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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.

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…

Top-ranked New Zealand beat fourth-ranked Ireland 46-14 at Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo on Saturday, October 19. The All Blacks led 22-0 at the break. New Zealand will face England in the semifinals. England beat Australia 40-16 in an earlier match. Match Recap The All Blacks opened the scoring with a penalty goal by flyhalf Richie Mo’unga in the 6th minute. They added two tries by Aaron Smith, both converted by Mo’unga and a third by Beauden Barrett to take a 22-0 lead at the break. Second Half New Zealand continued their offensive assault in the second half with Codie Taylor taking…

Third-ranked England beat sixth-ranked Australia 40-16 in the first 2019 Rugby World Cup Quarterfinal at Oita Stadium, Oita on Saturday, October 19. England led 17-9 at the break. England is the first team to advance to the semifinals and will meet New Zealand on 26 October. The All Blacks beat Ireland 46-14 in another quarterfinal. Match Recap After a break by Kurtley Beale with Owen Farrell making a saving tackle, Billy Vunipolo was penalized for a high tackle. Christian Lealiifano slotted a penalty goal for a Wallabies 3-0 lead. England answered back with a Tom Curry offload to Jonny May…

Seventh-ranked Japan will face fifth-ranked South Africa at Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo on Sunday, 20 October. Kickoff is at 19:15 local (06:15 ET). In the U.S, the match may be viewed on-demand on NBC Sports Gold and in Canada on TSN 1 and 4. Japan Japan coach Jamie Joseph has made minimal changes for their team’s first-ever World Cup quarter-final, against South Africa on Sunday. Ryohei Yamanaka, who started against Ireland but was on the bench against Scotland, starts at full-back in place of William Tupou, who drops out of the 23. Second-row Wimpie van der Walt and winger Lomano Lemeki…

Second-ranked Wales will face eighth-ranked France at Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture on Sunday, 20 October. Kickoff is at 16:15 local (03:15 ET). In the U.S, the match may be viewed on-demand on NBC Sports Gold and in Canada on TSN 1 and 4. Wales Wales coach Warren Gatland has named the same starting XV that beat Australia for Sunday’s quarter-final against France in Oita. Dan Biggar, Jonathan Davies, and George North return from injury and are fit for the match against Les Bleus. Fly-half Biggar suffered a head injury when colliding with team-mate Liam Williams against Fiji last Wednesday but…

Top-ranked New Zealand will face fourth-ranked Ireland at Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo on Saturday, October 19. Kickoff is at 19:15 local (06:15 ET) In the U.S, the match may be viewed on-demand on NBC Sports Gold and in Canada on TSN 1 and 4. New Zealand New Zealand Head Coach Steve Hansen has numerous changes from the squad selected for the canceled match against  Italy due to Typhoon Hagibis. Kieran Read returns to captain the side and gains his 125th cap. Ardie Savea and Sam Cane join Read in the back-row. The All Blacks have a  powerful yet mobile front-row of…

Third-ranked England faces sixth-ranked Australia in the first 2019 Rugby World Cup Quarterfinal at Oita Stadium, Oita on Saturday, October 19. Kickoff is at 16:15 local (03:15 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 Head Coach Eddie Jones’s squad is rested since the final pool match against France was canceled. Eddie Jones has made changes for England’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final with Australia, starting captain Owen Farrell at fly-half with George Ford dropping to the reserves. This change allowed a center…

Chris Wyatt, Kyoto, October 13th, 2019 DJCoil Rugby Disclaimer: Time will tell if Chris Wyatt’s prediction about this being a solo hosting of the Rugby World Cup in Japan is true. I can’t agree, as Japan were outstanding hosts in trying conditions. Contingency plans need to be addressed by World Rugby along with tournament organizers for match postponements instead of cancellations while being aware of the safety conditions of all. Typhoon Hagibis has arrived but not yet departed central and east Japan where it has wreaked havoc.  The giant storm tore down power lines, crushed cars, damaged homes, and businesses,…

Wales beat Uruguay 35-13 on Sunday 13 October at Kumamoto Stadium, Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City to top Pool D and will France in the quarterfinals. Wales had a narrow 7-6 lead at the break. Wales moved to 4-0 after opening the 2019 Rugby World Cup with a 43-14 win over Georgia, a 29-25 win over Australia, and 29-17 win over Fiji, before beating Uruguay. Uruguay opened with a 30-27 win over Fiji, lost 33-7 to Georgia, lost 45-10 to Australia. and exited the RWC after losing to Wales. Pool D standings have Wales topping the pool with 19 points, Australia with…

The USA lost 31-19 to Tonga on 13 October at Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka Prefecture, Higashiosaka City in both teams’ concluding 2019 Rugby World Cup match. The USA led 12-7 at the break. The Saturday match between England and France was canceled due to Typhoon Hagibus which resulted in a draw. This had England winning the Pool with 17 points, France in second with 15, Argentina with 11, Tonga with 6, and the USA with zero. While the match between England and France could not have been played on Saturday, it could have been postponed to Monday. By not doing…

Japan defeated Scotland 28-21 in the final pool match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup on Sunday, 13 October at International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City. The Brave Blossoms held a 21-7 lead at the break. Japan won Pool A and will face South Africa in the quarterfinals, the first time the Brave Blossoms have advanced. Japan topped the Pool A standings with 19 points, with Ireland in second with 16. Scotland had 11 points, Samoa 5, and Russia zero. Japan opened the RWC beating Russia 30-10, with wins against Ireland 19-12, and Samoa 38-19 next. Scotland lost to…

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