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South Africa’s Stick condemns ‘stupid’ spying and is wary of Wales’ kicking Coach Mzwandile Stick said the Springboks are ‘an honest side’ and ‘expect a tough battle’ against Wales in the Rugby World Cup semi-final.

"Boys Were Sent To The Corner Of The Pitch" - England Target Discipline It is something that the referees for this weekend's semi-finals, Jerome Garces and Nigel Owens, will be on high alert for and with that in mind, England have concocted their own form of punishment for ill-discipline in training. "We put a big emphasis on our discipline throughout pre-season", said Ben Youngs on Wednesday.

Wales centre Jonathan Davies set to be fit for semi-final against South Africa The 31-year old was ruled out of Wales’s 20-19 quarter-final win over France with a recurrence of a knee injury which he had aggravated against Fiji.

Kick-off time and TV details for Wales vs South Africa The Welsh are making their third appearance in the last four of the tournament.

The Youngs family secret: How to beat New Zealand If there is one man in the England squad who should have the inside track on how…

Owen Doyle: Jaco Peyper’s cardinal error puts it up to the referee selectors Photo fallout highlights the limited viable options for selecting officials in Japan.

Kick-off time and TV details for England vs New Zealand England are appearing in the last four for the first time since 2007.

England must look to smother New Zealand, says Mehrtens England must abandon thoughts of providing a spectacle when they face New Zealan…

England ramping up pressure on All Blacks despite 'spygate' scandal Eddie Jones ignited a ‘spygate’ row at the Rugby World Cup yesterday as England accused the All Blacks of watching their semi-final opponents New Zealand of spying on training, with their own.

Watson: ‘I don’t hold any grudge against Sonny Bill Williams’ Anthony Watson holds no grudges at all towards New Zealand centre Sonny Bill Williams for smashing him in the face with his shoulder two years ago, after the Kiwi cleared the air in a fluke encounter.

Former NZ boss hints All Blacks are 'spying' on England WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT: Former New Zealand boss turned England defence coach John Mitchell has suggested the All Blacks may have been spying on their opponents ahead of Saturday's World Cup semifinal.

England set to return to Japan in 2020 England are set for a return to Japan for a groundbreaking two-test tour against…

Lomu's off-field legacy bigger than on it as NZ-England face rematch All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick claims to have never seen it, Sam Cane says he&…

Michael Cheika linked with move to French Top 14 club Montpellier Outgoing Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has been freshly linked with a move back to France to take over as Montpellier’s director of rugby.

'Good luck to them' - England don't see any advantage in spying on training Defence coach John Mitchell understands the pressure the All Blacks come under from home.

Subscriber Only: Gordon D’Arcy: Joey Carbery’s move to Munster showed Ireland’s failure to evolve In absence of constant evolution, our game plan became the rock Ireland perished upon.

Joe Schmidt's coaching regrets: 'In six and a half years, I've not taken one full day off.' Outgoing Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has expressed regret with the way he prepared his players for the World Cup, saying the team's desperation to prove their credibility in Japan may have been their downfall.

World Cup became 'self-consuming monster', says Schmidt Outgoing Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has expressed regret for the way he prepared…

'Kiwi arrogance': James Haskell reveals explosive clash with All Blacks star Brodie Retallick Former England rugby star-turned MMA fighter James Haskell has revealed an explosive exchange with All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick, moments after the All Blacks beat England in the first test of the 2014 series in New Zealand.

Michael Cheika linked with new coaching gig Outgoing Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has been freshly linked with a move back to France to take over as Montpellier's director of rugby. Cheika's tumultuous five years in the Australian role ended with the Wallabies' disappointing World Cup quarter-final exit in Japan last weekend.

Analysis: Irish con-job confirmed? The All Blacks' top-draw performance compelling evidence of shelved tactics last year In the post-mortem of the 16-9 loss to Ireland in Dublin last November, a review of the All Blacks tactics showed some very peculiar and unusual behaviour on a night where energy seemed to be missing at the end of a very long season.

'I’m interested in a bunch of things': David Pocock moves on from Wallabies Before he turns climate crusader, retiring great David Pocock said he’d be only too happy to offer his opinion on the next Wallabies coach.

David Pocock hints at embarking on political career following international rugby retirement Departing Wallabies great David Pocock has confirmed he won't be coming out of retirement to add to his 83 test caps.

James Haskell: 'Don't worry about the haka. It's 15 blokes dancing!' Former international and Highlanders loose forward James Haskell has told the England side how to face the haka ahead of Saturday's Rugby World Cup semifinal against the All Blacks.

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