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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.

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…

Wales defeated Australia 29-25 in a Pool D match at Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo on September 29. Wales had a 23-8 lead at the break and survived the Wallabies second-half comeback. Australia will face Uruguay next on Saturday, 5 October, while Wales meets Fiji on Wednesday, 9 October. in both team’s opening matches, Wales defeated Georgia 43-14, while Australia beat Fiji 39-21. Match Recap Wales created turnover ball after the opening kick and 34 seconds into the match Dan Biggar slotted a drop goal for a 3-0 lead. A penalty by Australia then led to an unsuccessful penalty goal by Biggar.…

Georgia defeated Uruguay 33-7 in a  Pool D match at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City on September 29. Georgia had a 12-7 lead at the break. Next for both teams are Georgia facing Fiji on Thursday, while Uruguay plays Australia on Saturday. in both team’s opening matches, Wales defeated Georgia 43-14, while Uruguay beat Fiji 30-27. Match Recap Georgia faces Uruguay after having five days rest with Los Teros having a short turnaround with three. Uruguay shocked Fiji in their opening match with a victory, while Georgia wants to level their record in the quest for third place…

Scotland meets Samoa in a Pool A match at Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City on September 30. Kickoff is at 19:15 local (06:15 ET). The match may be viewed in the U.S. on NBC Sports Gold on-demand as part of an RWC subscription package. Scotland lost to Ireland 27-3 in its first match, while Samoa beat Russia 34-9. Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend’s side faces an uphill battle as they meet Samoa. “We know if we don’t win all the next three games we won’t make the quarter-finals,” said the former Scotland and British & Irish Lions fly-half. Only two…

South Africa defeated Namibia 57-3 in a Pool B match at City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City on September 28. The Springboks had a 31-3 lead at the break. The Springboks will face Italy on Friday, while Namibia squares off against the All Blacks next Sunday. In their opening matches, South Africa lost to New Zealand 23-13, while Namibia also lost to Italy 47-22. Match Recap The Springboks attacked early with fullback Warrick Gelant finding a gap. The team went through 8 phases before losing the ball while crossing in-goal. This resulted in a 5-meter scrum. The Springboks…

Argentina defeated Tonga 28-12 on September 28 in a Pool C match at Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka Prefecture, Higashiosaka City. Los Pumas held a 28-7 lead at the break. Argentina moves into second place in Pool C with 6 points, pending the result of France with 4 who face the USA on Wednesday. Argentina faces England next on 5 October, with Tonga meeting France the following day. Both Argentina and Tonga lost opening matches to France and to England, respectively. Match Recap Argentina kicked off with Matías Moroni claiming the kick. Soon after the ball was lost forward inside Tonga’s…

Japan has taken down another giant in consecutive Rugby World Cups as they defeated Ireland 19-12 in a Pool A match at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka Prefecture on September 28. Ireland held a 12-9 lead at the break. With the win, Japan tops the Pool with Samoa facing Scotland on Monday to complete the second round in the Pool. Next for the teams, has Ireland facing Russia on 3 October, while Japan takes on Samoa on 5 October. In their opening matches, the Brave Blossoms defeated Russia 30-10, while Ireland beat Scotland 27-3. Match Recap Japan had a sustained attack…

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