New Zealand and France prepare for the Rugby World Cup final on Sunday in Auckland. CNN's Alex Thomas reports.
Sidelined superstar Dan Carter has told his New Zealand teammates to "expect the unexpected" ahead of Sunday's Rugby World Cup final against France in Auckland.
CNN's Alex Thomas visits a New Zealand rugby youth tournament that typifies how rugby unites the nation.
Hosts New Zealand reached the final of the Rugby World Cup with a 20-6 win over Australia Sunday at Eden Park in Auckland.
Alex Thomas reports from Auckland, New Zealand, where fans are gearing up for the Rugby World Cup.
New Zealand captain and key forward Richie McCaw has been passed fit for Sunday's Rugby World Cup semifinal clash with neighbors Australia in Auckland.
Ireland reached the quarterfinals of the rugby World Cup Sunday with an emphatic 36-6 victory over Italy at the Otago Stadium.
New Zealand's hopes of winning the Rugby World Cup on home soil have suffered a massive blow with the news that star player Dan Carter will miss the rest of the tournament due to injury.
Two members of the England coaching staff have been banned from their crucial Rugby World Cup clash with Scotland on Saturday for illegally switching the match ball during a win against Romania.
Wing Bryan Habana became South Africa's all-time leading try scorer on Thursday as the Springboks thrashed Namibia 87-0 at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Rugby World Cup hosts New Zealand ran in 13 tries as they recorded a commanding 83-7 victory over Japan in Hamilton on Friday.
There is an anxiety hovering over the whole of New Zealand this year.
CNN invites you to take part in their Rugby World Cup crossbar challenge as demonstrated by the London Irish rugby team.
Jason Leonard, former England Captain and Rugby World Cup winner talks to CNN about the potential of England's current rugby team.
Northampton Saints winger Chris Ashton ran in four tries at Twickenham on Saturday as England thrashed Italy 59-13 in the RBS Six Nations Championship.
Australia beat New Zealand for the first time in 11 attempts in the fourth and final 2010 Bledisloe Cup match in Hong Kong on Saturday.
CNN's Andrew Stevens shares the story of a Rwandan rugby team and their journey to the pitch in Hong Kong.
The way David Hughes tells it, his life was humming along nicely on a normal, if a little dull, career trajectory. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Hughes worked as a surveyor, traveling to petrol stations in the United Kingdom.
The governing body for Rugby Union in Wales has confirmed that international player Andy Powell has been dropped from the national side after police charged him with driving a golf cart while drunk.
Ireland opened the defense of their Six Nations rugby title with a 29-11 victory at home to Italy, while England repelled the challenge of Wales to win 30-17 in Saturday's other match.
Former South African rugby World Cup winner Ruben Kruger has passed away following a long battle with brain cancer.
Six Nations winners Ireland ended the year unbeaten after defeating world rugby champions South Africa 15-10 in Dublin on Saturday thanks to an assured kicking performance from newcomer Jonathan Sexton.
Scotland stunned the touring Wallabies by claiming a first win in 27 years against the Australians in Edinburgh on Saturday night.
It took less than a week for the 35,000 available tickets for New Zealand's next home international, taking place this Saturday at Wellington's Westpac Stadium, to sell out.
Graham Henry's All Blacks avoided becoming the first New Zealand team to lose three home matches in a year after overpowering Australia 33-6 in an otherwise meaningless final match of the Tri-Nations tournament on Saturday.
Argentina are set to get more competitive rugby matches after it was confirmed they will join an expanded Tri-Nations series from 2012.
World rugby champions South Africa held off spirited second-half fightback from New Zealand to win 32-29 and clinch their first Tri-Nations crown in five years on Saturday.
World rugby champions South Africa condemned Australia to a sixth consecutive Tri-Nations defeat to close on this year's title with a 32-25 victory in Perth on Saturday.
England will host the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the International Rugby Board (IRB) have announced at a meeting in Dublin on Tuesday.
World champions South Africa held off a second-half rally from New Zealand to win their Tri-Nations opener 28-19 in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
South Africa lock Bakkies Botha will miss the final Test against the British and Irish Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday after failing in his appeal against a two-week ban.
England's ambitions of staging the 2015 Rugby World Cup received a massive boost on Tuesday when tournament organisers recommended their bid to the International Rugby Board.
