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Aug 17, 2007:  "It has been just four short years since the last World Cup but it has felt more like several lifetimes for the poor put-upon supporters of Scottish rugby who have seen the game suffer while politics continue to dominate the back pages." Iain
Aug 17, 2007:  "Having made it so close to the World Cup without politics threatening to derail their plans, South Africa will be confident of gatecrashing what many think will be New Zealand's party." Stephen Nell reports
Aug 12, 2007:  Tana Umaga farewelled New Zealand rugby in his own humble way yesterday as tributes continued to pour in
Aug 10, 2007:  Check out PA SPort's team by team guide ahead of this year's Rugby World Cup in France.
Aug 10, 2007:  The Rugby World Cup has grown into arguably the planet's third biggest sporting event behind its soccer equivalent and the Olympic Games.
Aug 10, 2007:  The immediate Rugby World Cup future is black - All Black
Aug 7, 2007:  It takes a brave man to agree to become coach of the South Africa rugby team, for it is without doubt the hottest of coaching hot-seats.
Aug 5, 2007:  It was the result New Zealand domestic rugby was crying out for
Aug 2, 2007:  Ahead of this year's global showpiece we profile the officials who will be taking charge of the matches at RWC'07
Aug 2, 2007:  The Wallabies will trade their luxury beachfront hotels for an army-style boot camp next week in their bid to gain a rugby World Cup edge.
Aug 2, 2007:  Will the south rise again
Jul 29, 2007:  Piri Weepu made a belated point, Greg Somerville crept closer to France and the late Jarrod Cunningham was farewelled appropriately amid a round of predictably stodgy Air New Zealand Cup rugby fare.
Jul 26, 2007:  Most All Blacks are conditioning themselves for pre-World Cup camps but the handful on active duty and those unwanted for France will attract plenty of scrutiny during the opening round of the Air New Zealand Cup.
2007 Tri-Nations
Jul 25, 2007:  "Without Umaga, they lack something in attack. The Kiwis are definitely not as far ahead as they were in 2006 but they are still the team to beat." John Taylor reports
Jul 22, 2007:  The All Blacks have unveiled a winning recipe if weather or backline mishaps count against them on a World Cup campaign that is back pointing in the right direction.
Jul 20, 2007:  New Zealand over-powered Australia 26-10 at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday in the 2007 Tri Nations decider - check out our minute-by-minute commentary
Jul 13, 2007:  Sanzar officials have verbally agreed there will be no repeat of the player extractions that have blotted the rugby landscape this year, but cannot offer any guarantee.
Jul 13, 2007:  Re-live the latest clash in this year's Tri Nations where New Zealand set up a title showdown with Australia by beating South Africa 33-6 in Christchurch.
Jul 9, 2007:  The trans-Tasman psychological warfare has stepped up a notch entering the final fortnight of the Tri-Nations rugby tournament.
Jul 1, 2007:  A timely wakeup call or a valid reason for the world's other leading rugby sides to start icing the champagne?
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