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France fire in second half to overpower Japan

Winger Damian Penaud scored two tries as France put together a strong second-half performance for a commanding 42-23 victory over Japan in the first test at the Toyota Stadium in Aichi on Saturday.

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What's new for rugby's top 10 nations this July?

The rugby world is set to reunite this July, with World Rugby's Test window bringing the northern and southern hemispheres together across the globe. So what shape are the top 10 in at this key juncture, and what might they be looking to nail down?

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Koroibete helps Panasonic to League One title

Tries from the Australian connection of Marika Koroibete and Dylan Riley have secured Saitama Panasonic Wild Knights the inaugural Japan Rugby League One title.

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England to host All Blacks, South Africa in 2022

England will host the All Blacks at Twickenham in November 2022 as part of a four-Test programme which includes world champions South Africa.

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267dSam Bruce

Re-ranking world rugby's top 10 two years out from the World Cup

The halfway point between Rugby World Cups has been reached, with the countdown now on to France 2023. After a fascinating few weeks of cross-hemisphere play, where does the pecking order sit for the game's elite nations?

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Ireland tear Japan apart 60-5 with masterclass

Ireland tore Japan apart with a stunning display of attacking rugby, particularly from their dynamic pack, to mark captain Johnny Sexton's 100th cap with an impressive 60-5 victory at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

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What's new for rugby's top 10 nations this November series?

After two years apart, the elite rugby nations of the northern and southern hemispheres will reunite throughout November, providing a valuable marker two years out from the next global showpiece. Here's what you need to know.

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Paisami returns to Wallabies centres vs. Japan

Wallabies centre Hunter Paisami is set to make his return to the starting line-up on Saturday against Japan with their tackle-busting star Samu Kerevi unavailable for selection through injury.

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Rennie sweating on Kerevi fitness ahead of tour

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has been left sweating the fitness of star centre Samu Kerevi after the 28-year-old hobbled off the field in the Wallabies 32-17 win over Argentina on Saturday night.

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Ireland to face New Zealand, U.S. in autumn

Ireland will host New Zealand in one of four international tests announced by the Irish Rugby Football Union for Andy Farrell's squad in October and November.

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Ireland edge past Japan in free-scoring thriller

Ireland survived some brilliant attacking Japanese play to gain revenge for their shock 2019 World Cup defeat with a 39-31 win in an entertaining and free-scoring match at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

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Murray replaces injured Jones as Lions captain

The British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland confirmed that captain Alun Wyn Jones will miss the South Africa tour after dislocating his shoulder in the warm-up win over Japan on Saturday.

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448dSam Bruce

Discussions underway over cross-border rugby comp with Japan

Super Rugby could be set for yet another structural change and a return to Asia after it was revealed that discussions have taken place around a new tournament that would pit leading Japanese Top League clubs against those from New Zealand and Australia.

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Hooper backs Japan, but worries over more Tests

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper would love to see Japan play more international Tests, but says rugby's various governing bodies need to be careful not to burn out players in the process.

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Jones cleared to continue advisory role in Japan

Eddie Jones has been cleared to continue as a consultant for Japanese Top League side Suntory Sungoliath after the Rugby Football Union said there is no conflict of interest.

2019 RankingsRugby World Cup

  • JPN11th
    Tries Scored 1st South Africa : 27 Tries Scored
    SA1st
    13
    27
  • JPN8th
    Points Difference 1st South Africa : 149 Points Difference
    SA1st
    53
    149