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Piers Francis Cleared To Play Following Disciplinary Hearing

Piers Francis

England centre Piers Francis is free to play in the remainder of the Rugby World Cup having been cleared by a panel at a disciplinary hearing earlier today. Francis was cited earlier this week following a high tackle on Will Hooley just seconds into England’s 45-7 win over the USA on Thursday, the fourth player to be cited at the …

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Stadium Erupts As Japan Take Deserved Lead Against Ireland


It was a long time coming and Japan deservedly took the lead against Ireland in the 59th minute of their Pool A clash, much to the delight of their fans.  Two early tries from Garry Ringrose and Rob Kearney saw Ireland take an early commanding lead, however, it has been all Japan since. From their ferocious work at the breakdown …

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Jack Conan’s World Cup Under Threat As Murphy Pulled From Ulster


Jack Conan’s future involvement in the Rugby World Cup is under serious threat as the back-rower arrived at the Shizuoka Stadium with his foot in a moon boot.  During the week, the Irish camp confirmed that Conan picked up a foot injury during training and Ireland assistant coach Greg Feek said that more information would be available following today’s clash …

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Rey Lee-Lo Banned For Remaining Pool Games Following High Tackle

Rey Lee-Lo

Samoa centre Rey Lee-Lo has received a three-match ban following his high tackle on Russia full-back Vasily Artemyev in their clash earlier this week. Lee-Lo clearly caught the Russian livewire in the head with his shoulder which is a red card offence as outlined by referee, Romain Poite. However, during the consultation with his TMO Graham Hughes, mitigating circumstances came …

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USA Receive First Red Card Of World Cup For High Tackle On Farrell

USA England

After many controversial moments, we have finally had our first red card of the Rugby World Cup during England’s clash with the USA.  England recorded a comprehensive 45-7 win over the USA in Gary Gold’s sides’ first game of the tournament but the encounter was not without its divisive calls. Immediately from the kick-off, England centre Piers Francis’ shoulder appeared …

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Munster Issue Worrying Injury Update Ahead Of Season Opener


Munster Rugby are sweating on the fitness of a number of key players ahead of their PRO14 season opener against Dragons in Thomond Park on Saturday afternoon.  With 12 members of their squad currently at the Rugby World Cup with Ireland, head coach Johann van Graan will have to shuffle his pack ahead of the new season with a number …

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World Rugby Criticise Refereeing Inconsistencies In Surprise Statement


World Rugby has taken aim at the World Cup over issues in refereeing inconsistencies over the opening weekend of the tournament.  There were various complaints regarding officiating over the first round of games, including the inconsistency of decision making at the breakdown, as well as the controversial tackle by Reece Hodge on Fiji’s Peceli Yato which left him concussed. Despite …

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Four Irish-Born Players Named In USA Squad To Face England

AJ MacGinty USA

 USA head coach Gary Gold has named his team for their World Cup Pool C encounter against England on Thursday with four Irish names included. Following on from their performances for the USA at the World Cup four years ago, the experienced AJ MacGinty and John Quill are named to start. MacGinty, who plays his club rugby with Sale, is …

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Cheika Disappointed In Fijians Following Reece Hodge Citing


Australia head coach Michael Cheika has said that the manner in which Fiji cited Reece Hodge following their clash at the weekend was not “in the spirit of the game”. The Australian winger has been cited for “an act of foul play contrary to Law 9.13 (dangerous tackle) in the 25th minute of Australia’s Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool D …

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Israel Folau Set To Make Shock Return To Rugby League In Tonga

Israel Folau

Former Australian Rugby Union star, Israel Folau is set to make a dramatic return to Rugby League, nine years after his switch.  Folau’s contract with Rugby Australia was terminated earlier this month following a high-level breach of the Players’ Code of Conduct. The 30-year-old shared a post on social media in which he said that “hell awaits” various groups including …

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High Tackle Framework Under Fire As Reece Hodge Escapes Punishment

Reece Hodge

World Rugby have come under fire for their initiative to clamp down on high tackles after an incident involving Reece Hodge went unpunished during Australia’s World Cup encounter with Fiji. The Australian winger’s shoulder made contact with Peceli Yato’s head in the 26th minute of the game while he also failed to use his arms in the tackle. The Fijian …

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