Can we have some beauty please?

Nehe Milner-Skudder is the man for the job.

OPINION: Mark Reason writes an open letter to Steve Hansen ahead of the World Cup playoffs.

Unpredictability main concern for ABs video

Just how much influence will that game in 2007 have on the All Blacks?

Stuff.co.nz rugby writers Liam Napier, Toby Robson and Richard Knowler discuss the upcoming quarterfinal.

Reason: ABs have nothing to fear video

Freddie Michalak was exposed at No 10 for France in their match against Ireland.

Ireland's Kiwi coach figured France out very well. Here's his blueprint for the All Blacks to follow.

Highs and lows from RWC gallery video

An Ireland rugby suggests France might choke at the Rugby World Cup.

As minnows pack their bags and superstars start to sweat, we reflect on the tournament so far.

ABs to face ghosts of rugby past

Morgan Parra of France is high tackled by Jack McGrath of Ireland in the Rugby World Cup pool match that set up a Cardiff quarterfinal of Les Bleus vs All Blacks.

OPINION: France, Cardiff, quarterfinal. The All Blacks will bury 2007, or relive the horror.

Gifford: France, Cardiff = perfect?

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw fends off French rival Thierry Dusautoir during a test match in 2006. The old rivals will captain their respective teams in Sunday's World Cup quarterfinal in Cardiff.

Sunday's quarter-final match up with old rivals the perfect chance for All Blacks to exorcise demons of '07.

Wales in for a rough ride video

Wales coach Warren Gatland faces a tough ask in the Rugby World Cup knockout stages after his men finished second in Pool A.

OPINION: Warren Gatland may have laughed, but there wasn't any mirth as he reflected on loss to Oz.

No Woodcock scrum worry video

Tony Woodcock drinks from the Bledisloe Cup following The Rugby Championship Bledisloe Cup match between the All Blacks and Wallabies at Westpac Stadium in 2013.

OPINION: As RWC wears on the set-piece will be more crucial making veteran's injury a big blow.

Yellow flurry tests Wallabies

Wallabies halfback Will Genia is sent to the sin bin early in the second half of the RWC clash with Wales.

OPINION: Australia show they'll take some stopping at RWC after a 13-man scramble holds up against Wales.

Have faith in sky-high expectations

Dan Carter picked himself up off the deck after being flattened in a yellow-card tackle by Tonga's Paul Ngauamo.

OPINION: NZ need to play 80 minutes with skill they displayed in the last 30 against Tonga.

'Our hearts head to our mouths'

John Campbell says the small rugby nations can't meaningfully develop when they're get to play big matches only once every four years.

I'm hopeful. When the All Blacks played Tonga, there was a sense of something awakening. It belatedly felt promising. Go, the All Blacks.

Milner-Skudder shines in Newcastle gallery video

An impressive performance against Tonga in Newcastle has surely secured Nehe Milner-Skudder a starting berth for next weekend's World Cup quarterfinal.

All Blacks young gun fires to lock in starting spot on the right wing for next weekend's RWC quarterfinal.

Sonny Bill, the fans' favourite

Melodie Robinson rates SBW highly as a player and role model.

Sonny Bill Williams. SBW. The only sporting name or acronym that women across New Zealand instantly recognise, even when there isn't a Rugby World Cup on.

Hansen tactics put job on the line

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has had plenty to ponder over World Cup pool play but assures fans there's no need to panic.

OPINION: All Blacks coach boxes himself into a corner by holding back tactics and his first XV.

Gifford: Knives out for England

Once again England are excelling at kicking a team while they're down.

OPINION: England's RWC shock exit has booted football off the back pages.

Campese: Tuilagi ban a joke

Alesana Tuilagi's five-week ban is latest example of huge inconsistency of punishments handed out to players at the Rugby World Cup.

OPINION: Officials' double standards are spoiling what has been a sensational tournament.

Reason: RWC spurs the devil in France

Mathieu Bastareaud, on the charge in France's Pool D win over France and Canada, is one of five players who have partnered Wesley Fofana in the centre of midfield in France's revolving selections under coach Philippe Saint-Andre.

OPINION: There is no method in the French madness – and NZ won't fancy playing them again.

All Blacks must lift their game video

Tony Robson and Liam Napier preview the All Blacks game against Tonga

OPINION: All Blacks need to cast aside their scratchy performances ahead of the RWC knockouts.

An open letter to the RFU

England and their captain Chris Robshaw didn't have the answers when it mattered against Wales at Twickenham.

OPINION: Mother Country brought something a bit different to the party with 1980s style of play.

Risking Richie 'pointless' video

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw (right) has been rested for the defending champs' final pool match after picking up a minor hip injury against Georgia.

OPINION: It may be three All Blacks captains in three weeks, but McCaw's recovery must come first.

Habana a Lomu-pretender only video

Jonah Lomu scored 13 of his World Cup record 15 tries against major nations like England while just three of Bryan Habana's tries fall into the same category.

OPINION: Boks wing equals All Blacks great's try-scoring record - but that's where the comparison ends.

Reason: Foley key to Wallabies glory

Bernard Foley could take the Wallabies all the way to Rugby World Cup glory if he can back up from his outstanding performance against England.

OPINION: If Bernard Foley can back up his performances, the Wallabies could win the World Cup.

Power Rankings: Australia on top

In David Pocock, Australia has the best loose forward in world rugby right now.

Dumping England out of the World Cup with such ease sees Australia top the pack.

Four pools, four questions

What has happened to Samoan rugby? Sunday's loss to Japan was another blow in a disappointing World Cup showing.

Rugby writers Toby Robson and Liam Napier answer four key questions about the RWC's pools.

Why can't the ABs put it together?

Jerome Kaino under pressure against Georgia and, like the All Blacks, under pressure to lift performance at the World Cup.

OPINION: The colossus of 2011 was overshadowed by Georgia's giants. It sums up the team.

Form trio behind Wallaby win

Bernard Foley is in the type of form the All Blacks hope Dan Carter will soon reach. Here Foley dives over for a try against England at Twickenham.

OPINION: The Wallabies are now the undisputed form horse at the Rugby World Cup.

Reason: Lancaster must go video

England captain Chris Robshaw and coach Stuart Lancaster front media after the team's humiliating early Rugby World Cup exit.

OPINION: England coach should fall on his sword after embarrassing early exit from the Rugby World Cup.

RWC nightmares to linger gallery

Wallabies first five-eighth and man-of-the-moment Bernard Foley spearheaded his team's victory over England.

OPINION: England will struggle to forget the sound thrashing they suffered at the hands of the Wallabies.

Minnows with mojo sending message

Giorgi Chkhaidze of Georgia looks to offload as he is tackled by Aaron Smith of the All Blacks.

OPINION: Pressure.Too much can crush you. Not enough can cause you to drift off.

All Blacks a misfiring Ferrari

All Black captain Richie McCaw tries to shake off the attentions of his Georgian opposite – and man of the match – Mamuka Gorgodze in NZ's 43-10 win in Cardiff yesterday.

OPINION: The Namibia and Georgia players have proved these All Blacks don't walk on water.

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