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Rugby World Cup: Every 4 years – Began 1987 in New Zealand & Australia, last played in England & Wales in 2015. In 2019 Japan will host.

World Rugby Release Reigning champions New Zealand to face Australia, Wales, and the Final Qualification Tournament Winner in Pool A Canada to face USA, Europe 1 and Asia 1 in Pool B England is drawn in Pool C alongside France, South Africa, and Fiji RWC 2021 Draw was attended by 400 guests in SkyCity Theatre, Auckland The tournament will be hosted in the southern hemisphere for the first time Tournament set to take place from 18 September–16 October 2021 The pools have been confirmed for Rugby World Cup 2021 with less than 10 months until the ninth edition of the…

World Rugby Release World Rugby, and hosts New Zealand Rugby (NZR), have today announced the Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw will take place in Auckland on Friday, 20 November 2020. SkyCity Theatre in the heart of Auckland’s central business district will be the location for the draw which will be streamed live for rugby fans worldwide via World Rugby’s digital channels. Hosted in the southern hemisphere for the first time in a golden year for women’s rugby, the ninth edition of the showcase tournament will take place from 18 September-16 October 2021 across three match venues. It will be contested…

USA Rugby Release SPECIALTY GROUP OF AMERICAN RUGBY STAKEHOLDERS TO SUPPORT RUGBY WORLD CUP FEASIBILITY STUDY A focused group of rugby stakeholders in the United States has committed to conducting a feasibility study on the capability of hosting a Rugby World Cup in the United States. The study will engage stadium venues, sports commissions, city government, and USA Rugby to review objective criteria, technical requirements, financial considerations, and commercial analysis. Objective analysis will include the legacy of the tournament and a positive impact on the game of rugby in the United States. The final report will be presented to the…

South Africa defeated England 32-12 to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final at International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City on Saturday, 2 November. South Africa led 12-6 at the break. The Springboks scrum was dominant during the match and created numerous infractions by England, many of which resulted in penalty goals by Pollard. The Springboks added two late tries to seal the win. Match Recap In the first minute, Courtney Lawes did not roll away at the breakdown. This resulted in a penalty goal by South Africa’s Handre Pollard, but it was wide right. On the ensuing play,…

New Zealand defeated Wales 40-17 in the Bronze Final at Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo on Friday, 1 November. The All Blacks had a 28-10 lead at the break. The match saw New Zealand starting many players who have worn the All Blacks jersey for many tests. Impending retirements of several of the players from test rugby was already decided. Wales started many players, who would play in future Rugby World Cups, taking the pitch under the leadership of captain Alun Wyn Jones. Match Recap Following a Wales penalty for not rolling away, Richie Mo’unga bounced the ball off the right post.…

England will meet South Africa in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final at International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City on Saturday, 2 November. Kickoff is at 18:00 local (05:00 ET). The match may be viewed in the U.S. on NBCSN or on-demand on NBC Sports Gold and in Canada on TSN 1 and 4. England England head coach Eddie Jones has named an unchanged team for the Rugby World Cup final against South Africa on Saturday. England’s team is the youngest team ever to start a Rugby World Cup final in the professional era but is also one of…

New Zealand will meet Wales in the Bronze Final at Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo on Friday, 1 November. Kickoff is at 18:00 local (05:00 ET). The match may be viewed in the U.S. on NBCSN or on-demand on NBC Sports Gold and in Canada on TSN 1 and 4. Wales Warren Gatland made nine changes for his final match as a head coach against New Zealand on Friday as Gatland ends his 12-year reign. Injuries have forced Prop Tomas Francis (shoulder), winger George North (hamstring), flanker Aaron Wainwright (hamstring), and full-back Leigh Halfpenny (concussion) to miss the bronze medal match at…

A South Africa penalty goal by Handré Pollard was the difference in the 19-16 win over Wales in the Rugby World Cup 2019 semifinal at International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City on Sunday, 27 October. South Africa held a 9-6 lead at the break. South Africa will play for the Cup on Saturday 2 November in a rematch of the 2007 Final against England. Wales will play New Zealand on 1 November for the Bronze. Match Recap South Africa struck first with a penalty goal by Handré Pollard after Wales was penalized for not rolling away at the breakdown.…

England defeated New Zealand 19-7 in the first Rugby World Cup 2019 semifinal at International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City on Saturday, 26 October. The Red Roses advance to the Cup Final on 2 November against the winner of tomorrow’s semifinal between Wales and South Africa. New Zealand will play for the Bronze. England held a 10-0 lead at the break and dominated both possession and territory in the match. Match Recap England attacked from a lineout at midfield moving through phases with Manu Tuilagi powering over the line for a try with Owen Farrell slotting the extras to…

The second Rugby World Cup 2019 semifinal pits third-ranked Wales against fourth-ranked South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City on Sunday, 27 October. Kickoff is at 18:00 local (05:00 ET). In the U.S, the match may be viewed on NBCSN or on-demand on NBC Sports Gold and in Canada on TSN 1 and 4. Wales Wales head coach Warren Gatland has made three changes in his starters with two due to injuries. Leigh Halfpenny replaced Liam Williams, who has been ruled out of the remainder of the Rugby World Cup with an ankle injury. Halfpenny will earn…

The first Rugby World Cup 2019 semifinal pits first-ranked New Zealand against second-ranked England at International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City on Saturday, 26 October. Kickoff is at 17:00 local (04:00 ET). In the U.S, the match may be viewed on NBCSN or on-demand on NBC Sports Gold and in Canada on TSN 1 and 4. England has been recalled to the England team to face New Zealand in the semi-final in Yokohama on Saturday. England coach Eddie Jones has made just one change to the team that defeated Australia in the quarter-final. Fly-half George Ford returns to start with…

Second-ranked Wales edged eighth-ranked France 20-19 at Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture on Sunday, 20 October. France held a 19-10 lead at the break. Wales will play South Africa in the semifinals next Sunday. South Africa defeated Japan 26-3. England will play New Zealand in the other semifinal on Saturday. Match Recap Wales needed to make a lineup change with Jonathan Davies aggravating a knee injury during the captain’s run. Owen Watkin replaced him at the outside center with Leigh Halfpenny joining the reserves. Wales placed France under early pressure, but a high ball by Dan Diggar was gathered by Maxime…

South Africa used a strong second half to beat Japan 26-3 at Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo on Sunday, 20 October. South Africa led 5-3 at the break. South Africa will face Wales next Sunday in the semifinals. Wales beat France 20-19 in an earlier quarterfinal. The other semifinal will have England facing New Zealand on Saturday. Host nation Japan captivated the Rugby World Cup with their performance and they exit with heads held high after advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time. Match Recap The Springboks took a 5-0 lead in the 4th minute from a scrum on Japan’s 22-meters…

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