In a thrilling encounter, the Springboks beat the Lions with a last-minute comeback. CNN's Robyn Curnow has the details.
South Africa's Schalk Burger has been handed an eight-week suspension after he was found guilty of eye-gouging in the Springboks' dramatic 28-25 victory over the British and Irish Lions in Pretoria on Saturday.
South Africa snatched a 2-0 series victory against the British and Irish Lions after winning a thrilling second Test 28-25 in Pretoria on Saturday.
Forget World Cups. For many rugby union players the ultimate accomplishment is being selected to appear for the famed British Lions on their overseas tours.
CNN's Robyn Curnow reports on the Lions tour of South Africa.
The British and Irish Lions will face world champions South Africa in Saturday's opening rugby Test -- and they enter the Durban clash full of confidence after winning all their six tour games so far.
South Africa have drafted in flanker Heinrich Brussow for the first Test against the British and Irish Lions iin Durban on Saturday.
The British and Irish Lions swept aside an understrength kwaZulu-Natal Sharks 39-3 in Durban on Wednesday to maintain their unbeaten record in South Africa.
The Scottish Rugby Union has appointed Andy Robinson, formerly coach of bitter rivals England, as the new national team boss.
British and Irish Lions head coach Ian McGeechan has named nine debutants in his starting line-up for Saturday's South African tour opener against a Royal XV in Rustenburg.
Australian Rugby Union hierarchy have scrapped plans to challenge for the right to host the 2015 World Cup and are still debating whether or not to go for 2019.
Ireland's Paul O'Connell will captain the British Lions for their 10-match tour of South Africa starting at the end of May, coach Ian McGeechan announced on Tuesday.
Ireland have made three changes for Saturday's crucial Six Nations rugby finale against Wales -- as they attempt to win a first Grand Slam since 1948.
Ireland recovered from trailing at half-time to defeat Scotland 22-15 at Murrayfield and remain on course for their first Grand Slam since 1948 -- a feat that will be achieved if they avoid defeat in their final match against Six Nations champions Wales in Cardiff next weekend.
Just stepping into the stadium you can feel the electric atmosphere. Die-hard rugby fan or not, it is thrilling. Tens of thousands of people who have journeyed into the desert to see history being made are in full voice.
Wales scrum-half Dwayne Peel has been ruled out for the remainder of the Six Nations Championship with a torn hamstring.
Man of the match Brian O'Driscoll scored a drop goal and a try in the second half as Ireland kept their grand slam hopes alive with a scrappy 14-13 win over England in the Six Nations on Saturday.
England have recalled France-based Andy Goode for his first cap in more than two years in Saturday's Six Nations clash against Italy at Twickenham.
England rugby union prop Matt Stevens has been suspended from all competition following a failed drugs test, the Rugby Football Union said on Tuesday.
England flyhalf Danny Cipriani has been dropped from the team to play the New Zealand All Blacks at Twickenham on Saturday.
Ireland flanker Alan Quinlan will miss Saturday's Test match against Argentina after his appeal against a three-week suspension was rejected by the International Rugby Board (IRB) on Friday.
England have turned to Wasps flanker James Haskell for their Twickenham Test clash with world champions South Africa on Saturday.
World champions South Africa withstood the challenge of an improved Scotland to record a 14-10 victory at Murrayfield.
When opposition rugby teams line up against the New Zealand All Blacks, there's a common game plan: Get Carter.
World champions South Africa survived a spirited second half comeback from Six Nations title holders Wales to win 20-15 in their one-off rugby union Test at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff.
Sitiveni Sivivatu crossed once and set up another try as the New Zealand All Blacks rallied to beat arch-rivals Australia 19-14 in special Test match in Hong Kong.
New Zealand warmed up for their Tri-Nations decider against Australia with a 101-14 rout of Samoa in a one-off rugby union Test on Wednesday in New Plymouth, running in 15 tries.
Australia boosted their Tri-Nations title chances and ended South African hopes with an emphatic 27-15 win over the Springboks in Durban on Satuday.
New Zealand bounced back from last weekend's demoralizing defeat by Australia to crush the Wallabies 39-10 in Auckland on Saturday night.
New Zealand coach Graham Henry hopes that skipper Richie McCaw can make a remarkable recovery from injury in time for Saturday's Tri-Nations rugby clash with Australia in Sydney.
