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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 meets Wales in a match between Pool D leaders at Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo on September 29. Kickoff is at 16:45 local (3:45 ET). The match may be viewed in the U.S. on NBC Sports Gold on-demand as part of a Rugby World Cup subscription package. in both team’s opening matches, Wales defeated Georgia 43-14, while Australia beat Fiji 39-21. Australia Head Coach Michael Cheika has made four changes in his starters switching Australia’s half-backs to Will Genia and Bernard Foley, who will win his 107th cap, and  71st cap, respectively. Foley, who is nicknamed “the Iceman”, should bring stability to…

Georgia faces Uruguay in a  Pool D match at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City on September 29. Kickoff is at 14:15 local (1:15 ET). The match may be viewed in the U.S. on NBC Sports Gold on-demand as part of an RWC subscription package. in both team’s opening matches, Wales defeated Georgia 43-14, while Uruguay beat Fiji 30-27. Georgia Head Coach Milton Haig has made 12 changes in the starting lineup with only lock Konstantine Mikautadze, flyhalf Tedo Abzhandadze, and Giorgi Kveseladze being retained from their loss. Kveseladze switches from wing to outside center. Merab Sharikadze, who is…

South Africa will meet Namibia in a Pool B match at City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City on September 28. Kickoff is at 18:45 local  (5:45 ET). In the U.S., the match may be viewed on NBC Sports Gold on-demand as part of an RWC subscription package. In their opening matches, South Africa lost to New Zealand 23-13, while Namibia also lost to Italy 47-22. Italy tops the standings after two bonus-point wins with 10 points, the All Blacks have 4, and Argentina has 1. South Africa Head Coach Rassie Erasmus has made thirteen changes in their starters…

Japan meets Ireland in a Pool A match at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka Prefecture on September 28. Kickoff is at 16:15 local (3:15 ET). In the U.S., the match may be viewed on NBC Sports Gold on-demand as part of an RWC subscription package. In their opening matches, the Brave Blossoms defeated Russia 30-10, while Ireland beat Scotland 27-3. Japan Head Coach Jamie Joseph has made five changes and two positional changes from their opening RWC match against Russia. Pieter Labuschagne will captain the side with flanker Michael Leitch moving to the reserves. Amanaki Mafi will make his first appearance…

Argentina will face Tonga on September 28 in a Pool C match at Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka Prefecture, Higashiosaka City. Kickoff is at 13:45 (00:45 ET). In the U.S., the match may be viewed on NBC Sports Gold on-demand as part of an RWC subscription package. Both Argentina and Tonga lost opening matches to France and to England, respectively. Argentina Head Coach Mario Ledesma has made four changes to his starting line-up for the Pool C match against Tonga. Fly-half Benjamin Urdapilleta, wing Santiago Carreras, hooker Julian Montoya, and number eight Tomas Lezana come into the team, with Nicolas Sanchez,…

Italy defeated Canada 48-7 after leading 17-0 at the break at Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City on 26 September. It was Canada’s opening match for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. In other Pool B matches, Italy defeated Namibia 47-22 on 22 September, while New Zealand won 23-13 against South Africa. Italy tops the Pool B standings and will need to beat South Africa if they want to advance to the Cup Quarterfinals. In a worst-case scenario for them, they lose to both New Zealand and South Africa and finish third in Pool play and qualify for the 2023…

The USA debut at the 2019 Rugby World Cup was disappointing in a 45-7 loss to England in a Pool C match at Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City. England had a 19-0 lead at the break. England defeated Tonga 35-3 on 22 September with France in second place with 4 points after a narrow 23-21 win over Argentina the day before. Argentina gained a bonus point in their loss. With the win, England tops Pool C with a 2-0 record and 10 points in the standings. They will face Argentina next on 5 October, while the USA faces France on…

Uruguay defeated Fiji 30-27 after taking a 24-12 lead at the break. It was a huge win for Uruguay in what will be viewed as a historic upset at the Rugby World Cup. The match will be played at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City on 25 September. Fiji lost to Australia 39-21 on 21 September and falls to 0-2. Uruguay’s win over Fiji give them 4 points in the standings and places them in third place behind Wales and Australia who have 5. Match Recap Alivereti Veitokani began a counterattack with a chip and catch with Fiji…

Chris Wyatt, Kumagaya, September 24th, 2019 In my nearly weeklong stay at Rugby world Cup 2019 here in Japan, with three previous games at two venues, I found something lacking.  This is the world cup, but aside from the Fan Zone in Yokohama, I had not yet seen or really or felt any buzz, special atmosphere or “zing” to make this feel like more than just series of test matches.  Well, that was the case until today when I ventured up to Kumagaya to watch match number nine with Russia taking on Samoa.  The Russians put up a brave effort,…

The USA makes its debut at the 2019 Rugby World Cup and will face England in a Pool C match at Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City. Kickoff is at 19:45 (06:45 ET). The match may be viewed in the U.S. on NBCSN live and on-demand on NBC Sports Gold, as part of an RWC subscription package. England defeated Tonga 35-3 on 22 September to top Pool C with 5 points, with France in second place with 4 points after a narrow 23-21 win over Argentina the day before. Argentina gained a bonus point in their loss. England will enter the…

Italy seeks to retain its top of the Pool B standings as they meet Canada Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City on 26 September. Kickoff is at 16:45 (3:45 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. Italy defeated Namibia 47-22 on 22 September, while New Zealand won 23-13 against South Africa. Italy will hope for a bonus point win to keep its hopes up for advancing to the Cup Quarterfinals or…

Samoa attacked with a flair scoring four tries during the second half to beat Russia 34-9 in a Pool A match at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City on 24 September. Russia held a 6-5 lead at the break. With the win, Samoa tops Pool A standings based a point differential over Ireland and Japan, who also have 5 points in the standings. Samoa is 1-0 and will face Scotland on Monday, while Russia is 0-2 after the short turn around after Russia lost to Japan in the opening match of the tournament. Russia will face Ireland on Thursday 3…

Chris Wyatt, City of Toyota, September 23rd, 2019 Friendly, enthusiastic, informed and polite…. These are the things that catch your attention at a world cup rugby match in Japan.  Japanese fans applaud good play by either team, even when an opponent takes on their Brave Blossoms.  This respect is refreshing in an age when fans in other sports are often less than considerate.  Great tackles, line breaks, passes and scoring plays all get Japanese support regardless of the side playing.  I’ll confess I had long heard these stereotypes but wondered if somehow, they might be incorrect.  Two venues and three…

Fiji and Uruguay will look for their first win in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Fiji lost to Australia 39-21 on 21 September, while Uruguay debuts at this year’s tournament. The match will be played at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City on 25 September. Kickoff is at 14:15 local and 01:15 ET. The match may be viewed in the U.S. on NBC Sports Gold on-demand as part of an RWC subscription package. The match at Kamaishi is an important one for the city’s recovery from the devastating 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. Both sides will…

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