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Rugby - Friday 11 October, 2019

Scottish legal talk 'undermines' Japan's World Cup run, fumes Joseph

The fall-out from the cancellation of games at the tournament continues.

Jones has little sympathy for typhoon-threatened Scots

“We had an idea it could happen and therefore you have to accumulate points in your games to put yourself in the right position,” the England boss says.

Ireland get World Rugby assurances that pitch in Fukuoka is safe to play on

Joe Schmidt was visibly disappointed with the surface at Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium.

From sevens to the Pro14, Keenan making the most of every opportunity

The fullback makes his third appearance of the season for Leinster tonight.

Samoans looking for Irish 'scalp' after frustrations with high-tackle bans

Steve Jackson’s side are missing two players due to suspensions for high shots against Russia.

Rugby - Thursday 10 October, 2019

'I was in a bad place two years ago. To get back in the jersey was huge for me' DK

'I was in a bad place two years ago. To get back in the jersey was huge for me'

Dave Kearney may have missed out on a World Cup place, but the Leinster winger takes huge confidence from his ability to bounce back.

'He met a couple of the Samoan boys yesterday for a bit of grub'

Bundee Aki is coming into his own on and off the field of play.

Cancelled fixtures the latest farce in rugby's ongoing battle with its own calendar

Scheduling the tournament outside of typhoon season would have required more flexibility than rugby decision-makers have shown a stomach for.

Anger and frustration entirely fair as World Rugby's greatest fear realised

Supporters, players, and coaches are entitled to be deeply disappointed with the cancellations.


Natural disasters and dodgy plumbing - when sport has had to pull the plug

World Rugby are not the first organisation tasked with cancelling fixtures.

Jones thanks the 'Typhoon Gods' as England head for training camp

England head coach Eddie Jones has admitted he is excited by the prospect of his team having extra rest after their game against France was called off.

Kearney return one of three changes for Leinster

Ireland international Dave Kearney has been named in the Leinster team that will take on Edinburgh at the RDS on Friday.

7s Olympian Porch given first start as Connacht travel to take on Dragons

The Australian is included ahead of Stephen Fitzgerald in the only change to the side who beat Benetton last time out.

'I hope everyone involved in the tournament wants the game to be played'

Scotland boss Gregor Townsend suggested his side’s clash with Japan could go ahead behind closed doors.

New Munster half-back partnership among five changes for Cheetahs clash

Johann van Graan’s side will look to complete a South African double in Bloemfontein tomorrow evening.

'It's ridiculous that there was no Plan B' - Italy's Parisse slams World Rugby

The Italians’ World Cup clash with the All Blacks has been cancelled.

Even in the malaise, Ireland's discipline holds up with the top teams

Despite stuttering through the pool stages so far, Ireland’s discipline record is not out of kilter with the teams aiming for World Cup glory in Japan.

Scotland set to fight possibility of cancelled Pool A game against Japan

Gregor Townsend’s side could be knocked out of the World Cup without even getting to play the hosts.

All Blacks legend Ma'a Nonu makes Major League Rugby move

The veteran centre has agreed a deal with San Diego Legion for the 2020 season in the USA.

Ruddock unlucky to miss out as 'really solid ' Beirne gets shot at blindside

Joe Schmidt is excited to have Robbie Henshaw back in his starting team.

Schmidt admits typhoon talk a distraction as Ireland look to seal quarter-final

The other Pool A game between Japan and Scotland is not certain to go ahead.

Larmour and Beirne start as Henshaw makes injury comeback in Ireland XV

Joe Schmidt has made 12 personnel changes for his side’s Pool A clash with Samoa on Saturday.

'We've got nothing to lose' - Samoa promise expansive approach against Ireland

Key man Tim Nanai Williams has been passed fit to start as the Samoans make two changes.

England v France and New Zealand v Italy games called off at the World Cup

Meanwhile, it’s still uncertain if Japan’s clash with Scotland in Pool A will go ahead.

Fines, Fukuoka and fried chicken cartilage - Furlong enjoying delights of Japan

The tighthead prop is set to return for Ireland against Samoa on Saturday.

Rugby - Wednesday 9 October, 2019

Where's Johnny? Sexton's minutes trail behind other out-halves

Johnny Sexton remains as important as ever to Ireland, but other out-halves have been far more visible in Japan.

Analysis: How the threat of red cards could be favouring teams who offload

Eoin Toolan examines the All Blacks’ support play to explain their effectiveness in offloading.

Biggar out for Uruguay game and will require further assessment after another head injury HIA

Biggar out for Uruguay game and will require further assessment after another head injury

The out-half previously suffered a blow to the head against Australia.

World Rugby call media briefing amidst fears of cancelled World Cup games

The super typhoon is currently forecast to hit Yokohama and the Tokyo area on Saturday.


Wales secure quarter-final berth after bruising battle against Fiji

A sickening blow to Dan Biggar’s head will pose an injury concern for Warren Gatland’s side.

Scotland's big win underlines importance of bonus-point victory for Ireland

Joe Schmidt’s side still have it in their control to secure a quarter-final.

Scotland storm to 9-try win over Russia to set up showdown with Japan

Scrum-half George Horne scored a hat-trick as Russia completed their run in Pool A with another scoreless return.

As it happened: Wales v Fiji, Rugby World Cup

We went minute-by-minute as Warren Gatland’s men took their chance to reach the quarter-finals.

Sanchez stars as Argentina end World Cup with 7-try win over USA

The out-half was a controversial omission from the weekend loss to England.

As it happened: Scotland v Russia, Rugby World Cup

Gregor Townsend’s men are still in with a real shout of making the knockout stages and we went minute-by-minute.

Getting the ball into Stockdale's hands would be a good start for Ireland's attack

Getting the ball into Stockdale's hands would be a good start for Ireland's attack

The 23-year-old hasn’t been able to register his first World Cup try yet.

'He will become one of the greats' - Ryan central in Ireland pack primed to step up

Meanwhile, Rhys Ruddock put himself firmly in the mix with a big showing against Russia.

Rugby - Tuesday 8 October, 2019

'I know the Irish so well. I'll be nervous if we play them' - Erasmus

Having watched his Springboks side make light work of Canada in Kobe, the South Africa coach was quizzed on his preferred quarter-final opponents.

Cheika rings changes in Australia side for Georgia clash with captain rested

Australia are eyeing up a World Cup quarter-final against England or France.