Full-back: Ayumu Goromaru (Japan) One of the stars of the tournament, Goromaru’s attacking intent and near-faultless goal-kicking provided some memorable moments as Japan produced their best World Cup finish in their history by finishing third in a group containing South Africa, Scotland and Samoa. Narrowly beating All Black Ben Smith to this position, Goromaru gets the nod for his overall contribution to Japan’s tournament, scoring … Continue reading Rugby World Cup 2015: Team of the tournament
As the curtain came down on Rugby World Cup 2015 on Saturday evening, New Zealand’s class of 2015 took their own special place in sporting history; becoming the first rugby nation to successfully defend a Rugby World Cup title. A 34-17 final victory over a spirited Australian team saw Richie McCaw become the first rugby captain to lead a side to two World Cup triumphs, as … Continue reading Back to Black!
After six weeks of awe-inspiring rugby just two sides remain with the opportunity to get their hands on the Webb Ellis trophy. Antipodean rivals Australia and New Zealand go into Saturday’s final, both sides with the chance to create history by becoming the first nation to win three Rugby World Cups. For New Zealand, greatness awaits as they look to become the first country to win … Continue reading Third time lucky!
So after the most pulsating round of quarter-final matches in the history of the World Cup, the Southern hemisphere sides maintained bragging rights over their rivals from the North, with Argentina and New Zealand enjoying emphatic wins while South Africa and Australia clawed back victory from the jaws of defeat. With a potential final just 80 minutes away the stakes could not be higher for the … Continue reading Southern Showdown
So after a pulsating pool stages that saw a little bit of everything, just eight teams remain with each side knowing they are just three victories away from sporting immortality. However as the tournament reaches the knockout stages there is no room for error for those looking to be crowned World Champions. Wales v South Africa Without doubt the most eagerly-anticipated of the quarter-final ties … Continue reading Quarter-finals Preview
As we approach the knockout stages of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, things are heating up on the pitch. In a tournament which has seemingly had everything, here are a few of the talking points as the tournament reaches the quarter-final stages. England: Time for change? Following a disastrous World Cup from the host nation, which has seen them exit the tournament at the earliest … Continue reading RWC Round-up
As we reach the half-way point in the pool stages of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the stakes could not be higher in the so-called Pool of Death. Following Wales’ momentous victory under the lights at Twickenham on Saturday, hosts England suddenly go into Saturday’s match against fellow Pool A rivals Australia knowing it is now or never. Win and their World Cup dream is still … Continue reading A tale of two coaches
As the clock counts down to the biggest game of the Rugby World Cup so far, Stuart Lancaster and Warren Gatland have named their respective sides as England and Wales prepare to meet each other in a match which is likely to have a huge impact on who makes it through to the knockout stages. So here are a few of the individual match-ups that … Continue reading England v Wales: Key battles
After all the hype and anticipation, the Rugby World Cup started with a bang with an opening weekend that had a bit of everything. From bonus-point wins to huge upsets the 2015 tournament has gotten off to a sensational start with some top performances that have whetted the appetite of fans excited to see how the next six weeks unfold. The tournament started on Friday … Continue reading Super Start
After all the build-up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup, it is finally time for the talking to stop and the action to begin. Twenty teams matching up in Rugby Union’s showpiece event, all hoping to embrace victory on the biggest stage. For teams such as Uruguay, Namibia and Romania, the opportunity for unknown players to test themselves against some of the game’s greats is … Continue reading World Cup watch: Home Nations