Canada, Namibia hoping to end RWC campaigns with triumph in Kamaishi

Rugby Oct 12, 2019

Canada, Namibia hoping to end RWC campaigns with triumph in Kamaishi

Canada and Namibia are both looking to finish their Rugby World Cup campaigns on a winning note by posting their first victory of the tournament on Sunday. However, with a powerful typhoon expected to make landfall on Saturday, questions still remain whether tournament organizers will ...

All Blacks overcome early struggles to crush Namibia

Rugby Oct 6, 2019

All Blacks overcome early struggles to crush Namibia

For about 30 minutes on Sunday, Namibia looked very much New Zealand's equal, the African nation that has yet to win at the Rugby World Cup giving as good as it got until the inevitable talent gap allowed the Kiwis to run away with ...

South Africa overpowers Namibia in Pool B rout

Rugby Sep 28, 2019

South Africa overpowers Namibia in Pool B rout

South Africa's electric wing Makazole Mapimpi scored two tries as the Springboks eased to a nine-try 57-3 win over neighbor Namibia, but it was a far from polished performance in the Rugby World Cup Pool B clash on Saturday. Billed the "African Derby," there was ...

Springboks' Schalk Brits saves best for last in rugby career

Rugby Sep 27, 2019

Springboks' Schalk Brits saves best for last in rugby career

Schalk Brits was late for the pre-match news conference, leading to a chuckle from South Africa assistant coach Mzwandile Stick. Stick had already answered a couple of questions by the time Brits barged in with a huge grin across his face, the air of a ...

Springboks now taking tough road at Rugby World Cup

Rugby Sep 24, 2019

Springboks now taking tough road at Rugby World Cup

It's not time to panic, or even press the "reset button," according to Springboks lock Lood de Jager. The Rugby World Cup has got a fair bit tougher for South Africa, though. First, there's no room for error. After an opening loss to New Zealand, South ...

Italy opts to rest captain Sergio Parisse against Canada

Rugby Sep 24, 2019

Italy opts to rest captain Sergio Parisse against Canada

Italy announced 10 changes on Monday for its Rugby World Cup match against Canada and rested talismanic captain Sergio Parisse, with an eye on sterner tests against New Zealand and South Africa. Lock Dean Budd will skipper the side in Parisse's absence in Fukuoka on ...

Italy too much for Namibia

Rugby Sep 22, 2019

Italy too much for Namibia

Sergio Parisse started his fifth Rugby World Cup by guiding Italy to a 47-22 win over Namibia on Sunday, and going oh-so-close to celebrating the milestone with a try. The veteran backrower was denied a chance at five-pointer when his forward pack was awarded a ...