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View Poll Results: Which side will win the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

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  • England

    3 15.79%
  • Australia

    0 0%
  • New Zealand

    10 52.63%
  • Ireland

    0 0%
  • Wales

    1 5.26%
  • France

    0 0%
  • Japan

    1 5.26%
  • South Africa

    4 21.05%
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    South Africa win the 2019 Rugby World Cup (England 12-32 South Africa)

    TOKYO, 17 Sep - World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont, above, believes that Japan is “comprehensively proving” to be the best of hosts as the world anticipates a spectacular Rugby World Cup.

    With three days to go, the teams have been experiencing the world-renowned Omotenashi, or hospitality, as rugby-mania grips the host nation.

    Open training sessions by Wales, New Zealand and South Africa have attracted more than 27,000 fans, while wherever the teams go there are hundreds of expectant fans to greet them. Team social media channels are full of images of Japan embracing their presence.

    With the latest research demonstrating 100.8 million people in Japan are aware of the tournament and the announcement today that more than 96 per cent of the tickets have been sold, Beaumont is confident that Japan 2019 will be one of the great Rugby World Cups on every level.

    “I am fully expecting a spectacular Rugby World Cup, one of the great tournaments,” Beaumont said.

    “Japan has comprehensively proven that it will be the best of hosts, welcoming the world’s best players and 400,000 international visitors with open and welcoming arms. The welcome that the teams have received has been nothing other than magnificent, truly special.”

    On the field, observers are predicting a wide-open race to lift the Webb Ellis Cup, with recent form suggesting a number of teams could be crowned world champions on 2 November.

    Beaumont said: “The World Rugby Men's Rankings certainly suggest that this will be a very compelling and competitive Rugby World Cup.

    “New Zealand, Wales and now Ireland have occupied top spot in the standings over the last six weeks or so, nearly doubling the number of teams who have been at top since the rankings began in 2003, which is exciting.

    “We are also hopeful of some rankings upsets and that would be great for the tournament. It is now over to the teams to show the world what they can do.”

    Away from the action, World Rugby also announced at the pre-tournament press conference in Tokyo the latest outcomes from the Impact Beyond legacy programme, including a significant uplift in the number of young people introduced to rugby in Asia of 1.8 million (one million in Japan).

    Details were also outlined of the retention programme, a key element of the programme to ensure a sustainable legacy for the tournament.
    https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/news/463995


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    Tournament rules
    Teams receive four points for a win and two for a draw. A bonus point is awarded for scoring four tries or for a defeat by seven points or fewer.

    The winner and runner-up in each pool qualify for the quarter-finals.

    If teams are tied at full time in the knockout stages, then the winner shall be determined through extra time, then sudden death if there's still no winner and finally a kicking competition if the scores are still tied.

    Rugby World Cup groups
    Pool A: Ireland, Japan, Russia, Samoa, Scotland
    Pool B: Canada, Italy, Namibia, New Zealand, South Africa
    Pool C: Argentina, England, France, Tonga, United States
    Pool D: Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Uruguay, Wales
    Rugby World Cup BBC coverage

    Schedule
    All times are BST unless stated and are subject to change. The BBC is not responsible for any changes that may be made.

    Friday, 20 September
    Pool A: Japan v Russia (Tokyo), 11:45

    Saturday, 21 September
    Pool D: Australia v Fiji (Sapporo), 05:45

    Pool C: France v Argentina (Tokyo), 08:15

    Pool B: New Zealand v South Africa (Yokohama), 10:45

    Sunday, 22 September
    Pool B: Italy v Namibia (Osaka), 06:15

    Pool A: Ireland v Scotland (Yokohama), 08:45

    Pool C: England v Tonga (Sapporo), 11:15

    Monday, 23 September
    Pool D: Wales v Georgia (Toyota), 11:15

    Tuesday, 24 September
    Pool A: Russia v Samoa (Kumagaya), 11:15

    Wednesday, 25 September
    Pool D: Fiji v Uruguay (Kamaishi), 06:15

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    Thursday, 26 September
    Pool B: Italy v Canada (Fukuoka), 08:45

    Pool C: England v United States (Kobe), 11:45

    Saturday, 28 September
    Pool C: Argentina v Tonga (Osaka), 05:45

    Pool A: Japan v Ireland (Shizuoka), 08:15

    Pool B: South Africa v Namibia (Toyota), 10:45

    Sunday, 29 September
    Pool D: Georgia v Uruguay (Kumagaya), 06:15

    Pool D: Australia v Wales (Tokyo), 08:45

    Monday, 30 September
    Pool A: Scotland v Samoa (Kobe), 11:15

    Wednesday, 2 October
    Pool C: France v United States (Fukuoka), 08:45

    Pool B: New Zealand v Canada (Oita), 11:15

    Thursday, 3 October
    Pool D: Georgia v Fiji (Osaka), 06:15

    Pool A: Ireland v Russia (Kobe), 11:15

    Friday, 4 October
    Pool B: South Africa v Italy (Shizuoka), 10:45

    Saturday, 5 October
    Pool D: Australia v Uruguay (Oita), 06:15

    Pool C: England v Argentina (Tokyo), 09:00

    Pool A: Japan v Samoa (Toyota), 11:30

    Sunday, 6 October
    Pool B: New Zealand v Namibia (Tokyo), 05:45

    Pool C: France v Tonga (Kumamoto), 08:45

    Tuesday, 8 October
    Pool B: South Africa v Canada (Kobe), 11:15

    Wednesday, 9 October
    Pool C: Argentina v United States (Kumagaya), 05:45

    Pool A: Scotland v Russia (Shizuoka), 08:15

    Pool D: Wales v Fiji (Oita), 10:45

    Friday, 11 October
    Pool D: Australia v Georgia (Shizuoka), 11:15

    Saturday, 12 October
    Pool B: New Zealand v Italy (Toyota), 05:45

    Pool C: England v France (Yokohama), 09:15

    Pool A: Ireland v Samoa (Fukuoka), 11:45

    Sunday, 13 October
    Pool B: Namibia v Canada (Kamaishi), 04:15

    Pool C: United States v Tonga (Osaka), 06:45

    Pool D: Wales v Uruguay (Kumamoto), 09:15

    Pool A: Japan v Scotland (Yokohama), 11:45

    Knockout fixtures
    Saturday, 19 October
    Quarter-final 1: Pool C winner v Pool D runner-up (Oita), 08:15

    Quarter-final 2: Pool B winner v Pool A runner-up (Tokyo), 11:15

    Sunday, 20 October
    Quarter-final 3: Pool D winner v Pool C runner-up (Oita), 08:15

    Quarter-final 4: Pool A winner v Pool B runner-up (Tokyo), 11:15

    Saturday, 26 October
    Semi-final 1: QF1 winner v QF2 winner (Yokohama), 09:00

    Sunday, 27 October
    Semi-final 2: QF3 winner v QF4 winner (Yokohama), 09:00 GMT

    Friday, 1 November
    Third-place match (Tokyo), 09:00 GMT

    Saturday, 2 November
    Final (Yokohama), 09:00 GMT

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/49539605


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    Beauden Barrett will start at full-back as New Zealand begin their attempt at a third straight Rugby World Cup against South Africa on Saturday.

    Coach Steven Hansen has opted for Crusaders' Richie Mo'unga at fly-half, with inexperienced wings George Bridge and Sevu Reece also in the XV.

    Only five of Barrett's previous 48 All Black starts have come at 15.

    Siya Kolisi leads a South Africa team with a back three of Cheslin Kolbe, Makazole Mapimpi and Willie Le Roux.

    Gloucester's Franco Mostert forms the second-row partnership alongside Eben Etzebeth.

    Coach Rassie Erasmus said the line-up, which beat Japan 41-7 in their final warm-up, was his "best side".

    New Zealand and South Africa, favourites and second-favourites to win the tournament respectively, have met three times over the past 12 months, each securing narrow victories before July's 16-16 draw in Wellington.

    Both teams have been preparing for wet and humid conditions in Yokohama, with rain forecast just before kick-off and temperatures expected to be over 20C.

    "It's going to be a massive challenge with the rain they're predicting. Everyone's talking about the slippery ball and the wetness. Kicking is going to play a big part," said Erasmus.

    The South Africa coach had suggested earlier in the week that New Zealand's recent dominance of the international game meant referees gave them preferential treatment.

    However, All Black counterpart Steve Hansen said his comments were a transparent attempt to sway French official Jerome Garces, who has sent off Scott Barrett and Sonny Bill Williams while in All Black action over the past couple of years.

    "Whilst I have a lot of respect for South Africa and Rassie, I don't agree with what he's doing," said Hansen.

    "He's trying to put pressure on the referees externally, and they are under enough pressure already. They don't need coaches to be doing what he's doing."

    Teams
    New Zealand: B Barrett; Reece, Lienert-Brown, Crotty, Bridge; Mo'unga, Smith; Moody, Coles, Laulala, Whitelock, S Barrett, Savea, Cane, Read (c).

    Replacements: Taylor, Tu'ungafasi, Ta'avao, Tuipulotu, Frizell, Perenara, Williams, Smith.

    South Africa: Le Roux; Kolbe, Am, De Allende, Mapimpi; Pollard, De Klerk; Kitshoff, Marx, Malherbe, Etzebeth, Mostert, Kolisi (c), Du Toit, Vermeulen.

    Replacements: Mbonambi, Mtawarira, Nyakane, Snyman, Louw, H Jantjies, Steyn, Kriel.

    What they said
    New Zealand coach Steve Hansen: "Any combination of players in our squad could have justified their selection. But in the end we believe the 23 we have selected is the right group for this opposition.

    "To perform at our very best, we'll have to play with real clarity, intent, energy and clear heads. Both teams will have their moments and it'll be our job to ensure we limit theirs and take full opportunity of ours."

    South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus: "You couldn't say there is a favourite. I think we have a healthy respect for each other's capabilities but it will come down to a small moment to decide a big game in the end," the coach said.

    "Our job is to focus on executing our plan and our skills to the best of our ability and hope that that is enough to overcome a New Zealand team that will be doing exactly the same."

    Stats
    New Zealand have won 16 of their last 20 games against South Africa; each of their last four meetings have been decided by a margin of no greater than two points, including a 16-16 draw in their most recent clash.
    New Zealand have won their last 14 Rugby World Cup games on the trot, the longest winning run by any side in the tournament's history, with those victories coming by an average margin of 30 points.
    New Zealand have scored at least one try in each of their last 26 Rugby World Cup matches, the longest such run by any team in the tournament - the All Blacks last failed to cross the try line in a Rugby World Cup match back in 1999 against South Africa.
    Beauden Barrett (New Zealand) beat the most defenders (16) of any player in The Rugby Championship 2019, his 47 carries for 202 metres gained were also the second most of any player in both categories.
    Pieter-Steph du Toit (South Africa) made the most tackles (36) of any player in The Rugby Championship 2019, he also made the most clean breaks (5) of any forward in the campaign.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/49751500


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    George Ford will start at fly-half and Owen Farrell at inside centre as England begin their Rugby World Cup campaign against Tonga.

    Coach Eddie Jones has also picked the youthful combination of Tom Curry at blind-side and Sam Underhill at open-side for Sunday's game in Sapporo.

    Farrell will captain the side as scrum-half Ben Youngs wins his 90th cap.

    "We know Tonga are going to be ferocious and full of pride and passion," Jones said.

    "They are a side that if they get a bit of momentum can be very dangerous, and we will need to be on our best on Sunday."

    Manu Tuilagi starts at outside centre, Anthony Watson is on the right wing with Jonny May on the left and Elliot Daly at full-back.

    With Mako Vunipola still recovering from a hamstring injury, Joe Marler comes in at loose-head prop as part of a front row also featuring Jamie George and Kyle Sinckler.

    England team v Tonga: Daly; Watson, Tuilagi, Farrell (c), May; Ford, Youngs; Marler, George, Sinckler, Lawes, Itoje, Curry, Underhill, B Vunipola

    Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Genge, Cole, Kruis, Ludlam, Heinz, Slade, Joseph

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/49755170


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    Japan 30-10 Russia: Hosts win opening match at Rugby World Cup

    2019 Rugby World Cup: Japan v Russia
    Japan: (12) 30
    Tries: Matsushima 3, Labuschagne; Pens: Tamura 2 Cons: Tamura, Matsuda
    Russia: (7) 10
    Tries: Golosnitsky Pens: Kushnarev Cons: Kushnarev
    Wing Kotaro Matsushima scored a hat-trick as hosts Japan got their World Cup campaign under way with a 30-10 victory against Russia.

    Russia took an early lead through wing Kirill Golosnitskiy, but Matsushima replied for the hosts.

    He grabbed his second to put Japan ahead just before half-time and Pieter Labuschagne broke away to add another after the break.

    Matsushima then ran through to claim a four-try bonus point for his side.

    Japan, in Pool A with Scotland, Ireland and Samoa, are aiming to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/49768827


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    Massive game tonight.


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    This will definitely be the most closely fought RWC in recent history with the AB’s not being at the peak of their powers.

    Predicting a AB vs Springbok final.
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    World Cup - Pool D: Wales v Georgia
    Venue: City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota City Date: Monday, 23 September Kick-off: 11:15 BST
    Captain Alun Wyn Jones will equal Gethin Jenkins' Wales cap record when he leads out his side against Georgia in Toyota City.

    Jones, 34, will win his 129th Wales Test cap on Monday as he starts his fourth World Cup.

    Flanker Aaron Wainwright and prop Wyn Jones start ahead of Ross Moriarty and Nicky Smith.

    Josh Navidi is named at number eight with Justin Tipuric completing the back-row.

    Head coach Warren Gatland has chosen his strongest side for the tournament opener.

    This follows a testing week which has seen backs coach Rob Howley sent home for an alleged betting breach.

    It will be a first game for new backs coach Stephen Jones who has arrived in Japan to replace Howley and will only have a couple of training sessions with the players.

    Prop Jones is picked ahead of Smith at loose-head in a front-row that also includes Tomas Francis and hooker Ken Owens who makes his first World Cup start in his third tournament.

    With locks Cory Hill and Adam Bead missing for the first game through injury, Jake Ball partners captain Jones in the second-row with Aaron Shingler covering the position among the replacements bench.

    Dragons flanker Wainwright has been chosen at blindside with Josh Navidi preferred at number eight to Moriarty and Justin Tipuric completing the back-row.

