LATEST RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015 NEWS PLUS FIXTURES AND RESULTS

Sam Burgess and Owen Farrell set to play for England against Wales in Rugby World Cup with George Ford axed

23/09/15 08:16

Food, glorious food: What the big boys are munching during the 2015 Rugby World Cup

23/09/15 06:43

NIK SIMON: Weighing up to 22st 11lb, the giants of the World Cup need their fair share of good food to keep them going. Kitchen staff use nutritional science to devise menus of up to 6,000 calories.

A big change but it could be a winner for England vs Wales at the Rugby World Cup

23/09/15 06:37

SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: This change to the England midfield is a big call. Owen Farrell is a hard-as-nails player with a big-match temperament and close to his best form again.

South Africa must focus ahead of Samoa clash, insists veteran winger Bryan Habana

23/09/15 01:34

Mental focus must be much higher for South Africa as they anticipate a bruising clash with Samoa in their second Rugby World Cup Pool B match after the shock defeat by Japan, Bryan Habana warned.

Vern Cotter's Scotland can write their own Rugby World Cup blockbuster against Japan... but will it be an epic thriller or a horror story at Kingsholm?

23/09/15 01:15

JOHN GREECHAN: If their attention could be diverted from the blossoming storyline surrounding Japan, the boys in Hollywood would love the whole Scotland angle on this Rugby World Cup. 

New-look Olympic Stadium to be unveiled at Rugby World Cup as France face Romania

23/09/15 01:12

Pictures have been released of the Olympic Stadium in all its glory ahead of Wednesday’s Rugby World Cup clash between France and Romania.

Taulupe Faletau hoping pool of death can fire Wales to Rugby World Cup success and upset hosts England at Twickenham

23/09/15 01:04

Taulupe Faletau has been among Wales' most consistent and durable performers of the past four years - but he still pinches himself that he is living life on rugby union's global stage.

Steven Gerrard was right... St George's Park is boring, claims Ireland back Dave Kearney ahead of second Rugby World Cup match

23/09/15 00:59

Dave Kearney has agreed with former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard that England FA's training headquarters is boring, with little to do other than train for next Sunday's second World Cup match.

Japan coach Eddie Jones tells Sir Clive Woodward how his side have shocked the Rugby World Cup: 'We’re playing ruck and run... it’s the new rock and roll'

23/09/15 00:35

England's 2003 World Cup-winning coach SIR CLIVE WOODWOOD catches up with his old adversary (and man of the moment after beating South Africa), Japan coach Eddie Jones

Japan coach Eddie Jones claims his Brave Blossoms can run Scotland ragged in their Rugby World Cup pool B clash 

23/09/15 00:28

Eddie Jones will tell his Japan side to 'run Scotland off their feet' this afternoon as he bids to show the rugby world that their stunning triumph over South Africa was no fluke.

England call up the HEAVY MOB as Stuart Lancaster drops star fly-half George Ford for Rugby World Cup showdown with Wales

23/09/15 00:06

CHRIS FOY: Twickenham will reverberate to the thunderous soundtrack of heavyweight collisions. England have decided to opt for the route one approach. Size and power are the tools of choice.

NFL super agent Jack Bechta is on a World Cup scouting mission and former Australia hooker Adam Freier returns to Cardiff

23/09/15 00:01

NIK SIMON'S WORLD CUP DIARY: NFL super agent Jack Bechta is on a scouting mission at the World Cup to poach some of the best players.  ‘It is more challenging than people think,' he claimed.

Beards of the Rugby World Cup 2015: Bewhiskered backs, hipster hookers and scrum fluff

22/09/15 23:15

As if their hulking physiques and menacing stares weren't intimidating enough, these players have taken things to the next level. Here are the bearded warriors of the Rugby World Cup.

Clashing cousins... Fiji's Nadolo set for battle with Australian Kuridrani in Cardiff 

22/09/15 22:36

NIK SIMON: Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium is a long way from the Fijian beach where Tevita Kuridrani and Nemani Nadolo used to tackle each other during the summer holidays.

England centre Jonathan Joseph injury doubt for World Cup clash with Wales

22/09/15 20:11

Jonathan Joseph has emerged as a serious injury concern for England ahead of this Saturday’s Pool A encounter with Wales at Twickenham.

France players inspired by Usain Bolt and Mo Farah as they train in Olympic Stadium before World Cup match with Romania

22/09/15 17:17

France Flanker Yannick Nyanga admitted he and his team-mates will 'imagine ourselves in the place of the athletes' in their second Pool D clash against Romania at the Olympic Stadium.

The most terrifying Haka yet: All Blacks stun crowd with new 'arrow head' war dance at the Rugby World Cup - with video drawing more than 11 MILLION views

22/09/15 17:07

The New Zealand All Blacks silenced a 89,000 strong crowd at Wembley Arena during their first Rugby World Cup game by unveiling a new formation Ka Mate Haka.

Sam Cane to captain New Zealand against Namibia as All Blacks coach Steve Hansen makes 12 changes from World Cup opener

22/09/15 16:44

Flanker Sam Cane will captain New Zealand for the first time in Thursday's World Cup clash against minnows Namibia. Steve Hansen has made 12 changes from the side that beat Argentina.

Japan coach Eddie Jones hoping lightning can strike twice against Scotland after World Cup victory over South Africa

22/09/15 16:33

Four days on from their stunning victory over South Africa in Brighton, Eddie Jones wants his Japan side to prove the famous win over the Springboks was no fluke when they face Scotland.

Michael Cheika insists Michael Hooper and David Pocock selection was no-brainer as Stephen Moore takes captain's run

22/09/15 16:29

Australia head coach Michael Cheika says that rocket science was not required in his decision to start both of the Wallabies' brilliant openside flankers against World Cup opponents Fiji.

