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France hooker Dimitri Szarzewski frustrated by loss

Deflated France hooker Dimitri Szarzewski claimed his side were "playing 15 against 16" in their Rugby World Cup final defeat against New Zealand due to the passionate home support in Auckland.

Steve Thompson: Wasps is where I wanted to play

The England hooker's exclusive column

<b>Euan Murray (Scotland)</b><br/>
For two years Murray (left) has refused to play on Sundays out of respect for the Christian sabbath, meaning he missed two games at this World Cup - against the obdurate Romanians and the gnarled Argentinians. The Scots lost out to the Argies by just a point and failed to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time ever. While Murray's beliefs are to be respected (seriously - he's likely to get some serious ribbing in the changing room) the Scots may reflect on how things may have been different had their powerful front-row been present.

Rugby World Cup: The 'alternative' team of the tournament

So you've read about the best but what about the rest?

David Flatman: My man of the tournament is peerless Weepu

From the Front Row

Fabio Capello to select Euro 2012 training base

Over the next fortnight, Fabio Capello will head to Poland to select England's European Championship base still insisting he got it right in South Africa.

Kurtley Beale named in Australia's provisional side

Australia will give full-back Kurtley Beale every chance to prove his fitness for Sunday's Rugby World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.

The Last Word: England stumble on winning formula despite themselves

Johnson's men progress but fail to convince with their woeful management and crass behaviour

James Corrigan: No mismatches and knockouts to come. Rugby World Cup is too short if anything

Same old story. Plucky little Wales. How brave the boys were in defeat. They did everything but win. Yes, in the land of my blathers last night the soliloquies of consolation were long and winded.

A to Z of the Rugby World Cup

A is for All Black Nation Buy some chewing gum at a corner shop in Rotorua and the 12-year-old assistant will say: "Fifty cents, and by the way... your back row's rubbish." Yes, it's that kind of place. B is for Breakdown The referees are bound to get their knickers in a twist at the tackle area, which remains hopelessly confusing even for the players. The first official to penalise Richie McCaw, the ball-snaffling bandit from New Zealand, wins a George Cross.

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Peter Bills: Inside the Australia training camp

Talking World Cup Rugby: Can the Wallabies make it a glorious hat-trick of triumphs in 2011 at the Rugby World Cup?

RFU members seek publication of John Steele sacking report

The Rugby Football Union is today expected to come under pressure from members of its own council to publish Jeff Blackett's report into the sacking of chief executive John Steele.

Peter Bills: Can South Africa defend their World Cup crown?

Talking Rugby: The enormity of the challenge facing South Africa in their campaign to defend the Rugby World Cup was laid bare at the weekend.

David Flatman: We're just like Special Forces but that's all I can tell you

From the Front Row: Pre-season training is just a time for tactics &ndash; the real interest only begins when the results roll in
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