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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.

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…

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…

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