World Cup

Reason to smile

Reason to smile

Schalk Burger, the 2011 SA Player of the Year, should be the cornerstone of the Springbok side in 2012 and beyond.

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Moody: ‘Players had to be banned at RWC’

Retired England skipper Lewis Moody reveals in his recently released biography that his players were out of control at the World Cup, which was the main reason behind their early World Cup exit.

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A point that made a point

MARK KEOHANE, in his weekly Business Day newspaper column, applauds New Zealand’s defensive effort in the World Cup final.

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Dusautoir takes top honours

France captain Thierry Dusautoir has edged out some stiff competition to win the IRB Player of the Year Award.

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Darkness lifts as Blacks break the curse

RYAN VREDE writes the certainty which accompanied New Zealand into this fixture gave way to hope in the second half, but ultimately the nation that needed victory prevailed over the one that wanted it.

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Past failures fuel Blacks’ resolve

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw says premature exits from previous World Cups have taught them valuable lessons that should serve them well in the final.

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Cooper crocked

Quade Cooper will miss the Wallabies’ end-of-year tour due to a knee injury.

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