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  • Sep 23, 2014
  • Updated: 11:44am

Rugby World Cup

Contested once every four years since 1987, the RWC involves the world’s top 20 national teams battling for the famed Webb Ellis Cup. New Zealand are the current holders, while England (2015) and Japan (2019) have been awarded hosting rights for the next two tournaments.

All Blacks make light of World Cup advert ‘snub’

The All Blacks have kicked for touch at their snub from a promotional video advertising tickets for next year’s World Cup.

Sunday, 7 September, 2014, 12:45am

Steve Hansen defends rule change to bring back Sonny Bill Williams

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen on Wednesday defended special treatment given to code-swapper Sonny Bill Williams, saying it was needed to ensure he is ready to join the All Blacks' World Cup defence next year.

30 Aug 2014 - 11:17am

All Blacks fire World Cup warning shot with Wallabies rout

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen could afford himself a little feeling of satisfaction yesterday after his side retained the Bledisloe Cup with a record victory over Australia that also sent a stark message ahead of next year's World Cup.

24 Aug 2014 - 9:43pm

Hosea Gear eyes World Cup in return to New Zealand to join the Chiefs

Former All Blacks winger Hosea Gear is returning to New Zealand rugby next year with the Waikato Chiefs in an effort to break into Steve Hansen’s World Cup squad.

12 Aug 2014 - 12:50pm

Montevideo playing field a step too far from level

It’s a pity the International Rugby Board didn’t see fit to play the first stage of the 2015 World Cup repêchage on a home-and-away basis.

6 Aug 2014 - 6:57pm

Andy Hall throws hat into ring for permanent coaching role

Andy Hall has put his hand up to continue as the national team head coach despite Hong Kong’s 2015 World Cup dream ending in Montevideo last Saturday.

6 Aug 2014 - 2:57pm

We could beat Uruguay in Hong Kong: Dai Rees

Hong Kong have a long journey home in which to come to terms with the abrupt and brutal end to their World Cup dreams after being beaten 28-3 by Uruguay in Montevideo.

5 Aug 2014 - 9:33pm

Hong Kong’s World Cup dream shattered by Uruguay

Ill-discipline and a superior Uruguayan scrum combined to shatter Hong Kong’s World Cup dream with the South Americans advancing to the repechage final with a comfortable 28-3 victory in Montevideo on Saturday.

5 Aug 2014 - 9:29pm

Hong Kong aim to spring surprise against tough Uruguay

Captain Nick Hewson and his forwards will hold the key to Hong Kong's fate in the biggest game in their history as they take on Uruguay in Rugby World Cup qualifying in Montevideo on Saturday.

2 Aug 2014 - 10:10am

Hong Kong keep faith in midfield pairing

Hong Kong will stick to the midfield combination of Jake Phelps and Lloyd Jones for the biggest game in the city's history, the 2015 World Cup repêchage against Uruguay, after Lee Jones was rested for the sevens season.

30 Jul 2014 - 10:04am 1 comment