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Messi, Aguero at the double in Bolivia rout

Houston (AFP) - Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero stole the show as Argentina warmed up for the start of World Cup qualifying next month with a 7-0 thrashing of Bolivia.

Canada looking to break 2015 win drought

By Nia Williams CALGARY (Reuters) - A two-win target at the World Cup looks like a mighty tall order for Canada, stinging from a disappointing Pacific Nations Cup and a troubling …

Ever-present Romania want to crack one-win barrier

By Angel Krasimirov BUCHAREST (Reuters) - The odds are stacked against Romania progressing beyond the World Cup’s pool phase for the first time and even a target of two victories …

Italy old boys under pressure to perform

By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - After a player strike, a poor Six Nations and a precipitous fall down the world rankings, Italy's preparations for the Rugby World Cup could hardly …

In-form Ireland desperate to finally make their mark

By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - Having made flattering to deceive an art form in recent Rugby World Cups, Ireland can justifiably say this time they really are different when …

Proven World Cup pedigree boosts France

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - France's proven Rugby World Cup pedigree, an impressive warmup victory over hosts England and a favourable draw will all be factors in their …

Namibia target elusive first World Cup win

By Nick Said CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Namibia’s sole aim at the rugby World Cup is to end a run of 15 straight defeats at the global showpiece as they go into the 2015 tournament …