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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.

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…

Ireland defeated Samoa 47-5 on Saturday 12 October in a Pool A match at Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City. Ireland earned a bonus point with their fourth try just prior to the break for a 26-5 lead. With the win, Ireland moved into first place with 16 points, Japan has 14 and plays a key match against Scotland on Sunday. Scotland has 10 points and if they beat Japan with a bonus point or win without Japan gaining a bonus point, they will advance to the quarterfinals. A win or a draw by Japan would have the Brave…

Japan will face Scotland in the final pool match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup on Sunday, 13 October at International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City. Kickoff for this key Pool A match is at 19:45 local time (06:45 ET) In the U.S, the match may be viewed on NBC Sports Network or on-demand on NBC Sports Gold and on TSN 1 and 4 in Canada. Typhoon Hagibis, whose path will impact the center of Japan is expected on Saturday. A matchday decision will be made whether the match will be played. Japan enters the match with a 3-0…

A Wales win over Uruguay on Sunday 13 October will have the team topping Pool D and result in Wales meeting France in the quarterfinals. The match against Uruguay will be played at Kumamoto Stadium, Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City. Kickoff is at 17:15 local time (04:15 ET) In the U.S, the match may be viewed on-demand on NBC Sports Gold and on TSN 1 and 4 in Canada. Typhoon Hagibis, whose path will impact the center of Japan is expected on Saturday. A matchday decision will be made whether the match will be played. Wales is 3-0 and opened the…

The USA and Tonga meet on 13 October at Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka Prefecture, Higashiosaka City and are seeking their first win at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Kickoff is at 14:45 local time (01:45 ET) In the U.S, the match may be viewed on NBC Sports Network or on-demand on NBC Sports Gold and on TSN 1 and 4 in Canada. Typhoon Hagibis, whose path will impact the center of Japan is expected on Saturday. A matchday decision will be made whether the match will be played. The Saturday match between England and France was canceled due to Typhoon…

Canada will face Namibia on Sunday, October 13 at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City. Kickoff is at 12:15 local time (23:15 ET Sat). In the U.S, the match may be viewed on-demand on NBC Sports Gold and on TSN 1 and 4 in Canada. Typhoon Hagibis, whose path will impact the center of Japan is expected on Saturday. A matchday decision will be made whether the match will be played. Both teams are seeking their first win at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Namibia has lost 47-22 to Italy, 57-3 to South Africa, and 71-9 to New…

Australia defeated Georgia 27-8 in the final pool match for both teams on Friday 11 October in Shizuoka. The Wallabies led 10-3 at the break. The attendance for the match was 39,802. The Wallabies opened the RWC with a 39-21 win over Fiji, lost to Wales 29-25, and beat Uruguay 45-10. Georgia lost to Wales 43-14, beat Uruguay 33-7, and lost to Fiji  45-10. In the first two rounds, and then Uruguay beat Fiji 30-27and then lost to Georgia 33-7. In the Pool’s first third-round match, Fiji defeated Georgia 45-10. With the Wallabies win over Georgia, Fiji claimed third place…

Chris Wyatt, Tokyo, October 10th, 2019 While it should not come as a shock, it is perhaps still a little surprising for rugby fans wrapped up in the Rugby World Cup festivities as we wind down the pool stage here in Japan.  World Rugby took a big risk granting the 2019 games to Japan.  There were plenty of worries; language, a non-traditional rugby nation, the great distances between venues, remote venues and the potential impact of Mother Nature.  Japan overcame all of those, at least until early this afternoon when organizers held a press conference and announced the cancellation of…

Ireland will face Samoa on Saturday 12 October in a Pool A match at Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City. Kickoff is at 19:45 (06:45 ET). In the U.S, the match may be viewed on-demand on NBC Sports Gold and on TSN 1 and 4 in Canada. Entering the match, Ireland is in second place with 11 points with Japan topping the pool with 14. Japan faces a key match against Scotland on Sunday. Scotland has 10 points and should they get a bonus-point win, they could knock Japan from the quarterfinals, should Ireland beat Samoa. Should Ireland lose…

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