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Michael Cheika puts faith in Wallabies rookie Jordan Petaia for Italy Test

Winger one of six changes to Australian sideJake Gordon will also make his debut in Padua Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has backed 18-year-old rookie Jordan Petaia to successfully make the transition to Test rugby. The Queensland Reds flyer has been n…

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Japan plot fast route to ‘emotionally smash’ Eddie Jones’s England

• Masakatsu Nishikawa returns fire at former coach • ‘Sometimes size doesn’t work for you,’ says Jamie JosephIf you are looking for a little hint of Eddie Jones’s lingering influence on Japanese rugby, have a read of what the flanker Masakatsu Nishikaw…

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Joe Schmidt issues strong defence of Bundee Aki’s right to play for Ireland

• Connacht powerhouse Aki will face the All Blacks for first time• Schmidt restores lock Devin Toner to his starting line-upJoe Schmidt has launched a strong defence of Bundee Aki’s right and readiness to wear Ireland’s colours against his native New Z…

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Joe Schmidt issues strong defence of Bundee Aki’s right to play for Ireland

• Connacht powerhouse Aki will face the All Blacks for first time• Schmidt restores lock Devin Toner to his starting line-upJoe Schmidt has launched a strong defence of Bundee Aki’s right and readiness to wear Ireland’s colours against his native New Z…

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Joe Cokanasiga makes England debut as one of 11 changes for Japan match

• Fijian-born 21-year-old on right wing as Jones rings the changes• Farrell and Hartley are among the front-line players omittedJoe Cokanasiga will make his England debut on Saturday as one of 11 new faces brought into Eddie Jones’s new-look side to fa…

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The Breakdown | It was tough on Sam Underhill, but England try was rightly disallowed

Courtney Lawes took a gamble and lost when he charged down TJ Perenara’s kick against the All Blacks. The referee was correctSam Underhill may be one of England’s youngest, least experienced players but he reacted to one of the biggest disappointments …

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Ryan Crotty the only change to All Blacks side for Ireland clash

No 12 replaces injured Sonny Bill WilliamsTop two teams in world meet at weekend in DublinRyan Crotty replaces an injured Sonny Bill Williams in the only change to the All Blacks team to meet Ireland in their clash of the world’s top-ranked teams in Du…

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Australia disappointed as New Zealand win Women’s Rugby World Cup hosting rights

2021 bid had secured $10m in government fundingAttention turns towards hosting men’s World CupRugby Australia’s annus horribilis has continued after New Zealand were awarded the 2021 Women’s World Cup in Dublin. New Zealand edged out Australia 25-17 de…

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Eddie Jones steps up preparations for Japan by having a sushi night

• Head coach wants to minimise ‘cultural stress’ of World Cup• Jones surprised players with sushi meal on TuesdayEddie Jones has stepped up his efforts to help his squad acclimatise to playing next year’s World Cup in Japan by arranging a sushi night a…

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Ben Ryan: ‘If rugby were a company people would be comparing it to an Enron’

Fiji’s gold-medal winning sevens coach is unhappy with the direction he believes the game is moving in – from the treatment of tier-two nations to laws being overlooked by refereesIf you love rugby union what follows will be a tough read. According to …

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Japan captain Leitch says his side will not bow down at Twickenham

• Rank outsiders Japan believe they can beat England• Eddie Jones says his side need to be aggressive or risk an upsetThe Japan captain, Michael Leitch, insists his side are targeting nothing less than victory against England on Saturday, claiming Eddi…

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England providing ‘public service’ to other nations, says Eddie Jones

• Comments come after Gary Graham switched to Scotland• ‘We are providing players to Scotland, Wales, Ireland’Scotland, Ireland and Wales should be grateful to England for supplying them with ready-made Test players, according to Eddie Jones, following…

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England lock George Kruis ruled out for rest of series

Kruis suffered calf injury during defeat by New ZealandEddie Jones names 30-man squad to prepare for Japan TestGeorge Kruis has been ruled out of England’s last two autumn matches because of a calf injury sustained against New Zealand on Saturday. Rela…

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Expenses spared: Japan’s rugby union players are being paid just £13 per day

• Amateurs’ allowance does not stretch to burger and chips• Professional players are not paid for international matchesIf Eddie Jones’s warning that they will be “physically smashed” against England on Saturday was not jarring enough for Japan’s player…

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Wales angry that Samu Kerevi has escaped punishment for late tackle

• Leigh Halfpenny not fit to face Tonga• Referee did not consult match officialWales cannot understand why the Australia centre Samu Kerevi escaped punishment for a late tackle on Leigh Halfpenny last weekend that left the full-back concussed.Halfpenny…

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Rugby won’t flourish as it should while its laws remain so twisted

Hairline TMO decisions such as that which led to Sam Underhill’s try being disallowed against New Zealand risk alienating new audiences and ruining the gamePart of the allure of the ceaseless puzzle that is rugby union lies in its multiple possibilitie…

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Conor Murray ruled out of Ireland autumn Test against New Zealand

• Scrum-half will not be fit to face the All Blacks on Saturday• Robbie Henshaw and Sean O’Brien will also miss Dublin gameConor Murray has been ruled out of Ireland’s Test against New Zealand on Saturday. The British & Irish Lions scrum-half has n…

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Rugby union: talking points from the second round of autumn Tests

England take heart from All Blacks defeat, Springboks’ power will test Scotland’s growing optimism and Italy prove a point In 2012 England also went 15-0 up on New Zealand at Twickenham and went on to win 38-21. This time they could not score a point a…

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Eddie Jones calls on England to ‘physically smash cheeky Japan’

• ‘Go to the temple and pray,’ coach tells Japan• England to be ‘absolutely ruthless’ at TwickenhamEddie Jones said England will look to “physically smash” his former side Japan at Twickenham on Saturday and advised them to “go to the temple and pray”….

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Warren Gatland content with Wales’ World Cup momentum

Even though Wales are not playing well, ending Australia hoodoo augers well for Six Nations and World CupWales are not playing particularly well – their 9-6 victory over Australia and the previous weekend’s success against Scotland came after two of th…