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RUGBY WORLD CUP

Designated hitter and closer Shohei Ohtani (center) and catcher Yuhei Nakamura are mobbed by their Samurai Japan teammates after Ohtani struck out American slugger Mike Trout to clinch Japan’s third World Baseball Classic and first since 2009, at LoanDepot Park in Miami on March 21.
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Dec 26, 2023
Images of 2023: Sports
For some, 2023 was a year of sweet victory, after many years of not making it to the summit. For Shohei Ohtani, it was yet another year of brilliance.
Eddie Jones at a news conference after being named as Japan rugby head coach in Tokyo on Thursday
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Dec 14, 2023
No guilt for Eddie Jones after taking Japan job
Jones quit his native Australia after leading them to a dismal showing at the Rugby World Cup.
Former England player Sarah Hunter (right), now a member of the team's coaching staff, says her side will set its sights on winning the 2025 Rugby World Cup.
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Dec 12, 2023
Women's Rugby World Cup to start in Sunderland, end at Twickenham
England, runners-up at the last two editions, will kick off the tournament at the 48,707-seater Stadium of Light on Aug. 22.
All Blacks captain Sam Cane following a news conference to announce his debut in Japan Rugby League One
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Dec 7, 2023
World Cup stars 'make some coin' as Japan rugby season kicks off
Seven All Blacks and six Springboks from the World Cup final are now in Japan Rugby League One as it looks to take its profile to a new level.
Referee Tom Foley reacts during a Premiership Rugby game in September 2021. Foley has said that he will step away from international match officiating for the foreseeable future due to online abuse.
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Dec 5, 2023
Top referee Foley stands down from international rugby over abuse
Tom Foley has previously reported receiving death threats to himself and his family in the wake of this year's Rugby World Cup final.
South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus ahead of a game against Ireland in Dublin in November 2022
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Nov 6, 2023
Erasmus to coach South Africa at start of new World Cup cycle
After lifting the World Cup as coach four years ago, Erasmus took the reins as South Africa’s director of rugby.
South Africa players celebrate winning the Rugby World Cup as their trophy tour passes through Soweto on Thursday.
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Nov 3, 2023
Springboks get roaring welcome in Soweto after winning World Cup
Teenagers dance in their school uniforms, as others, young and old, wave South African flags and yellow signs reading "thank you Bokke (Springboks)."
Australia head coach Eddie Jones during training in Saint-Etienne, France, on Sept. 30. Jones has repeatedly denied a return to coaching in Japan.
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Oct 31, 2023
Rugby Australia confirms Eddie Jones has quit as Wallabies coach
Jones, 63, will formally leave his position on Nov. 25, the governing body said.
New Zealand's Ardie Savea following the All Blacks' defeat to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup in Saint-Denis, France, on Saturday
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Oct 30, 2023
World Cup defeat 'puts fire in belly' of All Black Savea for 2027
Despite defeat in the final, Ardie Savea was named World Rugby player of the year.
Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has resigned after their dismal showing at the World Cup, but says he has no other job offer as yet.
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Oct 30, 2023
Jones resigns as Wallabies coach, say Australian media reports
Jones has been linked with the head coach role of Japan, which he has denied.
South African rugby supporters celebrate the team's World Cup triumph, in Johannesburg on Saturday.
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Oct 29, 2023
Ecstatic South Africans celebrate Rugby World Cup glory
Supporters of the national rugby team drank beers, waved flags and partied until the early hours in a wave of jubilation that swept the country.
South African players celebrate with the Webb Ellis Cup after their win over New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday.
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Oct 29, 2023
Springboks hold off 14-man All Blacks to win World Cup
South Africa produced a magnificent defensive display to edge New Zealand 12-11 and win their fourth title.
South Africa players huddle ahead of the second half of the team's semifinal game against England in the Rugby World Cup, in Saint-Denis, France, on Saturday.
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Oct 27, 2023
Springboks expect 'grind' against All Blacks in World Cup final
South Africa has never lost a World Cup final, winning the 1995, 2007 and 2019 editions.
New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick runs with the ball during a training session at the Stade du Parc in Rueil-Malmaison, near Paris, on Thursday, ahead of Saturday's Rugby World Cup final against South Africa.
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Oct 27, 2023
World Cup fever builds in New Zealand ahead of 'cracking' final
The All Blacks and the Springboks are both bidding to become the first nation to win the World Cup for a fourth time.
New Zealand's blindside flanker Shannon Frizell (left) takes part in a training session in Rueil-Malmaison, France, on Tuesday ahead of the Rugby World Cup final.
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Oct 25, 2023
New Zealand and South Africa take ultimate rivalry to grandest stage
The rich history of this 102-year-old matchup has seen political turmoil, countless bruising battles, a previous World Cup final and even a 0-0 draw.
New Zealand's All Blacks will be looking to get off to a fast start against the Springboks in Saturday's Rugby World Cup final.
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Oct 24, 2023
Early scores may be secret to settling outcome of World Cup final
All Blacks defense coach Scott McLeod believes the first 20 minutes of Saturday's final in Paris will determine the destination of the Webb Ellis Cup.
South Africa hooker Bongi Mbonambi has been accused of verbally abusing England's Tom Curry during a Rugby World Cup semifinal on Saturday.
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Oct 24, 2023
Springboks clam up on abuse allegations after England semifinal
South African Rugby said on Sunday that it had launched its own internal investigation and that it was "reviewing the available evidence."
South Africa flyhalf Handre Pollard (left) is tackled by England's Dan Cole (center) and George Martin during their Rugby World Cup semifinal in Paris on Saturday.
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Oct 23, 2023
Springboks have work to do ahead of RWC final against All Blacks
This year's Rugby World Cup final will be a rematch of the 1995 title game between South Africa and New Zealand.
South Africa's Handre Pollard (left) converts an eventual match-winning penalty kick against England during their Rugby World Cup semifinal in Paris on Saturday.
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Oct 22, 2023
Handre Pollard's late penalty sends Springboks into RWC final
It was a second successive single-point victory for South Africa after it beat France 29-28 in the quarterfinals.
South Africa's Siya Kolisi celebrates after his team's quarterfinal win over France at the Rugby World Cup in Saint-Denis, France, on Oct. 15.
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Oct 20, 2023
Siya Kolisi says South Africa's purpose goes beyond winning trophies
"I believe we are a purpose-driven team, we're not a trophy-driven team," Kolisi said.

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