Rugby champions All Blacks officially welcomed back to New Zealand

The Rugby world champions, the All Blacks were welcomed back to New Zealand by chanting crowds and a string of hakas on Wednesday (4 November) as they embarked on a three-day journey around the country to celebrate their third Rugby World Cup triumph. After their arrival at Auckland Airport, the squad headed to Victoria Park in the centre of the city for a welcome ceremony, where the players signed autographs and took selfies with fans. As the All Blacks took their places on the stage, a group of schoolgirls performed another Maori welcome followed by a third haka of the morning from their male counterparts. Nov 4, 2015

Rugby World Cup: Eddie Jones says proud farewell to Japan

Former head coach of the Japan national rugby union team Eddie Jones paid tribute to the Japanese team at a farewell press conference in Tokyo on Monday (2 November). Jones, whose contract ended in October after three years in the role, led Japan to their most successful Rugby World Cup performance yet. Japans stunning 34-32 upset win over South Africa sent shockwaves around the sporting world and the Japanese became the first team to exit the World Cup after winning three group games. Nov 2, 2015

Rugby World Cup: Springboks prepared to face ‘best team ever’

South Africa will have to produce their best ever performance if they are to defeat heavily-favoured New Zealand in their Rugby World Cup semi-final on Saturday (24 October). The Springboks come up against a high-flying All Blacks side, fresh from humiliating France in their 62-13 victory in the quarter finals. Oct 21, 2015

Rugby World Cup: Micheal Cheika shrugs off penalty controversy as Australia go through

Australia coach Michael Cheika refused to be drawn on the controversial penalty that meant his side made the World Cup semi-finals at the expense of Scotland in one of the best games the tournament has ever seen on 18 October. Bernard Foley notched the three points to give Australia a 35-34 win after referee Craig Joubert awarded the kick at goal for an offside just two minutes from time at Twickenham. Oct 19, 2015

Rugby World Cup: Scotland left dejected after loss to Australia

Scotlands skipper and head coach held an emotional and dejected news conference after a controversial last-gasp penalty by Bernard Foley earned Australia a 35-34 victory at Twickenham on Sunday (18 October) that broke Scottish hearts and sent the Wallabies into a World Cup semi-final against Argentina. Oct 19, 2015