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.

Former All Black Jerry Collins dies in car crash in France

Jerry Collins was capped 48 times by the All Blacks and captained them three times. Photo: AFP

Former All Blacks captain Jerry Collins and his wife have been killed in a car crash in France, New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed on Friday.

Friday, 5 June, 2015, 6:24pm

All-Ireland bid to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

Ireland would relish hosting teams such as Australia, who they beat 26-23 in the autumn internationals in November. Photo: AP

Ireland will bid to host the 2023 rugby World Cup, the Irish and Northern Irish governments said Friday, formally launching a politically symbolic proposal to win the right to hold the event on their own for the first time.

6 Dec 2014 - 2:10pm

‘Gut instinct’ told Wilko it was time to go

Retiring England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson (right) and Toulon teammate Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe celebrate their 16-6 Top 14 semi-final victory over Racing Metro in Lille last Friday. Photo: AFP

Jonny Wilkinson said a "loud and pretty true gut feeling" told him it was the right time to bring down the curtain on a brilliant career.

21 May 2014 - 9:32pm

England hero Jonny Wilkinson calls time on career

England’s Jonny Wilkinson kicks the winning drop goal against Australia in the Rugby World Cup final in Sydney in 2003. England won 20-17 after 20 minutes of extra time. Photo: AP

England Rugby World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson announced on Monday that he will retire at the end of the season after Toulon’s European Cup and French Top 14 finals.

20 May 2014 - 12:33pm

France’s Laurent Benezech says he was doped at 1995 World Cup

Pierrie Berbizier, manager of France during the 1995 World Cup, had no comments about Laurent Benezech's doping claims. Photo: AP

Former France prop Laurent Benezech continued to make controversial claims about doping in rugby by telling the French Senate that he believes he was given illegal substances during the 1995 World Cup.

8 May 2014 - 2:26pm

Hong Kong fall to South Korea

Leigh Jones.

Hong Kong's attempt to grab the psychological advantage before next year's Asian qualifiers for the 2015 World Cup was foiled by South Korea yesterday as the home team raced to a 43-22 victory in Ansan.

8 May 2014 - 2:29pm

Big guns clash in World Cup 'group of death'

The Webb Ellis Cup near Tower Bridge ahead of the Rugby World Cup draw. Photo: AFP

England, Wales and Australia were all drawn together in a potential 'group of death' when the draw for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England was made yesterday.

The trio all found themselves in Pool A at a draw conducted at London's Tate Modern gallery.

4 Dec 2012 - 1:37am

Steve Hansen hails England for rugby World Cup

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen believes England, as well as his own reigning champions, could win the 2015 World Cup after seeing Stuart Lancaster's men inflict a record-breaking 38-21 defeat on the All Blacks.

3 Dec 2012 - 3:01am

England seek to win physical battle over South Africa

England coach Stuart Lancaster has told his side they must win the "breakdown battle" if they are to overcome South Africa at Twickenham today.

The hosts were well-beaten on that front during last weekend's 20-14 loss to Australia, with Wallaby openside flanker Michael Hooper dominating the breakdown and Australia on top in the scrum.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:06am

Hong Kong face Rugby World Cup qualifying test run in Dubai

Trevor Gregory

Hong Kong will take on two of the best tier-three nations in the world, Belgium and Zimbabwe, in the Emirates Airlines Cup of Nations next month in Dubai in what is really a test of their ability to win a repechage match and qualify for the 2015 World Cup (15-a-side).

14 Nov 2012 - 1:12am

HK's World Cup dream 'not over'

Hong Kong will continue to play an important role in the 2019 Rugby World Cup, says HKRFU chairman Trevor Gregory - despite the re-election of Bernard Lapasset as IRB chairman for a second four-year term.

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

Never has qualification tasted as bitter as this.

France coach Marc Lievremont after his team lost to Tonga in the Rugby World Cup yesterday but still got through to the quarter-finals

It's too early to say we are running out of funding

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Union city blues

Paul Croucher had stepped out of his bus for a breath of fresh air when the earth began to buckle. The next thing he knew, he was being pulled up from the gutter. Small faces creased with fear filled his vision.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Rugby bid 'hinges on faster work on arena'

Any delays in building the Kai Tak sports hub would scupper plans for Hong Kong to host a pool of the 2019 Rugby World Cup hosted by Japan, according to a top sports official.

'If the new stadium at Kai Tak comes on board only in 2019, it might potentially rule us out of hosting a few matches,' said Hong Kong Rugby Football Union chairman Trevor Gregory.

10 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Hong Kong out to lay down World Cup marker

It is a long way off, but Hong Kong can take a significant step towards realising their goal of one day playing in the World Cup by finishing second in the ARFU Asian Five Nations Top Five competition today.

20 May 2014 - 8:40pm