South Africa believed its fresh set of seven reserve forwards would come off the bench and finish grinding down Ireland in the second half of their monster pool match at the Rugby World Cup in Paris.
South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber had backed new flyhalf Manie Libbok before the Rugby World Cup to create more tries than he missed kicks at goal.
Ireland has defeated defending champion South Africa 13-8 in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown at the Rugby World Cup that exceeded the hype at Stade de France.
Steve Borthwick’s triple-playmaker plan worked well against Chile as England delivered its best display at the Rugby World Cup so far in Lille.
Top-ranked Ireland won the Rugby World Cup’s second clash of the titans by edging No. 2-ranked South Africa 13-8 in a brutal encounter.
Criticized for the poor quality of its game at the Rugby World Cup, England has put on an exciting display against a poor Chile side to all but secure a spot in the quarterfinals with a 71-0 win on Saturday.
The Rugby World Cup knockout stage has started early for Australia. The Wallabies are on the back foot after a loss to Fiji and cannot afford to lose their pool game against Wales in Lyon on Sunday.
Georgia denied Portugal a first-ever win at the Rugby World Cup by scoring a 78th-minute try to snatch an 18-18 draw.
France captain Antoine Dupont has undergone surgery to repair a facial fracture he sustained at the Rugby World Cup.
Two of rugby’s greatest modern day coaches lead their teams against the other on Sunday in Lyon vying for the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals.
Argentina is back in the quarterfinals hunt after defeating Samoa 19-10 in a bruising, scrappy Rugby World Cup pool match in Saint-Etienne.
England has a solution to the dilemma of having three top-level flyhalves in its Rugby World Cup squad. Squeeze all of them in the team.
Top-ranked Ireland’s meeting with No. 2 South Africa on Saturday night has the feel of a Rugby World Cup final when in reality it’s only their third match of the pool stage.
Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has made two changes to his forwards and two among the backs in his side for the Rugby World Cup match against Tonga on Sunday in Nice.
The French Rugby Federation is seeking a specialist opinion on a facial fracture suffered by captain and star player Antoine Dupont at the Rugby World Cup before knowing how long he will be sidelined.
Wales has restored the lineup which started the win against Fiji to face Australia on Sunday with a chance to reach the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals.
France’s big-hitters returned to tear apart Namibia as Les Tricolores romped to a national record 96-0 win and reached the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals in flamboyant style with 14 tries.
Italy captain Michele Lamaro was on his knees, arms wide, as if to say, “What happened?” What happened was he’d just been mugged by Manuel Ardao.
England captain Owen Farrell will make his return from suspension in a much-changed team for the Rugby World Cup match against Chile on Saturday in Lille.
Captain flyhalf Jonathan Sexton is counting on the green army to roar Ireland to victory against defending champion South Africa in their Rugby World Cup heavyweight clash at Stade de France on Saturday.
Portugal goes for its first win at a Rugby World Cup without winger Vincent Pinto after his red card in the team’s pool opener ruled him out of Saturday’s match against Georgia.
Argentina and Samoa meet in a key pool clash at the Rugby World Cup on Friday in Saint-Etienne. Argentina is one of 12 fortunate teams to have a long break of 12-14 days between games at some point during the pool stage.
If Australia scrum coach Neal Hatley was in any doubt that there were some long days of hard work ahead for Australia at the Rugby World Cup, he was put right very early on Wednesday.
Italy rallied to beat Uruguay 38-17 and set up a potentially decisive clash against New Zealand at the Rugby World Cup next week.
Argentina has promoted prop Eduardo Bello, lock Guido Petti and center Matias Moroni from the reserves to face Samoa in their key Rugby World Cup match on Friday.
France is bringing back its best players to face Namibia at the Rugby World Cup on Wednesday in Marseille.
South Africa has reverted to its strongest starting lineup to face top-ranked Ireland in a crunch pool game at the Rugby World Cup in Paris on Saturday.
Portugal has won a case and lost a case after facing the Rugby World Cup judiciary for two acts of foul play in the loss to Wales on Saturday in Nice.
Tonga has brought two injury replacements into its Rugby World Cup squad with prop Feao Fotuaika and flyhalf Otumaka Mausia out the tournament.
Prop Cyril Baille has recovered from a calf injury and returns to the France team along with center Jonathan Danty for the team’s third Rugby World Cup pool game against Namibia on Thursday.