    Scrum-half Gareth Davies partners Dan Biggar at half-back with fly-half Rhys Patchell fit to take his place on the replacements bench after suffering a head injury in the final warm-up game against Ireland.

    Scarlets centres Jonathan Davies and Hadleigh Parkes again link up in the Welsh midfield alongside full-back Liam Williams and wings George North and Josh Adams.

    With an average age of 28 years 331 days this is the oldest Wales starting 15 at the Rugby World Cup - 80 days per man older than the team which beat Japan 72-18 at the 2007 tournament.

    Liam Williams (Saracens); George North (Ospreys), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets), Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues); Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints), Gareth Davies (Scarlets); Wyn Jones (Scarlets), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Tomas Francis (Exeter), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Alun Wyn Jones (capt, Ospreys), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues).

    Replacements: Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Elliot Dee (Dragons), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues), Aaron Shingler (Scarlets), Ross Moriarty (Dragons), Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues), Rhys Patchell (Scarlets), Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets)

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    What a win by France over Argentina if you haven't seen the match should check out the highlights

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    Three excellent games today, what a way to start off the RWC.


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    Three excellent games today, what a way to start off the RWC.
    Defending champions New Zealand produced a clinical display to hold off a spirited South Africa in their World Cup Pool B opener in Yokohama.

    The Springboks started brightly and took the lead with a Handre Pollard penalty before the All Blacks hit back.

    Richie Mo'unga drew New Zealand level and two quick tries by George Bridge and Scott Barrett put them in front.

    Pieter-Steph du Toit's try and a Pollard drop-goal made it tense before Mo'unga and Beauden Barrett penalties.

    Relive the action from New Zealand v South Africa
    The result means New Zealand extend their winning run to 15 games in the competition, last losing to France in the 2007 quarter-finals.

    South Africa play Namibia next on Saturday, 28 September (10:45 BST), while the All Blacks face Canada on 2 October (11:15).

    All Blacks show their class
    Both countries are expected to make the latter stages of this tournament and they both impressed in a thoroughly entertaining Test match.

    For the first 20 minutes, South Africa held a slender lead as they looked to impose themselves on the All Blacks with plenty of front-foot ball.

    The influential scrum-half Faf de Klerk was pulling the strings as the Springboks won 20 rucks in the first 15 minutes.

    But when Pollard's second penalty came back off the post, momentum swung in the All Blacks' favour.

    The usually reliable De Klerk threw a loose pass and Mo'unga collected the ball to burst clear before being taken down by Makazole Mapimpi just short, although the South Africa winger was penalised for not releasing the All Blacks fly-half before competing for the ball on the ground.

    The All Blacks were awarded a penalty instead of the penalty try captain Kieran Read wanted, but the defending champions then wrestled control of the game.

    Sevu Reece skipped past opposite number Mapimpi moments later, in a move which ended with Beauden Barrett - who moved from full-back to first receiver on turnover ball - exploiting a gap in the Springbok defence to feed Bridge for the first try.

    The All Blacks had their second try three minutes later when Anton Lienert-Brown cut back against the onrushing green shirts to pop the ball to Scott Barrett, who ran under the posts.

    It was a five-minute blitz that took the game away from South Africa and reminded the rest of the world how clinical this All Black side are, despite losing their number one ranking coming into the tournament.

    South Africa rue missed chances
    South Africa are one of the contenders for the World Cup, and on the evidence of their opening match the 1995 and 2007 winners have the credentials to upset the defending champions.

    When Du Toit picked up from the base of a ruck to run under the posts unopposed after the interval, the resurgent Springboks had their tails up, having reduced the deficit by 10 points.

    Pollard's composed drop-goal brought them even closer, but despite making more metres (372) than the All Blacks (367), a lack of cutting edge in attack will be a disappointment for Rassie Erasmus' side.

    Winger Cheslin Kolbe has the potential to light the tournament up with his blistering pace and nimble footwork, but when he was stopped inches short of the line, he threw the ball away in an attempt to keep it alive rather than hold onto it.

    New Zealand retrieved the loose ball and relieved pressure by running it the other way, but had the Springboks come away from that moment with a score, they would have set up a pulsating finale.

    South Africa and the All Blacks will still be favourites to go through from Pool B, and with the draw structured as it is, we could have a replay in the final.

    New Zealand coach Steve Hansen: "Today was a big game for both sides and fortunately for us we came out on top, but it was another titanic struggle between New Zealand and South Africa and hopefully people got excited by it.

    "They're never out of it, they're always a team that comes back. The players took their opportunities and scored."

    Former New Zealand captain Tana Umaga told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Obviously New Zealand won't be totally happy with the performance. There will be things they want to work on.

    "They need to make sure they get what they need out of these last three games before the quarter-finals. They'll give opportunities to some players and bring them up to speed. There's plenty to play for in these next three games."

    Former Springbok international Bobby Skinstad told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Cheslin Kolbe made the decision to move out of sevens and play Tests. A lot of people said "bad idea", but he was the player of the season in France and the player of this match in green and gold.

    "He is strong, big shoulders for a guy of his size. Jason Robinson was probably the closest (to him) with that step and go on the outside."

    New Zealand extend unbeaten run in pool stages - the stats
    New Zealand have won 17 of their past 21 games against South Africa (D1, L3)
    This was the first time in their past five meetings that the score was settled by more than two points.
    New Zealand have won their past 15 World Cup games on the trot, the longest winning run by any side in the tournament's history.
    The All Blacks have never lost a pool-stage game in Rugby World Cup history, winning all 28 such fixtures, South Africa have only lost two of 22 matches in the pool stage (2003 v England, 2015 v Japan).
    South Africa have lost four of their past nine World Cup fixtures
    Teams
    New Zealand: B Barrett; Reece, Lienert-Brown, Crotty, Bridge; Mo'unga, Smith; Moody, Coles, Laulala, Whitelock, S Barrett, Savea, Cane, Read (c).

    Replacements: Taylor, Tu'ungafasi, Ta'avao, Tuipulotu, Frizell, Perenara, Williams, Smith.

    South Africa: Le Roux; Kolbe, Am, De Allende, Mapimpi; Pollard, De Klerk; Kitshoff, Marx, Malherbe, Etzebeth, Mostert, Kolisi (c), Du Toit, Vermeulen.

    Replacements: Mbonambi, Mtawarira, Nyakane, Snyman, Louw, H Jantjies, Steyn, Kriel.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/49781330


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    2019 Rugby World Cup: France v Argentina
    France: (20) 23
    Tries: Fickou, Dupont Pens: Ntamack (2) Cons: Ntamack (2) DG: Lopez
    Argentina: (3) 21
    Tries: Petti, Montoya Pens: Sanchez, Urdapilleta (2) Cons: Sanchez
    France held off a second-half comeback by Argentina to win a gripping World Cup match in Tokyo.

    The Pumas overturned a 20-3 half-time deficit to take a 21-20 lead until Camille Lopez's drop-goal put France ahead again in the Pool C encounter.

    Tries from Gael Fickou and Antoine Dupont gave France the advantage.

    Guido Petti and Julian Montoya crossed for the Pumas and Benjamin Urdapilleta's penalty put them ahead before replacement Lopez struck.

    The Pumas, who had lost their previous nine internationals, had another the chance to win it late on, but Emiliano Boffelli's long-range penalty drifted just wide.

    England start their Pool C campaign on Sunday against Tonga, who are Argentina's next opponents on Saturday, 28 September. France resume when they take on the United States on Wednesday, 2 October.

    France looked close to their best in the first half, and there was no indication of the drama to come after the resumption.

    Romain Ntamack was assured at fly-half, and winger Damian Penaud went past his opponent seven times - more than any other player - in the first 40 minutes.

    But Petti's try early in the second half rattled the French before Montoya's close-range effort and an Urdapilleta penalty reduced their lead to just two points.

    However, they gathered themselves after Urdapilleta's second penalty put Argentina one point ahead, a lead that only lasted around a minute before Lopez's left-footed drop-goal.

    The second half dip will alarm coach Jacques Brunel, but he can take heart that his team had enough to prevent what would have been the biggest second-half comeback in Rugby World Cup history.

    More tests to come for Pumas
    Argentina gave the perfect response to their below-par first half when Petti drove over from a line-out just two minutes into the second period.

    And when Montoya, himself only on the pitch for three minutes as a replacement for Agustin Creevy, executed a line-out move to earn five more points, hopes of a superb comeback were high.

    Boffelli's late miss meant the Pumas went down to their 10th straight Test defeat, and they must end that barren run when they face Tonga in Osaka.

    And even if they can win that testing encounter, this defeat also puts their meeting with England on Saturday, 5 October into the must-win category.

    But their spirited performance in the second half gives coach Mario Ledesma hope of making the quarter-finals if they can carry their form into the rest of their Pool C matches.


    Stats
    Argentina have lost their last 10 Test matches in succession; however, five of the past six matches in that span have been decided by six points or fewer.
    France have won their opening game in eight of their previous nine Rugby World Cup campaigns; a 17-12 loss to Argentina in 2007 their only blemish in that period.
    The biggest half-time comeback in Rugby World Cup history is 13 points - Argentina winning against Samoa in 1999 after trailing 16-3 at the break.
    'You can't play for just 40 minutes' - what they said
    France captain Guilhem Guirado: "It was a tough game but we are very happy to start with a win.

    "In the second half we never controlled the ball or the game but I am very proud of the first half because we were very clinical. When we play like that we are very dangerous."

    Argentina captain Pablo Matera: "A really bad start from us as a team. Not good enough to play for only one half.

    "France didn't do too much but they took their opportunities and scored points. It's difficult to come from behind."

    Teams
    France: Medard; Penaud, Fickou, Vakatawa, Huget; Ntamack, Dupont; Poirot, Guirado, Slimani, Iturria, Vahaamahina, Lauret, Ollivon, Alldritt

    Replacements: Chat, Baille, Bamba, Le Roux, Picamoles, Machenaud, Lopez, Ramos

    Argentina: Boffelli; Moroni, Orlando, De la Fuente, Moyano; Sanchez, Cubelli; Tetaz Chaparro, Creevy, Figallo, Petti, Lavanini, Matera (c), Kremer, Ortega Desio,

    Replacements: Montoya, Vivas, Medrano, Alemanno, Lezana, Ezcurra, Urdapilleta, Carreras

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    2019 Rugby World Cup: Australia v Fiji
    Australia: (12) 39
    Tries: Hooper, Hodge, Latu (2), Kerevi, Koroibete Pens: Hodge Cons: Lealiifano, Tommua (2)
    Fiji: (14) 21
    Tries: Yato, Nayacalevu Pens: Volavola (3) Cons: Volavola
    Australia ran in four second-half tries as they fought back to beat Fiji in their opening 2019 World Cup match.

    The 2015 finalists were trailing until halfway into the second half before hooker Silatolu Latu went over for two tries inside five minutes.

    Peceli Yato's try gave Fiji an early 8-0 lead, and a shock looked possible when Waisea Nayacalevu scored under the posts early in the second half.

    But Australia roared back to end fears of a first loss to Fiji since 1954.

    The Wallabies' next outing in Group D is on Sunday, 29 September, when they face Wales in Tokyo.

    Yato was outstanding, but was forced off after only 25 minutes with a head injury following a collision with Australia winger Reece Hodge.

    Australia had looked to be finding their feet when Michael Hooper crossed for a try following Yato's opener, and after Hodge scored in the corner the teams went into half-time with Fiji leading 14-12.

    But when Nayacalevu latched onto a loose pass on the halfway line to sprint home just three minutes into the second half, a shock Fiji win was a distinct possibility.

    However, Latu's first international tries, both scored from line-outs, settled Australia nerves before Samu Kerevi and Marika Koroibete put the two-time World Cup winners comfortably clear.

    With many under the roof at the Sapporo Dome supporting Australia, the atmosphere was subdued for much of the match. England will open their World Cup campaign just over a day later at the same venue when they face Tonga on a pitch that is rolled into the stadium.

    Australia were loose at times during the frenetic opening phase, when Fiji were also able to take advantage of Australia's mistakes through the boot of Ben Volavola, who landed three first-half penalties.

    And that sloppiness as Australia tried to attack led to Nayacalevu's breakaway score, but the Wallabies regrouped impressively and two controlled drives from line-outs allowed Latu to put his side ahead.

    Australia took a firm grip on the rest of the match, but Wales, who open their campaign against Georgia on Monday, will have seen plenty to interest them before the match in Tokyo.

    Having led 21-12 early in the second half, Fiji are certain to look back on this as an opportunity missed.

    They started furiously, but ran out of steam and could not find an answer following Latu's one-two punch.

    They were also hampered by the loss of Yato, and will be hoping the Clermont forward will be available again in the tournament.

    It's only a short turnaround until they face Uruguay on Wednesday and then Georgia on 3 October but Fiji have the talent to win those matches and set up a potential quarter-final showdown against Wales in their last Group D game six days later.

    Man of the match - Marika Koroibete (Australia)
    Marika Koroibete
    A threat throughout, left wing Koroibete covered 128 metres with the ball in hand and played in key role in helping his side overturn the deficit.
    'You can't win Tests with a good 60 minutes' - what they said
    Australia coach Michael Cheika: "We're not looking for perfection, It never happens in this game. We got tested.

    "I think they got us a bit on the hop early on. They came out with some real aggression and we didn't get into our rhythm or flow.

    "Once we got back to basics it was a good contest. We were prepared for a strong contest and knowing that we would try and get ahead in the last 20 minutes. We know how good the Fijians are."

    Fiji coach John McKee: "Certainly we take a lot of positives from that game, we had Australia on the rails for 40 minutes and a portion of the second half.

    "Some things went against us, penalties, the yellow card, we have got to close games out. You don't win Test matches by being able to play really well for 60 minutes.

    "Losing Peceli Yato early in the game when he was having such an impact was a big loss for us."

    Stats
    Australia are unbeaten in their past 18 games against Fiji (W17, D1); their last defeat coming in June 1954 when Fiji won 18-16.
    Michael Hooper has won 96 caps for the Wallabies, no other player in Test rugby has won as many before turning 28 - the Wallabies back row has missed just eight games for Australia since his debut in 2012.
    Australia had lost their most recent Rugby World Cup fixture - the 2015 final - and have avoided back-to-back defeats at the event for the first time since the 1987 tournament in which they were defeated in succession by France and Wales.
    Teams
    Australia: Beale; Hodge, O'Connor, Kerevi, Koroibete; Lealiifano, White; Sio, Latu, Alaalatoa, Rodda, Arnold, Pocock, Hooper (c), Naisarani.

