Rugby World Cup 2019

Scotland referred to disputes committee over Japan match comments

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The Scottish Rugby Union have been referred to a disputes committee over their comments about the potential cancellation of their World Cup clash against Japan, organizers said on Tuesday. The scratching of Sunday's match in Yokohama due to Typhoon Hagibis would have eliminated the Scots from the tournament and SRU… Read

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More than half of Japan tuned in for rugby victory over Scotland

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More than half of Japan tuned in to watch their team's 28-21 Rugby World Cup win over Scotland on Sunday that earned the Brave Blossoms a place in the knockout stage for the first time, figures released by a ratings tracker showed. Peak audience share clocked in at 53.7% of… Read

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Ireland's Aki gets three-match ban; World Cup over

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Ireland's Rugby World Cup hopes took a knock on Monday as center Bundee Aki was given a three-match ban for a high tackle, ruling him out of the rest of the tournament. A judicial panel rejected Aki's attempt to overturn his red card after his shoulder crashed into the head… Read

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Japan rises to record high 7th in world rugby rankings

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Japan rose to a record rankings high of seventh on Monday after their historic run to the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals, providing some respite as the host nation reels from a deadly typhoon. As rival teams and Japan's public united in praise, the Brave Blossoms climbed to one place above… Read

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Springboks prepare for Japan

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South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus said his team had "erased" their shocking loss to Japan in the 2015 Rugby World Cup's "Miracle of Brighton" as they prepare to face the hosts in the quarterfinals. Erasmus said a pre-tournament warm-up win over Japan, when they swept aside the Brave Blossoms 41-7… Read

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All Blacks, Ireland to renew rivalry in World Cup quarterfinal

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The quarterfinal meeting between Ireland and New Zealand at the Rugby World Cup comes with a strong feeling of reckoning. Ireland hadn't beaten New Zealand in 28 matches over 111 years until its 40-29 victory at Soldier Field in Chicago in 2016. It did so again, 16-9, in Dublin in… Read

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France not going to let fast starts slip again in quarter-final

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France recognize that they need to do more than one thing to beat Wales in their Rugby World Cup quarterfinal in Oita, but not wasting a good start will be key, according to their inside backs on Monday. Wales beat France 24-19 in the Six Nations earlier this year despite… Read

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Family fortunes: Pacific ties linking rugby's haves and have-nots

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England forward Billy Vunipola's father represented Tonga, Joe Cokanasiga's cousin plays for Fiji and Australian prop Allan Alaalatoa's brother turns out for Samoa. At the Rugby World Cup, an intricate web of Pacific family ties links Tier One and Tier Two nations and underlines how the islands' influence now permeates… Read

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Japan rugby captain Leitch still dazed after emotional night

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After a sleepless night replaying Japan's historic Rugby World Cup victory over Scotland in his head, captain Michael Leitch has warned quarterfinal opponents South Africa that lightning can strike twice. The hosts won a cliffhanger 28-21 in Yokohama at the weekend to top Pool A and reach the knockout stage… Read

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Japan's rugby team shows off the changing face of the nation

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Like tennis star Naomi Osaka and NBA player Rui Hachimura, Japan's rugby team offers a diverse and slightly different look for an insular but changing country. Of the 23 players who earned Japan's historic first appearance in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals on Sunday, only 11 were born to Japanese… Read

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