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Oct 31, 2015

Rugby-Meyer proud to kiss his sister after all

LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer was proud of the way his players picked themselves up from the depths of despair after their semi-final defeat to overwhelm Argentina 24-13 in the Rugby World Cup’s third-place playoff on Friday.

Moments after losing to New Zealand last weekend, Meyer said the prospect of playing in the bronze final was like “kissing your sister” but the Springboks changed their tune during the week and gave their all at a sold-out Olympic Stadium.

Oct 30, 2015

South Africa beat Argentina to finish third at World Cup

LONDON (Reuters) – South African winger Bryan Habana and flyhalf Handre Pollard fell just short in their bids for individual records despite helping the Springboks to a 24-13 win over Argentina in the bronze medal playoff at the Olympic Stadium on Friday.

Habana, who needed one touchdown to set a new outright record for the most tries by a player in World Cups, failed to get over the line in what was almost certainly his last tournament appearance and after being replaced 12 minutes from time, remains tied with New Zealander Jonah Lomu on 15.

Oct 30, 2015

Rugby-South Africa beat Argentina to finish third at World Cup

LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – South African winger Bryan Habana and flyhalf Handre Pollard fell just short in their bids for individual records despite helping the Springboks to a 24-13 win over Argentina in the bronze medal playoff at the Olympic Stadium on Friday.

Habana, who needed one touchdown to set a new outright record for the most tries by a player in World Cups, failed to get over the line in what was almost certainly his last tournament appearance and after being replaced 12 minutes from time, remains tied with New Zealander Jonah Lomu on 15.

Oct 30, 2015

Australia ready for physical battle with New Zealand

LONDON (Reuters) – It’s not quite David and Goliath proportions but the Wallabies have vowed to stand toe-to-toe with their fearsome New Zealand opponents in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham.

While conceding the Australians were giving away a weight advantage to the giant All Blacks pack, the Wallabies’ coach Michael Cheika said his players would not back away from any physical confrontations.

Oct 30, 2015

Rugby-Australia ready for physical battle with New Zealand

LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – It’s not quite David and Goliath proportions but the Wallabies have vowed to stand toe-to-toe with their fearsome New Zealand opponents in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham.

While conceding the Australians were giving away a weight advantage to the giant All Blacks pack, the Wallabies’ coach Michael Cheika said his players would not back away from any physical confrontations.

Oct 30, 2015

Australia coach laughs off ‘All Blacks’ name ban claims

LONDON (Reuters) – Australia coach Michael Cheika has laughed off claims the Wallabies are refusing to utter the phrase “All Blacks” ahead of Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final.

With both countries taunting each other and trading light-hearted insults in the lead-up to the final at Twickenham on Halloween, New Zealand media have suggested the Australian coach has banned the use of ‘All Blacks’ for superstitious reasons.

Oct 30, 2015

Rugby-Australia coach laughs off ‘All Blacks’ name ban claims

LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Australia coach Michael Cheika has laughed off claims the Wallabies are refusing to utter the phrase “All Blacks” ahead of Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final.

With both countries taunting each other and trading light-hearted insults in the lead-up to the final at Twickenham on Halloween, New Zealand media have suggested the Australian coach has banned the use of ‘All Blacks’ for superstitious reasons.

Oct 29, 2015

No jolly swagman but Cheika has Australia waltzing

LONDON (Reuters) – He has not scored any tries, kicked any goals or made a single tackle, but no-one has played a bigger role in getting Australia into Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand than Michael Cheika.

In just one year, the Wallabies coach has transformed a divided team that was regularly losing matches to one on the cusp of greatness.

Oct 29, 2015

Rugby-No jolly swagman but Cheika has Australia waltzing

LONDON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – He has not scored any tries, kicked any goals or made a single tackle, but no-one has played a bigger role in getting Australia into Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand than Michael Cheika.

In just one year, the Wallabies coach has transformed a divided team that was regularly losing matches to one on the cusp of greatness.

Oct 29, 2015

Sio back in Australian team for World Cup final

LONDON (Reuters) – Loosehead prop Scott Sio will return to the Wallabies starting lineup for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand after recovering from an elbow injury.

Sio, one of the key players in the Australian scrum, missed last weekend’s semi-final win over Argentina after hurting his elbow a week earlier against Scotland.

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