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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.

Fourth-ranked Wales defeated twelfth ranked Georgia 43-14 at City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi Prefecture, at Toyota City on 23 September. Wales earned a bonus point by the break and had a 29-0 lead. The Pool D match may be viewed in the U.S. on NBC Sports Gold on-demand as part of an RWC subscription package. Match Recap Wales struck first off a Gareth Davies offload to Jonathan Davies for a try. Dan Biggar then bounced the ball off the posts. Soon after, Biggar added a penalty goal, 8-0. A Welsh attack from a lineout had Josh Adams stepping and open-side…

Chris Wyatt, Yokohama, September 22nd, 2019 Another highly anticipated match and another disappointment as Ireland easily manhandle Scotland to take a bonus point victory with a 27-3 victory at International Stadium Yokohama in Rugby World Cup 2019.  In what almost felt like a home match at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, the thunderous roar of “Ireland, Ireland, together standing tall, shoulder to shoulder, we’ll answer Ireland’s call” as the Irish anthem was played gives notice yet again, it matters not where they play rugby, it is always a home game for the boys from the Emerald Isle.  Heavily outnumbered by Irish,…

Russia faces Samoa in a Pool A match at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City on 24 September. Samoa will begin their 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign, while Russia lost to Japan in the opening match of the tournament. The match is being broadcast in the U.S. on NBC Sports Gold for subscribers with the RWC package on-demand. Russia Head Coach Lyn Jones has kept his matchday 23 intact following a strong effort after a 30-10 loss against Japan in the tournament opener. Fly-half Yury Kushnarev makes a team record-extending 111th career appearance for the Bears, but winger Denis Simplikevich,…

Italy defeated Namibia 47-22 in a Pool B match on 22 September at Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka Prefecture, Higashiosaka City. Italy had a 21-7 lead at the break. The match may be viewed in the U.S. on NBC Sports Gold on-demand as part of an RWC subscription package. Italy will face Canada on 26 September and will need to gain a win if they hope to qualify for the RWC in 2023. To gain the Quarterfinals, the team would also need to beat either South Africa or New Zealand. Namibia will face South Africa on 28 September. Match Recap Namibia…

First ranked Ireland defeated seventh-ranked Scotland 27-3 in a Pool A match on 22 September at International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City. Ireland held a 19-3 lead at the break. The match may be viewed in the U.S. on NBC Sports Gold on-demand as part of an RWC subscription package. Match Recap Ireland struck first after a break by lock Iain Henderson that was finished from close range by another lock, James Ryan. Jonathan Sexton then added the extras to lead 7-0. Ireland extended the lead after a lineout from close range with captain Rory Best scoring, 12-0. Scotland…

Third-ranked England defeated fifteenth-ranked Tonga 35-3 in a Pool C match on 22 September at the Sapporo Dome, Sapporo. England took an 18-3 lead into the break. The match may be viewed in the U.S. on NBC Sports Gold on-demand as part of an RWC subscription package. England will face the USA in their second match on 26 September, the opening one for the Eagles. Tonga will face Argentina on 28 September in an important one for both teams as they seek their first win. Match Recap England took a 3-0 lead after Owen Farrell slotted penalty goal after Tonga…

Fourth-ranked Wales will face twelfth ranked Georgia at 19:15 local (6:15 ET) at City of Toyota Stadium, Aichi Prefecture, at Toyota City on 23 September. The Pool D match may be viewed in the U.S. on NBC Sports Gold live or on-demand as part of an RWC subscription package. Wales coach Warren Gatland his leading Wales into a Rugby World Cup for the third and final time. Wales was ranked no.1 in the world for the first time for a couple of weeks in August and are among the tournament favorites. Stephen Jones, Wales new attack coach, has begun working…

Second-ranked New Zealand All Blacks defeated fourth-ranked South Africa 23-13 in the opening Pool B match for both teams in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The All Blacks had a 17-3 lead at the break at International Stadium Yokahama on 21 September. The match featured the two highest-ranked teams in Pool B with the defending RWC Champions New Zealand never having lost a  pool match. Match Recap South Africa struck first with a penalty goal by flyhalf Handre Pollard less than 2 minutes into the match to take a 3-0 lead. The All Blacks then placed south Africa under pressure…

Eighth-ranked France defeated eleventh-ranked Argentina 23-21 after a drop goal by Camille Lopez. France took a 20-3 lead into the break, but Argentina charged back to take a 21-20 lead before the France drop goal. Argentina had a chance to win in the 79th minute, but the long-range kick by fullback Emiliano Boffelli drifted wide of the posts. The match was a key one for both teams in the difficult Pool C, which was played at Tokyo Stadium on 21 September. For those who missed the live match in the U.S., a replay may be viewed on NBC Sports Gold…

Sixth-ranked Australia opened their 2019 Rugby World Cup beating ninth-ranked Fiji 39-21on 21 September in a Pool D match at the Sapporo Dome. It was a tale of the halves as Fiji had a 14-12 lead at the break. Match Recap Australia kicked deep and blocked a Fiji clearance kick. Fiji recovered and was able to clear from a box kick. After a Fijian grub kick went into touch deep inside Australian territory, the Wallabies were penalized and Ben Volavola slotted a penalty goal to lead 3-0. From the ensuing restart, Fiji attacked wide right with Peceli Yato finishing with…

Third-ranked England will face fifteenth-ranked Tonga in a Pool C match on 22 September at the Sapporo Dome, Sapporo. Kickoff is at 19:15 local (06:15 ET). The match may be viewed on NBC Sports Gold live or on-demand as part of an RWC subscription package. England Head Coach Eddie Jones has selected a back-row combination that includes two players that typically play openside flanker in Tom Curry and Sam Underhill, with Billy Vunipola at No.8. The trio has played one match together. Owen Farrell will captain England at inside-center against Tonga with George Ford starting at fly-half. Jones indicated that…

First ranked Ireland will face seventh-ranked Scotland in a Pool A match on 22 September at International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City. Kickoff is at 16:45 local (03:45 ET). The match may be viewed on NBC Sports Gold live or on-demand as part of an RWC subscription package. Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will have experienced backs Rob Kearney and Keith Earls out of the match against Scotland while they nurse a quad injury and a tight calf, respectively. Kearney will be replaced by the youngest member of the squad, 22-year-old Jordan Larmour. Andrew Conway, who scored a hat-trick against…

Italy will face Namibia in a Pool B match on 22 September at Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka Prefecture, Higashiosaka City. Kickoff is at 14:15 local (01:15 ET). The match may be viewed on NBC Sports Gold live or on-demand as part of an RWC subscription package. Sergio Parisse will start his record-equaling fifth Rugby World Cup against Namibia. The 36-year-old backrower will join former team-mate Mauro Bergamasco and Brian Lima, an ex-Samoa midfielder, as the only players to compete in five Rugby World Cups. Parisse will earn his 141st cap, which ties him with Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll in second place…

The 2019 Rugby World Cup opened with host Japan defeating Russia 30-10 at Tokyo Stadium in Tokyo on 20 September. The match was broadcast on NBCSN in the U.S. and may also be viewed on NBC Sports Gold for subscribers with the RWC package on demand. Match Recap Russia kicked off to begin the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Japan mishandled the kick and Russia attacked to within 6-meters from in-goal before attacking again from a lineout. Following a penalty for not rolling away at the breakdown, Russia elected to kick to touch for a 5-meter lineout instead of going for…

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