    Replacements: Uelese, Slipper, Kepu, Coleman, Salakaia-Loto, Genia, To'omua, Haylett-Petty

    Fiji: Murimurivalu; Tuisova, Nayacalevu, Botia, Radradra; Volavola, Lomani; Ma'afu, Matavesi, Ravai, Cavubati, Nakarawa, Waqaniburotu (c), Yato, Mata,

    Replacements: Vugakoto, Mawi, Saulo, Ratuva, Voka, Matawalu, Veitokani, Goneva



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    New zeland vs South Africa and France can Argentina so far games of the tournament

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    2019 Rugby World Cup: Italy v Namibia
    Italy: (21) 47
    Tries: Penalty, Allan, Tebaldi, Padovani, Canna, Polledri, Minozzi Cons: Allan 3, Canna 2
    Namibia: (7) 22
    Tries: Stevens, Greyling, Plato Pens: Loubser Cons: Loubser 2
    Italy began their World Cup Pool B campaign with a bonus-point victory over Namibia in changing weather conditions in Osaka.

    The Namibian part-timers took an early lead through Damian Stevens before the Azzurri drew level with a penalty try.

    Italy then took control with tries from Tommaso Allan and Tito Tebaldi.

    Edoardo Padovani, Carlo Canna, Jake Polledri, Matteo Minozzi scored after the break, while JC Greyling and Chad Plato scored consolations for Namibia.

    Italy initially struggled in the pouring rain and had to wait until the 25th minute to take the lead, but as the sun emerged in the second half, the Six Nations side turned on the style as they overpowered their opponents.

    The only negative for the Azzurri was when Tiziano Pasquiale was stretchered off before the break.

    Play was briefly paused while the prop received medical attention for what appeared to be a neck injury.

    Italy are next in action against Canada on Thursday, 26 September (08:45 BST), while Namibia face neighbours South Africa on Saturday, 28 September (10:45).

    Teams
    Italy: Hayward, Bellini, Benvenuti, Morisi, Padovani; Allan, Tebaldi; Quaglio, Bigi, Pasquali, Zanni, Ruzza, Steyn, Mbanda, Parisse.

    Replacements: Fabiani, Ferrari, Riccioni, Budd, Polledri, Palazzani, Canna, Minozzi.

    Namibia: Tromp, Plato, Newman, De la Harpe, Greyling; Loubser, Stevens; Rademeyer, Van Jaarsveld, Coetzee, Van Lill, Uanivi, Kitshoff, Conradie, Venter.

    Replacements: Van der Westhuizen, De Klerk, Theron, Retief, Katjijeko, Walters, Jantjies, Kisting.



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    2019 Rugby World Cup: England v Tonga
    England: (18) 35
    Tries: Tuilagi 2, George, Cowan-Dickie Pens: Farrell 3 Cons: Farrell 3
    Tonga: (3)
    Pens: Takulua
    England's World Cup campaign got off to a spluttering but winning start as they fought their way past unfancied Tonga.

    Two first-half tries from the buccaneering Manu Tuilagi and a second-half rumble from Jamie George off a driving maul opened a gap, Owen Farrell landing three penalties and two conversions.

    Replacement hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie grabbed the bonus-point fourth try late on but the expected avalanche of points never materialised.

    Tonga had shipped 14 tries to New Zealand earlier this month and had won only one of their last seven coming into this tournament.

    But they caused England problems at the breakdown, and despite a solid defensive display coach Eddie Jones will want much more from his side as they look to win the Webb-Ellis trophy for only the second time in their history.

    In the early exchanges Tonga had more than matched England, the men in white shipping five penalties in the first 24 minutes and Sonatane Takulua landing one from 30 metres to level up Farrell's early effort.

    Jones' fury was visible in the stands but it was Tuilagi who stampeded to the rescue with a brace of tries that illustrated why he is so critical to England's World Cup hopes.

    He fought and twisted through three tackles to wrestle the ball over the line for his first and then took an inside pass from Jonny May after Elliot Daly had put the winger away down the left to run away for the second.

    Farrell landed another penalty after a series of drives from close in almost led to a third try, but England had paid a price for their 18-3 half-time lead.

    Ben Youngs and Anthony Watson were both crunched in huge challenges but it was Zane Kapeli's hit on Billy Vunipola that topped them all, England's number eight knocked backwards by the open-side's tackle.'

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    A good start for the sweet chariot, but they gave away too much ball and made handling errors which the bigger teams will not let them get away with.

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    England not at their best but job done. Gave away a lot of penalties.

    Tougher tests ahead.



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    Scotland flanker Hamish Watson has been ruled out of the rest of the Rugby World Cup because of a knee injury suffered in Sunday's defeat by Ireland.

    The 27-year-old back-row will be replaced in the squad by Edinburgh club-mate Magnus Bradbury.

    Watson fell awkwardly after being cleared from a ruck and left the field on a stretcher just before half-time.

    Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend said: "We feel for Hamish, who had worked so hard for this opportunity."

    A scan after the game confirmed the damage to the knee was significant enough to mean Watson will play no further part in the tournament.

    "While there is a high probability of picking up injuries during a World Cup, it's always disappointing to see someone having to head home," Townsend added.

    Bradbury is already in Japan, having travelled as precautionary injury cover for Jamie Ritchie, who missed the opening game with a facial injury suffered in the final warm-up match against Georgia.

    Ritchie is expected to be fit to face Samoa in Scotland's second group game next Monday (11:15 BST).

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    2019 Rugby World Cup: Wales v Georgia
    Wales: (29) 43
    Tries: J Davies, Tipuric, Adams, L Williams, T Williams, North Cons: Biggar 4, Halfpenny Pens: Biggar
    Georgia: (0) 14
    Tries: Mamukashvili, Chilachava Cons: Abzhandadze 2
    Wales delivered a performance of contrasting halves in their opening Rugby World Cup match as they produced a bonus-point, six-try win over Georgia in Toyota City.

    Tries from Jonathan Davies, Justin Tipuric, Josh Adams and Liam Williams secured the bonus point before half-time

    The fluent first 40 minutes was followed by a scrappy second-half performance against a rejuvenated Georgian side.

    Replacement scrum-half Tomos Williams and George North added second-half tries.

    More to follow.

    Wales: L Williams (Halfpenny, 60); North, J Davies, Parkes, Adams; Biggar (Patchell, 67), G Davies (T Williams, 48); Wyn Jones (Smith, 56), Owens (Dee, 56), Francis (Lewis, 47), Ball (Shingler, 62), Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Wainwright (Moriarty, 51), Tipuric, Navidi.

    Replacements: Smith, Dee, Lewis, Shingler, Moriarty, T Williams, Patchell, Halfpenny.

    Georgia: Matiashvili; Modebadze, Kacharava, Mchedlidze, Kveseladze; Abzhandadze, Lobzhanidze; Nariashvili (capt; Gogichashvili, 47), Mamukashvili (Saginadze 58), Gigashvili (Chilachava, 47), Nemsadze, Mikautadze (Sutiashvili, 51), Tkhilaishvili (Mamukashvili, 55), M Gorgodze (Giorgadze, 60), B Gorgodze.

    Replacements: Bregvadze, Gogichashvili, Chilachava, Sutiashvili, Saginadze, Giorgadze, Aprasidze, Khmaladze.

    Officials: Referee, Luke Pearce (England)

    Assistant referees: Ben O'Keefe (New Zealand), Mathew Carley (England)

    TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

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    Scotland flanker Hamish Watson has been ruled out of the rest of the Rugby World Cup because of a knee injury suffered in Sunday's defeat by Ireland.

    The 27-year-old back-row will be replaced in the squad by Edinburgh club-mate Magnus Bradbury.

    Watson fell awkwardly after being cleared from a ruck and left the field on a stretcher just before half-time.

    Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend said: "We feel for Hamish, who had worked so hard for this opportunity."

    A scan after the game confirmed the damage to the knee was significant enough to mean Watson will play no further part in the tournament.

    "While there is a high probability of picking up injuries during a World Cup, it's always disappointing to see someone having to head home," Townsend added.

    Bradbury is already in Japan, having travelled as precautionary injury cover for Jamie Ritchie, who missed the opening game with a facial injury suffered in the final warm-up match against Georgia.

    Ritchie is expected to be fit to face Samoa in Scotland's second group game next Monday (11:15 BST).

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    Rugby World Cup - England v USA
    Venue: Kobe, Japan Date: Thursday, 26 September

    England have rung the changes for the second game of their World Cup campaign as coach Eddie Jones looks to deal with the short turnaround between matches.

    Only five of the players who started Sunday's 35-3 win over Tonga will begin against the USA in Kobe on Thursday, with George Ford captaining the side from fly-half.

    There are World Cup debuts for wingers Ruaridh McConnochie and Joe Cokanasiga, as well as centre Piers Francis.

    Billy Vunipola starts once again at number eight, with prop Dan Cole winning his 91st cap to go joint-third with Jonny Wilkinson on England's all-time list.

    Willi Heinz comes in at scrum-half and George Kruis into the second row, with Owen Farrell among the big names on the bench.

    There is no place in the matchday 23 for Henry Slade, who made his return from injury as a replacement against Tonga and appeared to be in some discomfort on the pitch.

    Jones said, "We have looked at some players that would benefit not playing in this game, so have kept them out of the 23.

    "But it is a great opportunity for another set of players to do the team proud.

    "USA are a tough, physical team who are extremely well coached by Gary Gold.

    "There are a number of players who our guys know really well and are a team we respect.

    "They have prepared two weeks with the Marines for this game so they will be fit, tough and be playing for the pride of their country."

    England starting XV: Elliot Daly, Ruaridh McConnochie, Jonathan Joseph, Piers Francis, Joe Cokanasiga, George Ford, Willi Heinz; Joe Marler, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, George Kruis, Tom Curry, Lewis Ludlam, Billy Vunipola.Replacements: Jack Singleton, Ellis Genge, Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes, Mark Wilson, Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Anthony Watson.

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    The refereeing at the Rugby World Cup's opening weekend has not been good enough, says the world governing body.

    In an unprecedented step, World Rugby has released a statement criticising the standard of officiating over the first few days of the tournament.

    The opening matches featured a number of controversial incidents.

    "The match officials team recognise that performances were not consistently of the standards set by World Rugby and themselves," said World Rugby.

    But the body added it is "confident of the highest standards of officiating moving forward".

    Among the incidents, Australia wing Reece Hodge escaped punishment for a tackle on Fiji's Peceli Yato, who was forced to leave the field with a head injury.

    Hodge has now been cited and will have a hearing on Wednesday.

    Elsewhere, there was controversy at the end of France's win over Argentina, with England scrum-half Danny Care among those adamant that France's number eight Louis Picamoles should have been penalised for offside before making a crucial interception in the closing stages.

    "For me that is the difference between a team going out at the pool stages and a team going through to a quarter-final," Care said on the Rugby Union Weekly podcast.

    "It was an awful decision - he was a metre offside. I don't know what the touch judges are looking at."

    World Rugby have publicly reprimanded officials in the past, such as when they confirmed South African referee Craig Joubert's mistake at the end of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final in 2015 between Scotland and Australia.

    However, this is the first time the governing body has criticised the general standard of officiating across the board.

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    2019 Rugby World Cup: Fiji v Uruguay
    Fiji: (12) 27
    Tries: Dolokoto, Mawi, Ratuniyarawa, Matawalu 2 Cons: Matavesi
    Uruguay: (24) 30
    Tries: Arata, Diana, Cat Pens: Berchesi 3 Cons: Berchesi
    Uruguay left Fiji on the brink of exiting the Rugby World Cup at the pool stage as they pulled off a memorable win in Kamaishi.

    In a frantic first half, Fiji were left stunned as Uruguay came from behind to lead through tries from Santiago Arata, Manuel Diana and Juan Manuel Cat.

    Api Ratuniyarawa reduced the deficit for Fiji while Nikola Matawalu touched down to give them a losing bonus point.

    Fiji remain fourth in Pool D but languish behind Wales and Australia.

    Fiji came into the game off the back of a defeat by Australia in their first match of the tournament, but they started comfortably in Kamaishi as Mesulame Dolokoto crossed at the corner early on.

    A win would have got their tournament back on track and they led again through Eroni Mawi after Arata quickly responded for Uruguay, but the Fijians were stunned by a resilient Los Teros side.

    Uruguay, who were playing their first match of this year's tournament, seemed unfazed by Fiji and kept them frustrated as they comfortably led most of the match.

    Felipe Berchesi's penalty just before the break put Uruguay 12 points ahead and left Fiji with a mountain to climb to avoid a second successive defeat.

    Fiji could have clawed down the gap had Josh Matavesi's kicking been on target, however the Newcastle Falcons fly-half missed two conversions and a second half penalty before Ben Volavola missed the extras from Matawalu's score.

    A crucial tie against Georgia on Thursday, 3 October (06:15 BST) now awaits Fiji, whereas Uruguay face Australia in Oita on Saturday, 5 October (06:15 BST).

    Fiji: Veitokani; Nakosi, Radrada, Vatubua, Goneva; J Matavesi, Seniloli; Mawi, Dolokoto; Saulo, Ratuva, Ratuniyarawa, Waqaniburotu (capt), Voka, Nakarawa.

    Replacements: Vugakoto, Ma'afu, Atalifo, Cavubati, S Matavesi Matawalu, Volavola, Botia.

    Uruguay: Mieres; Freitas, Cat, Vilaseca, Silva; Berchesi, Arata; Sanguinetti, Kessler, Arbelo, Dotti, Leindeker, Gaminara (capt), Civetta, Diana.

    Replacements: Pujadas, Gattas, Rombys, Lamanna, J Ormaechea, A Ormaechea, Etcheverry, Inciarte.

    Referee: Pascal Gauzere (Fra).

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    Tokyo - Australia were dealt a blow ahead of their Rugby World Cup Pool D showdown against Wales when long-range goal-kicking wing Reece Hodge was banned Wednesday for three matches for a high tackle in the Wallabies' opening game against Fiji.

