Rugby World Cup

England Rugby World Cup failure needs swift inquest - Mike Ford

Ford, now head coach at Bath, was part of the management team at the 2011 tournament in New Zealand.

And he says any fallout following the group-stage exit this time around should take place at once.

"I hope it doesn't take a long time," Ford told BBC Radio 5 live. "The review should not last three months."

Defeats at Twickenham by Wales and Australia ensured England became the first host nation not to progress to the knockout stages of a World Cup.

VIDEO: 2015 Rugby World Cup - England must put heartbreak behind them, says George

Australia knocked England out of the tournament on Saturday by defeating the hosts 33-13 at Twickenham.

See video for what Debutant George has to say.


Samoan Alesana Tuilagi suspended for five weeks

Tuilagi struck Japan's Harumichi Tatekawa with his knee in the second minute of the Pool B match on Sunday.

He denied the act of foul play but was found guilty by the citing commissioner and will miss Samoa's last match against Scotland at St James' Park on Sunday.

Samoa cannot reach the quarter-finals after losses to Japan and South Africa in Pool B.

Wales tired of Australia 'heartache' - Hook

Wales have lost 10 matches in a row to the Wallabies, but each of the last nine have been by nine points or less.

They meet again at Twickenham on Saturday to determine who tops Pool A.

"The boys have spoken about how much heartache we've had against Australia so we have to go in with huge motivation," said the fly-half, 30.

"Everyone is beatable, it's just about getting it right on the day."

Australia won a thrilling match 33-28 in Cardiff the last time the two sides met, on 8 November 2014.

Michael Hooper to miss Wales game

Hooper, 23, was cited for clearing out Mike Brown at a ruck during the Wallabies' 33-13 win against England.

Citing commissioner Steve Hinds ruled Hooper had used his shoulder illegally.

Wales and Australia have both qualified for the World Cup quarter-finals and the winner of the game at Twickenham will top their group.

Sam Burgess out of England squad

Coach Stuart Lancaster has made nine changes after the 33-13 defeat by Australia which knocked his side out.

Alex Goode, Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, George Ford and Danny Care all come into the back line, with Owen Farrell switching to inside centre.

Mako Vunipola, James Haskell and Nick Easter come into the pack, with Chris Robshaw continuing to lead the side.

Centre Brad Barritt, who started against Australia, is not available because of an arm injury, while lock Courtney Lawes has not recovered from the knee injury he suffered against Wales.

Canada defeat Romania 15-17

Gordon McRorie's penalty and a DTH van der Merwe try put Canada 8-0 in front at half-time.

The lead became 15-0 as Jeff Hassler bounced his way out of some tame tackling to touch down.

But number eight Mihai Macovei went over for two late tries and Florin Vlaicu's penalty won it for Romania.

It is the first time Canada have lost all four of their group matches at a World Cup, while Romania can still finish third in Pool D - securing automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup - if they beat Italy on Sunday.

Inexperience cost England - Stuart Lancaster

England have the youngest squad  in the competition with an average age of 26.2. Each player averages 25 caps, the second fewest in Pool A.

"It's hard to make selections when you have an inexperienced team and bringing more inexperience in," said Lancaster.

England face Uruguay at Etihad Stadium on Saturday in their dead-rubber final group game.

Although they beat Fiji in their opening match, defeats by Wales and Australia meant England became the first host nation in history not to progress beyond the group stages.

Fiji beat Uruguay 47-15

Nemia Kenatale and Leone Nakarawa, plus two penalty tries, helped the Pacific Islanders lead 26-10 at half-time, earning a bonus point before the break.

Uruguay had not scored a World Cup try since 2003, but Carlos Arboleya and Agustin Ormaechea crossed in each half.

Fiji eased away in the final quarter with three more tries, as Uruguay were reduced to 14 men as Ormaechea saw red.

Uruguay now travel to Manchester for their final pool match on Saturday against hosts England, who have also already been eliminated from the tournament.

VIDEO: 2015 Rugby World Cup - England win a career high for Foley

Foley guided the Wallabies to a 33-13 win over England, consigning the hosts to the tournament scrapheap after just three games.

Foley has now ensured he will start against Wales at the same venue on Saturday night, with his performance against England set to go down in the pantheon of great games from Australian fly-halves.

See video for highlights.