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Another kind of World Cup hero

Another kind of World Cup hero

New Zealand’s Luke Jacobson, had the courage to bow out of the tournament when he declared himself concussed in a training session before the All Blacks’ opener with the Springboks

Ireland are known for bouncebackability, but they need Sexton to win

Ireland are known for bouncebackability, but they need Sexton to win

It’s a puzzle as to who the real Ireland is, the heroes who beat the All Blacks or the team that meekly capitulated to Japan

Rugby World Cup: The devil is in the detail

Rugby World Cup: The devil is in the detail

Rugby may be a physically draining sport played by big men – but its plays and rhythms are increasingly being mapped out by cold stats, detailed performance patterns and all-round tactical obsessiveness

Balkan ghosts at the feast

Balkan ghosts at the feast

‘Organised chaos’ will only get spirited Japanese so far

‘Organised chaos’ will only get spirited Japanese so far

The hosts caused a sensation four years ago by ambushing South Africa, but they remain makeweights at the highest level

Leadership lessons and behaviours to win

Leadership lessons and behaviours to win

The cup runneth over: The financial power of the Rugby World Cup

The cup runneth over: The financial power of the Rugby World Cup

The Rugby World Cup is now a glitzy tournament transformed beyond recognition from its humble beginnings in 1987. But is it really as big and lucrative an event as its cheerleaders claim?

Leadership lessons: picking the team

Leadership lessons: picking the team

Another last-eight exit beckons for Ireland

Another last-eight exit beckons for Ireland

Whether they get the All Blacks or the Springboks after the group stage, Joe Schmidt’s team will struggle to achieve that elusive first World Cup semi-final, writes Garry Doyle

How the RWC has grown

How the RWC has grown

Touchdown: Flutter enters the play in US

Touchdown: Flutter enters the play in US

The rebranded Paddy Power Betfair is hungrily eyeing the huge US market, which was off limits until recently, and the new NFL season gives it the chance to fill its boots

Best intentions: A profile of Ireland's captain

Best intentions: A profile of Ireland's captain

Like it or not, the Irish rugby captain’s personal struggles mirror the challenge the entire squad now faces. For him, for them, the fear is that the World Cup has arrived 12 months too late

Sports website must learn the rules of engagement

Sports website must learn the rules of engagement

The Athletic scored an own goal when its co-founder gave a now-infamous interview in the US. As the website launches in Britain, it needs to change its tone and lose its ‘tech bro’ image

Sky to test more flexible football tactics in Germany

Sky to test more flexible football tactics in Germany

A pay-per-match partnership with digital platform Onefootball could go ahead close to the beginning of the new Bundesliga season on Friday

Open season: R&A commercial director Neil Armit on the future of golf

Open season: R&A commercial director Neil Armit on the future of golf

As the Open, finally back in Portrush, concludes today, Neil Armit of the R&A has much to celebrate – not least his plan to attract more women and girls to golf