    Fiji were leading 11-7 when Hodge charged into Peceli Yato, leaving the Fiji flank concussed. The Wallabies wing went on to score a try and kick a penalty as Australia won 39-21.

    Hodge was cited after the match and went before an independent disciplinary committee in Tokyo on Wednesday.

    The ban means the 25-year-old Melbourne Rebels player, capable of slotting in anywhere in the backline, will miss Australia's remaining three Pool D games against Wales on Sunday, Uruguay in Oita on October 5 and Georgia in Shizuoka six days later.

    The disciplinary committee "deemed that the incident was an act of foul play and warranted a red card in line with the high tackle sanction framework", World Rugby said in a statement.

    It added that the tackle was "reckless, rather than deliberate", but contact with the head meant a high degree of danger.

    Given Hodge's "exemplary disciplinary record, good character and conduct at the hearing, the committee reduced the six-match entry point by three matches".

    Fiji's shock 30-27 defeat by Uruguay on Wednesday has now shaped Pool D into a straight contest between Australia and Wales to seal the winner and runners-up spots to reach the quarter-finals, for which Hodge would be eligible.

    Assistant coach Nathan Grey said earlier on Wednesday that the Australian management were "pretty confident the judicial system will look after itself".

    "We'll have to deal with that whatever the outcome is," Grey added.

    "You'd be crazy as a management not to manage both ways, so whether he's there or not, we'll be ready to go."

    Fullback Kurtley Beale said he was "confident Reece will have a fair hearing", adding that the players had not discussed it.

    "As a player, you want your teammate to play. I think Reece has done a fantastic job on the wing.

    "To his credit, he really threw himself into those tackles. He's got no malice in trying to go out there and do wrongdoing."

    Hodge's potential absence, Beale said, would be more than made up for by Dane Haylett-Petty, who enjoyed an eye-catching cameo against Fiji off the bench.

    "We're confident as a back three, whoever's in those positions, we will get the job done," Beale said.


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    Canada play Italy today hopefully our Canadian boys can pull an upset

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    England hit their World Cup straps with a seven-try demolition of the USA to make it two bonus-point wins from two.

    Billy Vunipola and Luke Cowan-Dickie scored first-half tries from driving mauls after skipper George Ford went under the posts after six minutes.

    Four more in the second half - two from Joe Cokanasiga, one apiece from latecomers Ruaridh McConnochie and Lewis Ludlum - were a fitting reward for a much improved performance in the heat and humidity of Kobe.

    In a World Cup becoming defined by safe tackling technique, US flanker John Quill was sent off for a horrible shoulder charge on replacement Owen Farrell, the England talisman lucky not to suffer serious injury.

    But the man Farrell had come on for, Piers Francis, may himself face retrospective action after a questionable challenge in the opening moments of the game.

    England's set-piece was dominant, the US forwards unable to cope at the scrum or to find an answer when their opponents set the maul.

    Tougher tests lie ahead in the shape of Argentina and France but England will travel to Tokyo this weekend in much improved mood.

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    Canada play Italy today hopefully our Canadian boys can pull an upset
    Looks like no Canadian upset today Canada got killed by Italy today

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    England coach Eddie Jones joked Owen Farrell was "missing half his nose" after a shoulder charge by John Quill saw the United States flanker sent off in England's 45-7 win.

    Quill received the first red card of the tournament when he made contact with Farrell's head in the second half.

    But the England talisman stayed on the pitch as his side completed a seven-try thrashing in Kobe.

    "I'm sure his nose is out there," Jones told BBC Radio 5 Live.

    "I don't think he [John Quill] deliberately tried to take Owen [Farrell] out but he ended up hitting his head."

    It follows Australian winger Reece Hodge's three-game ban after being cited for a no-arms tackle on Fiji's Peceli Yato, and Samoa centre Rey Lee-lo, whose yellow card for a high tackle on Russia captain Vasily Artemyev has also been upgraded to a three-match ban.

    Former England international Lewis Moody said Quill's challenge was a "classic American football-style tackle where you lead with the shoulder".

    "After all the conversation around high tackles the referee was only going to go one way," Moody told BBC Radio 5 Live.

    "It was clear red card and it sets a precedent for the rest of the tournament."

    While Quill was shown a straight red card, England centre Piers Francis avoided any on-field punishment, but could also be cited after a high challenge on Will Hooley.

    "Piers [Francis] went in to make a tackle and there is not one player in our team who deliberately tackles high," said Jones.

    "We will leave all of that to the judicial process and we are happy to take whatever they give us."

    After a laboured win against Tonga on Sunday, England's World Cup campaign gathered pace in hot and humid conditions.

    Captain George Ford broke free to score under the posts before Billy Vunipola and Luke Cowan-Dickie claimed tries from rolling mauls.

    Joe Cokanasiga crossed twice in the second half and Ruaridh McConnochie and Lewis Ludlam both scored their first World Cup tries.

    England could have had more, but handling errors denied them an even greater scoreline, something Jones put down to humidity.

    "It was like a wet-weather game," he added. "But we found our rhythm and tempo really well in the second half.

    "We will improve. They are quite unique conditions, it's 27C and it's 70% humidity. The ball is like a cake of soap because we know we have got good players who can catch and pass, so it must be something else."

    'Argentina are a difficult team to beat'
    Things will only get tougher from here as England prepare to face Argentina on 5 October before their final pool game against France.

    But they may be buoyed by the return of prop Mako Vunipola and wing Jack Nowell, who will both undergo a "tough session" on Friday to test whether they are ready to play again.

    "Can we play better?" Jones said. "Yes. We'll need to play better in our next game.

    "We understand Argentina are going to be playing for their life. They're a passionate, proud rugby country.

    "It's going to be important that we match their passion and play with control. They're a difficult team to beat."

    'A calamity in Kobe'
    United States head coach Gary Gold, who has worked at Premiership sides Bath and Worcester, struggled to find positives despite a late try from Bryce Campbell.

    He also did not seem in any doubt that the decision to give Quill a red card was the right one.

    "You're not allowed to make contact with the head and you certainly need to use the arms," he explained. "He didn't do either.

    "We were taught a lesson today. We lost every single aspect of the game. That's what happens when you play world-class teams - they punish you very badly.

    "It was a bit of a calamity in Kobe tonight. We're not better than England but we're a better team than that."

    John Quill is absolutely shattered and he has just had a blip in the mind. It is cut and dry and no-one can argue that it wasn't a red card. He knew he was in trouble.

    The highlight for me was England's discipline. I think there were only three penalties that were all in the first half. It is in stark contrast to where they were last week and the team needed to move on.

    If they can get anywhere near four or five penalties against Argentina, they will blow them away. If they keep progressing like that, they are going to be a difficult team to beat.

    I don't think anyone will begrudge the United States that try at the end. Referee Nic Berry did a great job of owning the game and making the big decisions - England will be quite happy with that.

    Jonny May will definitely come back in [against Argentina], especially as England will kick more. Jonny has made that chase his own - he is genuinely rapid. If Jack Nowell is fit I'd throw him in. He's got something different to the other wingers out there.

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    England back Piers Francis has been cited for foul play for a tackle that left United States full-back Will Hooley with concussion.

    Francis, who will appear before a disciplinary panel in Tokyo, made the tackle early in Thursday's Rugby World Cup match, which England won 45-7.

    US flanker John Quill was sent off for a high tackle late in the match.

    Australia's Reece Hodge and Rey Lee-Lo of Samoa both received three-match bans after being cited for high tackles.

    High tackles are under heavy scrutiny at the World Cup, after World Rugby introduced new guidance to reduce head injuries.

    The high-tackle framework was announced after a World Rugby study found tacklers were four times as likely to sustain a head injury if their tackle was high.

    England attack coach Scott Wisemantel said the new rules make "perfect sense" - and the coaching staff were aiming to replicate game intensity in training in order to adapt.

    "It's for the players' protection," said Wisemantel. "So we've just got to abide by that and then train it.

    "The first thing is that the players are aware of the new regulations. The second part is, technique-wise, we train to avoid any sort of mishaps.

    "The actual technique we use with [defence coach] John Mitchell mitigates a lot of those risks."

    Quill became the first US player to be sent off at a Rugby World Cup for his dangerous tackle on England's Owen Farrell in Kobe.

    Regarding Farrell, Wisemantel added: "He's fine, and after the game he acknowledged it was an accident on John's behalf. He's gone in to bat for him."

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    2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A: Japan v Ireland
    Venue: Shizuoka Stadium, Shizuoka Date: Saturday, 28 September Kick-off: 08:15 BST

    Ireland will aim to build on their impressive opening World Cup win over Scotland when they face unbeaten hosts Japan in Shizuoka on Saturday.

    Coach Joe Schmidt has opted not to risk fly-half Johnny Sexton because of a thigh strain so Jack Carty is handed only a second Test match start.

    Backs Rob Kearney, Keith Earls and Chris Farrell also replace Jordan Larmour, Andrew Conway and Bundee Aki.

    A surprise Japan change sees skipper Michael Leitch left on the bench.

    Instead, head coach Jamie Joseph opts to bring fit-again Amanaki Mafi into the back row, with flanker Pieter Labuschagne leading the Brave Blossoms for the first time.

    Japan defeated Russia 30-10 in last Friday's tournament opener helped by Kotaro Matsushima's hat-trick of tries.

    Mafi's inclusion for Leitch, which sees Kazuki Himeno move from the back of the scrum to blind-side flanker, is one of three personnel changes in the pack.

    Koo Jiwon comes into the front row for Asaeli Ai Valu as Luke Thompson replaces Wimpie van der Walt at lock.

    Wing Lomano Lemeki also makes way as Rhoyei Yamanaka comes in at full-back with Will Tupuo moving to the left wing.

    Japan broke into the world's top 10 under Joseph's predecessor Eddie Jones, and have become almost a permanent fixture there under former All Black Joseph.

    But they no longer carry the element of surprise following their heroics at the last World Cup four years ago, when they produced the biggest upset in the tournament's history by stunning South Africa 34-32.

    Hosts claim Healy scrummages illegally
    After regrouping from a worrying pre-tournament build-up to hammer the Scots in Yokohama, Ireland will be expected to have too much power for the hosts.

    The build-up to the match has included Japanese claims of Irish scrummage illegality from host country prop Yusuke Kizu and coach Joseph.

    Kizu said that Cian Healy "steps out" and illegally angles in at scrum-time, although Joe Schmidt dismissed the claim.

    "Yes, at times they are illegal, but at all times they are a very strong scrum," said Joseph.

    "But we've really improved our scrum and line-out recently. And it's an area we've been focusing on all week."

    The teams
    Japan: Yamanaka; Matsushima, Lafaele, Nakamura, Tupou; Tamura, Nagare; Inagaki, Horie, Koo, Thompson, Moore, Himeno, Labuschagne (capt), Mafi.

    Replacements: Sakate, Nakajima, Valu, Van Der Walt, Leitch, Tanaka, Matsuda, Lemeki.

    Ireland: Kearney; Earls, Ringrose, Farrell, Stockdale; Carty, Murray; Healy, Best, Furlong, Henderson, J Ryan; O'Mahony, van der Flier, Stander.

    Replacements: Cronin, Kilcoyne, Porter, Beirne, Ruddock, McGrath, Carbery, Larmour.

    What they said
    Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt: "We always knew we were going to have to manage this start to the tournament because of a six and a five-day turnaround.

    "We do know that the challenge this weekend is going to be particularly tough."

    Japan head coach Jamie Joseph: "Our goal is that we want to do something that's never been done in Japan before and that's top eight. That's what we're about.

    "We're focusing on us and making sure they are prepared physically, mentally and tactically to play the best game of their lives."

    Match stats
    Ireland have won each of their previous seven Test meetings with Japan, those seven victories each coming by at least 16 points and by an average margin of 31 points.
    This will be the third meeting between Ireland and Japan at the Rugby World Cup, Ireland beating the Brave Blossoms 32-16 in Dublin in 1991 before securing a 50-28 victory in South Africa four years later.
    Ireland have won their last nine pool stage games in a row at the Rugby World Cup, they'd never won more than four such games in a row prior to that run.
    Two of Ireland's last three pool stage defeats at the Rugby World Cup have come against the host nation, they lost to Australia at this stage in 2003 before a defeat to France four years later.
    Japan have won four of their five matches at the Rugby World Cup since the beginning of 2015, this after winning just one of their initial 24 matches at the tournament (D2, L21).
    Japan conceded 21 turnovers in their game against Russia, the most by any side over the opening weekend of this year's Rugby World Cup, while Ireland conceded just 12 against Scotland.

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    Japan 9-12 Ireland Half time


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    Well that was a shock!

    Or maybe not. Japan beat RSA last tournament. They defend brilliantly.

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    Hosts Japan pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Rugby World Cup history as they beat world number two-ranked Ireland 19-12 in Shizuoka.

    Tries from Garry Ringrose and Rob Kearney saw Ireland lead at the break, although three Yu Tamura penalties kept the game to within one score.

    Replacement Kenki Fukuoka dived over in the corner on 59 minutes to put the Brave Blossoms in front.

    Tamura's 72nd-minute penalty sealed a monumental win.

    Not since Japan's win over South Africa four years ago in Brighton has rugby witnessed a result that will resound around the world in the way this one will.

    This was not a result borne of Irish indiscipline or stage fright, but of a truly stunning Japanese performance in front of a cacophonous crowd that lifted their side with a stunning noise that greeted every metre gained, tackle made and turnover won.

    It is a result that will, regardless of what happens in the next six weeks of rugby, leave a legacy for generations to come, and will send rugby into a new stratosphere of popularity within the country.

    From the start, it became clear that Japan had no interest in curtailing their fast-paced, free-moving mantra against one of the game's most-respected defences.

    Only a bad bounce denied Kotaro Matsushima an opening try after four minutes as the hosts stretched Ireland's defence from left to right before Tamura's kick behind nearly paid off.

    It looked as though Ireland had weathered an early storm, as Ringrose and Kearney's tries eight minutes apart looked to have bought the favourites some breathing space that could have quietened the Japanese majority inside Stadium Ecopa.

    However the fans, and the team, were unrelenting and Japan did not turn to a Plan B.

    Another lightning fast move from left to right, a slick one-handed offload from Timothy Lafaele and a kick in behind saw Matsushima again denied by a bouncing ball which this time favoured Josh van der Flier, who did well to set up an Irish exit from under their own posts.

