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Steve McNamara demands massive improvement against Kiwis

England’s unconvincing display against France in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday did nothing to enhance their hopes of winning the tournament on home soil.

A proud yet dejected Chris Robshaw leas the England side off the pitch

England 22 New Zealand 30: 'Proud' Chris Robshaw calls for his side to be as clinical as the All Blacks if they want to taste victory

Sporting a badly swollen eye, Robshaw admitted that New Zealand set the benchmark for every other team after narrow defeat

Shining example: Dan Carter sports the cap he received for making his 100th Test appearance

Before Dylan Hartley departed England worked out what it takes to make the Kiwis blink

His eye an egg, Chris Robshaw convinced as the vanquished captain, but looking around the pitch at the close, having briefly led the best team in the world, there was vindication as well as the scars.

One jump ahead: Courtney Lawes gathers but England were patchy

The Twickenham File: Chris Robshaw's men lack killer bite when they are starved of scrums

Where do you consider England's traditional strengths lie? That's right, the set-piece, the less than glamorous areas on which success is founded. Where did it go wrong for England yesterday when the outcome hung in the balance, midway through the second half? That's right, the set-piece or, with regard to the scrum, the lack of it.

Morris dance: Brett Morris evades USA’s Michael Garvey for his third try

Australia 62 United States 0 match report: Americans' dream ends with sharp dose of reality

The United States' astonishing World Cup adventure came to a shuddering halt at the hands of the best side in rugby league.

Julian Savea scores his first of two tries in New Zealand's win over England

England 22 New Zealand 30 match report: Gallant England seen off by Julian Savea’s killer blow

Hosts fought back from a 14 point deficit to lead but wing Savea bagged two tries to earn gruelling victory

Former All Blacks captain Wayne Shelford, 'a serious hard-case, leads the haka in 1989

Brian Smith: England’s only hope is trying to successfully contain New Zealand for the entire 80 minutes

If there’s a crumb of  comfort, New Zealand  don’t like Twickenham

Richie McCaw of the New Zealand All Blacks speaks to media during a press conference at the Royal Garden Hotel on November 15, 2013 in London

England v New Zealand: All Blacks steer clear of R-word but admit to increased 'edge'

Steve Hansen may have brushed it aside as the “silliest word in rugby” but there has undoubtedly been something in the air around the All Blacks this week.

David Scott makes a break against the United States

Rugby League World Cup: One true Scott hoping to prolong fairy tale against holders New Zealand

David Scott is the one born-and-raised Scot in the squad that has amazed the Rugby League World Cup by reaching the quarter-finals

Paul Aguilar celebrates after scoring for Mexico against New Zealand in their 2014 World Cup play-off

Mexico 5 New Zealand 1: Mexicans effectively kill-off play-off tie with first leg demolition to take giant stride towards 2014 World Cup

New Zealand will need to beat Mexico 4-0 or better when they meet in the second leg on Tuesday

Chris Robshaw: ‘We had our backs against the wall [last year] and we went out swinging’

England v New Zealand: Chris Robshaw delighted for chance to measure up with majestic Richie McCaw

'He's probably the guy who epitomises what it is to be an international open-side flanker,' says England captain

A US Marine and members of the Philippine Armed Forces help displaced civilians

Scant relief: China has pledged only £125,000 to help the Philippines recover from Super Typhoon Haiyan

Richard Hall examines the reasons for the world's second-largest economy's woeful aid donation

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Lancaster in search of balance for All Blacks Test

Rugby round-up: All Blacks forced to repel spirited French fightback

The All Blacks took until the second half to break open their match against France in Paris and finished it on the back foot as the home side battled to complete what would have been a remarkable comeback before going down 26-19.

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