Time for All Blacks to start afresh - Kaino

World champion status achieved by the All Blacks in 2011 was a confidence booster for the 2015 campaign but nothing else.
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Jerome Kaino

Halfpenny loss a blow for Wales

Welsh rugby hopes have been dealt a severe blow with fullback Leigh Halfpenny forced out of the Rugby World Cup with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
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Leigh Halfpenny

Home advantage will boost England - Lancaster

Not surprisingly, England coach Stuart Lancaster believes the Twickenham crowd will be a significant boost for his sides hopes in the Rugby World Cup.
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Stuart Lancaster

Passing the weak link for northern sides

As the Rugby World Cup countdown continues some tough assessments have been made of sides who are regarded as potential Cup winners.
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Jonathon Sexton

Mixed results for European powerhouses

Final warm-up games produced mixed results for northern hemisphere powerhouses ahead of the Rugby World Cup.
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Jonny May

All Blacks' destiny in their own hands - SA view

New Zealand's biggest Rugby World Cup Achilles heel is itself, according to a South African newspaper.
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All Blacks

Wallabies struggle for impact in Chicago

Chicago sports folk are finding it harder to get enthusiastic about the Wallabies playing at Chicago's Soldier Field than they were about the All Blacks a year ago.
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Wallabies at training

Playing at home can be weird - Johnson

World Cup winning England captain Martin Johnson believes the 2015 England side will have to deal with the challenge of chasing the title while at home.
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Martin Johnson

Samoa can make quarter-finals - Williams

Having helped the Barbarians beat Samoa at the weekend, fullback Paul Williams believes his former side can make the quarter-finals along with South Africa from Pool B of the Rugby World Cup.
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Paul Williams

Concussion scrutiny tighter at World Cup

Concussion assessments for players during the Rugby World Cup will be in the hands of independent experts.
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World Rugby

Danger man du Preez back in action

Outstanding Springboks halfback Fourie du Preez is hopeful an 18-month period of injury frustration is behind him as he prepares for his third Rugby World Cup.
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Fourie du Preez

Court case pressures ease for Springboks

Legal interference aimed at preventing the Springboks attending the Rugby World Cup has been avoided.
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Springboks running

Hardie wins his bid for Scotland cap

Southland's John Hardie had better luck than countryman Gareth Anscombe and was named in Scotland's Rugby World Cup squad on Tuesday.
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John Hardie

Carling worried about England

Former England captain Will Carling is concerned that England's lack of a settled selection could be its undoing at the Rugby World Cup.
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Will Carling

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