Rugby World Cup 2019

Townsend says Scots must be at best to beat Japan at World Cup

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Scotland coach Gregor Townsend said Monday his side will need to be at their best if they are to beat hosts Japan and advance to the quarterfinals of this year's Rugby World Cup. Speaking at the Yokohama Country & Athletic Club after giving a coaching clinic to local high school… Read

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Folau code of conduct hearing set for May 4

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Rugby Australia (RA) has scheduled a code of conduct hearing for May 4 over Israel Folau's controversial social media comments, the governing body said Monday. The 30-year-old Folau, a devout Christian, sparked controversy for the second time in 12 months after posting comments on social media that gay people were… Read

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Pocock's injury absence lengthens in Super Rugby

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Wallabies flanker David Pocock is returning from South Africa to Australia with an injured calf muscle that will keep him out of a sixth-straight Super Rugby match. Pocock's ACT Brumbies, which beat the Stormers 19-17 in Cape Town Saturday in the first match of a South Africa tour, say the… Read

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Carter would not let New Zealand down at World Cup: Henry

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World Cup winner Dan Carter would not be out of place in the All Blacks squad at the global showpiece in Japan later this year if selectors sent him an SOS to fill the gap left by the injured Damian McKenzie, former coach Graham Henry has said. Utility back McKenzie… Read

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Canada beats England 7-5 to win Kitakyushu Sevens women's rugby

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Canada defeated England 7-5 to win the Kitakyushu Sevens title on Sunday in the lowest scoring final in World Rugby Women's Sevens Series history. Captain Ghislaine Landry crossed the line on the final play to level the scores at 5 apiece and converted to give the Canadians their first event… Read

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No Israel Folau, no problem for Waratahs in Super Rugby

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The New South Wales Waratahs' first Super Rugby match without suspended fullback Israel Folau turned into an impressive victory. The Waratahs overcame a 20-7 halftime deficit Saturday and held Melbourne scoreless over the final 40 minutes to register a 23-20 victory in their eighth game in this season's competition, moving… Read

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New Zealand face stiff challenge to win 3rd straight World Cup

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New Zealand can win their third successive Rugby World Cup later this year in Japan but are set to face more competition than their last triumph four years back, the 2011 winning coach Graham Henry has said. Henry guided the All Blacks to victory in 2011 at home while his… Read

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'Incredible' defense gives Brumbies victory in South Africa

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Magnificent defending for long periods and opportunism on the rare occasions they attacked earned the Brumbies a 19-17 Super Rugby victory over the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday. Luck was also on the side of the Australian tourists as the South Africans spurned numerous kickable penalties at Newlands stadium,… Read

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Japanese police urged to take 'light-touch' approach toward fans at Rugby World Cup

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Japanese police have been encouraged to take a "light-touch approach" during the Rugby World Cup, with organizers telling Reuters they had visited host cities to emphasize that while fans will be boisterous they are unlikely to cause trouble. More than 400,000 foreign fans are expected to descend on Japan for… Read

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Lions beat Chiefs 23-17 in Super Rugby

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The Johannesburg-based Lions pulled out of a mid-season form slump to edge the Chiefs 23-17 in Super Rugby on Friday, repelling a Chiefs' three-try rally for their second consecutive win in Hamilton. The three-time finalists slipped down the South African conference ladder with recent losses, 42-5 to the Durban-based Sharks… Read

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