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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Who are the top players at RWC 2019 so far?

As the Rugby World Cup pool stages head into the final round, here is a look at some of the stand-out players so far:   South Africa: Cheslin Kolbe   The electric winger, cousin of 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk, underlined his status as rugby union’s hottest property with a superb two-try showing in South Africa’s 49-3 victory over Italy. The first of those tries showed why the diminutive player, standing just 1.71m (5ft 7in) tall and weighing a paltry 80kg, is so dangerous: one vicious step back…

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