New Zealand extended their unbeaten home run to 30 matches with a 19-8 victory over world champions South Africa in the opening Tri-Nations rugby Test match in Wellington.
All-Blacks scrum-half Jimmy Cowan will face a New Zealand Rugby Union disciplinary hearing in Wellington on Tuesday, after his second arrest in seven weeks for disorderly behavior at a bar, team management announced on Monday.
New Zealand police are investigating a "serious allegation" against four England rugby internationals following an alleged incident at their team hotel in Auckland.
The All Blacks have made four changes to their starting side to play England in the second rugby Test in Christchurch on Saturday.
Rugby Union formally began in Australia with the formation of the first clubs, the oldest of which is the Sydney University Club, formed in 1864. By 1874 there were enough clubs to form a Sydney Metropolitan competition, and in that year the Southern Rugby Union was established.
Steve Borthwick will captain England on their New Zealand tour next month.
Ireland have confirmed the appointment of Declan Kidney as head coach through to the next World Cup.
Former World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson has been ruled out of England's rugby tour of New Zealand in June due to a shoulder injury.
Martin Johnson has been named England team manager after the Rugby Football Union management board unanimously approved his appointment following a meeting at Twickenham on Wednesday.
England's director of rugby Rob Andrew is set to confirm Martin Johnson as their new team manager when he fronts a management board meeting at Twickenham on Wednesday morning.
England flanker Lewis Moody has been ruled out for the rest of the season and will miss the summer Tests against the New Zealand All Blacks with a ruptured right Achilles tendon.
Ireland rugby coach Eddie O'Sullivan has quit following their recent run of poor results in the World Cup and Six Nations Championship.
Wales are looking for their second Grand Slam in four years when they meet France in Cardiff on Saturday.
Rugby superstar Jonny Wilkinson has been dropped by England for their final Six Nations match of the season against Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday.
France have made six changes for the Six Nations Championship decider against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.
Wales rallied to win 16-12 away to Ireland on Saturday afternoon and keep alive its hopes of winning the Six Nations Grand Slam.
England have axed Danny Cipriani from the team for Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash against Scotland at Murrayfield following the player's "inappropriate behavior."
Danny Cipriani will make his first Test start when England tackle Six Nations Championship opponents Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.
France have made eight changes to the team that were overpowered by England last Saturday for their Six Nations Championship match against Italy at the Stade de France on March 9.
Scotland were dealt a blow ahead of their Six Nations Championship match against Ireland at Dublin's Croke Park when skipper Jason White was ruled out with concussion.
England rugby coach Brian Ashton has made three changes for the Six Nations clash against tournament favorites France in Paris next Saturday.
England star Jonny Wilkinson has escaped action over a weekend tackle against Wales and is free to play in Sunday's Six Nations Championship match with Italy in Rome.
France gave their new coach Marc Lievremont a winning start with a surprisingly comfortable 27-6 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.
Wales fought back from 10 points down to stun World Cup finalists England 26-19 in their Six Nations opener and win at Twickenham for the first time in 20 years.
Six Nations defending champions France have named a much-changed side for their opening match against Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday.
Gloucester number eight Luke Narraway will make his Test debut in a surprise selection for England's Six Nations opener against Wales at Twickenham on Saturday.
Wales have received a double boost ahead of rugby's Six Nations next month, with flanker Martyn Williams cutting short his international retirement and Shaun Edwards signing on as part-time defense coach until January 2010.
South Africa have named their first black coach with Peter De Villiers picked to succeed Jake White in charge of rugby union's world champions.
England coach Brian Ashton has sprung a major surprise by including Tonga-born former rugby league star Lesley Vainikolo in his squad for the Six Nations tournament.
Former England captain Martin Corry is retiring from international rugby.
Full-back Chris Latham has turned down an offer to stay in Australia and agreed to join English Premiership club Worcester.
World champions South Africa marked coach Jake White's final full international in charge with a 34-12 victory against Wales in a one-off Test at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
Rugby union stars Lawrence Dallaglio and Mike Catt have escaped punishment over their outspoken autobiographies which were critical of England coach Brian Ashton.
Gavin Henson has been selected to make his first start in a test match for more than a year when Wales face world champions South Africa in Cardiff on Saturday.
Graham Henry's future as All Blacks coach is looking increasingly uncertain after the New Zealand Rugby Union said on Thursday that he would have to reapply for his job following their disappointing World Cup campaign.
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