RWC heavy plots ABs downfall

France's New Zealand-raised prop Uini Atonio is hoping to send the defending champions packing in Cardiff.

The heaviest player at the RWC is a Timaru-born prop hell-bent on lifting the Cup for France.

Big hits to blame for rising toll

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell lies in agony after suffering a tournament-ending injury against France.

Surgeons who love rugby warn the sport's too dangerous with RWC injury count double on 2011.

Scotland duo banned for Wallabies clash

Fa'atoina Autagavaia of Samoa evades Jonny Gray, left, and Ross Ford, who have both been suspended.

Two key Scottish forwards out of World Cup after being suspended for dangerous tackles.

No mug Nigel to ref ABs

Referee Nigel Owens shows he's not afraid to send All Blacks players to the sin bin.

Meet the 44-year-old, openly gay stand-up comic who will hold the whistle in the All Blacks' RWC quarterfinal.

Pocock gets away with knee foul

"The strength of the game is discipline," says Cheika.

Relief in the Wallabies camp as key openside flanker dodges ban for cited action vs Wales.

United French have 'killer mindset'

French fullback Brice Dulin drops his shoulder into a Canadian tackle during their World Cup pool match.

French player adamant that his team is ready to add a new chapter to history of All Blacks upsets.

O'Brien cops ban for cheap shot video

Sean O'Brien swung a forearm into France lock Pascal Pape's stomach in the first minute of Ireland's win.

Ireland lose another first-choice player as flanker suspended for strike against French lock.

North back on Wales' wing

Wales wing George North in training ahead of the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals.

Star outside back returns to normal position as Wales brace for the Boks in RWC quarterfinals.

Golf gaffe in front of McIlroy video

Ireland rugby team-mates crack-up as Luke Fitzgerald cracks under the pressure of a tee shot on camera, and in front of golf world No 1 Rory McIlroy.

Ireland rugby team cracks-up as player cracks under the pressure of swinging for golf world No 1.

RWC Around The Grounds

Captain Richie McCaw returned to the All Blacks training field after missing their last pool match against Tonga with a hip complaint.

A look at how the Rugby World Cup quarterfinalists' build-ups are progressing.

Injured O'Connell out of RWC

A serious hamstring injury, that will require surgery has ended Ireland captain Paul O'Connell's international career.

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell's international career came to a premature end when he was ruled out of the RWC.

We'll do it our way, say French

Morgan Parra (left) and Thierry Dusautoir discuss what went wrong after France's 24-9 loss to Ireland at the Rugby World Cup.

France have a history of upsetting the All Blacks at Rugby World Cups, but they will not be dwelling on former glories.

Another group of death?

The draw for this year's pools were made almost three years ago when Wales had dropped out of the world's top eight.

Organisers refused to rule out another group of death in Japan 2019.

Kriel enjoying RWC roller-coaster

Springboks rookie Jesse Kriel will likely come up against Welsh veteran Jamie Roberts in their Rugby World Cup quarterfinal at Twickenham.

Young South African Jesse Kriel has had a roller-coaster RWC but that has not stopped the centre enjoying every minute.

No time to reflect for Moore, Giteau

Impending centurion Wallabies Stephen Moore (left) and Matt Giteau speak to the media during an Australian media session in London.

Australia captain Stephen Moore and centre Matt Giteau are poised to win their 100th caps in the RWC quarterfinals.

Lievremont takes aim at Les Bleus

Former France coach Marc Lievremont, who fell out with his players at the 2011 World Cup, isn't holding out much hope for Les Bleus after their loss to Ireland.

Marc Lievremont has harsh words for former side, but what affect will it have this time?

5 reasons to view the other quarters

Wales just got the better of South Africa the last time they met. Now their next clash has huge ramifications to the World Cup and, hopefully, the All Blacks.

There's far more to the World Cup playoffs than just the All Blacks against France. Here's why you must watch the other three quarter-finals.

Zinny: Wallabies favourites now

Former All Black Zinzan Brooke has been impressed by Australia's building form at the Rugby World Cup.

All Blacks great believes Australia are the team to beat as World Cup's knockout phase starts.

Little love for ABs in best XV

Australia's Matt Giteau is named in both 'teams of the tournament'.

The British press have virtually ignored the All Blacks in their teams of tournament - for now.

Ten lessons from the RWC

Be bold. Believe. And Go For It - the mantra of RWC 2015.

There are lessons to be learnt from the pool stages, but there's no doubt that the this has been an engaging and open World Cup.

Springboks focus on discipline

John McFarland: "We don't want to give away penalties when they have the ball."

Defence coach John McFarland believes try-scoring opportunities against Wales will be limited in the quarterfinals.

RWC man of match system changes

England lock Joe Launchbury was surprise a man of the match in the hosts' loss to the Wallabies at Twickenham.

Embarrassments during pool phases see RWC bosses adjust the social media format for business end of tournament.

Ngauamo banned, O'Brien cited video

Sean O'Brien swung a forearm into France lock Pascal Pape's stomach in the first minute of Ireland's win.

Tonga hooker Paula Ngauamo banned for 3 weeks for trip tackle on Dan Carter, while Ireland's Sean O'Brien has been cited.

ABs fifth in RWC attendances

They may be the world's No 1 team but the All Blacks are down the list on Rugby World Cup attendance figures.

Wales draw most fans to matches and surprises for Springboks and Japanese as organisers release figures from pool phase of tournament.

ABs expect French backlash video

France's Frederic Michalak was one of the players to underwhelm against Ireland.

The All Blacks are well aware France could again find inspiration from being written off.

Scotland duo facing bans

Scotland forward Ross Ford gets to grips with Samoa's Alafoti Faosiliva during his side's 36-33 win in Newcastle.

Ross Ford and Jonny Gray could miss RWC quarterfinal after being cited for alleged foul play during Samoa victory.

O'Mahony's ruled out of RWC

Ireland flanker Peter O'Mahony receives treatment after sustaining a serious knee injury against France in Cardiff.

Flanker ruled out for rest of tournament and replaced by Leinster's Rhys Ruddock as Ireland's injuries pile up.

France plot to disrupt ABs

French coach Philippe Saint-Andre.

"We don't play the All Blacks, we play New Zealand," French coach says.

Show goes on without England

Defeated England players after their Rugby World Cup ousting.

Organisers confident RWC won't "stutter" after home side's knockout.

Wallabies are back in black

Drew Mitchell of Australia celebrates his team's heroic win over the Welsh in London with some rock n'roll signage.

The Wallabies' World Cup heroics so far have made them as Australian as AC/DC again.

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