All Blacks humbled 7-19 by England Rugby superiority

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In a less than satisfactory performance, the New Zealand All Blacks were humbled 7-19 by  England Rugby superiority, in the 2019 Rugby World Cup semifinal in Yokohama on October 26. In a change in form that caught some by surprise, a wiser game plan and ‘bulletproof forward play’ undermined the All Blacks presumed strengths. The […] READ MORE


Referees notebook; Red cards and RWC Head Contact directives

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By and large the referees – since the opening round of matches – have implemented the new head contact directives released by World Rugby, to the letter. Last Word on Rugby’s resident referee Scott MacLean looks at the decisions to date at the Rugby World Cup (RWC) and how/why they might have come to their […] READ MORE



England v New Zealand: SIX Reasons why England can win

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England v New Zealand is the first of two mouthwatering semi-finals as the 2019 World Cup reaches its climax. Many are saying that this is the final a week early. It is hard to disagree with this sentiment given how good England and New Zealand were in the quarter-finals. For all of the positivity around […] READ MORE




Springboks smother Brave Blossoms in Tokyo

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An expectant crowd of mostly Japan supporters witnessed the Springboks smother the Brave Blossoms at the Tokyo Stadium on Sunday, October 20. Scorers: South Africa 26 – Tries: Makazole Mapimpi 2 and Faf de Klerk Conversion: Handre Pollard; Penalties: Handre Pollard 3 Japan 3 – Penalty: Yu Tamura Springboks smother Brave Blossoms Supporters of the […] READ MORE



Rugby World Cup quarterfinal: Australia Line Up and Ratings

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A hugely exciting weekend of Rugby World Cup quarterfinal action starts with England v Australia on Saturday morning. The team’s selection, and the Australia line up are critical to the hopes of the national side. Charlie Inglefield previews the two confirmed line-ups to see who might have the slight advantage. Australia line up 15. Kurtley […] READ MORE


Rugby World Cup quarterfinal: England Line Up and Ratings

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A hugely exciting weekend of Rugby World Cup quarterfinal action starts with England v Australia on Saturday morning. The team’s selection, and the England line up are critical to the hopes of the national side. Charlie Inglefield previews the two confirmed line-ups to see who has a slight advantage – starting with England. England Line […] READ MORE