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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RWC : All Blacks deny special treatment as Italians fume over cancelled game

Urayasu – New Zealand have rejected accusations of preferential treatment over their cancelled final Rugby World Cup pool match, with senior lock Sam Whitelock saying “rugby is just a small thing” as Typhoon Hagidis steams towards Japan.   Italian captain Sergio Parisse was furious after the Azzurri were robbed of their last chance of making the quarter-finals when the match was called off, claiming it would have been played if the All Blacks had needed to win. The cancellation of Pool B’s All Blacks-Italy match, as well as England v…

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Scots plead for Test against Japan go-ahead as typhoon threatens

Tokyo – Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has urged Rugby World Cup chiefs “to do all they can” to make sure his side’s must-win match against Japan is played as an incoming super typhoon threatens to end their campaign.   Scotland need to beat the hosts in Yokohama on Sunday to have a chance of reaching the quarter-finals. But if the match is cancelled they will be going home.   In an unprecedented move for the tournament, officials announced on Thursday that Saturday’s matches between England and France, and Italy and…

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England rugby coach, Eddie Jones – Thanks the “typhoon gods”

Tokyo – England coach Eddie Jones said Super Typhoon Hagibis had given his team a “great opportunity” on Thursday after their final group game was cancelled for safety reasons.   Tournament organisers took the unprecedented step of cancelling Saturday’s matches between England and France and New Zealand and Italy as the typhoon bears down on Japan. It means England finish top of Pool C thanks to the two points both they and France receive for a cancelled game. England, unbeaten at this tournament, can now look forward to a quarter-final…

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Cobus Reinach scored the fastest hat-trick in Rugby World Cup history [VIDEO] – Should he start at no 9?

Cobus Reinach gave a stirling performance against Canada and now the question begs, should he be the starting no 9 for the Boks? Where does this leave Jantjies?   Watch the fastest hat-trick in Rugby World Cup history below:        The Springboks’ quarter-final opponents at the Rugby World Cup will determine what scrumhalves make the match-day squad, coach Rassie Erasmus has hinted. Erasmus addressed reporters in Kobe on Tuesday after his side booked their spot in the quarter-finals with a 66-7 win over Canada.   So what do…

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Canadian lock visits Boks to apologise for red card

Canadian lock Josh Larsen popped into the Springbok changing room to offer his apologies after being red carded in their Pool B match at the Rugby World Cup in Kobe on Tuesday.   Larson, who was a first half replacement for team-mate Kyle Baillie, was given his marching orders in the 35th minute by English referee Luke Pearce for entering a ruck with his shoulder which connected with the neck of an unsuspecting Thomas du Toit.     Also read: – Two Italian props banned for tip tackle on Springbok,…

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