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Clinical Springboks, happy hosts, Irish de ja vu – the top Opta facts

6 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

South Africa were crowned champions at the end of an enthralling Rugby World Cup on Saturday.   The tournament in Japan proved a huge success, with packed-out venues and fervent support from a nation...

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

7 months 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

7 months 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 Review: Ireland 47-5 Samoa

7 months 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...

Scotland make 12 changes to face Japan

7 months 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

7 months 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

7 months 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...

Townsend wary of well-rested Japan

7 months ago by Ultimate Rugby

Gregor Townsend says Scotland have momentum to take into their crunch Rugby World Cup clash with Japan, but he expects the well-rested hosts to be prepared for the occasion.     Scotland's...

Day 23 at the Rugby World Cup: Scotland ease to victory as Wales make hard work of Fiji

7 months ago by Breaking News.ie : Rugby

Wales booked their quarter-final spot with a bruising bonus-point victory against Fiji, while Scotland kept their hopes alive by thrashing Russia.

Rugby World Cup: Wales survive Fiji scare as Scotland put nine past Russia - video highlights

7 months ago by The Guardian

Wales came from 10-0 down to defeat Fiji 29-17 and book their place in the quarter-finals, Scotland set up an eliminator against Japan after routing Russia 61-0, while Argentina ended a disappointing campaign...