• Rugby World Cup organizers: Show will be OK without England

    LONDON (AP) — England’s failure to make the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals all of a sudden doesn’t seem so bad for the people running the show.

  • Ireland beats France 24-9, avoids All Blacks in RWC quarters

    CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Ireland avoided a Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against the defending champion All Blacks by beating France 24-9 to secure first place in Pool D on Sunday — but an impressive victory came at a cost for the Six Nations champions.

  • Italy beats Romania 32-22 to secure 3rd place at RWC Pool D

    EXETER, England (AP) — Italy ended its Rugby World Cup campaign with an entertaining 32-22 win against a valiant Romania on Sunday to secure third place in Pool D and automatically qualify for the 2019 tournament.

  • Argentina's Lucas Noguera scores a try during the Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Namibia at the Leicester City Stadium, Leicester, England, Sunday , Oct. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

    Argentina finishes off pool stage with 64-19 win vs Namibia

    LEICESTER, England (AP) — Argentina concluded Pool C with a nine-try, 64-19 win over Namibia on Sunday in a contest that served more or less as an opposed training run for the Pumas ahead of the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals.

  • England crushes Uruguay before inquest into RWC failure

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — England thrashed Uruguay 60-3 in its last Rugby World Cup pool match on Saturday, ending an otherwise miserable campaign that raised questions about its ability to compete at the highest level.

  • Japan aims to continue incredible RWC journey into last 8

    LONDON (AP) — With every match on Japan’s Rugby World Cup journey, millions more people tune in back home to follow the Brave Blossoms.

  • Wales’ Gareth Anscombe is tackled by Australia's Sean McMahon during the Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Wales at Twickenham Stadium, London, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Undermanned Australia holds off Wales to top Pool A at RWC

    LONDON (AP) — In describing Australia’s success in shutting out Wales while playing with 13 men, the Wales captain and coach didn’t hold back. They used words such as “courageous” and “heroic.”

  • Georgia holds on to beat Namibia 17-16 in RWC Pool C

    EXETER, England (AP) — Georgia had a first-ever automatic slot in the 2019 Rugby World Cup within its grasp after holding on to beat Namibia 17-16 on Wednesday.

  • South Africa's Bryan Habana scores a try during the Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and USA at the Olympic Stadium, London, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Inspired by the great Lomu, Habana equals his RWC record

    LONDON (AP) — Bryan Habana had never played rugby before the 1995 World Cup, a tournament he remembers vividly for the way blockbusting All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu carved up England’s defense and for the way Nelson Mandela presented the winning trophy to the Springboks.

  • South Africa's Bryan Habana scores his third try during the Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and USA at the Olympic Stadium, London, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Bryan Habana has now tied New Zealand's Jonah Lomu's record for the most Rugby World Cup tries. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    South Africa tops Pool B, Habana ties Lomu’s World Cup mark

    LONDON (AP) — Bryan Habana equaled Jonah Lomu’s record of 15 Rugby World Cup tries when he crossed for a hat trick that helped South Africa to a 64-0 win over the United States on Wednesday and secured top spot in Pool B.