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Rugby World Cup power rankings: breaking down all 20 teams in Japan

England, Ireland and Wales are among the throng pushing to challenge New Zealand as the World Cup enters crunch timeNormal service has been resumed. After the surreal scenes of the All Blacks not being No 1 (Wales were, then Ireland!) they enter the qu…

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Rugby World Cup: Japan defeat Scotland, Wales stutter against Uruguay – video highlights

Scotland are out of the Rugby World Cup after a stunning 28-21 win by hosts Japan in Yokohama booked a quarter-final against South Africa. Japan were 21-7 up at half-time and the Brave Blossoms sealed a bonus point soon after the break with their fourt…

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Tonga score try with last play to leave USA pointless at Rugby World Cup

• Tonga secure bonus-point victory with late Telusa Veainu score• USA finish bottom of Pool C after disappointing second halfTonga came from behind at half-time to secure a 31-19 win over the United States and avoid finishing bottom of Rugby World Cup …

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United States v Tonga: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live!

Live updates from the Pool C match in HigashiosakaCheck out all the latest World Cup standingsDrop Richard an email | Tweet @rrjparkin 6.13am BST Winds of up to 216km/hr, a storm front covering over 1,400km, some areas of Japan receiving up to 40% of …

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France survive Tonga scare and set up England game to decide Pool C winner

• France show both fluidity and fallibility in Rugby World Cup win• Pacific nation earn losing bonus point after fantastic second halfFrance weathered a Tongan storm to reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with a nail-biting 23-21 victory over the …

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France v Tonga: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live!

Updates from the Pool C game in Kumamoto CityAll the fixtures, tables and results from JapanEmail Luke or tweet with your thoughts 10.18am BST 61 min: Tongan lock Leva Fifita off, Daniel Faleafa on. Tonga need to find a score and pretty quickly if we a…

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Argentina’s Rugby World Cup win over Tonga a tale of two halves

Hooker Julian Montoya scored three tries in first halfBut Pumas fail to score point in the second periodArgentina have played two good halves back-to-back in this World Cup, the trouble is that they’ve been spread across two games. After out-scoring Fr…

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Argentina v Tonga: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live!

Follow all the action from Higashiosaka CityAll the fixtures, tables and results from JapanEmail Lee or tweet him with your thoughts on the game 6.33am BST 39 mins. Tonga are on the ball around halfway, they maul it a bit but are turned over. Argentina…

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Confusion reigns over Israel Folau’s potential return to rugby league | Matt Cleary

At the nub of the issue is whether RLIF has veto power over Tonga’s selection of FolauThe news that Israel Folau had been approved by the Rugby League International Federation to play for Tonga in Test matches against Great Britain and Australia in the…

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Rugby World Cup: England, Ireland and Italy all win on day three – video highlights

Day three of the Rugby World Cup saw the ideal start for England, Ireland and Italy as they all secured bonus points in their opening ties. England left it late but rounded off a good performance with a 35-3 victory over Tonga. Earlier in the day Italy…

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England 35-3 Tonga: Eddie Jones says Sir Alex Ferguson helped inspire team – video

England left it late to secure a bonus-point win against Tonga at Sapporo Dome and coach Eddie Jones said Luke Cowan-Dickie’s score invoked the feeling ‘Fergie Time’. “During the lead-up to the World Cup, we’ve had a number of coaches and special guest…

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Billy Vunipola is unbowed after facing the music in Tonga’s hit parade | Andy Bull

The England No 8 with Tongan heritage survived a bruising encounter unscathed after receiving special treatmentIn its front page wrap of Saturday’s match the local paper here, the Hokkaido Shimbun, was pleased to report to its readers that everything h…

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England 35-3 Tonga: five talking points from England’s World Cup opener

Tonga leave their mark on Billy Vunipola, England work hard for bonus point and Nasi Manu makes an emotional return Continue reading…

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Tuilagi double helps England kick off with bonus-point win against Tonga

• Eddie Jones’s men leave it late to secure bonus point • Tuilagi crosses twice before George and Cowan-Dickie scoreManu Tuilagi put some much-needed gloss on a medicre opening display by England with his first World Cup tries for eight years as Eddie …

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England v Tonga: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live!

Live updates from England’s opener against Tonga in SapporoTearful, nervous, excited: Jones emotional on eve of kick-offOwen Farrell interview: ‘I try to take the emotion out of it’Get in touch with Lee via email or on Twitter 11.15am BST Anthems!The t…

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England and Billy Vunipola expect hot reception from Tonga under the dome

• George: team may use coded lineout signs to beat cacophony• Tonga ‘will be looking to smash’ Billy Vunipola, says coachJamie George believes England may be forced to adopt a coded sign language during lineouts against Tonga because of the unique atmo…

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Owen Farrell: ‘I try to take the emotion out of it – you want to be in control’

England’s captain remains firmly stoic but he is desperate to spark Rugby World Cup mania back home with victory against TongaThere is all sorts of trouble to be had in Susukino if you know what you’re looking for and more if you’re not sure. Sapporo’s…

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England can practice moving through World Cup gears against Tonga | Ugo Monye

Eddie Jones’s team have the perfect schedule and can take the shackles off against France and Argentina in the pool stageEngland’s priorities against Tonga are simple. Four tries, maximum points, a clean bill of health and move on to Kobe. It may be th…

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England’s Billy Vunipola ready to follow in family footsteps at World Cup

• Vunipola’s father played for Tonga against England in 1999• England defence coach ready for physical challengeBilly Vunipola will follow in the footsteps of his father and uncle on Sunday when appearing in a World Cup match between England and Tonga….

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England should consider Pacific Islands tour, says coach Scott Wisemantel

• Attack coach says tier-one nations must do more to help• ‘No reason England can’t go there’ says WisemantelWhen England’s attack coach, Scott Wisemantel, discusses the state of Pacific Island rugby it pays to listen. When he urges the Rugby Football …