Tri Nations Series

All Blacks seek victory in Tri-Nations to boost their Cup spirits

It still takes some believing that New Zealand, hosts of next month's World Cup, can voluntarily go in search of a first global title in almost a quarter of a century without the services of Hosea Gear and Sitiveni Sivivatu, by common consent two of the scariest wings in the sport.

Kicked into touch: the Rugby World Cup rejects

World Cup hopefuls all around the globe no doubt had the date 22 August pencilled into their diaries months in advance. Monday was the deadline for head coaches of the twenty international sides featuring in the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand to announce their final 30-man squads for the tournament. Tough decisions had to be made and, inevitably, there were a number of winners and losers. Here we take a closer look at those players who didn’t make the final cut.

Henson left ruing bad break that ends his World Cup ambitions

Gavin Henson has not always endeared himself to the Welsh rugby public – nor, indeed, to his colleagues in the national team. Yet there is not a man Jack of them who would have wished this on him. The celebrity centre looked like a real centre for the half-hour he spent on the field against England at the Millennium Stadium at the weekend, but his hopes and dreams of participating in next month's World Cup evaporated when he fractured a bone in his right wrist.

Samoa gain historic win over Australia

Samoa ran in four tries to stun Australia 32-23 in a famous and well-deserved victory yesterday that gave the Wallabies the worst possible start to their World Cup season.

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Peter Bills: A tale of two fly halves

A tale of two fly halves this holiday season.... A pair of international rugby players, we shall see, of considerable playing abilities on the field but very different values and principles, away from it.

Toby Flood: South Africa mauled us apparently, but it's all a blank

It was only when I was coming away from Twickenham last Saturday that I became fully aware of what exactly happened in the final game of our Investec Internationals. Obviously, I soon became aware that England were beaten 21-11 by South Africa but the details of the game escaped me at the time.