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Three-way handshake returns to rugby

Three-way handshake returns to rugby

Unfortunately Bill English escaped the embrace in Tokyo.

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'It'll be one of the games of the tournament' - Hansen

A pool clash with the Springboks could inspire world cup according to Steve Hansen.

Irish fans celebrating their win over the All Blacks (Getty image)

Video: Ireland sprinkles Liam Neeson magic on 2023 Rugby World Cup bid

Ireland has released a video highlighting their bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, narrated by Northern Irish Hollywood actor Liam Neeson.

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Phil Goff wants Eden Park kicked to touch, $1 billion stadium on the waterfront

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff wants to build a $1 billion stadium on the Auckland waterfront, calling Eden Park a "white elephant" that should perhaps be sold.


France, Ireland and South Africa bidding to host RWC 2023

Italy withdrew its application last week after failing to gain government support for staging the event.

The William Webb Ellis Cup (Photosport file)

Bids finalised for 2023 RWC hosts

Ireland have bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup alongside France, Italy and South Africa.

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RWC ticket scalpers must complete sentence

Two brothers caught in a 2011 Rugby World Cup ticket scalping scheme will have to serve their sentences after the Court of Appeal ruled against them.

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Joseph open about All Blacks ambitions

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph didn't hide his All Blacks ambitions after announcing he had signed to coach Japan at the end of the Super Rugby season.

Former All Black Sean Fitzpatrick (Photosport)

Fitzpatrick advice 'eases pain' for England

England captain Chris Robshaw says some salient advice from former All Blacks skipper Sean Fitzpatrick helped ease the pain of his team's premature exit from the Rugby World Cup.

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Blog: The moment that made SBW a champion

On Sunday morning Sonny Bill Williams showed us what a true champion looks like. But not everyone agrees that SBW’s gesture was a good one.

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Video: Special southern shout-out for the All Blacks

The Rugby World Cup final is nearly here and the All Blacks are getting a special shout-out from the most southern location on the planet.

Sakaria Taulafo (Getty Images)

RWC qualifying to become easier for Pacific nations

The qualification process for the next Rugby World Cup is set to be changed, meaning the Pacific nations who didn't directly qualify at this tournament will have a better chance of playing in Japan 2019.

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World Rugby give Japan 2019 vote of confidence

World Rugby organisers say they have complete confidence in Japan's ability to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup despite plans for a new stadium being delayed.

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Who is a better opponent for the ABs?

It's a week until the All Blacks play the much-anticipated quarter finals, but tomorrow morning's Ireland/France match will set the stage for it.

The All Blacks match in Apia earlier this year was well-received (Getty Images)

Opinion: Time for Polynesia to host Rugby World Cup

With Europe hosting the Rugby World Cup every eight years, surely Polynesia can be awarded rugby's centrepiece in the not so distant future with pool games in Samoa, Fiji and Tonga.


David Seymour pleased with RWC fans

The MP who put a bill through parliament allowing bars to open for Rugby World Cup games is pleased there haven't been any early problems.

Bernard Lapasset and Akira Shimazu, CEO Japan World Rugby Cup 2019 (Getty Images)

Lapasset: No plan B for Japan Rugby World Cup

There is no alternative to Japan as hosts of the 2019 World Cup, says World Rugby president Bernard Lapasset.

Julian Savea during a training session at Trusts Stadium in Auckland (Photosport)

Wembley new territory for All Blacks

Sonny Bill Williams has played there before, but most of the All Blacks will run onto Wembley for the first time when they take on Argentina in their World Cup opener.

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Kiwi musicians, ABs unite for charity song

Some of the biggest names in New Zealand music have banded together with the All Blacks for the team's official Rugby World Cup tune, which will also raise money for Cure Kids.

Ma'a Nonu (Photosport file)

Crook Nonu's World Cup departure delayed

All Blacks midfielder Ma'a Nonu is set to travel to the United Kingdom separately after falling ill.