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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.

Australia faces Uruguay in a Pool D match at Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture on Sunday, 5 October. Kickoff is at 14:15 local (01:15 ET). The match may be viewed in the U.S. on NBCSN or on-demand on NBC Sports Gold and on TSN in Canada. In the first two rounds, Australia beat Fiji 39-21and then lost to Wales 29-25. Uruguay beat Fiji 30-27and then lost to Georgia 33-7. In the Pool’s first third-round match, Fiji defeated Georgia 45-10 to move into second place with 7 points. Wales tops the Pool with 10 points and won’t play their next match against…

Fiji defeated Georgia 45-10 in a Pool D match at Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka Prefecture, Higashiosaka City on 3 October. Fiji had a narrow 7-3 lead over Georgia at the break before they exploded in the second half with six tries. Georgia opened its 2019 Rugby world Cup losing to Wales 43-14 and then beat Uruguay 33-7. Fiji lost to Australia 39-21 on 21 September and then to Uruguay 30-27. Match Recap After opening losses to both Australia and Uruguay, Fiji has the inside track to qualification to the 2023 Rugby World Cup after beating Georgia 45-10. The match opened…

Ireland defeated Russia 35-0 in a Pool A match at Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City on 3 October. Ireland had a 21-0 lead at the break. In the final Pool A matches for both teams, Russia will face Scotland on Wednesday 9 October, while Ireland faces Samoa on Saturday 12 October. Ireland beat Scotland 27-3 in round one and then lost 19-12 to Japan. Russia lost to Japan in the opening match of the tournament and then lost to Samoa 34-9. Match Recap Ireland jumped out in the first minute after fullback Rob Kearney exploited a gap after a breakdown…

Chris Wyatt, Hiroshima, October 2nd, 2019 I am now at the midway point in my 2019 Rugby World Cup pool stage tour, having attended my ninth game today in Fukuoka where the USA Eagles held their own and put a scare into France fans, staying in the game and keeping it close at 12-9 into the 66th minute tonight.  I have nine more games to attend before I head home.  It seems an apropos time to mention the unsung heroes of Rugby World Cup 2019 Japan. We have our favorite teams and favorite players.  For me it is the Springboks…

New Zealand defeated Canada 63-0 in a Pool B match at Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture on Wednesday 2 October. The All Blacks had a 28-0 lead at the break. Next for the All Blacks is Namibia on Sunday, 6 October, while Canada faces South Africa on 8 October. In round one, Italy defeated Canada 48-7, while New Zealand defeated South Africa 23-13. Match Recap The All Blacks attacked from the restart and a minute into the match were held up in-goal. This resulted in a 5-meter scrum and after a Canada penalty, New Zealand elected another scrum and drove toward…

The USA lost 33-9 to France in a Pool C match at Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City on Wednesday 2 October. France held a 12-6 lead at the break. Up until the 65th minute, France held a narrow 3 point lead before erupting for three late tries. Next for France is a match on 6 October against Tonga, while the USA faces Argentina on 9 October. In the first round, the USA lost to England 45-7, while France edged Argentina 23-21. Match Recap France opened the scoring with a try by wing Yoann Huget with fullback Thomas Ramos…

South Africa defeated face Italy 49-3 in a Pool B match on 4 October at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka Prefecture in Shizuoka. The Springboks held a 17-3 lead at the break. The Springboks top Pool B, although the All Blacks will be favored to claim the lead on Sunday when they face Namibia. South Africa and Italy have 2-1 records after three rounds with the Azzurri likely being the third-place team out of the pool and qualifying for the Rugby World Cup in 2023. Italy faces a difficult match in New Zealand next on Saturday 12 October and will need…

South Africa will face Italy in a must-win Pool B match for both teams on Friday at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka Prefecture in Shizuoka. Kickoff is at 18:45 local (05:45 ET). The match may be viewed in the U.S. on NBCSN or on-demand on NBC Sports Gold and on and TSN channels 1 and 4 in Canada. South Africa Rassie Erasmus has made ten changes from the starting XV against Namibia for the match against Italy on Friday in what could decide who qualifies for the knockout rounds. The front row has changed with Tendai Mtawarira at loosehead prop, Frans Malherbe…

Ireland faces Russia in a Pool A match at Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City on 3 October. Kickoff is at 7:15 pm local time (06:15 ET). The match may be viewed in the U.S. on NBCSN or on-demand on NBC Sports Gold and on and TSN channels 1 and 4 in Canada. Ireland beat Scotland 27-3 in round one and then lost 19-12 to Japan. Russia lost to Japan in the opening match of the tournament and then lost to Samoa 34-9. Ireland Joe Schmidt has made ten changes in his starters from the loss to Japan. Johnny Sexton returns to…

Georgia faces Fiji in a Pool D match at Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka Prefecture, Higashiosaka City on 3 October. Kickoff is a 2:15 pm local time (01:15 ET). The match may be viewed in the U.S. on-demand on NBC Sports Gold and on and TSN channels 1 and 4 in Canada. Georgia opened its 2019 Rugby world Cup losing to Wales 43-14 and then beat Uruguay 33-7. Fiji lost to Australia 39-21 on 21 September and then to Uruguay 30-27. Georgia Georgia Head Coach Milton Haig has made 11 changes for the game against Fiji in Hanazono on Thursday, with…

Scotland defeated Samoa 34-0 in a Pool A match at Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City on September 30. The team held a 20-0 lead at the break. Scotland faces Russia next on 9 October, while Samoa faces Japan on the 5th.  Scotland lost to Ireland 27-3 in its first match, while Samoa beat Russia 34-9. After two rounds, Japan tops the Pool with 9 points, followed by Ireland with 6. Scotland and Samoa have 5, while Russia is in 5th place with 0. Japan will need bonus point wins against Russia and Japan if they hope to advance to the…

The USA faces France in a Pool C match at Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City on Wednesday 2 October. Kickoff is at 16:45 (03:45 ET). In the U.S., the match may be viewed on NBC Sports Gold on-demand as part of an RWC subscription package. A decision about playing the match was made with the full support of the host city Fukuoka and the two teams. Weather information experts and the Japan Meteorological Agency were consulted and confirmed that Typhoon Mitag was lessening in strength, tracking further westward away from Japan’s coastline and therefore will not impact the…

New Zealand faces Canada in a Pool B match at Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture on Wednesday 2 October. Kickoff is at 19:15 local (06:15 ET). In Canada, every match of the Rugby World Cup 2019 is LIVE on TSN. In the U.S., the match may be viewed on NBC Sports Gold on-demand as part of an RWC subscription package. In round one, Italy defeated Canada 48-7, while New Zealand defeated South Africa 23-13. Canada Canada coach Kingsley Jones has made six changes to his starting line-up for the Pool B match against New Zealand. Djustice Sears-Duru, who won his 50th…

Chris Wyatt, Kobe, September 30th, 2019   For those of us from abroad, we may have heard many things about Japanese culture over the years.  But experiencing it up close and firsthand is quite different than movies, books or popular culture.  Immersed in the culture, with everything Japanese around you, one can quickly begin to reassess their thoughts. Yes, I’ll confess, I have now resorted to buying a few Hello Kitty themed items and other things myself (and I gave in quickly too!). But it is not just cuisine and Hello Kitty that take you by surprise.  I find myself constantly wondering what the yellow dividing lines are virtually…

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