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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. Reuters/Stefan Wermuth

It’s a battle of the hemispheres in the Rugby World Cup

Teams from which half of the planet tend to dominate when it comes to winning games in the Rugby World Cup?
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? AAP Image/David Crosling

Loyalty in sport: who to support if your team is not in the weekend’s footy finals

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?
Karne Hesketh, a product of New Zealand rugby, scores the winning try for Japan against South Africa. Reuters/Eddie Keogh

No place like home when playing in the Rugby World Cup

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. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

A view on the Rugby World Cup and South African national unity

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.
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and coach Graham Henry celebrate their Rugby World Cup victory. AAP

Let NZ savour its World Cup win – Australia is still the economic champion

Few would begrudge New Zealanders revelling in their rugby World Cup success. After two major disasters in the form of the Christchurch earthquake and the Greymouth coal mine explosion, some morale-raising…

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