    The introduction of Michael Leitch, Japan's already legendary captain whose relegation to the bench was the cause of some controversy in the build-up, sent excitement levels in the stadium to a new level after 31 minutes.

    Leitch responded immediately with a shuddering clear-out of Rob Kearney as Japan pressed forward, carrying the momentum towards half-time.

    The pressure was eventually rewarded as van der Flier was pinged for impatience at the breakdown, allowing Tamura to narrow the gap to three points at half-time.

    The second half carried on in the same way the first had ended: Japan attack, Ireland repel.

    The familiar signs that tend to crop-up when Ireland are not functioning began to re-appear - missed line-outs, dropped catches and a knock-on after winning a scrum inside their own 22 as the pressure continued to build.

    From the scrum, Japan went left and Fukuoka was sent over in the corner.

    Irish script in tatters

    From an Irish perspective, there was little to fear off the back of a physically dominant performance over Scotland a week ago.

    The feeling, after a year of struggling to hit the heights of 2018, was that Joe Schmidt's side were nearing at peak at just the right time.

    Indeed, even an injury to long-time talisman Johnny Sexton did little to half the feel-good factor in the camp.

    Jack Carty, on only his second international start, started well and showed little fear with his nerveless kicks from hand leading to the two Irish tries.

    Inside the opening 20 minutes Rory Best was on target with all six of his line-out throws.

    Everything that had to go to plan was going that way, what followed was not something that many could have expected.

    Aside from their two scores, the vast majority of Ireland's time was spent in defence in the energy-sapping afternoon heat.

    What began as a typically efficient performance began to unravel as errors slipped into their the game.

    Carty was guilty of kicking a restart dead before the Irish pack, totally dominant six days ago, were turned over on their own scrum as Japan began to smell blood.

    Ireland's front-loaded schedule meant that wins in their opening two fixtures would allow some senior players a rest before the probable semi-final.

    However now, the five-day turnaround to Russia becomes a much more daunting task, and the fitness of Sexton, whose composure and defensive solidity was badly missed in the second half, will be placed under the microscope far more than it would have been had they got the job done in Shizuoka.

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    South Africa 45-4 Namibia so far.


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    South Africa 57-3 Namibia FT


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    Rugby World Cup - Pool D: Australia v Wales
    Venue: Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo Date: Sun, 29 September Kick-off: 08:45 BST

    Fly-half Dan Biggar says Wales know their path to World Cup glory could rest on Sunday's crunch Pool D game against Australia.

    An easier route in the knock-out stage is likely to rest on the outcome in Tokyo.

    England are favourites to win Pool C ahead of France or Argentina with Wales in line to face one of those sides.

    "The bottom line is we're fully aware what topping our group means," said Biggar.

    "We are getting into the real depth of the tournament and Sunday's result will have a big impact on the pool."

    England have started with wins over United States and Tonga, but are yet to play France and Argentina in their group.

    Coach Eddie Jones will be in the Tokyo Stadium crowd scouting England's potential quarter-final opponents.

    "I don't think England will have it all their own way, they have the two toughest fixtures to finish, but they are looking strong, aren't they? " said Biggar.

    Australia v Wales: It wasn't fair to drop anyone - Warren Gatland
    "Gats [Warren Gatland] said in a meeting on Friday we'll probably be playing France or England in the quarter-finals, so it's one of those where France on their day are as good as anyone in world rugby.

    "For us we're not focusing on that, we are looking to get the job done on Sunday which would put us in a strong position to get out of the group.

    "You get the sense that the winner on Sunday puts themselves in one heck of a strong position and the loser probably has a bit more pressure on them the week after."

    'Bit more belief'
    Australia have won 13 out of the past 14 games against Wales.

    Gatland's side finally defeated the Wallabies 9-6 last November with Biggar kicking the winning penalty.

    Australia have identified Biggar as a key Wales figure and have also reshuffled their backline selection to counter his kicking game and aerial ability.

    Experienced half-backs Will Genia and Bernard Foley return, and Dane Haylett-Petty comes in at full-back, while Kurtley Beale drops to the bench following signs of vulnerability under the high ball.

    "The relief to get the win against them in November was big and it gives us a little bit more belief and confidence going into Sunday's game," said Biggar.

    "The players they have picked are still excellent players. They're probably bringing a little bit more stability to their team."

    Captain Alun Wyn Jones will break Wales' cap record with his 130th appearance for his country and has said blood has been spilled in training.

    'There was a bit of red stuff flowing'
    Biggar has not been short of friendly fire from his team-mates having been struck on the chin by James Davies in the warm-up against Georgia before also colliding with Liam Williams during the game.

    The 29-year-old has reported a clean bill of health and says Sunday's showdown is the sort of match players dream of being involved in.

    "It is one of those where if you are not excited about playing in big games in World Cups like this then you are in the wrong sport," said Biggar.

    "This is what everyone has worked all summer for.

    "This is why we have given up all our weeks for our families, being away for three months in the summer."

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    Damn, Ireland will likely be tough QF opponents.


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    Wales have done it!

    They have beaten Australia at the Rugby World Cup.

    Australia 25-29 Wales


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    Played Wales, another upset!

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    2019 Rugby World Cup
    Hosts: Japan Dates: 20 September to 2 November

    Australia coach Michael Cheika says authorities are "spooking" referees and that he was "embarrassed" by some decisions in the loss to Wales.

    Wales moved top of World Cup Pool D with a 29-25 win in Tokyo on Sunday.

    Cheika was angry at the decision to penalise Samu Kerevi when the centre was carrying the ball and noted booing from the crowd following the call.

    "Administrators are spooking the refs and refs are afraid of making decisions," he said.

    Referee Romain Poite referred the tackle to the television match official and Kerevi was judged to have led with his forearm into Rhys Patchell's chest then throat.

    Former New Zealand fly-half Andrew Mehrtens said on BBC Radio 5 Live it was "opening a dangerous can of worms".

    "If you slow it down, everything looks worse. It's dangerous ground and you're going to end up with a game with no contact at all," he added.

    Wallabies captain Michael Hooper remonstrated with Poite and later said Wales fly-half Patchell had shown "poor tackle technique".

    World Rugby introduced new rules in 2017 to "change culture in the sport to ensure that the head is a no-go area" and published a framework to help referees rule on high tackles in May.

    The governing body criticised its own officials on Tuesday after Reece Hodge's collision with Peceli Yato during Australia's opening win over Fiji went unpunished.

    Wallabies winger Hodge later received a three-match ban after being cited for the high tackle.

    Cheika said: "When our player does it, we get suspended, and then this time we get penalised. As a former rugby player, I am embarrassed about it."

    On the Kerevi incident, Cheika said: "He put his arm into his chest. I don't know if that is illegal or not. I don't know the rules any more, honestly.

    "Everyone seems worried about stuff so much. I don't know why. The players aren't worried."

    Asked if rugby was getting "softer", Cheika said: "You've got to take care, you've got to look after players, but not to an extreme where you're looking after players just for doctors and lawyers," he said.

    "You've got to look after players for players."

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    Venue: Misaki Stadium, Kobe Date: Monday, 30 September Kick-off: 11:15 BST

    For the guts of a week, the Scotland players have tried to move on from the events of Yokohama against Ireland. Not an easy transition, that.

    Every day has brought a new inquisition, new questions about their mentality and their ability. It's been uncomfortable and occasionally brutal. In various reports they've been called spineless, clueless and pathetic. One headline ordered them to hang their heads in shame.

    At times you felt some players wanted to jump across the table and throttle their interrogators at their hotel in Kobe, but a media conference is not the place for them to vent their fury. All of that should come out against Samoa under the closed roof at the Misaki Stadium on Monday.

    After the week they've had then, a response is surely coming. Scotland need to start well at the Misaki, need to work harder, need to defend better. The list of things they must do - and didn't do last time out - stretches the length of Sannomiya, the city's main drag.

    The most recent meeting of these sides - a 44-38 Scotland win at Murrayfield in Gregor Townsend's fourth game in charge - showed the extremes of this team, its excellence and its flakiness. Scotland played some class rugby to sail into a big lead in that game. They mauled Samoa off the park, scoring two tries off driven line-outs, both touched down by Stuart McInally.

    Then, they fell asleep. Samoa piled through a dozing defence again and again. They scored five tries that day. Scotland scored six. Townsend doesn't need such drama this time. He needs a professional and clinical performance free of mental frailties. Or else.

    Blow torches, ripping it up & Bradbury's moment
    Townsend has taken a blow torch to the squad that failed so woefully in Yokohama. Some senior men have got it.

    Being Scotland captain for two years offered no protection to John Barclay, who has been dumped from the match-day squad. Being captain in Scotland's second last game was no help to Ryan Wilson, who's been demoted to the bench. Being one of the country's highest try-scorers was no use to Tommy Seymour who has also missed out on the 23.

    In their place, mostly youth. Darcy Graham - a pocket battleship, a terrific finisher and a player on form - was unlucky not to start against Ireland, but that chance has now come. Graham sounded psyched for the battle when he spoke on Saturday, as did outside centre Chris Harris the day before. If Harris can back up his words with actions, then it won't just be the Samoans who are hitting hard.

    There was agony in losing Hamish Watson, but Townsend has ripped it all up in the back-row. Magnus Bradbury has gone from living a parallel universe in Japan - in the country but not in the squad, existing in the margins as injury cover - to being at the heart of the action.

    One of the myriad problems against Ireland was the lack of ball-carrying grunt up front. Bradbury can do it - and he can do it well.

    His tendency has been to do it in fits and starts in games. An angry Bradbury needs to turn up against Samoa because this kid can play and fight when the mood takes him. If he's ever going to mark himself out as part of Scotland's future then this is his time, this is the moment.

    Scotland lacked energy and aggression and work-rate against Ireland. Ireland's dog was a Rottweiler. Scotland's dog was a poodle.

    Jamie Ritchie's elevation ups the growl factor. Good on the floor, good in the collisions, decent with ball in hand, Ritchie has the tough job of replacing the injured Watson. He's no Watson in the specifics of ball-carrying and groundhog, but he's got a similar edge as Watson. He's got the same appetite for work, the same kind of hardness.

    In between them, there's the great unknown that is Blade Thomson. All that we hear is that Thomson is different to anything Scotland has in that position. He's a ball-carrier with game intelligence and footwork, a clever thinker, a back-row forward with Scottish ancestry but very much of the New Zealand school.

    Thomson needs to be as good as his team-mates say he is. The evidence so far is inconclusive. He hasn't played enough Test rugby to settle the argument one way or another, but he deserves his chance.

    Scotland's back-row against Ireland had 146 caps. Their back-row against Samoa has 23. In his search for energy, Townsend has sacrificed experience. Not too many people will disagree with the calls he has made.

    'The biggest day of Townsend's coaching life'
    This is monumental stuff for Townsend. The biggest day of his coaching life and one of the biggest days of his rugby life. If it doesn't go well, then Scotland are goosed and this World Cup will go down as the worst in their history.

    The fallout would be scary. Townsend and his staff would be pilloried to the point of demands being made for their heads. The players would be subjected to the kind of slating that would make the reaction to Yokohama seem like a warm-up act. In defeat, Scotland would have nowhere to go bar a deep, dark place.

    If they have anything about them, then there's a big performance coming against Samoa, a nation all but abandoned by the powerhouses in world rugby. Samoa have little money and little opportunity to improve. You could write a book about their plight, but the bottom, and sadly unchanging, line is that the treatment of the Pacific Island countries is a scar on rugby.

    Maybe that sense of isolation gives them an extra anger to feed off. They are still very much alive in this World Cup, having beaten Russia with a bonus point. Another win against Scotland and Pool A will have had a second seismic result following on from Japan's unforgettable victory over Ireland on Saturday.

    On Yokohama form, Scotland are vulnerable. What we know about Townsend's team, however, is that they can bounce back quickly from disappointment. They need that resilience now more than ever.

    After Wales hammered them in the opening game of the 2018 Six Nations, they then beat France and England in their next two games. When the USA upset them in Houston that summer, they followed up by destroying Argentina in Resistencia. When France took them apart in Nice last month, they found something in adversity and did them in the return game.

    Japan's win of the ages has crystallised Scotland's challenge here. Mere victories are not sufficient any more. They need bonus points now, beginning with Samoa, a team that has in the recent past caused Scottish sides to break out in a rash. In the past five meetings, the Scots have won four of them but the points total across those games is 130-126 - in Samoa's favour.

    It's true that this vintage doesn't look as good as their recent predecessors, certainly not in the same class as the side that pushed Scotland to the wire in the World Cup four years ago. That was a terrifying afternoon in Newcastle. This version has a lot of the power and attrition of the sides that went before but not quite as much of the game-breaking brilliance.

    They are also without some important men. Rey Lee-Lo, the centre, and Motu Matu'u, the hooker, are both banned after their reckless headshots against Russia. Their numner eight, Afa Amosa, is out of the tournament with a knee injury. Scrum-half Dwayne Polataivao, scorer of two tries against Australia in a warm-up game in early September, hasn't recovered from a concussion sustained against the Russians.

    Depleted, they'll still bring a rage to proceedings. As their coach, Steve Jackson, has put it: "We're under no illusions about what Scotland are going to bring in that area [physicality] and they should be under no illusions about what we're going to bring."

    Samoa are not happy with the Scots. In the wake of those Lee-Lo and Motu'u high tackles against Russia, Greig Laidlaw said they wanted referee Pascal Gauzere to keep an eye on the way Samoa go into contact on Monday. Not unreasonably, Laidlaw said that Lee-Lo and Motu'u should have received red cards on the night instead of yellow.

    Jackson was unimpressed by Laidlaw's intervention. "There's obviously been a lot in the press with people making things a little worse than they already were," he said. "Things put in the media by people in the Scottish squad, talking to the referee about our tackling and all that sort of stuff."

    There was always going to be a major edge to this game and the chat in the preamble has only added to it. As one Scottish player after another said last week, this is do-or-die now. They either front up or they start getting ready to go home.


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    2019 Rugby World Cup: Scotland v Samoa
    Scotland (20) 34
    Tries: Maitland, Laidlaw Penalty tries: 2 Penalty: Laidlaw Cons: Laidlaw 2 Drop goal: Hogg
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    Scotland's controlled performance ensured a bonus-point victory over Samoa that revives their hopes of progressing from World Cup Pool A.

