'Wales found a way to win – this is what they do under Warren Gatland'

Logic pointed to nothing other than a Wales win – but logic does not often apply to Wales at the World Cup. Their hearts had been broken too many times to be overly confident, even if form, world ranking and all other measurable factors suggested they would beat France comfortably. History’s pain kept Welsh complacency […]

'Rugby World Cup semi-final week different from all others' – Matt Dawson column

The year 2003. The England team I was part of had just squeaked past Wales, given the most enormous shock in the quarter-finals by those tries from Stephen Jones and Colin Charvis and all the rest that came with it. And so us players sat down after the journey down from Brisbane to Sydney, and […]

South Africa 26-3 Japan: Springboks through to Rugby World Cup semi-finals

Rugby World Cup quarter-final Japan: (3) 3 Pens: Tamura South Africa: (5) 26 Tries: Mapimpi 2, De Klerk Pens: Pollard 3 Cons: Pollard South Africa ended Japan’s dream World Cup run to reach the semi-finals after a bruising 26-3 win against the hosts. The Springboks led after a powerful run gave Makazole Mapimpi a try, […]

Rugby World Cup: Michael Cheika to quit as Australia coach

2019 Rugby World Cup Hosts: Japan Dates: 20 September to 2 November Coverage: Full commentary on every game across BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, plus text updates on the BBC Sport website and app. Australia coach Michael Cheika says he will leave his role when his contract expires at the […]

Can Wales avenge 2011 heartache v France? – match preview

Media playback is not supported on this device 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-final: Wales v France Venue: Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture Date: Sunday, 20 October Kick-off: 08:15 BST Coverage: Full commentary on every Wales game across BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru, BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, plus text updates […]

Ayres’ Cricket Companion

Martin Chandler | 2:42am BST 20 October 2019 There is, as we all know, a cricket annual that has appeared every single year since 1864 so, for the 156th time in 2019. Wisden has certainly had a rocky patch or two along the road, but that longevity in itself demonstrates that cricket can sustain a […]

Rugby World Cup: New Zealand's statement of intent before England semi-final

Rugby World Cup semi-final: England v New Zealand Venue: International Stadium Yokohama Date: Saturday, 26 October. Kick-off: 09:00 BST Coverage: Full commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live and online, plus text updates on the BBC Sport website and app. England overcame Australia in emphatic fashion to set up a World Cup semi-final against New Zealand […]

England demolish Australia but All Blacks await in Rugby World Cup semi-finals

Rugby World Cup semi-final: England v New Zealand Venue: International Stadium, Yokohama Date: Saturday, 26 October. Kick-off: 09:00 BST Coverage: Full commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, plus text updates on the BBC Sport website and app. You win a World Cup quarter-final by sticking 40 points on a team and people start talking – […]

England overwhelm Australia to make semi-finals

2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-final England: (17) 40 Tries: May 2, Sinckler, Watson Pens: Farrell 4 Cons: Farrell 4 Australia: (9) 16 Tries: Koroibete Pens: Lealiifano 3 Cons: Lealiifano England are into the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 12 years as they ruthlessly dispatched old rivals Australia. Two first-half tries in four […]

England v Australia: Ex-team-mates Eddie Jones & Michael Cheika go head-to-head

Rugby World Cup quarter-final: England v Australia Venue: Oita Stadium Date: Saturday, 19 October Kick-off: 08:15 BST Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live and online with text updates on the BBC Sport website and app. Eddie Jones changes in the week when his England side plays his native Australia: more animated, more caustic, […]