Rugby World Cup 2019

Teams set for unique Japanese welcome at Rugby World Cup 2019

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With Japan set to welcome the world for Rugby World Cup 2019 next month, the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee and World Rugby have announced details of the very special and uniquely Japanese welcome that the 20 teams will receive at official team welcome ceremonies and unveiled the official participation… Read

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Blood and sport: The samurai slashing that brought rugby to Japan

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When 70,000 fans cram into Yokohama stadium for the Rugby World Cup final on Nov 2, few will be aware of the area's rich rugby history which stretches back more than 150 years and includes one of the world's oldest clubs. It all started in the early 1860s when Britain… Read

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Contentious North try prompts World Rugby rule change

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World Rugby has changed a rule governing restarts in the wake of George North's contentious try for Wales in their 13-6 win over England in Cardiff on Saturday. Wales winger North scored in the 34th minute while England had yet to send on a temporary replacement for scrumhalf Willi Heinz,… Read

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The 12 must-pack items for your visit to Japan for the Rugby World Cup

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With only weeks to go before thousands of rugby fans board planes to Japan, we’ve put together a checklist of essential items for your trip-of-a-lifetime packing list.  If you’re visiting Japan for the very first time, be sure to check off the items below to avoid missing out. Photo: Chatree… Read

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JRFU to hand out big bonuses for top-8 finish and above

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Japan's players and staff are in for a nice payday if the Brave Blossoms advance to the quarterfinals at the Rugby World Cup, the Japan Rugby Football Union said Thursday. Four years ago, Japan narrowly missed advancing to the quarterfinals. If they manage that feat this autumn, each registered player… Read

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Cheika names Petaia, Pocock in Australian World Cup squad

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Australian coach Michael Cheika has included uncapped teenage center Jordan Petaia in his World Cup squad along with veteran David Pocock on Friday despite concerns over the loose forward's fitness ahead of the global showpiece in Japan. Highly fancied Petaia is the only untested player in a seasoned squad captained… Read

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Farrell and Ford reunited in England line-up for Irish test

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Owen Farrell and George Ford will start a test match together for the first time in over a year when England play Ireland in a World Cup warm-up match at Twickenham on Saturday. Farrell returns to the starting XV -- he was a replacement in the 13-6 defeat by Wales… Read

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Gold in Tokyo Olympic rugby sevens still a priority despite no All Blacks

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Winning gold in rugby sevens at next year's Tokyo Olympics is still a top priority for New Zealand Rugby (NZR) despite no current All Blacks making themselves available for the Games, the governing body said on Thursday. Four players -- Caleb Clarke, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Salesi Rayasi and Scott Gregory --… Read

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Leitch aims to lead Japan on historic run at Rugby World Cup

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Japan captain Michael Leitch said he aims to lead the Brave Blossoms on a historic run at the upcoming Rugby World Cup to send a message that the team belongs among the sport's elite. In a recent interview with Kyodo News, Leitch said his goal is for Japan to win… Read

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Women to get gender-neutral rugby World Cup from 2021

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The Women's Rugby World Cup in 2017 will be the last to bear that title with World Rugby announcing on Wednesday they are adopting a policy of gender neutrality for their tournaments. In what they say is "a first for a major sporting federation" the 2021 edition of the women's… Read

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