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Riding the noise — Inside Japan’s ‘outrageous’ attempt to win the Rugby World Cup

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TOKYO — All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is not one to hand out praise freely. So, when he says he is happier facing Ireland in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals than playing Japan, you listen. 2 Related His comments stand for all of rugby. Over the last few weeks, we’ve...
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Rugby, F1 events in Japan go on as planned despite Typhoon Hagibis

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9:43 AM ET Tom Hamilton Close Senior Writer • Joined ESPN in 2011• Covered two Olympics, a pair of Rugby World Cups and two British & Irish Lions tours• Previously rugby editor, and became senior writer in 2018 Laurence Edmondson Close F1 Editor • Joined ESPN in 2009• An FIA accredited F1 journalist since 2011...
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World Cup games cancelled due to typhoon

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England’s final pool stage match against France and New Zealand’s game against Italy have both been cancelled due to the expected impact of Typhoon Hagibis but World Rugby is hopeful Japan’s key match against Scotland on Sunday will go ahead as planned. The category five typhoon is set to hit...
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Lightning strikes twice as Japan eclipse South Africa 2015 upset by beating Ireland

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Rugby’s world order has been shaken. Again. Four years after they stunned the rugby world in the English seaside town of Brighton, Japan on Saturday evening repeated the dose. This time at home. 2 Related It was an inspired performance from the Brave Blossoms on Saturday afternoon in Shizuoka, where...
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How Uruguay’s four-year plan came together for stunning Rugby World Cup win

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KAMAISHI, Japan — Uruguay’s historic 30-27 win against Fiji in their opening Rugby World Cup match didn’t happen by chance; it was the result of a process Los Teros started off four years ago, after the 2015 RWC, when they suffered an overwhelming 47-15 defeat against the same team. Once...
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The USA won’t win this Rugby World Cup, but there’s every reason to believe in the future

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When USA Rugby departed the 2015 Rugby World Cup after a winless pool stage, they did so with a very clear message: Amateurism just isn’t going to cut it. 2 Related “One of the things that we know is that to be in the top eight [teams in the world],...
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Ireland display credentials to tackle Rugby World Cup heavyweights

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YOHOHAMA, Japan — A tremendous first-half built on forward dominance, set-piece authority and the box-kicking of veteran scrum-half Conor Murray gave Ireland the perfect start to their Rugby World Cup campaign, despite coach Joe Schmidt deeming it not worthy of comparison with the All Blacks and Springboks’ efforts the previous...
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Another chapter writes itself into All Blacks-Springboks folklore

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YOKOHAMA, Japan — How do you explain that? How do you honestly describe the game of rugby that was played at International Stadium Yokohama on Saturday? And where would you start? Is it Richie Mo’unga’s perfect cross-kicks, the audacity of Beauden Barrett, the tireless efforts of Ardie Savea, or the...
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What is a concussion protocol? Sport by sport, there’s no single solution

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In recent years, the handling of concussions has become one of the recurring topics across the biggest sports across the globe. Be it contact sports which revolve around tackling — such as American football, soccer or rugby — to the combat sports of boxing and MMA all the way through...
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Love, rugby and a sport’s crucial battle with concussion

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On the eve of the Rugby World Cup, Tom Hamilton assesses how far the game has come and how far it still has to go in its understanding of the most prevalent — and damaging — injury in rugby. Lewis Moody played the whole of England’s 2007 Rugby World Cup...

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