The Springboks are more prepared for ‘Tier 1’ Japan than in 2015 – Lood de Jager

Lock Lood de Jager, who has forced his way into the starting line-up for Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final against Japan in Tokyo, believes that the Springboks are far more prepared for this clash than they were in their 2015 tournament opener against the Brave Blossoms in Brighton.    That shocking 34-32 loss to Japan remains one of rugby’s biggest ever upsets.  De Jager, Tendai Mtawarira and Pieter-Steph du Toit are the only three Boks starting this weekend who also started that match.  Full story here   Popular now: – Rassie…

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Rassie selects Springbok power for RWC clash against Japan

The Springboks have reverted to the starting XV and replacements that recorded a 49-3 victory over Italy a fortnight ago for the do-or-die Rugby World Cup.   We were satisfied with the performance against Italy and want to build on that,” said coach Rassie Erasmus.  We have been improving and building momentum this season and we will be looking for further improvements this weekend. Japan are a well-coached team and have deservedly climbed to seventh in the world rankings. It’ll be a good challenge but we’re definitely up for it.”…

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RWC2019 – England ready for Australia – Ben Youngs

England are not “undercooked” for their World Cup quarter-final with Australia, according to scrum-half Ben Youngs.   The 2003 champions won all three group games to finish top of Pool C, but their final match against France was cancelled because of Typhoon Hagibis. It means Argentina, who had 14 men for an hour, are the only tier one side England have played, but Youngs says they are in “exactly the right spot”.   We have things we haven’t had to use yet,” he said. To be honest, we haven’t shown…

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Congratulations to South African rugby referee for reaching his 50’th test

Experienced South African referee, Jaco Peyper, will have a memorable 50th Test appearance with the whistle on Sunday after being appointed to take charge of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final between Wales and France at the Oita Stadium in Japan.   This feat makes him only the third South African referee to officiate 50 Tests, with Craig Joubert and Jonathan Kaplan being the others.   Story from here     Also read: – Springboks get English ref for Japan game but Garces might ref the RWC final!   Please leave…

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RWC2019 – Strange Negativity around Ireland, Johnny Sexton

According to the Irish Mrirror, Johnny Sexton can’t get his head around the “strange” negativity surrounding the Irish rugby team.    The 19-12 loss to Japan threatened to send Ireland home before the knockout stages, but bonus point victories over Russia and Samoa have set up a last eight tie with the All Blacks.   And Sexton is struggling to understand what he sees as a downbeat reaction to their World Cup campaign.    Apart from that poor 60 minutes against Japan everything else has pretty much gone to plan,”…

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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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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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