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‘Wales can win it’ – No room for doubt in Liam Williams’s world

• France up next for Wales, who have won four from four• Full-back Williams three games from unique four-timerLiam Williams says Wales believe they can go all the way in Japan as they prepare for Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final against France. They ar…

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Rugby World Cup: how the quarter-finalists shape up | Michael Aylwin

Ireland and Australia can upset the odds but Japan have probably gone as far as they canSaturday 8.15am, Oita, ITV1 Continue reading…

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England cancellation has cost me a weekend in Japan and the World Cup its surprise factor

Global tournaments should not be dumping fixtures because of inclement weather – the game and its supporters deserve betterLet’s be kind to Jefferson Poirot and say his comments were lost in translation. But it was the France prop’s quote that his team…

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Revealed: Typhoon contingency plan was to move matches 14 miles away

• Yokohama’s back-up venue was the nearby Tokyo Stadium• Oita and Sapporo explored too late in wake of Typhoon HagibisWorld Rugby’s failure to properly prepare for Japan’s extreme weather can be revealed with World Cup organisers initially making plans…

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Eddie Jones and England happy to hunker down on the coast at Miyazaki

• It’s a great opportunity for us to regenerate, says head coach• Ricky Stuart to join England camp before quarter-finalAn ill wind may be blowing for some but for Eddie Jones and England life is suddenly unexpectedly calm. Almost before World Rugby ha…

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Eddie Jones and England happy to hunker down on the coast at Miyazaki

• It’s a great opportunity for us to regenerate, says head coach• Ricky Stuart to join England camp before quarter-finalAn ill wind may be blowing for some but for Eddie Jones and England life is suddenly unexpectedly calm. Almost before World Rugby ha…

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‘Absolutely gutted’: England rugby fans react to cancellation of France match – video

England fans in Tokyo were left disappointed after learning their side will not play France in Yokohama on Saturday after World Rugby and tournament organisers took the unprecedented step of cancelling their Rugby World Cup pool decider due to the arri…

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England adopt laid-back approach to threat of advancing super typhoon

England’s World Cup match against France is in jeopardy but the assistant coach John Mitchell and the forward Courtney Lawes are not wasting energy worrying about the weatherListen to certain players and coaches and the super typhoon heading for Japan’…

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France’s Poirot detects no cause for alarm if England match is cancelled

• Prop content to progress from Pool C at Rugby World Cup• ‘It would have been a problem if qualification was at stake’France’s Jefferson Poirot has insisted he is not fazed by the prospect of his side finishing as runners-up in their World Cup pool wi…

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Rugby World Cup matches at risk as Super Typhoon Hagibis escalates

England v France may be moved to Oita or cancelledJapan game with Scotland could be postponed 24 hoursCritical matches in the Rugby World Cup are at risk, with Super Typhoon Hagibis due to sweep through Japan this weekend.World Rugby has called a press…

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France players told to ‘kick the coaches out’ for Rugby World Cup success

• Toulon president tells players to take control• Reports in France suggests fall-out between captain and coachFrance players must “kick the coaches out” if they are to have any chance of winning the Rugby World Cup, according to the Toulon president, …

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Are England or France happy to lose Pool C decider to avoid the All Blacks? | Robert Kitson

Whoever wins Pool C know they are likely to have to beat Australia and then the All Blacks to reach the World Cup finalRarely, if ever, have England been involved in a World Cup fixture which their opponents would secretly prefer to lose. France’s play…

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Rugby World Cup: France squeeze past Tonga and New Zealand beat Namibia 71-9 – video highlights

Match day 15 saw a dominant All Blacks side breeze past Namibia in a 71-9 victory. Despite the one-sided scoreline, Steve Hansen’s side found themselves behind in the first half before an 11-try demolition in Pool B. Elsewhere, France survived a late s…

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Eddie Jones playing the straight man with England still to come to boil

The England head coach has opted against antagonising opponents but there is still time for him to go on the offensiveEddie Jones is playing the role of straight man this tournament, for now. Just as his players resisted any temptation to ad-lib in the…

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Eddie Jones remains focused on improving England for France decider

• England coach claims he has not looked at the permutations• Jones claims he is only interested in building for next matchEddie Jones plans to ring the changes against France on Saturday, with England having already qualified for the World Cup quarter…

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France survive Tonga scare and set up England game to decide Pool C winner

• France show both fluidity and fallibility in Rugby World Cup win• Pacific nation earn losing bonus point after fantastic second halfFrance weathered a Tongan storm to reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with a nail-biting 23-21 victory over the …

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France v Tonga: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live!

Updates from the Pool C game in Kumamoto CityAll the fixtures, tables and results from JapanEmail Luke or tweet with your thoughts 10.18am BST 61 min: Tongan lock Leva Fifita off, Daniel Faleafa on. Tonga need to find a score and pretty quickly if we a…

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France stay on track for quarter-finals with bonus-point win over USA

• Tries from Huget, Raka, Fickou and Serin and Poirot see off USA• MacGinty lands three penalties but Eagles run out of steamNow this was fun. France beat the USA 33-9, and scored five tries doing it, four of them utterly glorious. The last three came …

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Rugby World Cup 2019: France v USA – live!

Updates from the Pool C game, 8.45am BST kick-offRugby World Cup fixtures, results and tablesGet in touch! Email Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh 8.00am BST France: Ramos, Raka, Guitoune, Fickou, Huget, Lopez, Machenaud; Baille, Chat, Setiano, Le Roux, Gab…

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Rugby World Cup: Key moments as New Zealand, France and Australia win – video highlights

George Bridge’s try was crucial as New Zealand overcame South Africa, while Camille Lopez kicked the winning drop goal as France beat Argentina, and Australia fought back to defeat Fiji.New Zealand stand firm against South Africa in heavyweight thrille…