France coach Marc Lievremont bemoaned his side's basic errors as they were overrun by the All Blacks at Eden Park but the enigmatic coach remained confident his side were improving.
The paint had barely dried on England's 67-3 thrashing of Romania when manager Martin Johnson began planning for next week's far tougher assignment against Scotland in their final Pool B game.
Flyhalf Tusi Pisi booted four penalties and a drop goal to keep alive Samoa's slim hopes of qualifying for the rugby World Cup quarter-finals as they beat fellow Pacific islanders Fiji 27-7 in their Pool D clash at Eden Park.
Keith Earls grabbed a brace as Ireland ran in nine tries to beat a spirited Russia side 62-12 today and remain firmly on track to top Pool C and claim a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.
Stunning Australia and winning their first three rugby World Cup pool games was "okay", Ireland coach Declan Kidney said.
A brilliant individual try by Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino seven minutes from time gave Argentina a 13-12 victory over Scotland in a tense, bruising World Cup match to leave Pool B wide open going into the final round of matches.
Two US citizens sentenced in Iran to eight years in jail for spying have arrived in New York accompanied by family four days after being released by Iranian authorities.
Saudi Arabia's king has announced that women will be given the right to vote and stand in elections, a bold shift in the ultra-conservative absolute monarchy as pressure for social and democratic reform sweeps the Middle East.
A small plane carrying foreign tourists to view Mount Everest crashed in bad weather near Nepal's capital Kathmandu on Sunday, killing all 19 people on board, officials said.
The top half of an 1800-year-old marble statue of the Greek demigod Hercules was bought home to Turkey by the country's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday after it was handed back by a Boston museum.
Libya's new rulers have revealed a grave site they said contained the bodies of more than 1270 people killed by Muammar Gaddafi's security forces in a 1996 massacre at Tripoli's Abu Salim prison.
British singer Elton John is in talks to make a film about his life, his spokesman said, in response to media reports about a planned biopic called "Rocketman".
Sebastian Vettel did all he could to wrap up a second successive Formula One world title with a commanding victory in Singapore on Sunday but the ultimate prize remained tantalisingly out of reach.
Queens Park Rangers salvaged a 1-1 home draw against Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday with their first home goal of the season coming from Villa defender Richard Dunne who put through his own net in stoppage time.
First five Stephen Jones will, belatedly, become Wales's most-capped player when he leads his team out for today's Pool D match against Namibia in New Plymouth, the day's only World Cup action.
Scotland flyhalf Dan Parks echoed the feelings of his entire squad after a late Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino converted try gave Argentina a 13-12 victory in their rugby World Cup Pool B match on Sunday.
England have ended a stellar summer with an embarrassing 25-run defeat in the second of two Twenty20 matches against West Indies at The Oval.
Kenyan Patrick Makau has dethroned king of the roads Haile Gebrselassie at the Berlin marathon by slashing 21 seconds off the Ethiopian's world record despite running on his own for the final 10km.
Spain's top matador and two colleagues were carried out on the crowd's shoulders after the last bullfight to be held in Barcelona on Sunday.