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Category: Rugby World Cup

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Japan blossom and Baa-Baas take Brazil in decade of new horizons | Robert Kitson

The old order has shifted during the past 10 years with Exeter among those growing in stature while France fadedThe best way to measure the true impact of the past rugby decade is to count the number of significant moments few could have foreseen. By t…

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Olympics, World Cups and more: Tom Jenkins’ pictures of the decade

The Guardian and Observer sport photographer picks his favourite images from the thousands he shot during the past 10 yearsThis is a collection of images I have shot during the last decade. I wasn’t selecting them because they were necessarily the bigg…

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Jaw-dropping sport moments of 2019: Japan stun Scotland and shake up Rugby World Cup | Andy Bull

Typhoon Hagibis nearly stopped this match from taking place at all. But the Brave Blossoms’ win galvanised the tournamentAnd what did you hear in the silence that fell over Yokohama Stadium before kick-off that Sunday night? Grief and sorrow, yes, for …

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‘We’re calling this the death’s door tour’: cancer and the power of sport | Andy Bull

James Howarth was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2014 and told he had six months to live. Five years later he was watching England’s journey to the Rugby World Cup final in JapanIt’s June 2014, and James Howarth is in a waiting room at Orpington hospital. …

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Rugby Australia sends letter of apology over Wallabies’ World Cup behaviour

Raelene Castle reportedly writes to World RugbyTournament organisers said to be unhappy with AustraliaRugby Australia chief Raelene Castle felt compelled to write a letter of apology over the behaviour of the Wallabies squad at the World Cup, according…

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Rugby Australia sends letter of apology over Wallabies’ World Cup behaviour

Raelene Castle reportedly writes to World RugbyTournament organisers said to be unhappy with AustraliaRugby Australia chief Raelene Castle felt compelled to write a letter of apology over the behaviour of the Wallabies squad at the World Cup, according…

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Rugby can secure a blockbuster future, so why is it digging into a hole? | Robert Kitson

There is no better time to convert casual rugby spectators into lifelong fans, but the game risks missing its cueIn weeks such as this promoting rugby union should be the easiest job in the world. An eventful World Cup is still fresh in the memory and …

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World Cup winner Faf de Klerk quick to adjust and set new goals at Sale

South Africa’s scrum-half is back in action in the Champions Cup three weeks after triumph in JapanFaf de Klerk’s rugby career has arguably already reached its peak but he is confident there is still much more to come as he returns to club rugby on Sun…

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England’s Eddie Jones: I made two selection mistakes in World Cup final

• Coach says Marler should have played at loosehead prop• Also rues not reverting to Farrell-Tuilagi-Slade midfieldThe England coach Eddie Jones has admitted he should have started Joe Marler instead of Mako Vunipola at loosehead prop in the World Cup …

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Scottish Rugby fined £70,000 over Mark Dodson’s World Cup comments

• SRU ordered to aplogise for criticism over threat to Japan game• Scottish Rugby to ‘reflect on outcome and consider our options’The Scottish Rugby Union has been formally reprimanded and fined £70,000 for comments made by chief executive Mark Dodson …

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Scottish Rugby fined £70,000 over Mark Dodson’s World Cup comments

• SRU ordered to aplogise for criticism over threat to Japan game• Scottish Rugby to ‘reflect on outcome and consider our options’The Scottish Rugby Union has been formally reprimanded and fined £70,000 for comments made by chief executive Mark Dodson …

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‘We performed desperately’: fans review the Rugby World Cup

Supporters from South Africa and England are considerably happier than their counterparts in Ireland and GeorgiaThe Pumas didn’t do as well as I had hoped. We knew the most important game was the one against France and we couldn’t find the win, even th…

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Rugby World Cup 2019: Guardian writers’ teams of the tournament

The hosts’ Michael Leitch deserves a special mention while England’s Tom Curry and Handre Pollard cannot be omittedWhile South Africa’s final surge tipped the scales in a couple of positions, Pieter-Steph du Toit is an unlucky absentee. But how could y…

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Japan 2019 might be the moment rugby union glimpsed a more fulfilling future | Robert Kitson

Can-do spirit and a receptive host country look to have opened new markets for what has been a virtually landlocked sportOn stage at the World Rugby awards ceremony on Sunday evening the extraordinary Siya Kolisi was asked what kind of public reaction …

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South Africa defence guru Jacques Nienaber in line to succeed Erasmus

• World Cup-winning coach to return to role as director of rugby• Former physiotherapist Nienaber expected to take overSouth Africa’s defence guru, Jacques Nienaber, is in contention to succeed Rassie Erasmus as the new Springboks coach, with the world…

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Rugby World Cup awards: the best player, the best match – our verdicts

From Japan’s Michael Leitch and England’s win over the All Blacks to TJ Perenara’s try of the tournament, the Guardian’s rugby experts hand out their awardsRobert Kitson Michael Leitch. Japan’s all-court rugby was among the tournament’s high spots and …

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Rugby World Cup 2019: the story of the tournament in pictures and quotes

Click on each image for more information.In South Africa pressure is not having a job. It is one of your friends being murdered. Rugby shouldn’t be something that creates pressure. Continue reading…

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Ten key themes as World Cup says sayonara to Japan | Paul Rees

Momentum proved a myth, cracking down on high tackles was a success and emerging nations showed their worthIt looked like advantage to the holders after they effectively decided the pool pecking order on the opening weekend, but it prompted South Afric…

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Best days lie ahead for this England team despite World Cup final flop

Squad have youth on their side and further room for growth but Eddie Jones may not be at helm for next Rugby World CupIt is the abrupt finality of World Cups that makes them so brutal. As the Springboks danced beneath a shower of golden ticker tape, ce…

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Eddie Jones proud of England but will ‘make a new team’ for Six Nations

• Coach plans England overhaul following World Cup• Jones hits out at ‘negativity’ towards side after final defeatEddie Jones is planning an England overhaul after their World Cup final defeat by South Africa, declaring the end of an era for his curren…