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England players fanned out across the pitch as the All Blacks delivered the traditional challenge, but rules say they must not cross the halfway line.
A thrilling win over New Zealand last weekend secured England’s place against South Africa, who narrowly squeezed past Wales in their semi-final.
Jaco Peyper posed with fans mimicking a key red-card incident in a quarter-final he refereed.
Wales waited until the sixth last minute to beat France with a try from Ross Moriarty and clinch victory by one point, winning 20-19.
New Zealand will face England in next Saturday's Rugby World Cup semi-finals after the All Blacks pummelled a flat Ireland 46-14 in Saturday's last-eight clash in Tokyo.
England beat Australia to win through to the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup for the first time in 12 years.
France narrowly beat Tonga 23-21 to stay in the running. New Zealand demolished Namibia 71-9.
Four minutes of first-half brilliance led an otherwise unconvincing New Zealand to a 23-13 victory over South Africa in a clash between two World Cup favourites on Saturday that never quite lived up to its billing.
20 nations from 6 continents will compete over six weeks for the Webb Ellis Cup.
Private equity firm CVC is in negotiations to buy a stake in the commerical arm of the Six Nations as the Rugby World Cup gets underway in Japan.
It means the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 in New Zealand will now be named Rugby World Cup 2021, starting the gender-neutral roll out.
British rugby league player Archie Bruce, 20, was found dead in his hotel bedroom on Sunday after making his team debut in game a against Toulouse.
Australian former professional rugby player Israel Folau is seeking to raise 3 million Australian dollars (€1.8 million) to fund legal action against Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Waratahs for his sacking last month.
Rugby, six yards under water
Back row forward Carl Fearn moved from the UK to France to play for Lyon Olympique Universitaire. He talks to Euronews about the sport, the city, the language, and craving a decent curry!
Former international rugby player Gareth Thomas has opted for an apology over pressing charges against a boy who attacked him for being gay.
The South African's beat Argentina, 34-21 in their opening match of the annual four-nations southern hemisphere competition. They'll be hoping to do the same at the weekend
The 26-year-old loose forward was named as the first black test captain of the Boks for their home three-test series against England next month.
When the ambulance carrying an injured rugby player got stuck in mud, his teammates and rivals clubbed together to push it out of trouble.
Ireland and England go into 6 Nations as favourites for the 2018 title
France will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in a huge surprise after the Council of the sport's governing body went against the recommendations of an extensive evaluation
The organisers of the 2019 Rugby World Cup have announced the schedule for all 48 matches at the ninth tournament to be held in Asia for the first time
Former members of the world's most-feared international rugby squad speak with Euronews about cups, competitions and concussions after receiving the Princess of Asturias Award for Sports 2017.
The three - Ramathan Govule, Brian Kikaawa and Fred Odur - were not found at the team's hotel on Monday when they were preparing to leave the country.
Fans and teammates have mocked Scott Baldwin over the injury
South Africa, Ireland and France all promise to hold the "best tournament ever" if chosen to host Rugby's World Cup