South Africa continued its domination of England by holding on for a 16-15 win in an international rugby Test match at Twickenham in London.
South Africa opened its Rugby World Cup defense by coming back to beat Wales 17-16 and avoid the first upset of the 20-nation tournament in New Zealand. Australia and Ireland also began with victories.
Ireland rugby selectors named the following team for the Oct. 8 Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against Wales in Wellington, New Zealand:
Leigh Halfpenny kicked a 79th-minute penalty to give Wales a 23-21 win against Ireland in the opening round of matches in rugby’s Six Nations.
England was denied its first Six Nations rugby Grand Slam in eight years after losing its final game to Ireland 24-8, but still claimed the title after Wales lost 28-9 to France.
The following is a roundup of stories from the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Following is a list of the 30-man squads selected by the 20 teams for the Sept. 9-Oct. 23 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand: