Public memorial for Lomu on Monday

A memorial service will be held for the late Jonah Lomu at Eden Park next Monday.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced that a two-hour service will take place at the famous stadium to celebrate the life of one of the sport’s greatest players.

Key described the service as “a public celebration of Jonah’s life” running from between 13:00 and 15:00 local time, with the Prime Minister expecting tens of thousands to attend.

He added: “Jonah was much loved and a huge number of people will to come along and pay tribute to him.”

“This service will be open to all members of the public who want to remember the significant contribution Jonah made, not only to rugby here and overseas, but also to the wider community through his work with charities such as Unicef and Kidney Kids NZ.

“The service will be a celebration of Jonah’s life and I expect a large number of people will want to be there.”

 

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Foley’s last-minute penalty seals victory for Australia

Wallaby flyhalf Bernard Foley celebrates the successful penalty which won the match for Australia. Photo: World Rugby

Wallaby flyhalf Bernard Foley celebrates the successful penalty with skipper Stephen Moore which won the match against the Scots. Photo: World Rugby

Fly-half Bernard Foley struck a last-ditch penalty just 30 seconds from the end to clinch Australia a 35-34 victory over Scotland in a Twickenham quarter-final awash with eight tries, drama and controversy.

With his team trailing 34-32 after an interception try from Scotland centre Mark Bennett in the 73rd minute, Foley snatched victory for the Wallabies who scored five tries to Scotland’s three to make the semi-finals an all-southern hemisphere affair for the first time in the history of the World Cup. Australia will take on Argentina in the last four, while New Zealand meet South Africa.

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Lloyd Williams happy to wing it for Wales

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The experiences of scrum-half Lloyd Williams sum up the story of Wales so far at Rugby World Cup 2015.
The Welsh have reached a quarter-final meeting against South Africa on Saturday despite suffering a remarkable series of injuries. Williams has twice been forced to play out of position on the wing when he has come on as a replacement.
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World Cup quarter-finals confirmed

The William Webb-Ellis Cup will be up for grabs for the winner of the competition which ends at the month. Photo: Planet Rugby

The William Webb-Ellis Cup will be up for grabs for the winner of the competition which ends at the month. Photo: Planet Rugby

We’re set for four epic quarter-finals at the 2015 Rugby World Cup to be held in London and Cardiff.

The headline fixture is arguably the rematch of the 2007 quarter-final between France and New Zealand as they meet at the same venue, Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

There is an even split between the hemispheres with all four matches North v South clashes.

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Jones hails ‘heroes’ after landmark tournament

Departing head coach salutes Brave Blossoms’ best RWC performance as they bow out against USA with a third victory

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Japanese coach Eddie Jones signs autographs for fans after his team the Cherry Blossoms defeated the USA 28-18. Photo: World Rugby

GLOUCESTER – Eddie Jones could not conceal his delight after Japan capped a memorable RWC 2015 and completed a perfect send-off for the departing head coach with a 28-18 Pool B victory over USA at Kingsholm.

The Brave Blossoms became the first team in the tournament’s history to win three matches but miss out on qualification to the quarter-finals and Jones was full of praise for the team’s national “heroes”, who have made the world of rugby stand up and take notice since their opening tournament victory over South Africa.

“I want everything about this win today to be about the team,” Jones (pictured) said in his post-match press conference. “It’s not about my last game – all the players deserve credit.

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Tonga: ‘It’s possible to beat All Blacks’

Tongan coach Mana Otai believes the Ikale Tahi have it in them to beat the Kiwis. Photo: Planet Rugby

Tongan coach Mana Otai believes the Ikale Tahi have it in them to beat the Kiwis. Photo: Planet Rugby

Tonga head coach Mana Otai still firmly believes his men can shock New Zealand when the two sides play tomorrow morning (Friday evening UK time).

The only win for Otai’s side so far has come against Namibia, but they did shock France four years ago and Otai believes that win shows what Tonga are capable of.

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Yato’s youth may favour him for next world cup

Fiji's flanker Peceli Yato clashes into Australian James Slipper in their match two weeks ago in Cardiff. Photo: SMH

Fiji’s flanker Peceli Yato clashes into Australian James Slipper in their match two weeks ago in Cardiff. Photo: SMH

Fiji’s blindside flanker, 22-year-old Peceli Yato, outplayed his opposite number Australian 31-year-old Scott Fardy in all facets of their Rugby World Cup match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

According to World Rugby stats Yato gained 31 metres with the ball in hand compared to Fardy’s 13 metres and in defence Yato scored a 100 percent tackling with four of his attempts compared to 89 percent of Fardy’s with eight attempts.

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