Collective unity behind Japan's remarkable run

Rugby Oct 14, 2019

Collective unity behind Japan's remarkable run

by Rich Freeman

The defining moment during Sunday's enthralling Rugby World Cup game between Japan and Scotland in Yokohama was not Kenki Fukuoka's superb second try. Nor was it any of the umpteen tackles put in by Luke Thompson or Ryoto Nakamura. It came 21 minutes into a ...

History-making Japan sheds reputation as easy opponent

Rugby Oct 14, 2019

History-making Japan sheds reputation as easy opponent

Japan qualified for the knockout stages of a Rugby World Cup for the first time Sunday on their ninth attempt, a remarkable achievement for a side that was regarded until recently as tournament pushovers. The Brave Blossoms, who won all four pool-stage games in the ...

Determined Wales fends off Uruguay, moves on to quarterfinals

Rugby Oct 13, 2019

Determined Wales fends off Uruguay, moves on to quarterfinals

A scrappy Wales was made to work hard for victory against Uruguay but prevailed with a bonus point 35-13 win on Sunday to top Pool D and set up a quarterfinal with three-time finalist France. Wales clung to an eight-point lead with seven minutes left ...

Tonga beats U.S. to avoid winless RWC campaign

Rugby Oct 13, 2019

Tonga beats U.S. to avoid winless RWC campaign

Tonga beat the United States 31-19 on Sunday to avoid finishing last in Pool C at the Rugby World Cup, helped by a farewell try from retiring captain Siale Piutau on his birthday. Piutau scored Tonga's third try with just under 20 minutes to go. ...