Springboks get English ref for Japan game but Garces might ref the RWC final!

England’s Wayne Barnes will referee South Africa’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against hosts Japan in Tokyo on Sunday.   Kick-off is at 12:15 (SA time)   Fans are looking forward to a cracking game as Japan is on a major roll, they have now moved up to 7th place in the world rankings with the Springboks remaining in 5th place. Barnes was the referee when the Springboks beat Italy 49-3 earlier in the tournament. A scary thought for the Springboks when looking ahead to the final is that they might…

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South Africa goes head to head with Japan in RWC 2019 Quarter Finals – Get to know the National Anthems

Rugby World Cup fever continues as qualifying teams move into the quarter finals. The Springboks take on Japan on Sunday 20 October at local South African time at 12:15 PM. Springbok Fans are you ready? Where will you be watching the game?   Ever wondered what the National Anthem of Japan means in English? Now you can find out… watch the video for the translation.   NATIONAL ANTHEM OF JAPAN – Kimigayo     NATIONAL ANTHEM OF SOUTH AFRICA – Nkosi sikelel iafrika     SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER 16:15 JAPAN…

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Japan rise to No 7 in world rugby rankings after Scotland win (VIDEO Highlights) Springboks at No 5

Cape Town – Japan rose to a record high of No 7 in the official World Rugby rankings on Monday.   This follows their 28-21 win over Scotland in Yokohama on Sunday which saw them qualify for the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals for the first time. The Brave Blossoms climbed one spot above France and currently also sit higher than Scotland and Argentina in the rankings. Japan beat Scotland with a fantastic performance, setting the Rugby World Cup alight.   Watch the highlights below: –       Top 20…

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Springbok rugby supporters are embracing a new (and healthy) craze for RWC 2019

In a country known for its Braaivleis culture, South African rugby supporters are embracing a new surprising and a healthy way to support the Springboks.   Rugby fever is engulfing the country and a South African flag salad is now the perfect condiment for a traditional braai. How do you make a South African flag salad? This video and recipe explains….     We invite our SPRINGBOK supporters to send us pictures of their flag salads! There is sure to be many of these around the Braai next weekend as…

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Japanese rugby captain, Leith sends a warning to the Springboks

Yokohama – After a sleepless night replaying Japan’s historic Rugby World Cup victory over Scotland in his head, captain Michael Leitch has warned quarter-final opponents South Africa that lightning can strike twice.   The hosts won a cliffhanger 28-21 in Yokohama at the weekend to top Pool A and reach the knockout stage for the first time, exorcising the ghosts of 2015 when they toppled the Springboks and won two more games but failed to advance.   Japan’s talismanic skipper admitted Monday he was still a little dazed after such…

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Japan downs the Scots in an epic thriller setting up a showdown with the Springboks

Japan surprised friend and foe beating Scotland 28-21 and qualifying for the RWC 2019 quarterfinal.   Japan ended top of their pool and will now face the Springboks which is set to be another epic encounter..   Watch this space 🙂   Popular now: – BEST BRAAI TIPS – Best Marinades and the BEST Marinade recipe ever!   Please leave your questions and comments below:  

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Fans delighted a Japan vs Scotland RWC 2019 gets go-ahead

Tokyo – Rugby World Cup organisers gave the go-ahead for Japan’s crunch match against Scotland on Sunday despite the fall-out from Typhoon Hagibis, which swept through Japan causing widespread flooding and leaving at least 11 people dead.   The crucial game in Yokohama near Tokyo will determine the eighth and last quarter-final place and had been at the centre of an ugly war of words between organisers and Scotland who threatened to sue if it were cancelled. Officials gave the green light after inspecting the Yokohama pitch and stadium early…

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Angry War of Words Erupt between the teams as Scotland threatens World Rugby with legal action

Tokyo – An angry war of words between Japan and Scotland has injected an element of needle into Sunday’s typhoon-threatened Rugby World Cup clash in Yokohama.   Furious at threats of a formal Scottish protest if the crunch Pool A clash is cancelled, Japan coach Jamie Joseph felt the hosts had been disrespected, fuming that talk of legal action “undermined the achievements” of his side.   His opposite number, Gregor Townsend, hit back by saying he “had a good laugh” at the former All Black’s comments, which were made with…

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How many Foreign Born Players are in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Squads?

25% of players at the 2019 Rugby World Cup were born in 3 countries. Rugby’s relaxed rules regarding players nationality is creating more controversy than ever, with 134 foreign-born players participating at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.   According to Rugby Betting site Betway, the 2019 Rugby World Cup will feature a Scotsman playing for Canada, a Canadian playing for Ireland, an Irishman playing for the USA, an American playing for England, an Englishman playing for Fiji, a Fijian playing for Australia, an Australian playing for Samoa, a Samoan…

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Test your Rugby World Cup knowledge

Test your Rugby World Cup knowledge by answering the 10  questions below. Post your score in the comments.   Questions:   The first eight World Cups were won by only four different nations. Which one of the champions won it once? Who scored the final points in the 2003 final which decided the winning team? Who in 1987 led New Zealand to victory in the first ever rugby World Cup? What was special about Chester Williams first game in the 1995 World Cup? Aside from the four champion nations in…

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