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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.

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<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.

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Fabio Capello to select Euro 2012 training base

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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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RFU members seek publication of John Steele sacking report

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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

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