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Monday 17 October, 2011

Craig Joubert to ref World Cup final - but under-fire Rolland lands role too

Irishman will be reserve referee this weekend after Saturday’s tough day at the office.

The Morning Score: Monday Early Doors This post contains videos

The Morning Score: Monday

Sam Warburton, Jason McGuinness and Andy Murray all feature in our daily bite-sized edition bringing you all the sports news that’s hitting the headlines.

Sunday 16 October, 2011

Tuilagi feared his Mum's reaction after ferry jump

Manu Tuilagi says he is ‘disappointed’ with himself after hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons during the Rugby World Cup.

Lièvremont labels players 'spoilt brats' after night out

The French coach launched an astonishing tirade at his own players – a week before they face New Zealand in the RWC final.

Heart and soul see New Zealand through

Graham Henry pays tribute to his side’s “huge ticker, huge character and guts” after they booked their place in next Sunday’s World Cup final.

Tackle sees Warburton suspended for three weeks

The Welsh back row admitted to a dangerous tackle on Vincent Clerc and will now miss his country’s game against Australia.

As it happened: New Zealand v Australia

There was no love lost as New Zealand met Australia for a place in the World Cup final. Here’s the minute-by-minute report.

Saturday 15 October, 2011

Key considerations: Australia v New Zealand

There’s little to choose between the teams as New Zealand and Australia prepare for their semi-final showdown in Auckland.

Spotlight on Rolland after he shows red to Warburton

Irishman Alain Rolland is the focus of all the talk following Wales’ one-point exit from the Rugby World Cup.

Six-month suspended ban for tweeting Samoan

Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu faces a significant playing ban unless he apologies for a tweet he wrote about Welsh referee Nigel Owens.

Beale ruled out, Ashley-Cooper to start at 15

The Australian full-back has a hamstring strain and won’t be available to face the All Blacks on Sunday.

Gatland: "I feel personally let down" Seeing Red This post contains videos

Gatland: "I feel personally let down"

Wales manager ‘gutted’ after controversial red card gives the French the upper hand in semi-final.

Shane Jennings’ World Cup diary: the final chapter

“There wasn’t much to say in the dressing room and in the team room afterwards. Deccie didn’t even say that much. What could you say?” Jenno checks in with the final installment of his World Cup diary.

As it happened: Wales v France

Ireland’s victors took on the mercurial Gauls in the first of the weekend’s semi-final clashes. We went minute-by-minute.

Friday 14 October, 2011

Fergus McFadden's World Cup diary: Time to say goodbye

“These lads are model professionals who’ve helped to build a great rugby legacy in this country and this was their last chance. There’s just nothing you can say.”

'I am not a cheat,' insists Pocock

The flanker was criticised by John Smit for his performance in last Saturday’s game, as Australia edged out South Africa to reach the World Cup semi-finals.

Semi-final countdown: the view from Wales

With the Welsh squad less than 48 hours away from the biggest game of their rugby lives, we turned to our man in the valleys for some pre-match guidance.

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WATCH: Rugby legends preview the World Cup semis

Carling, Brooke, Henderson and Quinnell look forward to this weekend’s action in Eden Park.

Deans waits as clock ticks on Beale's fitness

Kurtley Beale looks set to start for Australia after Robbie Deans provisionally named the full-back in his starting XV to face New Zealand.

Sofa supporter: the sport on TV this weekend

The Premier League continues, the Rugby World Cup approaches its climax and the Korean Grand Prix gets underway all in the next few days.

Thursday 13 October, 2011

McCaw and Dagg among starters to face Australia

All Blacks coach Graham Henry has made a number of changes from the side that beat Argentina in last weekend’s quarter-final.

Ref report card: Alain Rolland's Rugby World Cup (so far)

Yo, stats nerds. Come join us as we crunch the numbers on the Dubliner’s refereeing performances and look at what to expect from him in Saturday’s semi-final.

Quittin' time? Martin Johnson has seven days to decide on England future

The England boss has been given the opportunity to walk before an independent review panel decides his fate.

You said what? 9 gems from the mouth of Marc Lièvremont Soundbite This post contains images

You said what? 9 gems from the mouth of Marc Lièvremont

We’re hoping for a couple more of these pearlers in the run-up to Saturday’s semi-final.

Priestland blow forces change on Gatland

Wales have made just one change to their starting XV ahead of Saturday’s World Cup semi against France.

A Bluffer's Guide to... the Haka Knowledge This post contains videos

A Bluffer's Guide to... the Haka

It’s the enduring trademark of Southern Hemisphere rugby, but New Zealand’s pre-game war dance is about more than intimidation on a massive scale.

Wednesday 12 October, 2011

‘We’ll see what happens’: ROG keeps retirement cards close to his chest

Nobody has any idea if Ronan O’Gara is retiring from international rugby or not. Not even the man himself.

The Happy Camper: it's time to go home, Tosh

Cian the van is parked up for the last time and the lads file onto the flight home with plenty of other Irish. It’s been a wild ride.

Tuesday 11 October, 2011

In pictures: Ireland's World Cup squad return home Homecoming This post contains images

In pictures: Ireland's World Cup squad return home

Declan Kidney’s men were met by a crowd of fans as they disembarked at Dublin Airport.

Bayonne offer half-price tickets for fans with Lièvremont 'taches

Because there ain’t no party like a moustache party. Apparently.

Touch and go: Priestland a doubt for semi-final

All Blacks legend Colin Meads has praised Priestland and the Welsh side, tipping them to reach the final.

The Happy Camper: home thoughts from abroad

As they point it towards the airport, our man in the van recalls the many Irish friends they’ve made along the road.

Turns out De Villiers didn’t resign after all

The South Africa coach claims the speech he delivered following the Springboks’ quarter-final loss to Australia definitely wasn’t about his resignation. Whatever gave you that idea?

Quade Cooper to start at full-back against the All Blacks?

Robbie Deans has hinted the mercurial utility back could be deployed as a replacement for the injured Kurtley Beale, while Berrick Barnes looks a possible starter at fly-half.

France name unchanged line-up as Lievremont sticks to winning formula

In addition, Wales coach Shaun Edwards has rejected the suggestion that France lack consistency at the best of times.

Monday 10 October, 2011

Making a splash: Tuilagi fined £3,000 after jumping off ferry

The Samoan-born centre was reportedly encouraged by his England teammates to make the dive following their World Cup exit.

Ireland's Rugby World Cup adventure: the post-mortem

They topped the group for the first time, beat a Tri-Nations side in the southern hemisphere and made a lot of friends. But was it a success?

Generation Next: Ireland's rugby retirements

With a handful of Ireland’s Golden Generation having now slipped the wrong side of 30, how many have the appetite for another year of competitive international rugby?

Poll: who will you supporting in the Rugby World Cup now that Ireland are out? Have Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: who will you supporting in the Rugby World Cup now that Ireland are out?

Following Saturday’s demoralising defeat, who will you be cheering from here on in?

The Happy Camper: 'it feels like a one horse town when the horse is out to lunch'

It’s back behind the wheel for the lads after the weekend’s heartbreak before the flight home this week.