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Oct 25, 2015

Rugby-From woeful to wonderful, Wallabies make World Cup final

LONDON, Oct 25 (Reuters) – From complete disarray a year ago to World Cup finalists, the transformation of the Australian rugby team has been as impressive as it has been rapid.

Regardless of whether the Wallabies beat their arch enemies New Zealand in next weekend’s decider, Australia’s first appearance in the final for 12 years is already a major coup.

Oct 25, 2015

Long overdue All Blacks v Wallabies final comes to fruition

LONDON (Reuters) – It has taken much longer than most people expected but finally Australia and New Zealand will face each other in the Rugby World Cup final after the Wallabies defeated Argentina 29-15 in the second semi-final at Twickenham on Sunday.

Bitter rivals on any field, Australia and New Zealand have met each other in a host of finals in other sports but rugby has been the odd one out until now.

Oct 25, 2015

Rugby-Long overdue All Blacks v Wallabies final comes to fruition

LONDON, Oct 25 (Reuters) – It has taken much longer than most people expected but finally Australia and New Zealand will face each other in the Rugby World Cup final after the Wallabies defeated Argentina 29-15 in the second semi-final at Twickenham on Sunday.

Bitter rivals on any field, Australia and New Zealand have met each other in a host of finals in other sports but rugby has been the odd one out until now.

Oct 24, 2015

Boks coach says third place playoff ‘like kissing your sister’

LONDON (Reuters) – Out of the running to win the Rugby World Cup, South Africa are left with the prospect of having to play the one match every team hates to be involved in.

After losing 20-18 to New Zealand in the semi-finals on Saturday, the Springboks have to playoff against either Argentina or Australia for third place.

Oct 24, 2015

Rugby-Boks coach says third place playoff ‘like kissing your sister’

LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Out of the running to win the Rugby World Cup, South Africa are left with the prospect of having to play the one match every team hates to be involved in.

After losing 20-18 to New Zealand in the semi-finals on Saturday, the Springboks have to playoff against either Argentina or Australia for third place.

Oct 24, 2015

Beaten Springboks see no consolation in brave performance

LONDON (Reuters) – The obituaries were already being written for the South African team at the Rugby World Cup when they lost their opening match to Japan.

That the Springboks went on to top their group and then beat Wales in the quarter-finals and come within a whisker of making the final speaks volumes for the strength of South African rugby.

Oct 24, 2015

Rugby-Beaten Springboks see no consolation in brave performance

LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – The obituaries were already being written for the South African team at the Rugby World Cup when they lost their opening match to Japan.

That the Springboks went on to top their group and then beat Wales in the quarter-finals and come within a whisker of making the final speaks volumes for the strength of South African rugby.

Oct 24, 2015

No risk in playing Pocock and Folau, say Australia

LONDON (Reuters) РAustralia coach Michael Cheika has dismissed any notion he is taking a gamble by playing David Pocock and Israel Folau in Sunday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final against Argentina.

Pocock and Folau missed last weekend’s quarter-final win over Scotland because of injuries and were in doubt for the clash with the Pumas at Twickenham.

Oct 24, 2015

Rugby-No risk in playing Pocock and Folau, say Australia

LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Australia coach Michael Cheika has dismissed any notion he is taking a gamble by playing David Pocock and Israel Folau in Sunday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final against Argentina.

Pocock and Folau missed last weekend’s quarter-final win over Scotland because of injuries and were in doubt for the clash with the Pumas at Twickenham.

Oct 23, 2015

Australia and Argentina to ignite new rivalry

LONDON (Reuters) – As great rugby rivalries go, Australia and Argentina is still a work in progress, lacking the historical and cultural antagonism shared by the likes of New Zealand and South Africa or England and Wales.

The Wallabies and Pumas only played each other for the first time in 1979, and have met just 24 times in total, with the outcome mostly predictable, the Australians winning 18 times, Argentina five and one match drawn.

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