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Category: Rugby World Cup 2019

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Billy Vunipola says his social media will not be a World Cup distraction

• Saracens forward made comments supportive of Israel Folau• ‘I have made my position clear,’ he says at England campBilly Vunipola has no plans to stay off social media during the forthcoming World Cup in Japan despite the controversy sparked by his s…

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Japan tries to please Rugby World Cup fans with rethink on tattooed bather ban

Hot spring resorts consider lifting traditional curbs on displaying body art, which is associated with criminal gangsThousands of hot springs in Japan are rethinking their long-standing ban on tattooed bathers, as the country prepares for the arrival o…

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Eddie Jones not fearful of more dwarf throwing from England at World Cup

The overseas campaign in 2011 was marred by off-field scandals but Jones expects his players to behave themselves in JapanEddie Jones has accepted that “boys will be boys” when it comes to England’s off-field behaviour at the World Cup but the head coa…

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David Pocock closing on Wallabies return with Rugby World Cup in sight

Flanker could play role in Rugby ChampionshipCalf injury forced 31-year-old’s Super Rugby retirementWallabies coach Michael Cheika has backed injured flanker David Pocock to play a part in the Rugby Championship and prove his readiness for the World Cu…

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Danny Cipriani added to England’s squad for World Cup training camp

• The Gloucester fly-half given an opportunity to impress• Harlequins pair Smith and Sincker not involved in squadThe possibility of Danny Cipriani featuring at this year’s Rugby World Cup is still alive after the Gloucester fly-half was added to Engla…

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Michael Cheika channels his roots in Wallabies’ revamped attack for World Cup | Bret Harris

The appointment of Shaun Berne as attack coach has provided the first indication of how Australia will play in JapanWallabies coach Michael Cheika has flagged his side will adopt a new style of attack following the departure of former attack coach Step…

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Michael Cheika channels his roots in Wallabies’ revamped attack for World Cup | Bret Harris

The appointment of Shaun Berne as attack coach has provided the first indication of how Australia will play in JapanWallabies coach Michael Cheika has flagged his side will adopt a new style of attack following the departure of former attack coach Step…

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England’s Jack Nowell in fitness race for Rugby World Cup after ankle surgery

• Exeter’s Rob Baxter expects wing to be fit for tournament• Eddie Jones to name preliminary England squad on ThursdayEngland face a Rugby World Cup waiting game over the fitness of Jack Nowell, who has undergone surgery on the ankle he damaged in the …

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David Pocock set for early return for Wallabies, says Michael Cheika

Coach expects him back for Rugby ChampionshipFlanker is racing to recover from a rare calf injuryIn a huge boost for the Wallabies’ World Cup prospects, champion flanker David Pocock is set for a surprise early return during the Rugby Championship. Bat…

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Eddie Jones extends England deal to 2021 with further extension possible

• Head coach to remain, regardless of World Cup showing• Australian said: ‘I’m not looking to go anywhere else’Eddie Jones is poised to continue as England’s head coach until at least 2021 even if his side fail to achieve their target at the World Cup …

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Danny Cipriani could make World Cup squad as emergency scrum-half

• Barbarians denied access to No 10 for Sunday’s game• Cipriani could feature in England’s wider training squadDanny Cipriani is likely to feature in England’s wider World Cup training squad next month after it emerged the Barbarians were blocked from …

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Ireland suffer Rugby World Cup injury blow as Sean O’Brien is ruled out

• Leinster flanker out for six months with hip injury• O’Brien joins Dan Leavy in missing tournamentIreland’s Rugby World Cup hopes have suffered a blow with the news that flanker Sean O’Brien will miss the tournament in Japan with a hip injury, his cl…

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Premiership clubs agree early release of players for Rugby World Cup

• Decision follows changes to World Rugby player insurance rules• Wales among countries to benefit for pre-tournament friendliesWales and Scotland are among a number of countries who have received a major boost to their World Cup preparations with Prem…

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Premiership clubs agree early release of players for Rugby World Cup

• Decision follows changes to World Rugby player insurance rules• Wales among countries to benefit for pre-tournament friendliesWales and Scotland are among a number of countries who have received a major boost to their World Cup preparations with Prem…

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Danny Cipriani targets World Cup place after player of the season award

• Gloucester fly-half wins Premiership award• Eddie Jones will watch Saturday’s game against SaracensDanny Cipriani has been named the Premiership’s player of the season in further recognition of an outstanding first campaign with Gloucester which he h…

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Danny Cipriani targets World Cup place after player of the season award

• Gloucester fly-half wins Premiership award• Eddie Jones will watch Saturday’s game against SaracensDanny Cipriani has been named the Premiership’s player of the season in further recognition of an outstanding first campaign with Gloucester which he h…

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Kurtley Beale insists Wallabies are united despite Israel Folau sacking

Training camp was ‘all positive’, says Waratahs starSpeculation that Folau case has divided campKurtley Beale has dismissed talk of division within the Wallabies playing ranks, insisting the entire squad of Rugby World Cup hopefuls were “pretty good” t…

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Kurtley Beale insists Wallabies are united despite Israel Folau sacking

Training camp was ‘all positive’, says Waratahs starSpeculation that Folau case has divided campKurtley Beale has dismissed talk of division within the Wallabies playing ranks, insisting the entire squad of Rugby World Cup hopefuls were “pretty good” t…

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Wallabies hooker Tolu Latu stood down by Waratahs pending court appearance

Player facing court over alleged drink driving offence‘I should have spoken to the coach earlier,’ says LatuWaratahs and Wallabies hooker Tolu Latu has been stood down by his Super Rugby club until a court appearance for alleged drink driving. Latu wil…

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Israel Folau case highlights need to reassure Pacific Island Wallabies | Bret Harris

Rugby Australia runs the risk of a mass exodus if it does not wisely manage fallout from the sackingWith the sacking of Israel Folau has come an urgent need for Rugby Australia to re-engage with its largest and most important minority playing group, th…