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Mike Brown reveals loss of faith in England squad

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Mike Brown said that he lost faith in English teammates since the Rugby World Cup.

England full-back Mike Brown says he has lost all trust in his team-mates after leaks from the dressing room.

“The trust has gone,” he said.

Some players had questioned Sam Burgess’ World Cup selection over Luther Burrell.

Meanwhile, the RFU confirmed a pre-tournament row occurred between Danny Cipriani and coach Mike Catt and is investigating claims kit man Dave Tennison urged players to buy particular shares.

Brown affirms that he don’t think anyone was good enough in an England shirt to be piping up saying: ‘This was wrong, that was wrong’ and that sort of thing.”

“If they are going to say something, I think they should put their name to it.

“It will come out who it was at the end of the day so it will be interesting. When it does I will be one of the first people to speak to them.”

England failed to make the tournament’s knock-out stages for the first time after Pool A defeats by Wales and Australia.

A five-man panel is reviewing England’s showing in the tournament, with head coach Stuart Lancaster under scrutiny.

England are due to reassemble in January before their Six Nations opener away to Scotland on 6 February.

Brown said that relationships within the squad would be rebuilt before the trip to Murrayfield.

“It is going to be hard for me to call anyone team-mates until we meet up,” he added.

“It is going to be tough. But it will all get sorted out with whoever is in charge or whoever is there. It always does in team environments.”

Williams gives away medal to young fan

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Sonny Bill Williams puts his World Cup Medal over the neck of the young fan identified as Charles Lines.

One young rugby fan left Twickenham with the ultimate souvenir after Sonny Bill Williams handed him his winner’s medal.

Williams acted after seeing a security guard rugby tackle the boy, who had run on the pitch during the All Blacks’ lap of honour following their 34-17 Rugby World Cup final victory over Australia.

Williams, who was photographed intervening then handing the dumbfounded youngster his medal, told New Zealand’s One News afterwards: “I was walking around doing a lap of honour with the boys and a young fella came running out and he got smoked by the security guard, like full-on tackled him. I felt sorry for the little fella.

“If that was a younger brother or cousin, I would have given the security guard a hiding. But I just picked the kid up and took him back to his old lady and tried to make the night more memorable for him.”
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Australia advances into Rugby World Cup Final

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Adam Ashley-Cooper scored a hat-trick for Australia.

Argentina: (9) 15

Pens: Sanchez 5

Australia: (19) 29

Tries: Simmons, Ashley-Cooper 3 Cons: Foley 3 Pens: Foley

Australia advanced into the Rugby World Cup Final and sets up a dream match against New Zealand.

It is the first time man-of-the-match Ashley-Cooper will have the chance to play in a World Cup final in his third attempt, and the winger was lapping up the moment after the full-time whistle, while paying tribute to Argentina’s never-say-die approach.

“We knew they’d play from everywhere on the field and they did that tonight,” he said.

That was exactly what Argentina did. Deemed “fiery” by some and “suicidal” by others, Los Pumas had made a series of costly mistakes early that would have cost them the game.

But they refused to yield and Nicolas Sanchez’s flawless boot – he kicked five penalties in all – saw them trail by seven points with 26 minutes to go.

Roared on by a passionate support that included football World Cup winner Diego Maradona, Argentina had chances in the second half as they took control up front and utilised their explosive runners.

But they lacked the composure to exploit several possible overlaps even after beginning to win scrum battles and the victories that come with it. As such, Ashley-Cooper took the opening and completed a hat-trick of tries late on to secure victory.

Now, with two World Cups victory under each of their respective belts, either Australia or New Zealand will look forward to being the first three-time Rugby World Cup Champions.

RUGBY WORLD CUP: Scotland vs Samoa, Ireland vs France

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Scotland vs Samoa: Match not about me, Vern Cotter says


Cotter does not believe that Saturday’s match is a defining moment for him as coach.

Vern Cotter has dismissed suggestions that Saturday’s match against Samoa is a moment that defines him as Scotland head coach.

The national side will qualify for the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals should they beat Samoa.

Nonetheless, Cotter, who has been in the job for 15 months, is downplaying the significance of the match.

“I’m sure you can make a story of it if you’d like to,” Cotter told the presses.

“But it’s not about me. It’s about us as a group enjoying this situation.

“It’s a game that we’ve worked ourselves to get to and we know what it means. We’re enjoying the position we are in and we want to put in a good performance this weekend.

“The group has a strong desire to do well and qualify. I think we’ll see that will and determination come Saturday.”

Scotland, second behind Pool B winners South Africa and two points ahead of Japan, have made seven changes to the starting line-up from the defeat by South Africa last Saturday with Finn Russell and John Hardie returning to fly-half and open-side flanker, respectively.

Ireland v France: Kearney ready for massive World Cup match


Kearney: “France are a very different animal.”

Ireland full-back Rob Kearney expects France to be more formidable on Sunday than they did in the Six Nations in February, when Ireland ran out 18-1.

The nations will meet to decide who will top Rugby World Cup Pool D and try to avoid being pitted against reigning champions New Zealand in the quarter finals.

“We realise that France are a very different animal at Rugby World Cups – they are fitter, stronger and better conditioned. They look like a very different side to the one we faced six months ago.”