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Sports quiz of the week: winners, losers, movers and history makers

5 days ago by The Guardian

Who is in Sydney? Who is in Leicester? And who is at home?Liverpool have started the season with eight wins in a row. Which club once began a top-flight campaign with 11 straight victories?Manchester United...

Sexton surprised by Ireland critics

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

Johnny Sexton is baffled by "strange" criticism of Ireland and assures they have belief that New Zealand can be dethroned at Tokyo Stadium on Saturday.   Joe Schmidt's side put a...

Japan make history as fearsome All Blacks march on – the pool stage in numbers

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

The Rugby World Cup is headed for the knockout rounds after a dramatic pool stage in which Scotland were the biggest casualties.     Eight teams remain from 20, with hosts Japan – who...

RWC Preview: Japan v Scotland

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

Japan versus Scotland could end up being the most talked-about match that never was.   Typhoon Hagibis, which has already led to two Rugby World Cup fixtures being cancelled, is primed to wipe out...

RWC Preview: United States v Tonga

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

Tonga coach Toutai Kefu is determined to send retiring captain Siale Piutau out a winner against the United States in a Rugby World Cup contest on Sunday that is still in the hands of the weather.   Typhoon...

RWC Review: Ireland 47-5 Samoa

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

Johnny Sexton claimed an 18-point haul as Ireland sealed their place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with a 47-5 thrashing of Samoa despite Bundee Aki's red card.   Ireland knew maximum points...

Canada against Namibia is World Cup final for rugby’s tier-two nations

1 week ago by The Guardian

Serious financial investment by World Rugby and good coaches have led to improvements by Japan, Russia and UruguayThe alternative Rugby World Cup final will be staged on Sunday in Kamaishi where Namibia...

Scotland make 12 changes to face Japan

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has named his team for the Pool A match against Japan at Yokohama Stadium on Sunday 13 October.   The team sees 12 changes to the team which beat Russia earlier...

The Breakdown | Japan benefit from home advantage to edge towards tier-two breakthrough | Paul Rees

1 week ago by The Guardian

Leaving aside debate about typhoons, there is a history of hosts on the right end of dubious on-field decisions at World CupsGregor Townsend may have had Russia to prepare for this week but the attention...

Henshaw returns for Ireland as Schmidt rings the changes

1 week ago by Ultimate Rugby

Robbie Henshaw will make his first appearance of the Rugby World Cup after the centre was named in Joe Schmidt's Ireland side for the crucial Pool A clash with Samoa.   Henshaw has missed Ireland's...