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Category: Rugby World Cup

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Eddie Jones: I won’t try to talk Manu Tuilagi out of making France exit

• Tuilagi set to sign for Racing 92 in £800,000-a-year deal• England coach says it’s ‘not his job’ to change player’s mindManu Tuilagi will bring a premature end to his England career with Eddie Jones’s blessing if he makes a lucrative move to Racing 9…

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Crucial World Cup year set to make or break Australian rugby | Bret Harris

The fortunes of Australia’s Super Rugby sides and the Wallabies are inextricably linked – more so than ever before this seasonThis year will be a year of living dangerously in which Australian men’s rugby will either begin to recover lost ground on and…

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The Breakdown | Bold England are contenders for World Cup but don’t write off Ireland

Eddie Jones’s positive selection and tactics in Dublin showed his side have hunger and desire, while Joe Schmidt’s team have overcome adversity beforeEddie Jones has been around long enough to appreciate that destiny lies at the end of a road blighted …

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Michael Cheika seizes back control of Wallabies as Stephen Larkham exits | Bret Harris

The head coach misjudged his man but is now free to set a new course after a disastrous year There were no bland euphemisms to describe Stephen Larkham’s departure from the Wallabies coaching staff just eight months out from the World Cup in Japan. In …

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Wallabies assistant Stephen Larkham axed after disagreement with Michael Cheika

‘We couldn’t agree on key points,’ says LarkhamAttack coach moves to new high performance roleStephen Larkham has been axed as Wallabies assistant coach by Michael Cheika, eight months out from the Rugby World Cup. The former Wallabies five-eighth says…

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Shadow of the World Cup will give this Six Nations an extra-special edge

With three of the four top-ranked teams in action and Japan 2019 looming, focus and intrigue will be at fever pitchIn January spring still feels far away, never mind the summer beyond it. But the start of the Six Nations, like the first green shoots, i…

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Ireland’s calling: a journey to the heart of a rugby powerhouse | Donald McRae

Ireland are favourites for the Six Nations and are serious contenders for the World Cup this year, with a spirit that transcends national boundaries. How have they done it? “It just wouldn’t happen today,” Willie John McBride says on a rainy morning at…

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This must not be the year when rugby union trashes its finest qualities | Robert Kitson

With a first Rugby World Cup in Asia and Six Nations offering huge excitement, the sport is in danger of throwing it all awayIf ever there was a year for rugby union to show the best side of itself it is 2019. A first Rugby World Cup to be staged in As…

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2019, World Cup fever No 3: rugby union hits Japan amid uncertainty

With Ireland threatening New Zealand and a host of new head coaches on the way, 2019 feels a watershed like no otherWorld Cups always feel like watersheds. Eddie Jones has reminded us often enough that everything else is just sparring; that all that ma…

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Premiership issues World Rugby with legal threat as insurance row escalates

• PRL wants major changes in player insurance regulations• Row could affect several nations’ World Cup preparationsPremiership Rugby has threatened World Rugby with legal action in an escalating row over player insurance that is set to hamper a number …

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World Cup squads face wait for Premiership players due to insurance dispute

• Premiership Rugby may hold back players until mid-August• Wales and Scotland among those who would be hardest hitAn insurance wrangle between World Rugby and the Premiership is threatening to severely hamper World Cup preparations for nations such as…

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Steve Hansen to step down as New Zealand coach after 2019 World Cup

• World Cup-winning coach gives advance notice to help team• Hansen: ‘This is a critical process which shouldn’t be rushed’Steve Hansen’s all-conquering reign as the New Zealand coach will end after the 2019 World Cup. The 59-year-old, who has been in …

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A coach-less Wallabies team at the World Cup? It’s not as mad as it sounds | Bret Harris

With viable replacements for Michael Cheika scarce, it might be time to look outside the boxWith Rugby Australia’s board scheduled to meet on Monday to discuss the immediate future of Michael Cheika, one argument being trotted out for the retention of …

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Pools of intrigue: how the Rugby World Cup groups stack up | Paul Rees

Now that the autumn internationals have been completed we take a look at the prospects for the opening stage in JapanIreland, Scotland, Japan, Russia, Samoa Continue reading…

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Wales need strong attack to win World Cup, says defence coach Shaun Edwards

• Edwards believes formidable defence alone will not be enough• ‘Last World Cup was attacking, the next will be even more so’Shaun Edwards believes Wales’s formidable defence alone will not be enough to win next year’s World Cup but that the squad are …

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Rankings, redemption and running: how England are shaping up for World Cup

Eddie Jones still has plenty of jobs to do if his side are to be competitive at the tournament in Japan next yearEddie Jones’s aim when he took over was to get England to the top of the world rankings before the start of the World Cup. Reaching the top…

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How juice drink billionaire bankrolled Germany’s Rugby World Cup charge

Hans-Peter Wild got his money from Capri Sun and spent €20m to get the country to within three games of the tournament but uncertainty now surrounds the team’s futureHans-Peter Wild is a billionaire, with a billionaire’s idea of what “a little bit of m…

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Joe Marler to play for Harlequins despite England training camp withdrawal

• Veteran prop dropped out of squad for ‘personal reasons’• Danny Cipriani still in World Cup script says Scott WisemantelJoe Marler is available for Harlequins’ match with Gloucester on Saturday despite withdrawing from England’s training camp in Bris…

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Warren Gatland hopes to have Rhys Webb available for Wales at World Cup

• Scrum-half in exile due to WRU rules on overseas players• ‘I would like to think common sense will prevail’Warren Gatland has not abandoned hope of being able to select his Lions scrum-half Rhys Webb for the World Cup next year.Under an agreement bet…

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Eddie Jones says old foe John Mitchell will get England thinking differently

• Former New Zealand coach has joined until after World Cup• ‘He has improved every one of his teams enormously‘Eddie Jones says he is testing himself by hiring the former New Zealand coach John Mitchell until the end of next year’s World Cup.Just as E…