Rugby World Cup 2019

Brown loyal to Japan's Joseph, rejects All Blacks offers

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Japan assistant coach Tony Brown has rejected approaches from two leading contenders to replace Steve Hansen at the All Blacks, saying he will only go if Brave Blossoms head coach Jamie Joseph gets the job. Joseph, who took Japan to an historic quarterfinal berth at the Rugby World Cup, has… Read

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Barrett backing Foster in All Blacks coaching search

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New Zealand fullback Beauden Barrett has voiced his support for Ian Foster's bid to take over from Steve Hansen as All Blacks coach, saying he would like to see "continuity" in the role, local media have reported. Hansen ended his 16-year association with the team after New Zealand beat Wales… Read

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England coach Jones committed to stay until 2021: RFU

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England coach Eddie Jones has not held talks over a new contract but remains committed to his current deal which runs until 2021, Rugby Football Union chief executive Bill Sweeney said on Sunday. Jones refused to discuss his future after England's 32-12 defeat against South Africa in the World Cup… Read

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England's four-year journey falls just short

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No other team have gone out in the pool stage of one World Cup then bounced back so emphatically that they reached the final of the next one, but that will be no consolation to coach Eddie Jones after England fell at the final hurdle in Japan. Saturday's 32-12 defeat… Read

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South Africa beat England 32-12 to win 3rd World Cup

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South Africa laid the groundwork with traditional Springbok rugby and finished an outgunned England side off with two late tries to win the World Cup for the third time courtesy of a 32-12 victory on Saturday. Wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe crossed in the last 15 minutes for South… Read

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All Blacks take third place with 40-17 win over Wales

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The All Blacks bid farewell to coach Steve Hansen and captain Kieran Read with a 40-17 victory over Wales at Tokyo Stadium on Friday, claiming the one World Cup prize that no team sets out to win -- third place. Winger Ben Smith grabbed a brace and Joe Moody, Beauden… Read

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Farewells and redemption the themes for third-place playoff

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Both head coaches, one captain and a host of other players will be saying farewell to test rugby on Friday when New Zealand and Wales meet in the third-place playoff at the Rugby World Cup, with both sides also seeking a little redemption. New Zealand coach Steve Hansen is stepping… Read

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Gatland rings the changes for his final match

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Wales coach Warren Gatland has made nine changes to his side to play New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup third-place playoff match on Friday -- his last game in charge after 12 years. With Wales edged out by South Africa in the semifinals, Gatland, who has four players unavailable… Read

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Concussion rates drop in Japan World Cup compared with previous tournament

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World Rugby's clampdown on high and dangerous tackles has resulted in a 12% reduction in concussion-related incidents at the 2019 World Cup compared with the last tournament four years ago, the sport's governing body said on Wednesday. The average number of injury replacements has dropped from 2.08 per match at… Read

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New Zealand boss rules out Gatland for All Blacks coach

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New Zealand Rugby (NZR) boss Steve Tew has poured cold water on the prospect of Warren Gatland coaching the All Blacks due to his commitment to the British and Irish Lions. Gatland, who will step down as Wales coach after the Rugby World Cup, has signed to coach the Lions… Read

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