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Category: Rugby World Cup 2019

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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…

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World Cup offered timely reminder of rugby’s values, on and off the pitch

Japan’s staging of the tournament offered a glimpse of what game might become while South Africa’s victory offered succour to its peopleSo in the end Jack didn’t kill the 15 giants. But still the Rugby World Cup had a different kind of fairytale finish…

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Japan ‘probably the greatest’ tournament, says World Rugby chief Beaumont – video

World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont believes the Japan tournament will ‘probably be remembered as the greatest Rugby World Cup’.“We’ve broken records at every level,” said Beaumont a day after South Africa sealed Rugby World Cup glory in Yokohama. “…

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England’s Emily Scarratt crowned women’s world player of the year

• South Africa’s Pieter-Steph du Toit is men’s world player• France’s Romain Ntamack wins breakthrough player awardThe England centre Emily Scarratt has been crowned the women’s world player of the year. The 29-year-old emulated former England colleagu…

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Francois Pienaar hails Springboks’ win as bigger than his team’s 1995 success

• Former captain says final brought the whole nation together• Unifying effect would help South Africa to rebuild, he addsFrancois Pienaar, South Africa’s 1995 World Cup-winning captain, has hailed the Springboks’ latest success as bigger than the one …

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Rugby World Cup final’s TV viewing figures hit 12.8m peak – the best of 2019

• England defeat is most watched sport programme since 2018 • ITV’s broadcast surpasses Line of Duty’s final episode at 12.1mEngland’s Rugby World Cup final defeat was the most watched British TV event of the year so far, with a peak audience of 12.8 m…

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England’s World Cup final defeat to South Africa proves Warren Gatland was right | Nick Evans

Eddie Jones’s team played their ‘final’ against the All Blacks and could not reproduce this level when it mattered mostWarren Gatland was right about England after all. They played their “final” against the All Blacks and what struck me most is that th…

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RFU plans talks with England’s Eddie Jones on staying until 2023 World Cup

• Jones staying on ‘makes sense’, says RFU chief Bill Sweeney• England head coach is currently under contract until 2021The Rugby Football Union will hold urgent talks with Eddie Jones over continuing as England’s head coach through to the 2023 World C…

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‘We are a special country’: South Africa hopes World Cup win can bring unity

Desmond Tutu: victory can boost ‘self-doubting nation’President Cyril Ramaphosa says win is ‘historic moment’South Africans continued to celebrate their Rugby World Cup triumph on Sunday, with many in the sometimes fractious and troubled nation echoing…

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New Zealand rugby enters new era with challenges on and off the field | Matt McILraith

The new chief executive of New Zealand Rugby has more than just the All Blacks to worry about We are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journalismThe conclusion of a disappointing Rugby World Cup for the…