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Hansen eyes retaining WC

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has clearly marked his team's challenge - winning an unprecedented back-to-back World Cup in 2015.

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IRB admit to no Samoan solution

The IRB has come forward and admitted that although the Twickenham crisis has been averted, there is no long term solution in play for Samoa's issues with its administration.
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Fitzpatrick predicts England's demise

All Black great Sean Fitzpatrick said England would continue to struggle against Southern Hemisphere teams until their players are centrally contracted.

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Twickenham showdown: Corry v Smit

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: John Smit and Martin Corry debate the chances of England and South Africa ahead of Saturday's Twickenham clash.

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Hansen dismisses RWC 'baloney'

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen dismissed as "baloney" suggestions his side had gained any advantage by beating England at Twickenham.

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Cheika not rushing the Badger back

Barbarians coach John Kirwan reckons Australia should do everything they can to get wing Nick Cummins back from Japan.

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Namibia overpower Germany

Namibia’s national team, the Welwitchias, overcame Germany 58-20 in Windhoek on Wednesday as part of their preparation for the World Cup. 
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Record demand for RWC tickets

Organisers are bracing themselves for having to disappoint thousands of fans despite nearly a million tickets being purchased for next year's World Cup.

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Matfield: RWC not a two-horse race

Victor Matfield believes that the home nations have a shot at winning the World Cup as the Springboks gear up to face the likes of England and Ireland. 

Unfinished WC business for Dusautoir

Captaining France to their first-ever World Cup trophy in England next year would set the seal on flank Thierry Dusautoir's stellar career he said.

Cheika confirms Wallaby talks

Australian media are reporting that Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has accepted an ARU's offer to coach the Wallabies.

Strettle questions Eng wing selection

David Strettle has queried whether England are going about selecting their wings in the right way ahead of squad announcment.

Laporte rules out Armitage move

Toulon head coach Bernard Laporte has ruled out a move by England flank Steffon Armitage to English Premiership side Bath.

Tameifuna snubs All Blacks

Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna's dream of representing New Zealand is all but over after he made his intention clear to play for Tonga.

Gatland fires warning shot

Wales coach Warren Gatland fired an early shot at the All Blacks' World Cup defence, suggesting the New Zealanders may be hampered by their weak pool.

Armitage in Eng World Cup frame?

Steffon Armitage has been linked with a shock move back to England in order to play in next year's World Cup after looking like he may play for France.

ARU rubbish Cheika rumours

The Australian Rugby Union is rejecting reports it is preparing to replace Ewen McKenzie as Wallabies coach.

AAC to leave Wallabies after RWC

Adam Ashley-Cooper will leave the Australian Rugby Union after next year's World Cup to play club rugby in Europe