Articles sur Rugby World Cup 2015

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South African rugby coach Heyneke Meyer sings the national anthem at the World Cup. Reuters / Eddie Keogh

South Africans want the Springbok coach fired – is he just a whipping boy?

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.
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.
Outside Twickenham Stadium where favourites England, will open the games against Fiji Reuters Pictures: Toby Melville

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