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Times, Dates & Venues For World Cup Final & 3rd Place Playoff

World Cup Final time

After five weeks of Rugby World Cup action, we finally know who will be contesting the final on November 2.  England will meet South Africa where both sides will be hoping to lift the Webb Ellis trophy for the first time since 2003 and 2007, respectively. This will also be a repeat of the 2007 final. The dreaded third-place playoff …

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Owen Farrell On Why England Lined Up Against The Haka In V Shape

Owen Farrell Haka

Owen Farrell and his teammates have explained why England lined up against the haka in a V shape immediately before kick-off in today’s World Cup semi-final.  As Ireland learned last week, taking a step forward against the haka doesn’t always result in an inspired performance but England decided to take a different approach for their clash with the reigning champions. …

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End Of The World! The NZ Media Reaction To England Humbling

NZ Media Reaction

The All Blacks’ dream to win a third successive Rugby World Cup came to a shuddering halt on Saturday as England produced a performance for the ages to completely dominate their opponents and emerge with a 19-7 victory.  The scoreline doesn’t do England justice as they should have won by much more and they will now look forward to a …

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England Crush All Blacks World Cup Dreams With Resounding Win

England All Blacks

England 19 All Blacks 7 England have reached their first World Cup final since 2007 after producing a performance for the ages to beat the reigning champions 19-7 at the Yokohama Stadium. England were completely deserving of their victory and in truth, it should have been by a greater margin as they absolutely bested their southern hemisphere opponents in every …

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Ford Returns As England Name Team For All Blacks Semi-Final

England Team

England have named their team for Saturday’s crunch World Cup semi-final with the All Blacks at the Yokohama Stadium.  This weekend’s encounter looks set to be a memorable one and head coach Eddie Jones has made one big change to the side which eased past Australia last time out. George Ford returns to the starting XV at out-half which means …

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All Blacks Make One Change For England World Cup Semi-Final

All Blacks Team

The All Blacks have made one change to their starting XV from the team who beat Ireland 46-14 for their World Cup semi-final with England at the Yokohama Stadium on Saturday.  Steve Hansen has brought in Scott Barrett for Sam Cane. Barrett will start the game at blindside flanker which means that Ardie Savea moves to openside. On the bench, …

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World Rugby Confirm Referees For Semi-Finals But Peyper Misses Out

Referee semi-finals

World Rugby have confirmed the referees who will take charge of this weekend’s semi-finals of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.  Nigel Owens (Wales) will take charge of England versus New Zealand on Saturday (17:00 JST) with Romain Poite and Pascal Gaüzère (both France) as assistant referees and Marius Jonker (South Africa) as TMO. Jérôme Garcès (France) will referee Wales versus …

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Barrett Soaks Up Special Atmosphere After Tough Week For Family

beauden barrett

With one try, one assist and 21 carries to his name, Beuaden Barrett was named man-of-the-match following New Zealand’s humbling of Ireland in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final clash in Tokyo. The eldest of the three Barrett brothers was in scintillating form at full-back as the All Blacks swatted aside the Irish challenge. The 46-14 win now sets up a …

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Steve Hansen With Classy Tribute To Joe Schmidt & Rory Best

Steve Hansen

Steve Hansen spoke incredibly well in the aftermath of New Zealand’s thumping 46-14 win over Ireland at the Tokyo Stadium. Ireland’s World Cup ended once again at the quarter-final stage and it was also the last time that Rory Best and head coach Joe Schmidt will be involved in the Irish set-up. Best will now retire from professional rugby while …

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Ardie Savea To Make History By Wearing Goggles Against Canada

ardie savea

All Blacks back-row Ardie Savea will become the first player to wear goggles at a Rugby World Cup as he battles vision problems. A key player for Steve Hansen’s side, Savea was unstoppable in their opening round victory over South Africa. However, the loose forward is apparently fearful of going blind after the vision in his left eye became blurred …

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Wales Fail To Clinch Top Spot In Latest Rugby World Rankings

world rugby rankings

The recent weekend of international rugby has had a major bearing on the latest World Rugby rankings.  The last few days have seen a welcome return to top international rugby as countries around the world prepare for the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup. Australia’s emphatic win over the All Blacks in the opening match of this year’s Bledisloe Cup saw …

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Six Try Wallabies Thump All Blacks In Bledisloe Opener

Wallabies All Blacks

The Wallabies put on a scintillating display to emerge 47-26 winners over the All Blacks in the opening match of the 2019 Bledisloe Cup.  Michael Cheika’s side showed their intent early on when they made a number of linebreaks in the opening minutes but they couldn’t convert that pressure into points on the scoreboard until the excellent Christian Lealiifano slotted …

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Wales Could Be The Number One Team In The World This Weekend


Wales are going into the 2019 Rugby World Cup in pretty good nick.  Warren Gatland’s side is currently on a 14-match winning streak which coincided with a Grand Slam victory in the Six Nations earlier this year. It all began with a win over Italy in last year’s Six Nations and continued throughout their summer tour, the Autumn internationals and …

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Israel Dagg On Mental Health Struggles: “I Hated Rugby”

Former All Black, Israel Dagg has opened up the mental health struggles that almost forced him out of the game. The 30-year-old former Crusaders player who retired from rugby last week due to a chronic knee injury claims to have entered into a severe mental health battle after missing out on selection for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Speaking to …

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