Rugby World Cup 2019

All Blacks coach Hansen has World Cup selection puzzle to solve after Bledisloe win

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen's World Cup selections may have just got a little tougher after his side thrashed Australia 36-0 in their Bledisloe Cup clash at Eden Park on Saturday. The All Blacks were coming off a record 47-26 loss to the Wallabies last week in Perth and former… Read

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Wales become No. 1 after beating England 13-6 in Cardiff

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Wales became the No. 1-ranked test team for the first time after a 13-6 rebound win against England at home on Saturday, a month out from the Rugby World Cup. Just six days after being thrashed by England 33-19 at Twickenham, Wales dominated the return match. It scored the only… Read

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South Africa wins 24-18 after Pumas late try disallowed

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A second-string Springboks team beat Argentina 24-18 in a Rugby World warmup test on Saturday which would have given both team's preparations a different complexion if the Pumas hadn't had a late try disallowed. Center Lucas Mensa's score in the 77th minute would have put Argentina ahead 23-21 with a… Read

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France hammer Scotland 32-3 in World Cup warm-up

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Veteran full-back Maxime Medard scored twice as France hammered Scotland 32-3 in their first Rugby World Cup warm-up Test. Medard, 32, winning his 57th cap, dotted down either side of the break for his first tries in more than three years. The fixture was the first outing of the side… Read

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Cheika upbeat for World Cup despite heavy defeat to All Blacks

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Australia's confidence looking to the World Cup had not been dented after a 36-0 thrashing at the hands of the All Blacks on Saturday, according to coach Michael Cheika, because there was still plenty of improvement left in the side. The Wallabies had entered the clash at Eden Park more… Read

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Italy beats Russia 85-15 in Rugby World Cup warmup

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Italy achieved its second highest score when it beat Russia 85-15 in a Rugby World Cup warmup test on Saturday. The 85 was Italy's highest score in 13 years. The highest was 104 against the Czech Republic in 1994. In its last home match before the World Cup in Japan… Read

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All Blacks thrash Australia 36-0

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The All Blacks sent out an emphatic message they are not to be underestimated at the World Cup as they bounced back from last week's hiding to thrash the Wallabies 36-0 in Auckland on Saturday. Having been mocked in the media sparring before the Test as the "Old Blacks" and… Read

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Japan target World Cup knockout spot after Pacific triumph

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Winning the Pacific Nations Cup triumph has given Japan every confidence that they are on the right track to achieve their goal of reaching the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time. After big wins over Fiji and Tonga, Japan overpowered a dogged United States 34-20 in Suva… Read

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Boks, Argentina are poles apart ahead of one-off test

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South Africa and Argentina could scarcely find themselves in more contrasting circumstances as they prepare to meet in a one-off test at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday for which both teams have made a host of changes. The Springboks are basking in the glory of a Rugby Championship success that confirms… Read

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Struggling All Blacks face Bledisloe trial against Australia

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The All Blacks will face the Wallabies in the second Bledisloe Cup test on Saturday at Auckland under immense pressure to do the one thing they have done most often throughout their history: win. New Zealand has won 1,061 of 1,261, or 84%, of the tests it has played since… Read

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