NZ Rugby appoints panel to choose next All Blacks coach

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Rugby has announced the panel which will select a new All Blacks head coach to replace Steve Hansen, just as the competition for the position became more com...

All Blacks, Wales to meet in onerous playoff at World Cup

The bronze medal match at a Rugby World Cup is often the cruelest test any team will play. Having seen title hopes shattered in the semifinals and after days lost in disappointment, ...

Semifinalists may spring some surprises at Rugby World Cup

Teams that will contest the Rugby World Cup semifinals this weekend keep few secrets from each other. England and New Zealand, Wales and South Africa have played each other often eno...

Cheika checks out as Wallabies coach, unlamented by some

Michael Cheika stepped down as Wallabies head coach on Sunday much as had been expected, with broadsides at his critics and clumsy attempts at self-justification and buck-passing. Af...

Penalty shootout looms as tiebreaker in World Cup knockouts

The history of football is full of dramatic penalty shootouts but rugby has never come to the point at which kicks at goal decide a World Cup knockout match. The possibility exists t...

Mo'unga joins ranks of All Blacks top 10s at Rugby World Cup

Richie Mo'unga will join a special group within New Zealand rugby when he pulls on the All Blacks No. 10 jersey in Saturday's Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against Ireland. The men wh...

Stats show up style clashes in Rugby World Cup quarterfinals

Statistics compiled over the course of the group stage at the Rugby World Cup may offer an insight into the nature of the match-ups which will occur in the weekend quarterfinals. Whi...

Captain Alun Wyn Jones inspires Welsh World Cup hopes

Captain Alun Wyn Jones has toiled in the engine room of the Welsh lineup through the Rugby World Cup, playing his essential but unglamorous part in his team's progress to the quarterfinals. ...

France flounders but frightens rivals in World Cup knockouts

While their campaigns often take on elements of a French farce, it's seldom a laughing matter to strike France in the knockout stages of a Rugby World Cup. No matter how they under-p...

Kiwi coaches to the fore in Rugby World Cup quarterfinals

Of the eight teams remaining in the Rugby World Cup four are coached by New Zealanders who, from similar beginnings, pursued divergent coaching careers before their paths intersected at this tournamen...

All Blacks, Irish to renew rivalry in World Cup quarterfinal

The quarterfinal meeting between Ireland and New Zealand at the Rugby World Cup comes with a strong feeling of reckoning. Ireland hadn't beaten New Zealand in 28 matches over 111 yea...

Refereeing decisions have coaches on edge at Rugby World Cup

If Rugby World Cup coaches lie awake in the darkest watches of the night, amid a turmoil of bedclothes, it might be because of a single nagging fear which presses on their restive minds. ...

Ardie Savea, Yato among early stand-outs at Rugby World Cup

All Blacks backrower Ardie Savea is among players whose performances on the opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup put them among the leaders in the race to become the star of the tournament. ...

Hansen has high hope as All Blacks coaching tenure nears end

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — As the focus of the earnest hopes of a nation which venerates sporting achievement, All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen insists "I'm just a normal bloke." ...

Pacific Nations face tough task at Rugby World Cup

Since its inception the Rugby World Cup has relied on Pacific Island nations to provide the tournament with flair, excitement and memorable moments of drama. The same will likely tru...