy and Stuart Lancaster must fight it now 

04/09/15 10:05

SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: England and Stuart Lancaster should be kicking up merry hell over Wales and Australia’s decision to go into the World Cup with only two specialist hookers.

Rugby World Cup-winning All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry admires Stuart Lancaster for casting England's bad boys aside

04/09/15 09:53

CHRIS FOY - INTERVIEW: New Zealand's 2011 World Cup-winning coach Sir Graham Henry has a clear idea about what awaits Stuart Lancaster, and is impressed with what he's seen so far.

Cian Healy and Rob Kearney to sit out Ireland's clash with England at Twickenham

04/09/15 09:50

Ireland will wheel out all available big guns for their final World Cup warm-up match against England at Twickenham on Saturday, except Cian Healy and Rob Kearney.

Fans' fury over World Cup ticket delays with organisers braced for box office queues

04/09/15 09:48

Rugby World Cup organisers are bracing themselves for long box office queues after problems with their ticket distribution system.

Sam Warburton to captain Wales in Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Italy

04/09/15 09:44

Sam Warburton has overcome a shoulder injury that he thought would rule him out of the World Cup to captain Wales against Italy on Saturday.

RFU director Rob Andrew could be right to cool England hopes ahead of World Cup

04/09/15 09:39

CHRIS FOY: On reflection, Rob Andrew will doubtless concede that the eve of a home World Cup is perhaps not the occasion to emphasise the senior England team’s long-term potential.

Why are Rugby World Cup stars Drew Mitchell masquerading as Chris Robshaw, Jacques Burger speaking Welsh and Bryan Habana wearing a kilt?

03/09/15 09:47

Southern Hemisphere stars including Australia's Drew Mitchell, South Africa's Bryan Habana and Namibia's Jacques Burger have impressed their Home Nations rivals with their wacky impressions.

Samoa's Kane Thompson ruled out of Rugby World Cup opener after red card 

03/09/15 00:00

Thompson was sent off for striking Saia Fainga'a during last Saturday's encounter between Samoa and the Barbarians at the Olympic Stadium in London.

Jonathan Joseph confident he will click with Brad Barritt as England's first-choice centre duo combine for the first time 

02/09/15 22:56

CHRIS FOY: Jonathan Joseph believes he and Brad Barritt can establish an immediate harmony as England’s untried but first-choice duet in the problem area of midfield.

Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb intent on matching it with the best on the biggest stage of all at the Rugby World Cup

02/09/15 22:56

NIK SIMON: Rhys Webb has already ousted Mike Phillips to become Wales’ No 1 scrum-half and now the trained plumber has set his sights on becoming ‘the best player in the world’.

Wales squad sit for official portrait in front of Hensol Castle ahead of their final Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Italy

02/09/15 20:12

Warren Gatland's Wales squad posed for their official pre-World Cup portrait on Wednesday in front of Hensol Castle, a 400-year-old building usually reserved for luxury weddings.

Anthony Watson aims to cement England starting spot for Rugby World Cup 2015 with good display against Ireland

02/09/15 17:50

Anthony Watson knows he must back up his stunning two-try salvo against France if he is to capture one of the wing slots for England's World Cup opener against Fiji.

USA Eagles name inexperienced Rugby World Cup squad to be led by Saracens back Chris Wyles 

02/09/15 13:24

Saracens star Chris Wyles will captain a USA squad including 20 World Cup debutants after Mike Tolkin announced their squad. The outside back will be the most familiar name to English fans.

Cautious coach Vern Cotter calls for humility and hard work as Scotland announce their Rugby World Cup squad 

02/09/15 13:22

The SRU did their best to build excitement ahead of the World Cup by hosting a glitzy squad announcement only for Scotland head coach Vern Cotter to bring a dose of reality to proceedings.

Scotland coach Vern Cotter defends John Hardie selection in wake of criticism 

02/09/15 13:20

Vern Cotter has controversially selected the New Zealand-born openside flanker John Hardie in Scotland’s 31-man World Cup squad at the expense of Blair Cowan and John Barclay.

Haka to be loud and clear during World Cup as organisers pump up volume 

02/09/15 13:19

The All Blacks’ traditional war dance, the Haka, will be given its full voice at Twickenham even if England reach the World Cup final.

Blair Cowan and John Barclay axed from Scotland World Cup squad in favour of New Zealand-born John Hardie

02/09/15 13:17

Vern Cotter has confirmed the axing of Blair Cowan and John Barclay from Scotland’s squad for the Rugby World Cup as revealed by Sportsmail on Tuesday morning.

George Ford's fight for England No 10 shirt intensifies as Owen Farrell's revival ramps up pressure ahead of Ireland clash 

02/09/15 13:13

CHRIS FOY: Stuart Lancaster has put the England No 10 shirt up for grabs again by revealing that George Ford is coming under increasing pressure from a resurgent Owen Farrell.

England name team to play Ireland in final World Cup warm-up as Stuart Lancaster's squad return to training

02/09/15 13:12

Geoff Parling and Tom Wood will be charged with fixing England’s creaking set piece when they take on Ireland in their final World Cup warm-up game before the tournament kicks off.

Joe Schmidt takes a punt on Ian Madigan as Ireland coach installs Leinster fly half as emergency World Cup number nine 

01/09/15 22:44

Ian Madigan has spent the last year working behind the scenes to prepare to cover at scrum-half for Ireland in the World Cup at the behest of head coach Joe Schmidt.

Wales lock Alun-Wyn Jones set to miss start of World Cup campaign with medial ligament strain 

01/09/15 16:04

Influential Wales lock Alun-Wyn Jones is likely to miss the start of the World Cup after injuring his knee against Ireland and, if his recovery runs to schedule, he is likely to return for the crunch clash with England.

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer is not a racist, says Springbok wing Bryan Habana  

01/09/15 16:02

If England head coach Stuart Lancaster thought the scrutiny surrounding the selection of his World Cup squad was intense, he should try stepping into the shoes of South Africa's Heyneke Meyer.


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