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No quarter given: World Cup comes to life as the knockout stage begins | Andy Bull

The tournament has won millions of new fans in Japan and the onus is on the sport to keep them interested by providing a worthy spectacle in the quarter-finalsA storm blew into the sleepy little city of Oita on Friday morning. It brought thunder, light…

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No quarter given: World Cup comes to life as the knockout stage begins | Andy Bull

The tournament has won millions of new fans in Japan and the onus is on the sport to keep them interested by providing a worthy spectacle in the quarter-finalsA storm blew into the sleepy little city of Oita on Friday morning. It brought thunder, light…

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Cheika seeks World Cup masterstroke with teenager at centre against England

Jordan Petaia has played only 100 minutes of Test rugby‘I trust him infinitely,’ coach says of youngest World Cup centreIf it turns out this is the last Australian team Michael Cheika ever picks, he is not going to be left wishing he had taken more ris…

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In Japan they call it doryoku – but effort alone won’t beat South Africa | Andy Bull

The concept of hard work is a core part of Japanese sport even if it seems to be inspiration rather than perspiration that is firing Japan in this World CupLate one night, and lost, drunk, in the dairy aisle of a Tokyo convenience store, I spent five m…

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Gregor Townsend keen on fresh start after Jekyll and Hyde World Cup | Andy Bull

Scotland coach refuses to make excuses for early implosion in Japan – but has he done enough to keep the job?Scotland lost well. In the first minutes after this painful defeat, Gregor Townsend and his players spoke frankly about how they had fallen sho…