Wales have injuries but they're a talented team out to cause a Rugby World Cup shock, warns England lock Joe Launchbury

22/09/15 16:15

Joe Launchbury points to England's success in Cardiff earlier this year as the reason why he is paying little attention to Wales' injury problems ahead of the pivotal World Cup clash on Saturday.

Japan out to show Scotland they're not one-hit wonders after historic South Africa win at World Cup 2015, says Michael Leitch

22/09/15 16:02

Scotland are set to open their World Cup campaign against South Africa slayers Japan on Wednesday and Japan's captain Michael Leitch has warned the Scots their could be another upset.

South Africa looking for Rugby World Cup redemption against Samoa after Japan loss

22/09/15 15:32

South Africa adopted a new mantra on Tuesday using as an football analogy as they sought to put behind them the embarrassment of defeat by Japan in their opening Rugby World Cup match.

Jared Payne hopes he can get working on his partnership with Robbie Henshaw ahead of Ireland's clash with Romania

22/09/15 15:25

Jared Payne is keen to ease his centre partnership with Robbie Henshaw into World Cup form against Romania on Sunday. Ireland boss Joe Schmidt will hope Henshaw can return.

South African-born Scot WP Nel says he is not out for revenge against Japan

22/09/15 15:04

Scotland's South African-born prop WP Nel insists he is not out to avenge the Springboks defeat to Japan when he faces the World Cup shocktroops on Wednesday.

If you're trying to scare the opposition, it's working! From the man-bun to the caveman, Rugby World Cup is a sporting catwalk for crazy hair-cuts

22/09/15 14:09

Forget the Haka or the ferocious scrums, the Rugby World Cup has something much more scary up its sleeve; a collection of disastrous haircuts.

South Africa are 'nothing more than a bunch of losers' after Japan defeat, blasts furious sports minister 

22/09/15 11:25

The result shocked supporters around the world, most notably back in South Africa, where Fikile Mbalula, the Minister for Sport, responded angrily, branding his side 'a bunch of losers'.

Japan heroes given guard of honour by students after famous win over South Africa as Springboks face the music

22/09/15 11:24

Japan's Rugby World Cup heroes were given a guard of honour by 1,200 students as they returned to training on Monday. The squad was welcomed to their base near Brighton College.

Prince William greets Wales squad during official Rugby World Cup welcome ceremony as Warren Gatland's side sing traditional hymn

22/09/15 11:16

Wales were given a royal greeting at their official Rugby World Cup welcome ceremony in London ahead of their crunch match against England.

Wales and Uruguay shared a beer after Rugby World Cup clash while both sets of players watched All Blacks beat Argentina 

22/09/15 11:11

NIK SIMON'S WORLD CUP DIARY: Warren Gatland invited the minnows to raise a glass with Sam Warburton and Co, with the sides watching Argentina vs New Zealand together.

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre labels Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger 'a great gentleman' after the pair pose for snap 

22/09/15 11:08

Philippe Saint-Andre praised Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on Monday after the pair met ahead of France's second Rugby World Cup game against Romania.

Rugby World Cup chiefs move to clarify use of TMO after lengthy delays

22/09/15 11:00

World Cup chiefs have moved to clarify the role of television match officials following the controversial use of replays. England's opening match with Fiji last Friday lasted more than 100 minutes.

Stuart Lancaster has decisions to make ahead of Wales clash... it's time to stick or twist for England coach

22/09/15 10:50

Wales had a surreal insult added to mounting injuries on Monday when they were publicly mocked for their singing ability by Prince William - the vice-patron of their own union.

Rugby World Cup diary: Fiji star Nemani Nadolo blasts ITV commentator Nick Mullins for remark during England defeat

22/09/15 09:15

Fiji winger Nemani Nadolo has called out ITV commentator Nick Mullins for his wisecrack during Friday night’s defeat by England.

Laura Dundovic plays tourist in Bath before boyfriend Quade Cooper and his Australia team-mates take on Fiji in Rugby World Cup

22/09/15 07:21

The former Miss Universe Australia played tourist this week as she visited picturesque English city of Bath while boyfriend Quade Cooper prepared to take on Fiji in the Rugby World Cup.

Josh Strauss' wait is finally over as flanker becomes eligible for Scotland debut days after homeland South Africa shocked by Japan at Rugby World Cup

22/09/15 01:42

Josh Strauss couldn’t have chosen a better time to become Scottish as the day after his homeland fell to a shock defeat to Japan at the Rugby World Cup he fulfilled his three-year residency requirement.

New Zealand back in the gym as All Blacks prepare for second Rugby World Cup game against Namibia

22/09/15 01:42

After being run close by Argentina in their opening group game at the Rugby World Cup, the New Zealand players have returned to the gym ahead of their clash with Namibia on Thursday.

Vern Cotter names strong Scotland team to face World Cup surprise package Japan

22/09/15 01:00

Vern Cotter has picked a full-strength Scotland team for Wednesday’s World Cup showdown with Japan - after admitting their historic victory over South Africa is causing him and his staff sleepless nights.

Wales relishing the challenge of taking on England in crunch Rugby World Cup pool A clash despite injury woes, says Dan Lydiate

22/09/15 00:46

Wales are refusing to be downhearted by the injury problems that are threatening to undermine their Rugby World Cup campaign, flanker Dan Lydiate said on Monday.

Japan's Rugby World Cup coach Eddie Jones to manage Stormers in Super Rugby

22/09/15 00:37

Japan coach Eddie Jones, widely lauded for masterminding Japan's sensational Rugby World Cup victory over South Africa, will take charge of Super Rugby side the Stormers next season.

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