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Unconvincing Ireland clinch last eight spot

A first-half try from Keith Earls was enough for the Six Nations champions to seal their place in the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup, but their performance against Italy failed to light up London's Olympic Stadium.

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Reach semis and I'll return, Maradona promises Pumas

Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona celebrated with a starstruck Pumas squad after their victory over Tonga, and vowed to watch them again if they reach the World Cup semi-finals.

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Argentina power towards quarterfinals

Cheered on by Diego Maradona, the Pumas took a giant leap towards the knockout phase of the Rugby World Cup with a come-from-behind victory over Tonga in Leicester.

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Preview: Argentina vs. Tonga

Argentina must overhaul a reinvigorated Tonga if they are to make it out of Pool C alongside New Zealand.

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Five-try France stifle Canadian threat

Despite a valiant performance from the underdogs, France continued their progression towards the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup with another bonus-point victory.

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'Robshaw is not an international flanker'

Former Australia coach Eddie Jones suggests that Toulon's Steffon Armitage could have helped redress the balance in England's back row ahead of the crucial World Cup clash.

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Ireland legend D'Arcy slates 'naive' Burgess

Sam Burgess' "naivety embarrassed those around him" according to former Ireland centre Gordon D'Arcy, another savage criticism of the England squad ahead of their must-win game with Australia.

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