WELLINGTON Richie McCaw, who captained New Zealand to two Rugby World Cup triumphs and was one of the best players ever to grace the game, brought an end to his 14-year international career by announcing his retirement on Thursday.
WELLINGTON Japan won admirers for their impressive performances at the Rugby World Cup but that has done little to ease concerns from the southern hemisphere's ruling body about their readiness for Super Rugby, New Zealand boss Steve Tew said.
WELLINGTON The return of the All Blacks and Rugby World Cup trophy to Wellington on Friday brought New Zealand's capital to a standstill. With a slate of retirements and departures looming, however, coach Steve Hansen has little time to enjoy the moment.
Owner Bruce Craig has denied Bath are in talks over a transfer for Sam Burgess, saying he expects the player to see out his contract with the club and to make a big impact for England at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Toulon flanker Steffon Armitage said suggestions that Nick Abendanon and his selection would have been a distraction for England's rugby World Cup squad was "insulting".
Bath coach Mike Ford expects Sam Burgess to see out his three-year contract with the English Premiership club and play his first game since the Rugby World Cup against London Irish on Saturday.
WELLINGTON World champions New Zealand were welcomed home by chanting crowds and a string of hakas on Wednesday as the All Blacks embarked a three-day journey around the country to celebrate their third Rugby World Cup triumph.
CAPE TOWN There has been no decision on Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer's future, the South African Rugby Union (SARU) said on Monday following reports that he has signed a new four-year deal through to the next Rugby World Cup.
LONDON The 2015 Rugby World Cup has already been consigned to history for Australia. Now the focus turns to the next tournament in Japan in four years' time.
MELBOURNE Australia's head cricket coach Darren Lehmann hopes the test team can avenge the Wallabies' Rugby World Cup final defeat by the All Blacks with a victory in the series opener in Brisbane starting this week.