SBW grateful to end All Blacks career in bronze playoff

Sonny Bill Williams didn't want to play this week. The reaction was natural. Fulltime had just confirmed the stunning end of New Zealand's eight-year reign as Rugby World Cup champio...

Rugby World Cup is the last hurrah for a bunch of greats

Rugby World Cups can be a bathtub of tears. Of the 20 competing teams, 19 will have their hopes dashed. The 20th team won't be immune, either, as the champion sheds tears of joy. ...

Schmidt leaves Irish in good place despite quarterfinal exit

The pause in play is an ideal time for fresh rapid-fire instructions from the coaches' box. Joe Schmidt had nothing to say. Coming up to halftime in the Rugby World...

Ireland skipper Best retires after All Blacks defeat

Patricia and John Best can start enjoying Ireland rugby tests again. Their son Rory won't be playing in them anymore. For more than 16 years, Pat and John Best have...

Tuilagi enjoying Rugby World Cup for as long as he can

Asked if he will be at the next Rugby World Cup in 2023, Manu Tuilagi sighs. "I'll be too old, mate. Yeah, I feel it." Too old? Tuilagi would be only 32 at the 2023...

Namibia, Canada rue missed shot at rare Rugby World Cup win

It wasn't the way Namibia and Canada wanted to end long losing streaks at the Rugby World Cup. They were gutted but understanding when their Pool B game in Kamaishi was canceled by W...

Welsh defense keen to improve against Uruguay at World Cup

Stopping attacks is Shaun Edwards' pride and joy. So the Wales defense coach was aghast at the number of missed tackles against Fiji: 32. "Then I thought to myself,...

Referee Owens' visibility second only to Leitch at World Cup

TOKYO (AP) — Rugby referees are best seen and not heard, it is said. Nigel Owens didn't get that memo. At the Rugby World Cup in Japan, the Welsh referee seems to be second in visibi...

Banged-up Wales hoping for comfy win vs Uruguay at World Cup

The ideal for Wales is to have Uruguay just about beaten by halftime on Sunday so it can withdraw sore players and see how some experiments work out. That's the dream. ...

Namibia, Canada desperate to end winless World Cup streaks

To Namibia and Canada, beating the other at the Rugby World Cup on Sunday would mean everything. "Life-changing," is how Namibia center Darryl de la Harpe describes it. ...

Italy rally around Lovotti after his red card

Italy woke up on Saturday in Shizuoka and the bitter taste of a wasted opportunity and regret lingered. The night before in Shizuoka Stadium, the Italians came out after halftime tra...

Pumas inspired by axed Sanchez for crunch England match

TOKYO (AP) — Argentina is using the selflessness of axed flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez to bond even more before it make-or-break Rugby World Cup match against England on Saturday. Argentin...

All Blacks relieved Retallick can annoy Namibia and not them

TOKYO (AP) — Brodie Retallick is available to play, and the All Blacks are relieved. Now he’s Namibia's problem. The former world player of the year will appear for...

All Blacks, Namibia giving 10s first starts at World Cup

TOKYO (AP) — In more than two years as an All Black, Jordie Barrett has never played flyhalf. New Zealand coach Steve Hansen asked him Friday to start there against Namibia in their ...

England face do-or-die Pumas to reach RWC quarterfinals

TOKYO (AP) — Argentina doesn’t have a choice. Beat England on Saturday, or it makes its earliest exit from a Rugby World Cup in 16 years. This was always going to b...