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The Breakdown | France are getting serious again – but will they end a decade of decline?

The 2023 World Cup hosts have brought in Shaun Edwards amid a hard-nosed coaching shake-up The appointment of Shaun Edwards as defence coach shows France are getting serious again. No country has won more Six Nations titles in the professional era than…

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Warren Gatland on Jaco Peyper picture: ’People like to make mountains out of molehills’ – video

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has weighed in on the World Rugby’s inquiry into referee Jaco Peyper after he was pictured appearing to mock the elbow to the head that earned France lock Sébastien Vahaamahina a red card against Wales. ‘How  p…

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World Rugby probe photo of Jaco Peyper appearing to mock Vahaamahina

Referee sent off France’s Vahaamahina during Wales defeatFrance slam photo of Peyper recreating ‘elbow’ with fansWorld Rugby is investigating the circumstances around a photo of referee Jaco Peyper in which he appears to mock the elbow to the head that…

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Wales v France player ratings: Justin Tipuric the pick of quarter-final thriller

Dan Biggar’s kicks and Romain Ntamack’s misses prove the difference between Wales and France in OitaLiam Williams Has had an outstanding season for club and country but mainly reduced to defensive duties and coping with aerial threat from France’s tact…

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Warren Gatland admits ‘the better team lost’ after Wales beat France

• ‘They were excellent and very unlucky – we didn’t play our best’• France coach Jacques Brunel unhappy with decisive Wales tryWarren Gatland admitted “the better team lost” after Wales narrowly avoided a France ambush to reach the World Cup semi-final…

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Wales sigh collective relief as Moriarty try gives Warren Gatland a shot at glory | Gerard Meagher

Wales refused to buckle under intense French pressure which bodes well for their semi-final with South AfricaWarren Gatland was contemplating what to say on TV. He was working out in his mind how he would explain it to the press. After 11 years and nea…

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Rugby World Cup: Wales edge France and South Africa beat Japan – video highlights

Wales booked their place in the semi-finals after they squeezed past a 14-man French side after Sébastien Vahaamahina was dismissed for an elbow in the second-half. They will face an South Africa side that dominated Japan in their quarter-final, defeat…

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‘The better team lost’: Warren Gatland relieved after Wales squeeze past France – video

Wales are through to the semi-finals of the World Cup after a 20-19 win over 14-man France. The turning point in the match came when Sebastian Vahaamahina was sent off for an elbow in the second half, helping Wales to score 10 unanswered points. Speaki…

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Wales come from behind to beat 14-man France in World Cup quarter-final

• Sebastien Vahaamahina dismissed for second-half elbow• Wales will face Japan or South Africa in last fourWales are into the semi-finals of the World Cup but only after one of the crazier quarter-finals of modern times. With six minutes to go a 14-man…

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Wales v France: Rugby World Cup 2019, quarter-final – live!

Live updates as Grand Slam champs Wales face France‘Wales can win it’ – No room for doubt for Liam WilliamsEmail Lee here or tweet your thoughts to @bloodandmud 7.27am BST What happens next?We already know the make up of one of the semis, England face …

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Wales’s Josh Adams happy with favourites tag for France quarter-final

Warren Gatland, in his last World Cup as Wales coach, is looking to profit from ‘lost causes’ against Les BleusWales and Warren Gatland will head into uncharted waters on Sunday morning. As favourites for their World Cup quarter-final with France at Oi…

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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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Rugby World Cup 2019: where the quarter-finals will be won and lost | Ugo Monye

England sticking to strengths against Australia; Ireland need to find old form to beat New Zealand; Wales must stop France momentum; South Africa could end Japan’s adventureEddie Jones has picked a team with England’s Six Nations win in Dublin in mind….

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Wales boosted by return of big guns for quarter-final clash with France

Jonathan Davies and Dan Biggar recover from injuryHadleigh Parkes and George North also return in OitaWarren Gatland has his big guns back after Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, George North and Dan Biggar were all passed for Wales’ crunch World Cup q…

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Rugby World Cup power rankings: breaking down all 20 teams in Japan

England, Ireland and Wales are among the throng pushing to challenge New Zealand as the World Cup enters crunch timeNormal service has been resumed. After the surreal scenes of the All Blacks not being No 1 (Wales were, then Ireland!) they enter the qu…

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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…