Halfpenny kicks Wales to victory

Leigh Halfpenny kicked 11 points as Wales secured a morale-boosting 16-10 win as home captain Paul O'Connell made his final Test appearance at the Aviva Stadium.

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Cotter: Scotland can still improve

Scotland coach Vern Cotter insists his side still need to improve before the World Cup despite running in six tries against Italy.

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2hTom Hamilton

Samoa fail to shine at Olympic Stadium

Tom Hamilton discovers neither Samoa nor the Olympic Stadium are quite in tip-top shape ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

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North has room for improvement - Gatland

Coach tells the player about to be the youngest ever to reach 50 caps for Wales that he needs to start proving his ability.

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1dESPN Staff

Meyer unveils Springboks World Cup squad

Skipper Jean De Villiers and Vermeulen included despite injuries while Reinach, Frans Steyn and Brussow miss out.

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14hTristan Barclay

Stars of London 2012 will inspire All Blacks - Williams

Rugby World Cup favourites New Zealand will draw inspiration from the stars of London 2012 when they make their bow at the Olympic Stadium, according to former All Black Ali Williams.

Tindall: England must top their group (0:43)
Lydiate: Wales ready for group of death (2:25)
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3dESPN Staff

World Rugby set Japan September deadline

The 2019 Rugby World Cup hosts have been given until the end of next month to provide assurances over the "financial security" of the tournament.

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3dJohn Griffiths

Will tournament history haunt the Wallabies?

How have Tri-Nations/Rugby Championship winners performed in past RWC tournaments and does any nation have a 100% win-record at the pool stages? ESPN's resident expert has the answer.

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Palu welcomes Pocock challenge at No.8

Wallabies enforcer Wycliff Palu has welcomed the challenge of David Pocock to his No.8 jersey ahead of the Rugby World Cup and says he isn't the only player gunning for the spot.

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3dESPN Staff

Burger to captain Namibia at World Cup

Namibia head coach Phil Davies has named his Rugby World Cup squad, with Saracens flanker Jacques Burger confirmed as captain.

Vickery: England have to deal with expectations (2:02)
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4dESPN Staff

Salesi Ma'afu to face court over scuffle

Former Wallabies pro Salesi Ma'afu will appear in a French court next month to face charges over an alleged assault linked to a carpark bust-up.

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3dPA Sport

Warburton: Wales can go one step further

Sam Warburton has underlined Wales' burning desire to go further than four years ago and lead his country into the Rugby World Cup final.

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Wales monitoring Anscombe ankle injury

Wales say that Gareth Anscombe is 'continuing to be assessed' after the fly-half suffered an ankle injury in training ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

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4dESPN Staff

Genia's return adds uncertainty to Wallabies halves

Legendary Wallabies five-eighth Stephen Larkham has defended Quade Cooper and says half-back Will Genia hasn't missed a beat after rejoining the battle for the contentious halves positions.

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4dPA Sport

Veteran Easter pushing for World Cup spot

Forwards coach Graham Rowntree admits Harlequins number eight is doing everything possible to challenge Ben Morgan for a place at the World Cup.

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4dPA Sport

Ireland on tenterhooks over Healy fitness

Defence coach Les Kiss admits "each hour matters" as loosehead prop fights neck injury ahead of Rugby World Cup squad announcement.

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England players seething over France defeat

Forwards coach Graham Rowntree opens up on pack review after Stade de France defeat - and warns mistakes cannot be repeated at the World Cup.

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3dESPN Staff

Canada name inexperienced World Cup squad

Head coach Kieran Crowley, himself a World Cup winner as a player with the All Blacks in 1987, confident his young side can cause an upset in England.

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4dPA Sport

Laidlaw lined up for Scotland return

Greig Laidlaw will return to captain Scotland in their third World Cup warm-up match against Italy.

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5dESPN Staff

Italy announce final 31-man World Cup squad

Mauro Bergamasco will play in his fifth World Cup for Italy but former captain Marco Bortolami misses out in Jacques Brunel's final squad.

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