FUKUOKA, 12 Oct - Rejuvenated Ireland secured the bonus-point victory that ensured their qualification for the quarter-finals, despite playing the final 52 minutes with only 14 men after centre Bundee Aki became their first player to be sent off in a Rugby World Cup match.
After confidence-sapping performances against Japan and
FUKUOKA, 11 Oct – A preview of the Pool A match between Ireland and Samoa, which kicks off at 19:45 on Saturday at Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium.
The Big Picture
Ireland have tried hard to detach themselves from the uncertainty caused by Typhoon Hagibis, especially when it became clear early in the week
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
A second penalty-try six minutes from time gives Scotland an extra point and boosts their hopes of reaching the last eight at Rugby World Cup 2019 - and leads to a red card for Samoa's Ed Fidow.
KOBE, 30 Sep – Scotland reignited their prospects of reaching the quarter-finals with a
Scotland need a bonus-point win to keep their Pool A qualification hopes alive but Samoa have 'extra motivation' to cause an upset of their own in Kobe.
KOBE, 29 Sep – A preview of the Pool A group fixture between Scotland and Samoa, which kicks off at 19:15 on Monday at
Samoa opened their Rugby World Cup account with a 34-9 victory over Russia, but it was not without controversy. Two dangerous tackles in the first half will be debated, but in the end the Manu were just too powerful for a committed but exhausted Russian side.
Twice the Manu got into
POOL A FIXTURES/RESULTS
Fri, Sept 20 – Japan 30 v 10 Russia – Ajinomoto Stadium, Tokyo
Sun, Sept 22 – Ireland 27 v 03 Scotland – Nissan Stadium, Yokohama
Tues, Sept 24 – Russia 09 v 34 Samoa – Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya
Sat, Sept 28 – Japan 19 v 12 Ireland – ECOPA
Americas Pacific Challenge Set for October
The 2018 Americas Pacific Challenge is set for October. This year’s edition is to be the third in tournament history. Like the 2016 and 2017 Americas Pacific Challenge events, the 2018 edition will also take place in Uruguay.
The competition will involve six participants, each of
“It's a 160-minute game not 80 minutes” - Lemoine
Germany know the pressure is on Samoa to perform when the sides meet in the first leg of their Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifier, but that doesn't mean that Pablo Lemoine's charges haven't arrived in Apia full of hope and determined