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England & Australia Teams Named For Quarter-Final Showdown

England Australia Teams

England and Australia have named their respective sides for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Oita.  Eddie Jones had made three changes to the team which beat Argentina in the pool stages. Mako Vunipola is selected at loose-head prop in place of Joe Marler who is among the replacements. Courtney Lawes replaces George Kruis in the second row. Henry Slade …

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Darren Cave: This Was Supposed To Be Our Year

We’ve beaten the All Blacks on two of the last three occasions, but this Irish team are going to need to return to the form of 2018 if we’re to have any chance of making it three from four, writes Darren Cave. A subject I’ve been outspoken about in the past is the importance of Johnny Sexton to Ireland, and …

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Ireland & All Blacks Name Teams For Mouth-Watering Quarter-Final

Ireland All Blacks

Ireland and the All Blacks have named their respective teams for Saturday’s mouth-watering quarter-final in Tokyo.  Ireland’s team is as expected. Ireland make three changes from the starting XV which beat Samoa last Saturday. Peter O’Mahony returns in place of Tadhg Beirne, Garry Ringrose comes in for the suspended Bundee Aki but plays at 13 as Robbie Henshaw moves to …

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Rob Herring Called Into Ireland Squad In Place Of Sean Cronin


Ulster hooker Rob Herring will join up with Ireland’s World Cup squad in Japan in place of the injured Seán Cronin, according to the BBC.  Cronin is thought to have sustained an injury in training which has ruled him out of the rest of the tournament. The news comes just days away from Ireland’s titanic World Cup quarter-final meeting with …

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Scottish Rugby Question If Misconduct Charges Are “Appropriate”

Scottish Rugby

The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) are questioning whether the misconduct charges issued by World Rugby this week are “appropriate”.  On Tuesday, World Rugby confirmed that it would refer the SRU to a disputes committee following comments made by chief executive Mark Dodson when he threatened legal action if Scotland’s game against Japan did not go ahead. Last week, Dodson warned …

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World Rugby Issue Misconduct Charges Against Scottish Rugby Union

World Rugby Scottish Rugby Union

World Rugby have confirmed that they will issue misconduct charges against the Scottish Rugby Union following their comments in the build-up to their pool-deciding match against Japan. The fixture in Yokohama was under threat last week due to the impact of Typhoon Hagibis and had it not gone ahead, Scotland would have been automatically eliminated from the competition. The chief …

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Foster: Bundee Aki Absence Has No Bearing On All Blacks Preparation

Ian Foster

New Zealand assistant coach Ian Foster has said that his side will not be altering their preparations in light of the suspension of Ireland centre Bundee Aki. On Monday, a judicial committee handed the 29-year-old a three-match ban following his dangerous tackle on Ulupano Seuteni during Ireland’s win over Samoa, thus ruling him out of Saturday’s clash in Toyko. While …

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Aki Continues To Aid Preparations As Ireland Yet To Decide On Appeal

Bundee Aki

Bundee Aki will continue to train with the Ireland squad ahead of their titanic World Cup quarter-final showdown with New Zealand and will have a “massive” influence on preparations, according to Simon Easterby.  The Connacht centre was handed a three-match ban on Monday following his high tackle on during Ireland’s 47-5 win over Samoa in their final Pool A game, …

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Bundee Aki Receives Three Match Ban For Dangerous Tackle

Bundee Aki

Ireland will have to plan for their clash with the All Blacks without the services of Bundee Aki who has been banned for three games following his dismissal against Samoa. The Ireland centre received a straight red card from referee Nic Berry in the 29th minute of their 47-5 win in Fukuoka. As the Samoan fly-half Ulupano Seuteni went to …

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MacKenna On Monday: World Rugby’s Lack Of Contingency Plan Reeked Of Amateurism

sru world rugby

Last September, with a year to go until tournament kick-off, World Rugby were busy ticking boxes. To mark the final countdown to their premier competition, they rolled out the usual stats from numbers of visitors to economic benefits. Chairman of the governing body Bill Beaumont added that he believed “in the tremendous opportunity to further the sport across Asia, and …

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“That’s Been Pretty Strange” – Sexton Baffled By Ireland Negativity

Johnny Sexton

Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton has remarked that the squad find the lingering negativity surrounding their current form “pretty strange”.  Joe Schmidt’s men are currently preparing for their titanic Rugby World Cup quarter-final battle with New Zealand on Saturday in Toyko. Ireland go into the clash on the back of a relatively mixed pool campaign, finishing in second place behind hosts …

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World Cup Quarter-Final Draw Confirmed After Superb Japan Victory

World Cup quarter finals

The quarter-final makeup of the 2019 Rugby World Cup is now confirmed after Japan’s sensational 28-21 victory over Scotland at the Yokohama Stadium.  Scotland took a 7-0 lead through a Finn Russell try but Japan dominated possession (79%) for the remainder of the half as they ran in three scintillating tries from Kotaro Matsushima, Keita Inagaki and Kenki Fukuoka to …

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