South African rugby coach Heyneke Meyer sings the national anthem at the World Cup.
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South Africa's rugby administrators are facing increased criticism for their failure to shed its white image. The tone of the debate is different this time, amid growing protests against inequality.
Heads you win.
The attempt to hand-off unofficial advertising during the RWC failed.
New Zealand could be about to make world cup history.
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It's all about the Antipodes in the Halloween final.
The Wallabies may be flying high at the World Cup, but the picture for rugby union at home looks reasonably bleak.
Regardless of the World Cup final result, rugby union is dwarfed by the three other major football codes in Australia's competitive football landscape.
South Africa’s Schalk Burger congratulates Japan’s Shinya Makabe after their surprise win over the Springboks.
What values can top-level rugby share with the wider population?
Northern nations may dominate in the numbers of teams in the Rugby World Cup but Southern teams tend to dominate in the play, such as Australia’s win over England to throw the host nation out of the competition.
Teams from which half of the planet tend to dominate when it comes to winning games in the Rugby World Cup?
Close, but no cigar.
Did you know Scotland were going to lose, or was it just hindsight bias?
It's impossible to police a scrum properly, and the consequences of the wrong decision are simply too great.
Some fans take their sport very seriously such as this Hawthorn supporter during the 2013 AFL Grand Final. But what if you don’t have a team in the finals?
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Which team you support in sport can depend on many things. But who should you barrack for in this packed weekend of sport if none of your favoured teams are in any of the games?
Foul play: rugby in schools putting children at risk.
Increasing rugby in schools could be a danger to children -- without effective safety systems in place.
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Most sports fans will enjoy a drink or a flutter during the Rugby World Cup, but the sport should not encourage risky behaviour.
South Africa’s Bryan Habana celebrates scoring the Springboks’ sixth try against Samoa.
The psyche of defeat is linked to various things: the team’s maturity, captaincy, level of preparedness, confidence in coaching staff and personality characteristics of individual team members.
Research shows that family has an important role in getting children to play sport and nowhere is this better demonstrated than in the Rugby World Cup.
Even if England lose on the pitch, they'll be winners off it – hosting history at such little expense is a win-win.
Pushing for an advantage in a scrum in the Australia v Fiji game at the Rugby World Cup.
Rugby is often seen as the clash of the giants and this year's Rugby World Cup includes some mighty players. But there's more to winning a game than just brute force.
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The short and long-term impact of hosting the Rugby World Cup for the whole of the UK.
Karne Hesketh, a product of New Zealand rugby, scores the winning try for Japan against South Africa.
Many nations contesting the Rugby World Cup are fielding 'ring-ins' from other countries. The rules allowing this reflect the difficulty of balancing national team integrity and development.
A Springbok fan cheers before the Rugby World Cup quarter-final match between South Africa and Australia at the Wellington Regional Stadium in 2011.
When South Africa won the Rugby World Cup in 1995 the country felt invincible and united. Twenty years later it is going through a tumultuous time which is even affecting its attitude to the Springboks.
Outside Twickenham Stadium where favourites England, will open the games against Fiji
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Everything you need to know about rugby's biggest event.
New Zealand All Black’s perform the haka.
The history and culture of rugby's most famous tradition.