    Gregor Townsend's side needed to recover from a poor opening defeat by Ireland, whose subsequent loss to Japan was a further blow to their chances.

    But first-half tries from Sean Maitland and Greg Laidlaw and a Stuart Hogg drop goal put the Scots in command in stifling conditions in Kobe, with two penalty tries after half-time ensuring the extra point they craved.

    The Scots now move up to third in the Pool A behind Japan and Ireland after two games each.

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    Rugby World Cup: Ireland v Russia
    Venue: Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City Date: Thursday, 3 October Kick-off: 11:15 BST

    Johnny Sexton will captain Ireland as Joe Schmidt makes 11 changes for his side's game against Russia on Thursday.

    Rob Kearney, Garry Ringrose, Keith Earls and Peter O'Mahony are the only players to be retained from the shock defeat by Japan in Shizuoka.

    Jordi Murphy comes into the back row having joined the squad on Monday as a replacement for the injured Jack Conan.

    Munster duo Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne start as an international second row pairing for the first time.

    Scotland's win over Samoa on Monday means that, despite the Japan loss, Ireland's fate is still in their own hands and they are assured of a quarter-final berth if they secure bonus-point wins in their last two Pool A games.

    Russia are the only side in the group without a win through the first two rounds of fixtures.

    Fit-again Sexton required to steady ship
    As Ireland wilted under intense pressure from the host nation last Saturday, the importance of the absent Sexton was only further underlined.

    While Russia are not expected to pose nearly the level of threat that Japan did, Schmidt will rely on the returning 33-year-old fly-half to be a calming influence after a tumultuous week.

    Sexton will be the 106th player to captain Ireland as he prepares to lead the side for the first time.

    Centre Ringrose, one of Ireland's best performers in the opening two fixtures, is called upon to start for the third time in 11 days, having played a full 80 minutes against both Scotland and Japan.

    There is still no sign of Robbie Henshaw, who was not featured at all having suffered a hamstring injury in the build-up to Ireland's opening game.

    With Chris Farrell ruled out with concussion, Bundee Aki is the only other fit centre in the squad.

    Ulster's Murphy was named to start in the province's opening Pro14 fixtures last Friday but was withdrawn after news of Conan's injury emerged.

    The back row, who has 29 international caps, slots straight into a new-look back row after Schmidt praised his "outstanding" performance in training on Tuesday.

    Ireland: Kearney, Conway, Ringrose, Aki, Earls; Sexton, McGrath; Kilcoyne, Scannell, Ryan, Kleyn, Beirne; Ruddock, O'Mahony, Murphy.

    Replacements: Cronin, Porter, Furlong, Henderson, Stander, Carty, Carbery, Larmour.

    Russia: Artemyev; Davydov, Galinovskiy, Golosnitskiy, Simplikevich; Gaisin, Perov; Polivalov, Matveev, Gotovtsev, Garbuzov, Fedotko; Sychev, Gadzhiev, Gresev.

    Replacements: Selskii, Morozov, Podrezov, Ostrikov, Elgin, Ianiushkin, Khodin, Ostroushkosday.

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    2019 Rugby World Cup
    Hosts: Japan Dates: 20 September to 2 November

    England's World Cup match against Argentina in Tokyo on Saturday will be like a "war", says Pumas hooker Agustin Creevy.

    England are top of Group C with two wins from two while Argentina are second after a win and a defeat.

    The Pumas will likely have to beat England to progress to the knockout stages after they narrowly lost to France in their opener.

    "I think the battle is going to be in the forwards," Creevy said.

    "We need to win the scrum, we need to win the lineout, the maul and the breakdown.

    "Saturday's going to be like a war. It's a final for us."

    England have won 18 of their 23 meetings with Argentina, including the last nine matches between the two teams.

    Sport contests between the countries in the past four decades have often been played against the backdrop of the Falklands War between the UK and Argentina in 1982.

    The conflict led to the deaths of 655 Argentine and 255 British servicemen. Three people from the islands also died during the conflict.

    Diego Maradona has said his 'Hand of God' goal against England in the 1986 football World Cup was revenge for the Falklands while Fifa fined the Argentina Football Association £20,000 after its players displayed a banner in support of their country's claims to the Falkland in 2014.

    Creevy, who played in England for Worcester Warriors, will become the Pumas' most-capped player if he makes an 88th appearance in Tokyo.

    "Maybe my experience with Worcester will help me a lot, to see the way that it's going to play out," he said.

    The forward praised England for the structured approach that has returned to its well-honed best this year - and as a result pushed them among the key challengers for a second World Cup.

    "Sometimes it's boring but I think it's good for England. It works for them," he said.

    "We train a lot in scrum skills and our mentality.

    "I think we are improving a lot in the scrum. We feel really, really good now but we need to continue. The England scrum is really good."

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    France needed three late tries to survive a scare and see off the United States for their second World Cup win.

    Yoann Huget and Alivereti Raka scored early tries but France conceded regular penalties and made handling errors to keep Gary Gold's side in touch.

    The US, ranked 13th in the world, got within three points in the 64th minute but Gael Fickou and Baptiste Serin crossed in the space of three minutes.

    With the bonus point secured, Jefferson Poirot added a fifth try late on.

    The win moves France up to second in Pool C, one point behind England.

    Eddie Jones' side ran in seven tries when they beat the US last Thursday and, despite the late points, France's performance only strengthens England's position as group favourites.

    England play Argentina on Saturday and France meet Tonga on Sunday before the sides meet on 12 October in their final games of the pool stage.

    France gave the score-line a flattering look with their late points and secured the precious bonus point, but for large parts of the game they were hugely disappointing.

    In total they conceded 10 penalties to the US's four and conceded 18 turnovers to their opponents' 13.

    When AJ MacGinty kicked a penalty for the US with 16 minutes to go his side had the momentum and there appeared a real chance of an upset.

    However, France took advantage when their opponents tired to follow their narrow victory over Argentina with another win.

    There had been flashes of brilliance in the first half in particular, with both tries being created by the boot of fly-half Camille Lopez - the first a chip over the top and the second an excellent cross-field kick.

    During a frustrating period in the opening 20 minutes of the second half, errors halted France's progress and their sloppiness was summed up when an excellent break by Sofiane Guitoune was spoiled when he passed forward to Raka when the winger had a clear run to the line.

    The US made plenty of errors of their own and could have caused France even greater problems had they made better use of good positions in the second half.

    Teams
    France: Ramos; Raka, Guitoune, Fickou, Huget; Lopez, Machenaud; Baille, Chat, Setiano; Le Roux, Gabrillagues; Iturria; Camara, Picamoles (capt).

    Replacements: Guirado, Poirot, Slimani, Vahaamahina, Alldritt, Serin, Ntamack, Medard.

    USA: Teo; Scully (capt), Brache, Campbell, Iosefo; MacGinty, Davies; Fry, Taufetee, Lamositele; Brakeley, Civetta; Lamborn Germishuys, Hanco, Dolan

    Replacements: Fawsitt, Kilifi, Mullen, Peterson, Pinkelman, De Haas, Magie, Palamo

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    New Zealand playing Canada now lord have mercy lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by nextover666666 View Post
    New Zealand playing Canada now lord have mercy lol
    63-0 FT No Mercy for Canada


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    63-0 FT No Mercy for Canada
    Indeed no mercy at all Canada should come home lol

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    2019 Rugby World Cup: England v Argentina
    Venue: Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo Date: Saturday, 5 October Kick-off: 09:00 BST

    George Ford will once again start at fly-half with captain Owen Farrell at inside-centre as England look to make it three World Cup wins out of three on Saturday.

    Elliot Daly, Jonny May and Anthony Watson are picked in the back three against an Argentina side narrowly beaten by France in their tournament opener.

    Ben Youngs starts his 92nd game at scrum-half to become the third most capped England men's player of all time.

    And Joe Marler, who had retired from international duty a year ago, caps a remarkable comeback with a place in the front row alongside Jamie George and Kyle Sinckler.

    Head coach Eddie Jones said: "Argentina is a completely different team from others we have played so far in the pool stages and are always about the physical contest.

    "This week it's about getting our game right, our set piece in a good place and making sure defensively we are organised and ready to find ways to score points against them."

    With Jones opting for a second-row combination of Maro Itoje and George Kruis, the youthful back row of Tom Curry, Sam Underhill and Billy Vunipola have once again been given the nod for a match that Argentina hooker Agustin Creevy has predicted will resemble a "war".

    Utility back Jack Nowell and prop Mako Vunipola have been selected on the replacements' bench for the first time in the tournament after recovering from long-term injuries, with late squad bolter Lewis Ludlam also getting the nod.

    More to follow.

    England starting XV v Argentina:

    15 Elliot Daly

    14 Anthony Watson

    13 Manu Tuilagi

    12 Owen Farrell

    11 Jonny May

    10 George Ford

    9 Ben Youngs

    1 Joe Marler

    2 Jamie George

    3 Kyle Sinckler

    4 Maro Itoje

    5 George Kruis

    6 Tom Curry

    7 Sam Underhill

    8 Billy Vunipola

    Replacements

    16 Luke Cowan-Dickie

    17 Mako Vunipola

    18 Dan Cole

    19 Courtney Lawes

    20 Lewis Ludlam

    21 Willi Heinz

    22 Henry Slade

    23 Jack Nowell

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    2019 Rugby World Cup: Georgia v Fiji
    Georgia: (3) 10
    Tries: Gorgodze Pens: Matiashvili Cons: Matiashvili
    Fiji: (7) 45
    Tries: Nayacalevu, Lomani, Tuisova, Radradra 2, Kunatani, Ratuniyarawa Cons: Volavola 5
    Fiji claimed their first win of this World Cup as six second-half tries saw them ease past Georgia in Higashiosaka.

    The Pacific Islanders took the lead through Waisea Nayacalevu but Soso Matiashvili's penalty reduced the deficit to four points at half-time.

    However second-half tries from Frank Lomani, Josua Tuisova, Semi Kunatani, Api Ratuniyarawa and two from Semi Radradra gave Fiji a bonus-point win.

    Mamuka Gorgodze got a consolation for Georgia as Fiji moved second in Pool D.

    Jones picks Ford-Farrell axis for Argentina
    South Africa's Etzebeth accused of racial abuse
    Wales lock Adam Beard's lucky escape
    Fiji were humbled by Uruguay in their last outing - albeit after only a four-day turnaround following the loss to Australia - but the backs, who scored five of their seven tries, ruthlessly took Georgia apart after the interval.

    They could have scored more but Nayacalevu dropped the ball with the line at his mercy as Georgia fell to their first tournament defeat to a Tier 2 nation.

    Their second biggest win at a World Cup means Fiji are likely to finish at least third in the pool - and with that gain qualification for the 2023 World Cup.

    The Islanders face Wales in their final pool game on Wednesday, 9 October (10:45 BST), while Georgia conclude their campaign against Australia on Friday, 11 October (11:15).

    Teams
    Georgia: Matiashvili; Kveseladze, Kacharava, Sharikadze, Todua; Khmaladze, Lobzhanidze; Nariashvili, Mamukashvili, Gigashvili, Nemsadze, Mikautadze, Tkhilaishvili, Gorgodze, Gorgadze

    Replacements: Bregvadze, Gogichashvili, Chilachava, Giorgadze, Saginadze, Aprasidze, Malaguradze, Modebadze

    Fiji: Murimurivalu; Tuisova, Nayacalevu, Botia, Radradra; Volavola, Lomani; Ma'afu, Matavesi, Saulo, Cavubati, Nakarawa, Waqaniburotu, Kunatani, Yato

    Replacements: Vugakoto, Ravai, Roy Atalifo, Ratuniyarawa, Mata, Matawalu, Vatubua, Matavesi

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    Ireland 35-0 Russia: Joe Schmidt's side labour to World Cup win

    Ireland remain on course for a World Cup quarter-final after easing to an uninspiring 35-0 win over a toothless Russia in Kobe.

    Rob Kearney, Peter O'Mahony and Rhys Ruddock scored first-half tries before Andrew Conway secured the bonus point in the 62nd minute.

    Garry Ringrose's late score put a final exclamation point on an otherwise flat second half performance.

    Another five-point win over Samoa would guarantee a place in the last eight.

    Ireland now have nine days before their final Pool A assignment in Fukuoka against the Samoans.

    Five days on from their already famous defeat by Japan, Ireland knew there was little they could do to change the narrative of their World Cup campaign to date against a side as unfancied as Russia.

    The best they could hope for was to secure all five points in a performance that exposed the chasm of quality between the two sides and showed signs of a team with the skill-set to match any side in the tournament.

    While the victory was never in doubt from the moment Kearney opened the scoring with his fifth try in six World Cup matches inside two minutes, moments of real quality were notable by their absence, particularly in an error-strewn second half.

    Sexton's importance again underlined
    Captaining the side from the start for the first time on his 86th international appearance, Johnny Sexton returned to Ireland's line-up having missed the Japan match through injury.

    HIs half-time withdrawal only served to further underline how vital the 34-year-old remains to this Ireland side.

    With the result of the game beyond doubt, Joe Schmidt wasted no time in ensuring his star man left Kobe unscathed as he handed Jack Carty the reins for the second half.

    After Kearney raced over off the back of a neat set-piece move, O'Mahony added Ireland's second after 12 minutes as he latched onto Sexton's grubber-kick.

    A first half that began in the manner that Ireland would have hoped began to stagnate as Ireland struggled to maintain a fluency against a side who offered so little with the ball.

    As the strong Irish contingent in the crowd began to grow restless, Ruddock bulldozed over the the help of John Ryan to send Schmidt's side into the interval with a spring in their step.

    Although the first half was by no means dazzling, it was certainly a more controlled display than the 40 minutes after the break, in which the break-down in fluency could once again be correlated with Sexton's absence.

    Low key second half not ideal for Ireland
    Russia, without a win in any of their seven World Cup matches, largely banked on Irish errors in order to find field possession with high handing balls sent up to challenge Ireland's back three.

    Their biggest chance of registering on the scoreboard came from Ramil Gaisin's snap drop-goal attempt which dropped well short.

    With little to fear in the opposition, one of Schmidt's chief concerns would have been to get through the game without suffering any serious injuries.

    Jordi Murphy, who only arrived in Japan on Sunday as a replacement for the injured Jack Conan, looked in some discomfort as he was forced off after just 27 minutes.

