Braves Blossoms lost their steam in their quarterfinals against South Africa. Photo: NikkeiAsia
In spite of the last minute effort by the Welsh to comeback and snatch a win from France; the Red Dragons look the better contender to advance to the finals against England in a fortnight.
Watching the game on television last night, the French had done enough to win the match but didn’t have the killer punch to amass enough points to keep the margin clear from the grasp of the Six Nations champion, Wales.
Chris Robshaw and Stuart Lancaster face the media after the clash against Australia at Twickenham. Photo: Planet Rugby
Stuart Lancaster faces an anxious wait after England’s catastrophic failure in their own Rugby World Cup. Watching England be completely outclassed by Australia means intense pain now but also major concerns looking forward.
Lancaster’s good-guy persona has won him time and faith during previous lows but this is on another scale – the nightmare everyone in England has feared since December 2012 when the draw for the pools was made.
Wales fans celebrate after their win at Twickenham. Photo: WalesOnline
A bitter English supporter has demanded England stop paying for the tournament after losing to Wales
Who knew Wales’ victory over England was linked to the UK’s continued membership of the EU?
In Wales we haven’t stopped celebrating since Saturday’s inspirational victory but over the border some English fans are a little miffed.
Nick Easter called up to replace Billy Vunipola for England in the Rugby World Cup. Photo: World Rugby
Number eight was on his way to train at Harlequins when he heard he was back on World Cup duty as replacement for injured Billy Vunipola
LONDON – Veteran England forward Nick Easter answered crucial calls from his dog, his professional conscience and his stomach before concentrating on the key one from his country on Monday.
The 37-year-old Easter revealed that he was told about his urgent call-up to the England squad by his Harlequins coach Conor O’Shea when he was driving to club training on Monday morning.
Easter was advised to do a U-turn and head home because England coach Stuart Lancaster would need him to replace the injured number eight Billy Vunipola, who has been ruled out of Rugby World Cup 2015 with a knee injury. But Easter had a few things to do first.
Gatland says the pressure will be on England if Wales beat Fiji. Photo: Getty Images
Wales face the Pacific Islanders on Thursday after their bruising 28-25 win over the hosts at Twickenham.
England then face Australia two days later.
“If we beat Fiji we’ll put quite a bit of pressure on England I suppose because they’ll have to beat Australia,” said Gatland, who has three fresh injury worries.
Sam Burgess attacks against Fiji defence in Vereniki Goneva (left) and Peceli Yato in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup. Photo: Wiltshire Times
Sam Burgess will make his first World Cup start as England go for power in their crucial Pool A clash with Wales at Twickenham.
The rugby league convert replaces the injured Jonathan Joseph in midfield, with Brad Barritt shifting to outside centre to accommodate him.
Dominiko Waqaniburotu (2nd left) tip tackles Jonny May in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup. Photo: Matthew Impey/Rex Shutterstock
Dominiko Waqaniburotu of Fiji has been suspended for one week after admitting an act of foul play.
Following a review of broadcast footage, Waqaniburotu was cited by Independent Citing Commissioner Douglas Hunter (Scotland) under Law 10.4(j) for a ‘dangerous tip tackle’ in the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool A match against England.
The case was heard by Independent Judicial Officer Professor Lorne Crerar (Scotland) in accordance with the Rugby World Cup 2015 Disciplinary process.
England skipper Chris Robshaw faces Fijian lock Leone Nakarawa in the RWC opening match at Twickenham. Photo: The Guardian
England’s pack under scrutiny at Rugby World Cup after scrum was pushed off own ball by supposedly inferior Fiji forwards
A game in and already England have a rallying point to crowd round. How they react will go some way to defining their progress or otherwise from Pool A. It happened just shy of the half-hour mark in Friday’s win over Fiji. Such is the incident’s notoriety that there should not be need for too much introduction. Nevertheless, let’s set the scene.
England have just been torn apart by some typically Fijian brilliance by Nikola Matawalu, who failed to score a solo try only because he dropped the ball in stretching for the line. Relief surged round Twickenham. England were awarded a five-metre scrum. They had survived the demonstration of what Fiji do; now they could resort to what they do.
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Clash of props . . . Fiji’s prop Campese Ma’afu (right) confronts England counterpart Dan Coles. Photo: Getty Images
England left it late but came away from their Rugby World Cup opener with a bonus point 35-11 win over a punishing Fiji side at Twickenham.
Late tries from Mike Brown and Billy Vunipola in many ways glossed over a number of issues for Stuart Lancaster and the rest of his coaches to address – although they had time to do so during multiple lengthy stoppages involving the television match official.
England never hit the pace they set at their best against Ireland in their final warm-up match due to a combination of clear jitters along with Fiji’s refusal to let them settle.
Head coach John McKee and scrum coach Alan Muir’s work with Fiji means they are no longer a soft touch at the scrum, that crucial area in the past where teams have dominated them. No more, on this basis at least.