Rugby World Cup 2019

Friendships set aside for Argentina-Australia rugby match

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If Saturday's Rugby Championship match between Australia and Argentina is a family reunion, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika isn't planning to be too hospitable. Argentina head coach Mario Ledesma was a former forwards coach with the Wallabies, and both Cheika and assistant coach Stephen Larkham consider the rookie Pumas coach a… Read

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Fit again Pocock and Folau back for Wallabies

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Flanker David Pocock and back Israel Folau were declared fit enough to be included in the starting line-up Thursday in a big boost for the Wallabies ahead of their weekend clash with Argentina. Both players were late scratchings from Australia's team against South Africa in Brisbane on Saturday, but were… Read

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All Blacks coach Hansen repeats call for public funding

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New Zealand rugby union coach Steve Hansen has repeated his call for the country's government to look at helping fund the team in order to retain its top-level players amid claims the lure of the All Blacks' jersey had waned. Hansen made his initial call last month when Prime Minister… Read

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Springboks desperate to get World Cup buildup on track

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South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus may have been exaggerating when he said defeat to the All Blacks on Saturday could have him fired but the comments underscored how desperate the Springboks are to be competitive at the World Cup. Erasmus was given a six-year contract last year to rebuild the… Read

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Next RWC 2019 ticket ballot set to open on Sept 19

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With the next ticket sales ballot set to open on Sept 19, fans are encouraged to apply for tickets to ensure they don’t miss out on what will be a truly once-in-a-lifetime Rugby World Cup experience. Initial ticket ballots that ran from January to June saw unprecedented demand, with more… Read

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Sonny Bill back as All Blacks stars return to face South Africa

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Sonny Bill Williams will make his much anticipated return to Test rugby off the bench on Saturday with the All Blacks making wholesale changes for their clash with South Africa in Wellington. There are 10 changes to the run-on side and five on the bench in a strong All Blacks… Read

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Australia's Folau expected to return against Pumas

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Australia's Dane Haylett-Petty expects to hand back the number 15 shirt to Israel Folau for Saturday's Rugby Championship clash against Argentina after standing in for him at fullback for the last two tests. Folau injured his ankle in last month's loss to New Zealand in Sydney, missing the return match… Read

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Scotland star Taylor ruled out for the season

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Scotland centre Duncan Taylor faces a race against time to be fit for next year's World Cup after being ruled out for the season following knee surgery. Taylor ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and posterior cruciate ligament during a Saracens reserve game against Exeter on September 3. The 29-year-old is… Read

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World Rugby and ChildFund launch partnership for RWC 2019

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Fans purchasing tickets for Asia’s first Rugby World Cup will be able to opt in and donate ¥750, ¥1,500 or ¥3,000 to the ChildFund Pass It Back program, which delivers an integrated life-skills and non-contact tag rugby curriculum, encouraging children and young people to inspire positive social change and "pass… Read

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World Cup could feature 24 teams by 2023, says Gosper

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The Rugby World Cup could be expanded to include 24 teams from the current 20 by the 2023 tournament in France, World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper has said. The sport's global showpiece has featured 20 teams since the 1999 tournament in Wales and the same number will compete next year… Read

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