South Africa produced a hugely physical performance to qualify for the Rugby World Cup semi-finals following an impressive 26-3 triumph over hosts Japan.
It was a thrilling first half and the opening quarter set the tone as Springbok wing Makazole Mapimpi touched down before the Brave Blossoms hit back via the
TOKYO, 19 Oct - South Africa are well known for being a tough, uncompromising, physical unit. But in Japan, there has been more than a hint of guile to go with the grunt.
The Springboks were adept at unlocking defences with their kicking during the pool stage. Tighten up your defence
YOKOHAMA, 13 Oct - Japan reached the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals for the first time with a sensational first-ever victory over Scotland at a roaring International Stadium Yokohama.
The hosts will play South Africa in the last eight next Sunday in Tokyo after a display of breathtaking pace and skill that sent
TOKYO, 13 Oct – A preview of Sunday's final Pool A fixture between Japan and Scotland, which is scheduled to kick off at 19:45 at International Stadium Yokohama.
The Big Picture
How do you prepare for potentially the biggest game of your career when you know, in the back of your mind,
TOYOTA, 5 Oct - Japan, like England, have three victories out of three at Rugby World Cup 2019. Just like England, they top their pool. Unlike England, though, their progress to the quarter-finals is not yet secure, even with the bonus point achieved by Kotaro Matsushima in added time in
Head coach Jamie Joseph makes just two changes to his starting XV from the Ireland game in the hope of continuing Brave Blossoms' winning ways.
AICHI, 3 Oct - Pieter Labuschagne remains as captain and fellow flanker Michael Leitch returns to the starting XV for Japan as hooker Atsushi Sakate makes
SHIZUOKA, 28 Sep - Japan were sensational – no other word will do - in winning an all-time classic of a rugby match. Ireland’s World Cup ambitions suffered a shattering blow when they could not withstand a ferocious onslaught from the hosts in a quite magnificent contest at Shizuoka Stadium.
SHIZUOKA, 26 Sep – Amanaki Mafi makes his first appearance for Japan at number eight after missing the opener against Russia for his side's second game against Ireland on Saturday.
Coach Jamie Joseph has captain and flanker Michael Leitch on the bench and Pieter Labuschagne will lead the side.
"If we're going
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A nervous start from Japan saw the possibility for an upset in the RWC 2019 opener against Russia in Tokyo this morning. Appalling ball-handling and a lack of commitment to the breakdown from the shots saw the Bears competing well in the
RWC Pool A Preview – Japan vs Russia
RWC 2019 will open like no other prior Rugby World Cup. The inaugural fixture will put together two teams who are designated as Tier 2. Looking past the problematic categorization, as Japan are not behind Italy, it is a match to truly underline