    As the game wore on, breaks in play became increasingly frequent with both sides succumbing to the high number of handling errors that have so far accompanied all games to be played inside Misaki Stadium's intensely humid conditions.

    Bonus point looked inevitable
    Russia, who had both Bogdan Fedotko and Andrey Ostrikov sin-binned, did not threaten the Irish try-line once as Ireland's bonus-point win looked increasingly inevitable.

    It took Ireland until the halfway stage of the second half to secure that vital fifth point, with Conway sprinting under the posts after Keith Earls had gathered Carty's clever kick over the top.

    Ringrose, who has played every minute of Ireland's World Cup campaign so far, was a deserving final try scorer in his third outing in 11 days.

    Ireland's brief after the Japan result was clear: to secure back-to-back bonus-point wins that will move them into the knock-out stages.

    They are halfway to achieving that aim but questions over their performance levels and ability to trouble teams they will meet should they go deeper into the tournament remain.

    Match stats

    Rob Kearney crossed for a try after just 90 seconds in this match, Ireland's fastest ever Rugby World Cup try and the fastest of the 2019 Rugby World Cup for any team.
    Kearney has now scored a try in five of his last six appearances at the Rugby World Cup for Ireland, as well as crossing for a try in both of his games against Russia (2011, 2019).
    Russia made 182 tackles in this match, the second most by any side in a match at the 2019 Rugby World Cup so far (Wales 183 v Australia) and the most Russia have ever made in a RWC match.
    This was Ireland's 38th Rugby World Cup game and the first time they have prevented the opposition from scoring; it was the first time Russia have failed to score a point in a RWC match.
    Russia remain on the hunt for their maiden Rugby World Cup victory (L7); only Namibia (21) have played more Rugby World Cup games and not registered a victory.
    Sergey Ianiushkin is the third player to make their debut for Russia in a RWC match, Denis Simplikevich and Adam Byrnes in 2011 the other two.
    Andrey Ostrikov became the fifth substitute at this Rugby World Cup to be shown a yellow card, just six subs in 2015 were shown a yellow.
    Russia won 57/57 rucks when in possession in the match, the third side to do this in a match at the 2019 Rugby World Cup (NZ v SA, SA v Namibia).
    Ireland: Kearney; Conway, Ringrose, Aki, Earls; Sexton (capt), McGrath; Kilcoyne, Scannell, Ryan, Kleyn, Beirne, Ruddock, O'Mahony, Murphy

    Replacements: Cronin, Porter, Furlong, Henderson, Stander, Carty, Murray, Larmour

    Russia: Artemyev; Davydov, Galinovskiy, Golosnitskiy, Simplikevich; Gaisin, Perov; Polivalov, Matveev, Gotovtsev, Garbuzov, Fedotko; Sychev, Gadzhiev, Gresev.

    Replacements: Selskii, Morozov, Podrezov, Ostrikov, Elgin, Ianiushkin, Khodin, Ostroushkosday.

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    Rugby World Cup: Wales v Fiji
    Venue: Oita Stadium, Oita Date: Wed, 9 October Kick-off: 10:45 BST

    Defence coach Shaun Edwards says he will be "unbelievably disappointed" if Wales do not at least emulate their 2011 World Cup semi-final place.

    After beating Georgia and Australia in Pool D, Wales face Fiji on 9 October and Uruguay four days later.

    Wins in these two group matches and a quarter-final victory against the Pool C runners-up will take Wales to a semi-final - Edwards' minimum target.

    "If we don't win our next three, I will be unbelievably disappointed," he said.

    "If you do win your next three, you are in the semi-finals and we are back to where we were in 2011."

    'Everyone knows
    Wales will clinch quarter-final qualification if they defeat Fiji in Oita next Wednesday, while England, Argentina and France are contesting Pool C.

    It will be Fiji's final group game in a topsy-turvy tournament where they have run Australia close, suffered a shock loss to Uruguay and demonstrated their attacking threats with an emphatic 45-6 win over Georgia on Thursday.

    That performance especially impressed Edwards.

    "They were outstanding," he said. "The first phase moves, they look incredibly well organised and well coached.

    "Everybody knows about their X-factor that Fiji teams have always had, but now they also have great organisation.

    "Some of their trick plays around line-outs and starter plays from scrums, with the athletes they have, are very difficult to defend against.

    "They are one of the teams you don't want to break structure too much against.

    "We are under no illusions about what they'll bring. Their set-piece is very good too. I thought their scrum in the game against Georgia was excellent."

    Edwards says Wales hope to have fly-half Dan Biggar available after he failed a head injury assessment having left the field against Australia.

    "He is back in training," confirmed Edwards.

    "He is tough as old boots and an incredible player and it would have to be a serious injury to keep him off the training pitch."

    Biggar was replaced by Rhys Patchell who produced a composed 14-point kicking performance in the 29-25 victory.

    Patchell also impressed Edwards defensively with the Scarlets fly-half involved in a controversial incident when he attempted to tackle Australia centre Samu Kerevi.

    The Wallabies back was penalised for a forearm in the face of tackler Patchell, a decision Australia captain Michael Hooper disputed with French referee Romain Poite.

    Hooper described Patchell's technique as poor, but Edwards said the Wales player had been asked to adapt.

    "Rhys did what we asked of him." said Edwards.

    "We asked him to tackle higher than what he has been tackling, to go in and create the collision and he did that.

    "That [opinion] is up to Michael Hooper. He is entitled to his opinion as is everyone else in the world."

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    Must-win game for Springboks

    South Africa v Italy (10:45 BST)

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    FT: South Africa 49-3 Italy


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    2019 Rugby World Cup Pool B: South Africa v Italy
    South Africa (17) 49
    Tries: Kolbe 2, Mbonambi, Am, Mapimpi, Snyman, Marx Cons: Pollard 4 Pens: Pollard 2
    Italy (3) 3
    Pen: Allan
    South Africa recorded a routine bonus-point win over 14-man Italy in Shizuoka to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

    Handre Pollard converted tries from Cheslin Kolbe and Mbongeni Mbonambi, and added a penalty to put the Springboks 17-3 up at the break.

    After the Azzurri had prop Andrea Lovotti sent off for a tip-tackle, Kolbe crossed for his second score.

    Lukhanyo Am, Makazole Mapimpi, RG Snyman and Malcolm Marx also went over as South Africa went top of Pool B.

    The two-time winners know victory in their final pool match against Canada on Tuesday (11:15 BST) is likely to be enough to secure a quarter-final berth, with Italy facing holders New Zealand in their last game on Saturday, 12 October.

    Having lost 23-13 to the All Blacks in their opening match of the tournament, South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus admitted the meeting with Italy was "do or die" for his side.

    But the Boks, who were one of the pre-tournament favourites, had any nerves settled by Kolbe's early try when the winger beat two men to touch down in the right-hand corner.

    The contest was expected to be a battle between the forwards but Italy lost both their tighthead props, Simone Ferrari and Marco Riccioni, to injury in the first half, leading to uncontested scrums for the final hour.

    Pollard missed three conversions but he set up Kolbe's second try with a cross-kick and scored 14 points on the night to become the highest points-scorer for the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup, surpassing Percy Montgomery's previous record.

    South Africa pushed home their advantage after Lovotti was sent off early in the second half for his part in an ugly tip-tackle on number eight Duane Vermeulen but will have concerns over the fitness of Kolbe, who picked up an ankle injury in a tackle in the closing stages.

    The Springboks will have bigger challenges to come but have kept themselves in the hunt in a bid to add to their triumphs in 1995 and 2007.

    Italy had picked up maximum points from their first two pool games against Namibia and Canada, and knew that victory would eliminate the Springboks from the competition.

    The Azzurri were unable to capitalise when they did venture into South African territory in the first half, with quick defensive line speed and powerful tackling forcing Conor O'Shea's side back.

    The Six Nations outfit had only won one of their previous 14 matches against South Africa, and any chance of a comeback was extinguished when loosehead prop Lovotti was shown red by referee Wayne Barnes three minutes into the second half.

    Italy had been awarded a penalty in the South Africa 22 but after the whistle was blown Lovotti and fellow prop Nicola Quaglio picked up Vermeulen and dropped him headfirst to the floor - with Quaglio lucky not to also be dismissed for his part in the incident.

    The game then slipped away from the Italians as veteran number eight Sergio Parisse - who won his 142nd cap, making him the second most-capped player in Test history - was unable to inspire his side.

    Italy have participated in every World Cup but have never qualified for the quarter-finals and their wait for a last-eight berth is likely to go on unless they can pull off a first-ever win over New Zealand in Toyota a week on Saturday.

    Pool B table
    Teams
    South Africa: Le Roux; Kolbe, Am, De Allende, Mapimpi; Pollard, De Klerk; Mtawarira, Mbonambi, Malherbe, Etzebeth, De Jager, Kolisi (capt), Du Toit, Vermeulen.

    Replacements: Marx, Kitshoff, Koch, Snyman, Mostert, Louw, H Jantjies, Steyn.

    Italy: Minozzi; Benvenuti, Morisi, Hayward, Campagnaro; Allan, Tebaldi; Lovotti, Bigi, Ferrari, Sisi, Budd, Steyn, Polledri, Parisse (capt).

    Replacements: Zani, Quaglio, Riccioni, Zanni, Ruzza, Negri, Braley, Canna.

    Red card: Lovotti (43).

    Referee: Wayne Barnes (Eng).

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    HT: Australia 19-3 Uruguay


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    HT: Australia 19-3 Uruguay
    FT: Australia 45-10 Uruguay

    Australia have returned to the top of Pool D with a comfortable victory over Uruguay, and all-but sealed their progress to the quarter-final.


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    England 15 - 3 Argentina at half time.

    First time I ever saw Farrell miss a penalty. He’s better than Wilkinson ever was.

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    England 20-3 Argentina

    Looks like game going England way


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    Full time England defeat Argentina 39-10

    Up next next the host Japan take on Samoa

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    2019 World Cup: England v Argentina
    England: (15) 39
    Tries: May, Daly, Youngs, Ford, Nowell, Cowan-Dickie Pens: Farrell Cons: Farrell 3
    Argentina: (3) 10
    Tries: Moroni Pens: Urdapilleta Cons: Boffelli
    Red card: Lavanini
    England ran in six tries against the 14 men of Argentina to make it three bonus-point wins from three and guarantee themselves a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

    With Tomas Lavanini sent off early for an illegal tackle on England captain Owen Farrell, Eddie Jones' side cut loose and first-half tries from Jonny May, Elliot Daly and Ben Youngs established a 12-point lead.

    George Ford, Luke Cowan-Dickie and the returning Jack Nowell added further tries during a more subdued second half in sweltering conditions in the Japanese capital Tokyo.

    The defeat puts the Pumas - semi-finalists in two of the past three World Cups - out of the tournament at the group stage for the first time in 16 years.

    But England rumble on, building on the displays against Tonga and the USA, and know victory against France in a week's time will set up a likely quarter-final against Australia.

    They were far from flawless once again yet are moving towards where head coach Jones would want them to be, three weeks into a campaign that will surely become far more challenging in the coming matches.

    England had not been behind in this tournament but after Matias Moroni ran on to Urdapilleta's cross-kick and kicked on again, only May's pace got him to the loose ball first to save the try.

    From the subsequent five-metre scrum England were penalised and Urdapilleta landed the three points - yet England struck back moments later.

    After an initial counter-attack down the right through Daly and Anthony Watson, they drove off a line-out to within a few metres, and with the Pumas defence committed fly-half Ford went left to May for the winger to accelerate into the corner.

    It was a frenetic start, and the decisive incident stemmed from all that passion and energy spilling over.

    As Youngs tapped a quick penalty and fed Farrell, Lavanini thumped into him at pace, his left shoulder crashing on to the head of the inside-centre.

    Argentina had promised a war, but this was a clear illegal assault under the game's revised tackling protocols and referee Nigel Owens had no option but to reach for the red card.

    Farrell hooked the subsequent long-range penalty, but England began to look for width to work and tire the 14 men.

    Daly broke down the left to send May deep into the opposition 22, Manu Tuilagi charged on after the ball was worked right and after a series of forward drives to within half a metre Ford sent it out wide left to Daly again, who juggled the ball before accelerating past Emiliano Boffelli and over the line.

    And with the half-time gong having sounded, England showed an impressive ruthlessness once more - Youngs diving over from three metres after his team went through 20 phases.

    Only the inaccuracy of Farrell's place-kicking kept Argentina anywhere close, with all three conversions missed in addition to that penalty to keep England's lead down to 15-3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nextover666666 View Post
    Full time England defeat Argentina 39-10

    Up next next the host Japan take on Samoa
    Japan 6-6 Samoa at the moment


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Japan 6-6 Samoa at the moment
    HT: Japan 16-9 Samoa


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    FT: Japan 38-19 Samoa: Hosts close to qualification for World Cup quarter-finals


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    FT: New Zealand 71-9 Namibia


    All Blacks score 11 tries as they run Namibia ragged in Tokyo
    New Zealand only led 10-9 before taking 24-9 half-time lead
    Anton Lienert-Brown, Sevu Reece & Ben Smith run in two tries each
    Defending champions go top of Pool B
    Lock Brodie Retallick goes off after 30 minutes of injury comeback
    Namibia yet to win World Cup match


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    2019 Rugby World Cup Pool B
    France (17) 23
    Tries: Vakatawa, Raka Cons: Ntamack (2) Pens: Ntamack (3)
    Tonga: (7) 21
    Tries: Takulua, Hingano, Kapeli Cons: Takulua (2), Fosita
    France will play England to decide who tops Pool C on Saturday after they finally subdued a battling Tonga.

    France put in a characteristically fitful display - racing into a 17-point lead before being reeled in, then rallying before a late Tonga try set up a frantic finale.

    However, Damian Penaud reclaimed Camille Lopez's restart to end the underdogs' hopes of snatching a win.

    Pool C's winners will face the runners-up in Pool D in the last eight.

    Australia look the most likely to finish second in Pool D, while Wales will top that group if they can negotiate matches against Uruguay and Georgia.

    France, with a third different half-back combination in as many matches, started the game at a canter as powerful centre Virimi Vakatawa went over from Alivereti Raka's one-handed pass.

    When scrum-half Baptiste Serin spotted a unmarked Raka and the chance to tap and go for a second score, Jacques Brunel's side were 17-0 up after 35 minutes.

