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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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England’s fallow weekend is not the ideal preparation it may seem

England have still to get their World Cup title credentials examined and probably need a tough game before the quarters• We are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journalism Back in the days when Wasps w…

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Italy’s Parisse hits out at ‘ridiculous’ All Blacks cancellation at Rugby World Cup

• Italy veteran angered by World Rugby decision• ‘If NZ needed four or five points it would not be cancelled’Sergio Parisse has hit out at World Rugby’s “ridiculous” decision to cancel Italy’s World Cup match against New Zealand.Super Typhoon Hagibis i…

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South Africa pile on the pain for Italy after Andrea Lovotti’s red card

• Italian prop sent off for blatant tip tackle just after half-time• Wing Cheslin Kolbe scores two tries for rampant SpringboksSouth Africa ramped up the physicality to crush an Italy side reduced to 14 men for most of the second half 49-3 on Friday, m…

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South Africa v Italy: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live!

Rugby World Cup pdates from the Pool B game in ShizuokaAll the fixtures, tables and results from JapanEmail Richard or tweet him with your thoughts on the match 10.34am BST A fun permutation of today – people are saying if Italy win, they’re through (a…

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Rugby World Cup interviewer calls Italy’s Dean Budd the Canada captain – video

An interviewer at the Rugby World Cup in Japan was left red-faced on Thursday after wrongly describing Dean Budd as the Canada captain in his opening question.”Italy!” Budd replied, pointing to the badge on his bright blue shirt. New Zealand-born Budd’…

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Matteo Minozzi seals Italy’s seven-try romp over Canada at Rugby World Cup

• Pool B: Italy 48-7 Canada• Second straight bonus-point victory for AzzurriItaly’s forwards bludgeoned Canada into submission with seven tries in a 48-7 victory amid energy-sapping humidity at Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, catapulting them to the top …

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Italy v Canada: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live!

Updates from the 8.45am BST kick-off in FukuokaHow Canada almost became a world rugby powerGet in touch! Email Niall or tweet @niallmcveigh 8.09am BST Italy: Minozzi, Benvenuti, Campagnaro, Hayward, Bisegni, Allan, Braley; Lovotti, Bigi, Ferrari, Sisi,…

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Rugby World Cup: England, Ireland and Italy all win on day three – video highlights

Day three of the Rugby World Cup saw the ideal start for England, Ireland and Italy as they all secured bonus points in their opening ties. England left it late but rounded off a good performance with a 35-3 victory over Tonga. Earlier in the day Italy…

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Italy overcome early scare to beat spirited Namibia in Rugby World Cup

Namibia well beaten in Hanazono despite scoring opening tryItaly secure bonus point and face Canada before South AfricaItaly scored three tries within the space of 10 minutes, either side of half-time, to give themselves breathing room against a stubbo…

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Italy v Namibia: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live!

Live updates from the Pool B clash in HanazonoPool B: New Zealand stand firm in heavyweight thrillerSend your thoughts to Geoff on email or on Twitter 6.38am BST 18 min: Morisi breaks the line, plays in Tommaso Allan, but he holds onto the ball too lon…

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Italy’s Sergio Parisse set for record-equalling fifth Rugby World Cup

Parisse made his World Cup debut against NZ in 2003Italians open tournament against outsiders NamibiaSergio Parisse’s run at the Rugby World Cup has been more like a marathon than a sprint. The 36-year-old backrower will join his former teammate Mauro …

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Rugby World Cup 2019: Italy team guide

The buildup has not been great for the Azzurri but the return of Matteo Minozzi is reason for optimism Continue reading…

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England lose nothing but gain little with final warm-up in Newcastle

Eddie Jones made early tweaks before England thrashed Italy 37-0 at St James’ Park in their last action before the World CupThey say to always leave them wanting more and there can be little doubt England managed that. This was a first home Test agains…

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England fail to impress in World Cup warm-up victory over Italy

• England 37-0 Italy• Four second-half tries secure win after dismal openingIf this is how England are going to respond to unfamiliar surroundings at the forthcoming World Cup in Japan they are not going to frighten many opponents. Make all the polite …

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England v Italy: Rugby World Cup warm-up match – live!

England play their final warm-up game in NewcastleRobert Kitson: home tie lifts Wilson’s World Cup hopesGet in touch! Email Lee or tweet @bloodandmud 8.09pm BST 18 mins. Old skool catch and drive from the England pack rumbles them forward well into the…

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Short commute suits Mark Wilson’s England hopes of being big in Japan

Visit to Newcastle for last World Cup warm-up against Italy is just fine for the former Falcon flanker and northern fansThose who dismiss England’s final World Cup warm-up game against Italy as irrelevant clearly do not hail from a northern postcode. F…

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Eddie Jones risks big hitters as Joe Marler targets World Cup redemption

• Billy Vunipola, Owen Farrell and Ben Youngs all face Italy• Marler says team can emulate England’s cricketersFew people, not least several of the players involved, would have accurately predicted England’s lineup for their final World Cup warm-up gam…

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England to let Ruaridh McConnochie loose on Italy in World Cup warm-up

• Third time lucky at Newcastle for uncapped Bath back• ‘He’s going to do well … he’s got good energy about him’England will finally unleash Bath’s uncapped Ruaridh McConnochie on Friday as they seek to conclude their World Cup preparations with a flou…

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Joey Carbery injury mars Ireland’s World Cup warm-up victory over Italy

• World Cup warm-up: Ireland 29-10 Italy• Johnny Sexton’s stand-in carried off in DublinJoey Carbery’s injury scare took the gloss of a routine World Cup warm-up victory for Ireland over Italy in Dublin. The fly-half had turned in a polished performanc…