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2 November 2017 4:08 PM Eddie Jones says World Cup draw is ideal for England

The schedule that launches their quest for a first global title since 2003 begins with a match against Tonga in Sapporo on September 22. It continues 1,000 miles away and only four days later against the United States in Kobe. Once that arduous opening has passed, however, England will negotiate a kind itinerary that continues with pivotal clashes against 95

2 November 2017 12:00 PM All Blacks face Springboks in 2019 World Cup opener

Favourites New Zealand will begin their quest for a third successive Rugby World Cup title with a heavyweight clash against South Africa at the 2019 tournament in Japan. The All Blacks are scheduled to face their old southern hemisphere foes in Yokohama on September 21, a day after hosts Japan kick off the competition against European qualifiers, likely 50

2 November 2017 7:30 AM All Blacks to kick off 2019 Rugby World Cup vs Springboks

TOKYO — The New Zealand All Blacks will kick off their Rugby World Cup title defense against South Africa in a contest between two of the sport’s heavyweights. Rugby World Cup organizers announced the match schedule for the Sept. 20-Nov. 2 tournament on Thursday, exactly two years out from the tournament final in Yokohama. The two-time defending champion 47

2 November 2017 7:30 AM 100 Days To Go To Pyeongchang 2018

International Stadium Yokohama will be the heart of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, it emerged today as the match schedules were released. Four pool matches will be held at the Stadium located 40 kilometres outside Japan's capital Tokyo. They will involve matches between New Zealand and South Africa, Ireland and Scotland, England and France, and Japan and Scotland 67

1 November 2017 6:34 PM World Cup-winner Nehra calls it a day

World Cup-winning fast bowler Ashish Nehra ended his career with India's Twenty20 win over New Zealand on Wednesday. Now 38, Nehra bid farewell at his home Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi after not being part of the team for a T20 series against Australia last month. The left-arm quick had been in and out of skipper Virat Kohli's T20 plans in recent 24

1 November 2017 5:35 AM Samoa vs Tonga match preview: Battle of the big fellas

As we enter Week 2 of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, one game in particular jumps out at me as the obvious gem among this week’s contests. This match promises to be both an entertaining and brutal affair. And if history is anything to go by, it will go down to the wire. Based on form and results in the previous round, Tonga will go into this one as deserved 61

1 November 2017 3:46 AM Tensions between Pacific rivals Tonga, Samoa rise with four fans arrested in Auckland

FOUR Tongan rugby league supporters have reportedly been arrested in Auckland as tensions between the Pacific island nation and rivals Samoa rise ahead of their RLWC blockbuster in the nearby city of Hamilton this Saturday. The Tongan fans were involved in a clash with Samoan fans, with the arrests following the emergence of a video showing a street 11

31 October 2017 4:08 PM Size matters as Ireland bid falls short in stadia and cities

Comparative scoring under ‘Venue and Cities’ plays big part in Ireland’s low score Whatever way you look at it, Tuesday’s recommendation by the board of the Rugby World Cup (RWC) that South Africa host the 2023 tournament comes as a hugely disappointing and damaging blow to the Irish bid. Whether it was based on misguided optimism or not, Ireland began 18

31 October 2017 4:08 PM Big blow to Irish bid for Rugby World Cup as report recommends South Africa

Comparative scoring under ‘Venue and Cities’ plays big part in Ireland’s low score Whatever way you look at it, Tuesday’s recommendation by the board of the Rugby World Cup (RWC) that South Africa host the 2023 tournament comes as a hugely disappointing and damaging blow to the Irish bid. Whether it was based on misguided optimism or not, Ireland began 8

31 October 2017 4:08 PM 'We are 100% still in the race'

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne believes Ireland are "100% still in the race" to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup despite the publication of a review which recommended South Africa for the tournament. A technical review group scored each of the bids from Ireland, South Africa and France on five criteria which consist of; finance and tournament guarantees 19