England runs over Ireland in Rugby World Cup warmup

Rugby Aug 25, 2019

England runs over Ireland in Rugby World Cup warmup

England issued a powerful statement ahead of the Rugby World Cup when it overwhelmed Ireland by a record 57-15 margin at Twickenham on Saturday. England scored eight tries to Ireland's two to eclipse its 46-6 win in Dublin in 1997 for the most points ...

Rugby Aug 23, 2019

JRFU to dispense big bonuses for top-eight finish and above at RWC

Japan's players and staff are in for a nice payday if the Brave Blossoms advance to the quarterfinals at the Rugby World Cup, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Thursday. Four years ago, Japan narrowly missed advancing to the quarterfinals. If the Brave Blossoms manage ...

Wallabies' Adam Ashley-Cooper set to play in fourth Rugby World Cup

Rugby Aug 23, 2019

Wallabies' Adam Ashley-Cooper set to play in fourth Rugby World Cup

Utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper is expected to participate in his fourth Rugby World Cup after being named to Australia coach Michael Cheika's 31-man squad Friday for the tournament in Japan beginning next month. Ashley-Cooper will be the second Wallaby after George Gregan to play in ...

Four All Blacks reject Olympic sevens invitation

Rugby Aug 23, 2019

Four All Blacks reject Olympic sevens invitation

New Zealand's team bidding for a rugby sevens gold medal at next year's Tokyo Olympics will not include any All Blacks after several approached declined to be involved. New Zealand Rugby said on Thursday that four players — Caleb Clarke, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Salesi Rayasi and ...

England's Tom Curry, Sam Underhill to start against Ireland

Rugby Aug 22, 2019

England's Tom Curry, Sam Underhill to start against Ireland

Tom Curry and Sam Underhill will line up either side of Billy Vunipola in a new-look, highly mobile back row against Ireland on Saturday as England coach Eddie Jones continues to juggle his resources in the team's penultimate Rugby World Cup warm-up match. Curry and ...

Takeshi Hino joins Toulouse as short-term World Cup cover

Rugby Aug 21, 2019

Takeshi Hino joins Toulouse as short-term World Cup cover

French champion Toulouse has brought in hooker Takeshi Hino from Top League outfit Yamaha Jubilo as short-term cover during the upcoming Rugby World Cup. Hino, 29, ranked as the No. 4. hooker in Japan and out of the running for the Japanese squad, will make ...