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Scotland Dash any Hopes of Japan Repeat

Japan was thwarted in their quest to further shake the chains of the rugby world as they were defeated 45-10 by Scotland at Kingsholm. The score didn’t completely reflect the effort put in by Japan. The Brave Blossoms only trailed 12-7 at halftime and were as close as 12-10 in ...

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South Africa Make Eight Changes for Samoa

South African Head Coach Heyneke Meyer has made eight changes to the Springboks starting lineup for Saturday’s pool match against Samoa in Birmingham. Having lost first up against Japan the match is a must win for the 1995 and 2007 World Cup winners. Toulon back-rower Duane Vermeulen has been declared ...

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RWC Forecast Round 2a

Predictions take 2… a? As the ’rounds’ start to mesh in with each other, we’re going to have to break up our week into two parts, so here are the mid-week matches from Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Before we get into it, a quick review of what happened last round. ...

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USA 7s Team Back in Camp

With just a little over two months until the opening round of the HSBC World Series, the USA 7s team heads back to camp this week as the squad continues their buildup. With 7s veterans Zach Test, Andrew Durutalo, Folau Niua, and Danny Barrett out on World Cup duty, Head Coach Mike ...

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Namibia names team to face All Blacks

Phil Davies has named Namibia’s team for their opening World Cup fixtures against New Zealand on Thursday. The Welwitschias will ride a four-test win streak into the tournament, including two convincing wins over Russia in Windhoek during July. The lineup appears to be largely first choice, with Cheetahs hooker Torsten ...

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All Blacks Change 12 for Namibia

New Zealand Head Coach Steve Hanson has rung the changes with only three players named to start against Namibia who also did so against Argentina on Sunday. Nehe Milner-Skudder, Julian Savea and Sam Whitelock are those retained with Richie McCaw’s replacement Sam Cane also taking over the captaincy. So strong ...

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Galarza Cited for Alleged Foul Play

Argentine forward Mariano Galarza has been cited by the Citing Commissioner Murray Whyte of Ireland for an alleged act of foul play contrary to Law 10,4(m) during his country’s match against New Zealand in London on Sunday. The case is to be heard by Independent Judicial Officer Christopher Quinlan QC ...

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Japan Set to Remain RWC 2019 Hosts

The governing body of the sport of rugby, World Rugby is expected to confirm that Japan will remain the host nation of Rugby World Cup 2019. The Asian country had come under fire from World Rugby after construction of the new national stadium was cancelled. According to L’Equipe Japan will ...

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Week 2 ARP Wrapup

Amidst the opening weekend of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the American Rugby Premiership (ARP) finished Week 2 of their season with one match on the schedule. The competition takes a one-week break before it kicks off in full force on October 3rd with a full slate of matches. Week ...

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Team of the Week

Not the greatest starting weekend for the Americas teams, it has to be said, though Argentina did close it out with a full-blooded performance against the All Blacks. Suitably the Pumas are rewarded in this week’s selection, with very few exceptions. 1 – Marcos Ayerza (ARG) Smashed Owen Franks at ...

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Masi’s World Cup over with torn Achilles

Italy have suffered a major blow to their World Cup chances as the vastly experienced Andrea Masi has been ruled out with a snapped Achilles tendon suffered against France. Zebre winger Michele Visentin, one of the last cut from the training group, has been called up as a replacement, and may ...

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Allen ruled out of World Cup

Hat-trick hero Cory Allen will take no further part in the World Cup. The news will come as yet another hammer blow to Wales, already short of Jonathan Davies in the midfield and trio Rhys Webb, Leigh Halfpenny, and Eli Walker ruled out before the tournament. Allen tore a hamstring ...

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Japan change six for Scotland

Eddie Jones has freshened up his side with six changes to the starting side that stunned the world with a victory over the Springboks on Saturday. Despite the changes, the side has not lost any strength and if anything is perhaps a bit stronger. Rotation in the tight five sees ...

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Full strength Romania to face France

Romania will make their World Cup entrance on Wednesday against France at the Olympic Stadium. Head coach Lynn Howells has selected his strongest possible side for the Pool D match-up, making only one change to the run-on side that faced Tonga in the final warm-up match in Bucharest earlier this ...

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Scotland name team for World Cup bow

Vern Cotter has named his first Scottish team of the World Cup for what promises to be an enormously interesting game at Kingsholm on Wednesday with giant-killers Japan lined up as opponents. Cotter has taken no chances and named a very strong lineup to face the Brave Blossoms. Grant Gilchrist ...

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