    But, just as in their opening match against Argentina - when they allowed the Pumas back in the match from 20-3 down - France's concentration wavered.

    Newcastle's Sonatane Takulua dived over from close range just before the break as Tonga's forwards wrestled their way into the ascendancy.

    France full-back Maxime Medard paid the price for allowing the ball to bounce early in the second half as Malietoa Hingano pounced to power over.

    With their advantage shaved down to three points, the sense that a repeat of Tonga's upset victory in the 2011 pool stages may be brewing stung France back into life.

    Zane Kapeli
    Kapeli's scores set up a grandstand finish
    They tightened up their play and fly-half Romain Ntamack landed two penalty goals to put his side 23-14 in front.

    Penaud dived over to seemingly put the game beyond doubt, but that was to be more drama as referee Nic Berry - belatedly, but correctly - ruled out that score for a knock-on by Medard, and then Tonga flanker Zane Kapeli claimed a cross-field kick and dotted down.

    Replacement Latiume Fosita slotted the conversion putting Tonga within two points as they prepared to receive kick-off with less than a minute to go.

    But Penaud tapped the kick-off back to a team-mate and France booted into touch to end the game.

    A threat to England?
    Despite only scraping past an opponent his own side saw off 35-3 in the tournament opener, England head coach Eddie Jones will have seen how France can threaten his team.

    Raka and Penaud both showed their quality as strike runners capable of undoing a defence with moments of individual brilliance, while scrum-half Antoine Dupont was lively around the edge of the breakdown after he came on with 25 minutes to go.

    The prospect of playing their Six Nations rivals might also bring the consistency, concentration and 80-minute performances France have not yet put in at the tournament.

    However, with Pool C's runners-up set on a path that would see them avoid tournament favourites New Zealand until a potential final, they may also feel the meeting with England is one they can afford to lose.

    Match stats
    This was the sixth meeting between France and Tonga in Test rugby, but the first time either side had recorded consecutive victories, with France winning their meeting in 2013 before victory in this match.
    France have now reached the quarter-finals of this year's World Cup. They are one of four teams - and the only northern hemisphere side - to have never failed to progress from the group stage of the tournament.
    This was France's 23rd match against non-tier one opposition at the World Cup - they have won 22 of those, with Tonga inflicting their only defeat (in 2011). Sunday's scoreline was their narrowest winning margin.
    Alivereti Raka gained 142 metres against Tonga, the most by a France player in a World Cup match since Clement Poitrenaud gained 155 metres against the USA in 2003.
    Teams
    France: Medard; Penaud, Vakatawa, Guitoune, Raka; Ntamack, Serin; Poirot, Chat, Slimani, Gabrillagues, Vahaamahina, Lauret, Ollivon, Alldritt.

    Replacements: Guirado, Baille, Setiano, Le Roux, Camara, Dupont, Lopez, Barassi.

    Tonga: Veainu, Vuna, Hingano, Piutau, Halaifonua; Faiva, Takulua; Fisi'ihoi, Ngauamo, Fia; Lousi, Fifita, Kalamafoni, Kapeli, Vaipulu.

    Replacements: Sakalia, Fifita, Halanukonuka, Mafi, Manu, Fukofuka, Fosita, Pakalani.

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    Argentina lock Tomas Lavanini has been given a four-match for a high tackle on England captain Owen Farrell at the Rugby World Cup.

    Lavanini was shown a red card in the 18th minute of the Pumas' 39-10 defeat, which ended their chances of reaching the quarter-finals.

    The 26-year-old, the most sin-binned player in Argentina's history, admitted committing an act of foul play.

    Lavanini will miss the Pumas' final Pool C game against USA on Wednesday.

    The lock is set to join his new team-mates at Premiership club Leicester after the tournament, and he will miss his first three matches with the Tigers.

    Lavanini can return to action on 1 November, so he will be eligible for Leicester's Premiership game with Gloucester at Welford Road the day after.

    He becomes the eighth player to be suspended at the World Cup for dangerous tackles, the subject of a major crackdown by governing body World Rugby as it seeks to reduce impacts to the head.


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    South Africa 47-0 Canada


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    South Africa: (47) 66
    Tries: Reinach 3, De Allende, Nkosi, Gelant, Steyn, Brits, Willemse, Malherbe Cons: Jantjies 8
    Canada: (0) 7
    Tries: Heaton Cons: Nelson
    Red card: Larsen
    South Africa scored 10 tries to confirm their place in the World Cup quarter-finals with a dazzling bonus-point victory over 14-man Canada in Kobe.

    The Springboks ran in seven tries in the first half, with scrum-half Cobus Reinach notching the fastest hat-trick in World Cup history after 20 minutes.

    Canada had Josh Larsen sent off for a head-high tackle before half-time.

    The minnows scored first in the second half through Matt Heaton but South Africa ran in three more tries.

    Schalk Brits, Damian Willemse and Frans Malherbe all went over following tries from Reinach, Damian de Allende, S'busiso Nkosi, Warrick Gelant and Frans Steyn in the opening 40 minutes.

    Rassie Erasmus's side go top of Pool B but defending champions New Zealand - who beat the Springboks earlier in the tournament - are expected to beat Italy on Saturday to win the group.

    Canada, ranked 22nd in the world, will seek to end their World Cup with victory over Namibia on Sunday.

    Reaction to South Africa v Canada
    More soon.

    LINE-UPS
    South Africa: Willemse, Gelant, De Allende, Steyn, Nkosi; Jantjies, Reinach; T Du Toit, Brits, Koch, Snyman, Mostert, Kolisi (capt), Smith, Louw.

    Replacements: Marx, Kitshoff, Malherbe, Ebtzebeth, P Du Toit, Jantjies, Pollard, Le Roux.

    Canada: Coe; Hassler, Trainor, Hearn, Van der Merwe; Nelson, Mack; Buydens, Quattrin, Ilnicki, Olmstead, Baillie, Rumball, Heaton, Ardron (capt).

    Replacements: Piffero, Sears-Duru, Tierney, Larsen, Sheppard, Mackenzie, O'Leary, Du Toit

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    FT: Scotland 61-0 Russia

    Here's how Pool A looks after that shellacking. A reminder that Scotland must beat Japan in that monumental showdown on Sunday to reach the quarters, and really have to do so without Japan earning a bonus point.

    Before then, Ireland play Samoa on Saturday, and can guarantee their spot in the last eight by taking maximum points.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    FT: Scotland 61-0 Russia

    Here's how Pool A looks after that shellacking. A reminder that Scotland must beat Japan in that monumental showdown on Sunday to reach the quarters, and really have to do so without Japan earning a bonus point.

    Before then, Ireland play Samoa on Saturday, and can guarantee their spot in the last eight by taking maximum points.

    Lol, that's a cricket score that. Although, Akmal and Shehzad would fail to reach a partnership as high as that.

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    Fiji (10) 17
    Tries: Tuisova, Murimurivalu, penalty try
    Wales (14) 29
    Tries: Adams (3), L Williams Cons: Biggar (2), Patchell Pen: Patchell
    Wing Josh Adams scored a hat-trick to guide Wales to the World Cup quarter-finals with a pulsating 29-17 victory over Fiji in Oita.

    Wales came from 10-0 down and overcame an early Fiji onslaught in a bruising battle in Oita.

    Full-back Liam Williams also crossed late to secure a bonus point.

    The victory came at a cost with injury concerns for the rest of the tournament over fly-half Dan Biggar and centre Jonathan Davies.

    Cardiff Blues wing Adams limped off in the final minutes, injured in scoring his third try.

    Both sides had two players yellow-carded in a frenetic encounter in which flamboyant Fiji excelled in broken play.

    There were also 31 missed tackles by Wales and five disallowed tries between both sides to demonstrate the captivating contest witnessed in Japan.

    It was a third victory after previous wins over Georgia and Australia. Wales now top Pool D and are in line to win the group by defeating Uruguay in four days' time.

    Wales will be without Biggar for that final pool match after he suffered a second head injury in successive games and will be a doubt for a quarter-final, probably in 11 days in Oita.

    Assuming Wales clinch Pool D with victory over Uruguay, Warren Gatland's side will play the Pool C runners up.

    That will be either England or France with the two sides scheduled to meet in a group decider on Saturday.

    Spare a thought for the Fijians who experienced a mixed tournament with defeats against Australia and Uruguay and an impressive 45-10 victory over Georgia.

    At times, they were breathtakingly brilliant in attack and brutal in defence, while Wales demonstrated courage and class to seal the victory and cement their place in the knockout stages.

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    England against France on Saturday has been called off because of Typhoon Hagibis, but Rugby World Cup organisers hope Scotland against Japan can go ahead as planned on Sunday.

    The typhoon, described as the biggest of the year, is set to wreak havoc in Tokyo and surrounding areas.

    Ireland's match with Samoa in Fukuoka is expected to go ahead as scheduled.

    "The decision to cancel matches has not been taken lightly," said tournament director Alan Gilpin.

    "It has been made with the best interest of team, public, and tournament volunteer safety as a priority based on expert advice."

    The Pool B match between New Zealand and Italy in Toyota on Saturday has also been cancelled.

    If the Scotland-Japan match was to be called off, under tournament rules Gregor Townsend's side are likely be knocked out of the World Cup.

    Cancelled matches see both teams awarded two points as part of a 0-0 draw.

    It means England progress as winners of Pool C, two points ahead of France in second place, and face a probable quarter-final against Australia, with Wales expected to top Pool D and therefore play the French.

    France would have the advantage over Wales of a two-week rest, compared to one week.

    What has been announced?
    OFF: England v France and New Zealand v Italy (Saturday).
    ON: Ireland v Samoa (Sat) and Australia v Georgia (Fri) both set to go ahead.
    ON AS IT STANDS: All four Sunday games - including Scotland v Japan - but a review will be made on Sunday morning depending on the damage caused by the typhoon.
    Fixtures: Who's due to play where and when
    Tables: The groups and standings
    Scotland are third in Pool A on 10 points with leaders Japan on 14 and need to beat the hosts to go through, potentially relying on bonus points.

    If second-placed Ireland beat Samoa in Fukuoka on Saturday, a weather-enforced two-point haul would mean Scotland finish third in Pool A and go out.

    "We are in regular dialogue with World Rugby at all levels to work to ensure our fixture against Japan on Sunday can be played as planned," said a Scottish Rugby spokesman.

    "Public safety is the clear priority.

    "Scottish Rugby fully expects contingency plans to be put in place to enable Scotland to contest for a place in the quarter-finals on the pitch, and will be flexible to accommodate this."

    'Every effort' to play Sunday matches
    The typhoon is expected to clear by Sunday morning, when tournament bosses will stage a comprehensive review to see if the four scheduled games - including Scotland's crunch clash with hosts Japan - can proceed as planned.

    The deadline for a final decision is six hours before kick-off.

    "We are continuing to review Sunday's matches and make every effort to ensure they are as played as scheduled," added Gilpin.

    "A thorough assessment of the venues will take place after the typhoon has passed before a final decision is made on Sunday morning."

    Gilpin added that World Cup organisers looked "exhaustively" at contingency plans, which involved moving or rearranging matches, before deciding that was unfeasible on both logistical and safety grounds.

    "The risks are just too challenging to enable us to deliver a fair and consistent contingency approach for all teams and participants and importantly to provide confidence in the safety of spectators," he said.

    All fans with tickets to cancelled matches will be entitled to a full refund.

    However Gilpin says there are "no regrets" about bringing the tournament to Japan during typhoon season.

    "What we have seen over the last three weeks absolutely in every respect vindicates the right decision to be here in Japan.

    "It's been an incredible tournament on and off the field and we always knew there were going to be risks.

    "It is rare for a typhoon of this magnitude to cause this impact this late on the typhoon season."

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    Gregor Townsend has "put faith" in World Cup organisers ensuring Scotland will not be denied a chance to play their way into the quarter-finals.

    Two Saturday games have been cancelled and declared draws on safety grounds as Typhoon Hagibis closes in and a repeat on Sunday could eliminate Scotland.

    Townsend's side must defeat hosts Japan in Yokohama to have a chance of staying in the competition.

    "We've been told now that Sunday looks clear," Scotland's head coach said.

    "Saturday is the day the typhoon comes in and it comes through quite quickly."

    Scottish Rugby has called on World Rugby to devise "contingency plans" to protect the integrity of the competition in the event that the Pool A fixture cannot go ahead in Yokohama.

    A final decision will not be made until the morning of Sunday's match, seemingly ruling out any rescheduling.

    "What may happen is infrastructure might not be in place even though the weather is nice," Townsend said. "That's what we've got to believe and have faith that the game will be played even if it's behind closed doors or a different venue.

    "If it's played elsewhere in Yokohama or Tokyo on Sunday, there are lots of venues that might not be affected by the weather."

    Scotland lie third in their group and need to defeat Japan - and take four more points than the hosts - to progress to the knock-out stage.

    Each team in Saturday's cancelled matches - New Zealand v Italy and England v France - have received two points.

    Such a scenario would almost certainly see Scotland knocked out of the World Cup, with Ireland - should they beat Samoa - and hosts Japan advancing to the knockout stages.

    World Rugby's statement earlier on Thursday gave no indication that any alternatives were being considered other than the match being staged in Yokohama on Sunday.

    However, there are provisions in the tournament participation agreement on "force majeure", which includes a "storm or tempest", concerning matches that cannot be played.

    "It would make things very unusual for any World Cup in any sport to be decided by the game being called off on one day," Townsend said. "If we are looking outside the hotel window on Sunday and it's sunny, it would be quite strange if a game could not be played that day or the next day.

    "If they have made the decision that the game will still be played in Yokohama, they must be pretty certain that the game will go ahead."

    Townsend's squad will have one less day to prepare for the match as they will be unable to train during the height of the storm on Saturday.

    World Rugby stated: "The decision to cancel matches has not been taken lightly and has been made in the best interests of public, team, tournament personnel and volunteer safety, based on expert advice and detailed weather information.

    "Every effort is being made to ensure Sunday's matches will be played as scheduled. A thorough assessment of venues will take place after the typhoon has passed before a final decision is made ‪on Sunday morning.

    "Based on the advice of government authorities and experts, World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 organising committee are advising fans in the Tokyo, Yokohama and City of Toyota areas to stay indoors on Saturday, not to travel."

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