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# RWC2019

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# Move On
'Energy is really the right word' as Ireland seek fresh start from new base
Ireland get their first chance to right a few World Cup wrongs this weekend.
# Reprimanded
Scottish Rugby Unions expresses 'regret' and pays €82k fine to World Rugby
The union’s CEO, Mark Dodson, threatened legal action during the World Cup.
# RWC2019
Scotland fined €80k over 'inappropriate and ill-judged' comments during Typhoon Hagibis
The SRU chief executive questioned the integrity of tournament organisers and claimed unfair treatment before Scotland lost to the hosts.
# Hurt
'It'll be raw for four years': Sexton looks back on World Cup woe and forward to whatever's next
The Ireland number 10 is hungry for competition again after parting ways with Joe Schmidt.
# Rise
'It means a lot for the boys from the rural area who didn’t go to private school'
Makazole Mapimpi, who used to walk 10km to school, has had a stunning rise with the Springboks.
# Irish Abroad
'Felix has been amazing and has brought so much. The boys absolutely love him'
Irishman Felix Jones is a World Cup winner.
# Arigatou
Sayonara, Japan! Curtain comes down on a memorable World Cup
The Brave Blossoms’ stunning exploits were a real highlight over the past seven weeks.
# Top Honour
Boks clean sweep at World Rugby awards as du Toit wins Player of the Year
Rassie Erasmus was named Coach of the Year, while South Africa earned Team of the Year.
# Tourists
2021 Lions tour already looming into view for the Springboks
Rassie Erasmus wants the Boks to become a consistent force between now and then.
# Revenge
Farrell's Ireland to host Japan, Springboks and Wallabies in November 2020
The Brave Blossoms shocked Ireland at their home World Cup.
# resurgence
How Rassie Erasmus returned from Munster to lead the Boks to World Cup glory
The 47-year-old told his players they could lift the trophy 18 months ago.
# Beaten
Jones proud of England but says they'll be 'kicking stones for four years'
The England head coach was at a loss to explain how his side failed to back up their win against the All Blacks.
# no scrum no win
'The Beast' leads Springboks' total destruction of England's scrum
The Springboks pack was ruthless in going after the English set-piece in the World Cup final.
# Hope
'In South Africa, pressure is having a close relative who is murdered' - Erasmus
Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus explains how his team embraced any pressure at the World Cup.
# RWC2019
Six Springboks force their way into The42's Team of the Rugby World Cup
There’s still room for smaller, highly-skilled players in our tournament XV.
# Dominant
Rassie's sensational Springboks stun England to claim World Cup crown
Superb tries from wings Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe capped a complete display.
# EDDIE-ISM
'You can't fire a cannon out of a canoe' -- Eddie O'Sullivan
No scrum no win.
# Leader
'We come from different backgrounds, different races, and we came together with one goal'
South Africa captain Siya Kolisi delivered a memorable speech after the Springboks beat England in the Rugby World Cup final.
# Try time
WATCH: The two wonderful tries which saw South Africa claim World Cup glory
South Africa are World Cup champions for the third time.
AS IT HAPPENED
England v South Africa, Rugby World Cup final
England are one game away from their second World Cup, South Africa are pushing for a third. Join us to see who gets their hands on the Webb Ellis.
# In Demand
Eight days after his unveiling at Stormers, Jones was England's new head coach
Eddie Jones may not have been top of the RFU’s list to succeed Stuart Lancaster in 2015, but the efforts made to secure his services have paid off.
# Farewell
'It was a bit of a fight between my daughter and son to see who took the medal'
Some big names in the All Blacks set-up bid farewell in Tokyo this evening.
# Bowing out
Gatland hopes incoming Pivac can keep Wales out of the 'doldrums'
The outgoing head coach hopes to see the Welsh winning Six Nations titles in years to come.
# Drop Goal King
World Cup winner Wilkinson helps Farrell with last-minute drop-goal prep
Eddie Jones’ side had an interesting visitor to training in Tokyo.
# class is permanent
Ben Smith sparkles as New Zealand seal third-place spot
The veteran was left out of the semi-final line-up, but sparkled in a six-try win for the deposed champions.
# Bronze Final
All Blacks magic still there as they strike early against Wales
New Zealand were pummeled by England last weekend, but they’re back up and running.
# Switching off
Why can't teams back up beating New Zealand at the World Cup?
The last three teams to beat New Zealand in the knock-out stages of the Rugby World Cup have lost their next game.
# Shortlist
21-year-old Tom Curry among nominees for World Rugby Player of the Year
Ardie Savea, Alun Wyn Jones, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Cheslin Kolbe, and Joe Taufete’e are also up for the award.
# Likeable
'They can inspire a whole country' - Jones asks England to play without fear
The Australian head coach says his team have pride in their style of play.
# The42 Rugby Weekly
'He will be much in demand, particularly if he's a World Cup winner'
Felix Jones has put himself in the best position to soak up a wealth of coaching knowledge.
# RWC2019
Springboks have 'a few plans up our sleeves,' says ex-Munster coach Nienaber
The ‘Boks defence coach has built up degree of familiarity with the English threat between Tests and clashes with Saracens.
# Shifting Roles
Erasmus confirms he'll step aside as Boks head coach after World Cup final
The former Munster boss will concentrate on his director of rugby role.
# Last Hurrah
'He's a god of the game' - Gatland to bow out against his native New Zealand
Tomorrow’s World Cup bronze final will see several people bidding farewell.
# Shortlist
Japan's Joseph among nominees for World Rugby Coach of the Year
Eddie Jones, Rassie Erasmus, Warren Gatland, and Steve Hansen are also on the shortlist.
# Damages
Uruguay team could face legal action after alleged bear-tearing ruckus in Japanese bar
A nightclub claims the South American squad caused over $30,000 worth of damage.
# subs
Finishers versus the Bomb Squad: The World Cup final game within a game
Both Eddie Jones and Rassie Erasmus have stressed the importance of their benches.
# named
Sinckler and May passed fit as Jones names unchanged England XV
Ben Spencer has replaced Willi Heinz on the bench in the only change to the matchday 23.
# Team news
Kolbe returns from injury as Boks make one change for World Cup final
The South Africans have gone for a 6/2 split once again on their bench.
# Captain
'He's the sort of person you want to follow' - Farrell leading England by example
The 28-year-old Saracens man is the heartbeat of Eddie Jones’ team.
# 10/12
Analysis: Ford and Farrell's inverted triangles give England superb variety
Eoin Toolan takes a look at what Eddie Jones’ 10/12 combination provides for England.