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Oct 18, 2015

Rugby-Brilliant Pumas down Ireland to reach semi-finals

CARDIFF, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Argentina stunned an injury-depleted Ireland with an early onslaught and finished at a canter to secure a 43-20 victory on Sunday that sent them into the Rugby World Cup semi-finals for the second time.

Even the Six Nations champions of the last two seasons could not halt the unstoppable march of the Southern Hemisphere as the impressive Pumas joined New Zealand and South Africa in the last eight.

Oct 18, 2015

Ireland bank on passion, resolve for Pumas clash

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Ireland have lost four key players but, if last week’s match against France is anything to go by, they will have an extra man in the Millennium Stadium crowd when they meet Argentina in the World Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

The Six Nations champions were supported with a passion and noise rarely seen at any rugby ground when they beat the French last Sunday, an emotional performance they are likely to have to repeat to reach the semi-finals for the first time.

Oct 18, 2015

Rugby-Ireland bank on passion, resolve for Pumas clash

CARDIFF, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Ireland have lost four key players but, if last week’s match against France is anything to go by, they will have an extra man in the Millennium Stadium crowd when they meet Argentina in the World Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

The Six Nations champions were supported with a passion and noise rarely seen at any rugby ground when they beat the French last Sunday, an emotional performance they are likely to have to repeat to reach the semi-finals for the first time.

Oct 17, 2015

Big Black Bus Savea accelerates into World Cup knockout stage

CARDIFF (Reuters) – New Zealand’s try-scoring machine Julian Savea went into overdrive on Saturday with his second hat-trick of the Rugby World Cup as the All Blacks humiliated France to storm into the semi-finals of the tournament.

The 25-year-old winger showed just why his team mates gave him the nickname “Big Black Bus” as he sped past, fended off and sometimes simply powered through French defenders to take his tournament tally to eight tries.

Oct 17, 2015

Rugby-Big Black Bus Savea accelerates into World Cup knockout stage

CARDIFF, Oct 17 (Reuters) – New Zealand’s try-scoring machine Julian Savea went into overdrive on Saturday with his second hat-trick of the Rugby World Cup as the All Blacks humiliated France to storm into the semi-finals of the tournament.

The 25-year-old winger showed just why his team mates gave him the nickname “Big Black Bus” as he sped past, fended off and sometimes simply powered through French defenders to take his tournament tally to eight tries.

Oct 17, 2015

Ruthless All Blacks demolish France to reach semi-finals

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Julian Savea scored his second hat-trick of the tournament as a ruthless New Zealand, looking every inch the reigning champions, dismantled France 62-13 on Saturday to set up a Rugby World Cup semi-final against South Africa.

In a repeat of the 2011 final, the All Blacks ran in nine tries for the biggest score ever conceded in a test by France and will now meet the Springboks, who beat Wales 23-19 in the first quarter-final, at Twickenham next Saturday.

Oct 17, 2015

Rugby-Ruthless All Blacks demolish France to reach semi-finals

CARDIFF, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Julian Savea scored his second hat-trick of the tournament as a ruthless New Zealand, looking every inch the reigning champions, dismantled France 62-13 on Saturday to set up a Rugby World Cup semi-final against South Africa.

In a repeat of the 2011 final, the All Blacks ran in nine tries for the biggest score ever conceded in a test by France and will now meet the Springboks, who beat Wales 23-19 in the first quarter-final, at Twickenham next Saturday.

Oct 16, 2015

Rugby-All Blacks expecting the best of France despite split reports

CARDIFF, Oct 16 (Reuters) – New Zealand are determined not to be distracted by reports of splits in the France camp ahead of their Rugby World Cup quarter-final and are expecting a fierce battle, assistant coach Ian Foster said on Friday.

France captain Thierry Dusautoir was forced to deny reports in the French media on Friday that the team had ostracised head coach Philippe Saint-Andre in the lead-up to Saturday’s clash with the world champions.

Oct 16, 2015

Ireland’s Sexton ‘ready to go’ against confident Pumas

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Even more than usual rests on the shoulders of Jonny Sexton when he lines up for a depleted Ireland against in-form Argentina on Sunday in what looks like being the tightest of the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.

Ireland need their halfback playmaker, who has shrugged off injury to take his place in the side, at the peak of his powers as they seek to overcome the loss of two key players to injury and another to suspension.

Oct 16, 2015

Rugby-Ireland’s Sexton ‘ready to go’ against confident Pumas

CARDIFF, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Even more than usual rests on the shoulders of Jonny Sexton when he lines up for a depleted Ireland against in-form Argentina on Sunday in what looks like being the tightest of the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.

Ireland need their halfback playmaker, who has shrugged off injury to take his place in the side, at the peak of his powers as they seek to overcome the loss of two key players to injury and another to suspension.

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