Wales edge Ireland in warm-up

Ireland's Paul O'Connell (left) and Wales' Alun Wyn Jones contest a lineout during their Rugby World Cup warm-up match in Dublin.

Wales hung on to beat Ireland 16-10 in an intense Rugby World Cup warm-up match in Dublin.

Scotland score six in Italy rout

Scotland's John Barclay wrestles his way over in the clutches of Italy's Angelo Esposito and Leonardo Ghiraldini.

Scotland ran in six tries to overwhelm Italy 48-7 in a one-sided World Cup warm-up game at Murrayfield.

Reason: England intend to bludgeon

England coach Stuart Lancaster defended his selection of one-cap ex-league player Sam Burgess.

OPINION: But at least the 2003 champs are likely to be competitive, which is more than we can say for sure about France.

Tongans thriving on song, prayer

Tonga's Siale Piutau is congratulated by a French fan and given a wig with the french colours after winning the 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A game between France and Tonga held at Wellington Regional Stadium, New Zealand.

The beauty of the World Cup is not confined to events on the pitch.

Mixed reaction to Burgess

Sam Burgess' inclusion in England's Rugby World Cup squad has been polarising.

British rugby union pundits are divided over centre Sam Burgess' inclusion in England's RWC squad.

Nine RWC winners in Boks

Jean de Villiers, who is working his way back from a broken jaw, will captain South Africa's squad at the Rugby World Cup.

Jean de Villiers and Duane Vermeulen have won fitness battles to be named in South Africa's RWC squad.

Tokyo stadium scaled back

A revised plan for Japan's new National Stadium means it won't be the main venue for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Stadium for 2020 Olympics won't be able to be used for 2019 RWC after revised plan and deadline.

Beale up for RWC challenge

Wallabies utility back Kurtley Beale will try and fight his way into the starting side at the Rugby World Cup.

Gifted back excited by challenge to regain starting spot in Wallabies for Rugby World Cup.

Lancaster reduced to tears

Telling the eight squad members who missed the cut for England's World Cup squad was tough for coach Stuart Lancaster.

England coach reveals he broke down telling eight squad members they'd missed cut for 31-man World Cup squad.

Wallabies lock in duo post RWC

David Pocock and Kurtley Beale have both committed their future to the Wallabies beyond the World Cup.

Flanker David Pocock and utility back Kurtley Beale re-sign national contracts in a coup for Australian Rugby Union.

Crowe applauds Burgess selection

England Rugby's Twitter account mocked up Russell Crowe in an England jersey bearing Sam Burgess' name.

Hollywood star says it's a 'competitive decision' and warns All Blacks as England take Gladiator approach for Rugby World Cup.

Kiwi prop White makes late RWC bid

Nathan White is hoping to give the Irish selectors plenty to think about when he fronts against Wales this weekend.

Former Waikato and Chiefs tighthead handed Ireland starting debut against Wales on eve of RWC squad announcement.

Burgess included, Cipriani out

Rugby league convert Sam Burgess, who has only one test cap, has been named in England's Rugby World Cup squad.

Sam Burgess and Henry Slade, who have only one cap each, named in England's RWC squad.

We'll claim Hayne in US - Wallabies

Wallabies captain Stephen Moore and All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw shake hands after the first Bledisloe Cup test in Sydney.

Wallabies hope to use America's inability to differentiate between rugby league and union to their advantage.

Hayne agent scouting at RWC

Israel Folau has show his skills in three different football codes.

Jarryd Hayne's US agent Jack Bechta has turned his focus on the NRL and rugby union.

Kiwis who will rival ABs at RWC

Auckland-born Wallaby Quade Cooper could lift the Cup with Australia.

A New Zealander is likely to lift the Rugby World Cup in October – even if the All Blacks lose.

Japan set September deadline

An aerial view of where Tokyo's new National Stadium was set to be built before Japan's Prime Minister halted the project.

World Rugby demands new proposal for 2019 World Cup venues and provide assurances about event's "financial security".

Lomu in quiz machine prank video

Jonah Lomu played 63 tests and scored 37 tries for the All Blacks.

Former All Blacks try-scoring machine surprises unsuspecting members of public in Dublin pub with intricate prank.

Palu welcomes Pocock challenge

Waratahs big man Wycliff Palu says there is "good competition" for the Wallabies No 8 spot.

Wallabies enforcer welcomes challenge of rival to No 8 jersey ahead of Rugby World Cup.

Strong AB flavour in Baabaas

Carl Hayman continues to keep packing down in scrums despite stepping away from the professional game.

Ali Williams, Adam Thomson and Carl Hayman to play on London's Olympic Stadium after being named to play Samoa.

Anscombe in doubt for RWC

Gareth Anscombe is hoping for a quick-fix on his injured ankle to make the World Cup with Wales.

Wales' imported Kiwi in race against time to make squad after injuring ankle in training.

Wallabies at war in training

Wallabies forwards Will Skelton, left, and Kane Douglas trade blows in Sydney.

Wallabies second rowers Will Skelton and Kane Douglas were sent to the sidelines on Wednesday.

Woodward backs Burgess for RWC

Sam Burgess of England monsters Guilhem Guirado of France during a World Cup warm-up clash at Twickenham.

England's World Cup winning coach says Sam Burgess' time is 12 months away but he deserves a place at the World Cup.

2003 Rugby World Cup: Jonny trumps Elton

Jonny Wilkinson, on his wrong foot, drops the goal that wins England the 2003 Rugby World Cup final over Australia in Sydney.

All Blacks look capable through early rounds but Flatley then Wilkinson steal the show.

RWC ticket scalping scandal

Big tickets are commanding big prices on the secondary market as the Rugby World Cup kickoff approaches.

Outrage in Britain as research shows the scale of inflation on secondary market as tournament's kick-off nears.

England, Wales doomed at RWC

George Smith has delivered a knockout prediction for England and Wales in their tough Rugby World Cup pool.

Wallabies great George Smith plays the Grim Reaper, saying Australia and Fiji will advance from "pool of death".

Hardie silences Scots critics

John Hardie's workrate on debut for Scotland has seen him win over some critics and stay in the World Cup mix.

Southland flanker wins praise for his debut and survives first cull of Scotland's RWC squad.

Bortolami denied fourth RWC

Marco Bortolami will not get to add to his 112 test caps after not being selected in Italy's Rugby World Cup squad.

Veteran lock Marco Bortolami has been left out of Italy's final 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup.

Name RWC squad now - Woodward

Following a build-up loss to France, England coach Stuart Lancaster is sticking to naming his Rugby World Cup squad on Thursday (Friday NZT).

Clive Woodward wants Stuart Lancaster to end the uncertainty surrounding England's final RWC squad.

Fears over RWC alcohol bill

Richie McCaw and All Blacks players perform a haka.

Early open hours for the Rugby World Cup will mean a 24-hour "drinking challenge", experts warn.

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