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Oct 25, 2015

Anticipation builds before Australia vs Argentina semi

LONDON (Reuters) – Twickenham was transformed into a sea of green and gold Australian supporters and blue and white Argentine fans as the anticipation reached fever pitch ahead of Sunday’s second Rugby World Cup semi-final.

The winner will play New Zealand in next weekend’s championship decider but with the outcome of the second match still very much uncertain.

Oct 25, 2015

Rugby-Anticipation builds before Australia v Argentina semi

LONDON, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Twickenham was transformed into a sea of green and gold Australian supporters and blue and white Argentine fans as the anticipation reached fever pitch ahead of Sunday’s second Rugby World Cup semi-final.

The winner will play New Zealand in next weekend’s championship decider but with the outcome of the second match still very much uncertain.

Oct 24, 2015

Centurion leaders see All Blacks through after wobble

LONDON (Reuters) – The leadership of captain Richie McCaw and his All Blacks lieutenants, four of them with more than 100 caps, saw New Zealand through to their fourth Rugby World Cup final on Saturday, coach Steve Hansen said.

The title holders were 12-7 down at halftime in their Twickenham semi-final as indiscipline allowed Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard to kick four penalties.

Oct 24, 2015

Rugby-Centurion leaders see All Blacks through after wobble

LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – The leadership of captain Richie McCaw and his All Blacks lieutenants, four of them with more than 100 caps, saw New Zealand through to their fourth Rugby World Cup final on Saturday, coach Steve Hansen said.

The title holders were 12-7 down at halftime in their Twickenham semi-final as indiscipline allowed Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard to kick four penalties.

Oct 24, 2015

Composure was key to victory say New Zealanders

LONDON (Reuters) – New Zealand captain Richie McCaw said the All Blacks’ 20-18 Rugby World Cup victory over South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday was every bit as hard as they expected.

“We did what we came here to do, it was hard today but that’s always the case against Springboks,” McCaw said after leading his side into a second successive final.

Oct 24, 2015

Rugby-Composure was key to victory say New Zealanders

LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – New Zealand captain Richie McCaw said the All Blacks’ 20-18 Rugby World Cup victory over South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday was every bit as hard as they expected.

“We did what we came here to do, it was hard today but that’s always the case against Springboks,” McCaw said after leading his side into a second successive final.

Oct 24, 2015

Argentina better prepared than for 2007 semi, say veterans

BAGSHOT, England (Reuters) – Argentina are better prepared for their Rugby World Cup semi-final against Australia on Sunday than they were when they faced South Africa at the same stage eight years ago, according to veterans of the 2007 team.

Flanker Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, at 33 the elder statesman of the 2015 Pumas, said facing the best southern hemisphere sides annually since 2012 in the Rugby Championship had made a huge difference.

Oct 24, 2015

Rugby-Argentina better prepared than for 2007 semi, say veterans

BAGSHOT, England, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Argentina are better prepared for their Rugby World Cup semi-final against Australia on Sunday than they were when they faced South Africa at the same stage eight years ago, according to veterans of the 2007 team.

Flanker Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, at 33 the elder statesman of the 2015 Pumas, said facing the best southern hemisphere sides annually since 2012 in the Rugby Championship had made a huge difference.

Oct 23, 2015

Rugby-Australia best in world at breakdown, says Argentina coach

BAGSHOT, England, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Argentina face their biggest challenge of the Rugby World Cup in Sunday’s semi-final against an Australia side Pumas coach Daniel Hourcade regards as masters of the breakdown.

“Last week we said the key was in the breakdown (against Ireland) and now we must multiply our defensive attributes because Australia are the best team in the world at the breakdown,” Hourcade told reporters on Friday.

Oct 23, 2015

Bosch returns from ban in only Pumas change

BAGSHOT, England (Reuters) – The return of Marcelo Bosch at outside centre for Argentina’s Rugby World Cup semi-final was the only change in the team the Pumas named on Friday to face Australia at Twickenham on Sunday.

Matias Moroni, who scored Argentina’s first try in their 43-20 quarter-final win over Ireland, steps down and out of the match squad to make way for Bosch.

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