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.
Wallaby number 8 Isi Naisarani wins a lineout against the Springboks in Johannesburg. Photo: AFP
The recent debut of three Fijians in separate Tier One nation teams has highlighted the fact that the Fiji Rugby Union is sitting on a wealth of resources that if tapped dilligently and frugally will bring dividends in abundance. Continue reading
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Japanese fans celebrate a famous win over South Africa. Photo: EPA
The rugby world has reacted with praise and astonishment after Japan pulled off the biggest upset in the sport’s history with a last-gasp victory over South Africa in their opening game of the World Cup.
As Japanese sports fans digested the enormity of their compatriots’ feat in Brighton in the small hours of Sunday morning, rugby stars past and present took to social media to applaud the tactical brilliance of the Brave Blossoms and their Australian coach, Eddie Jones.
England skipper Chris Robshaw has led his England side well during the Six Nations competition. Photo: Planet Rugby
Rugby Championship heavyweights New Zealand, Australia and South Africa will go into RWC 2015 as the top three nations in the World Rugby Rankings.
Long-time leaders New Zealand remain untouchable – for a fortnight at least – on 92.89 points, with Australia 6.22 points behind in second and South Africa a further 1.52 points back in third.
Australia were unable to make up any ground on their cross-Tasman rivals despite being the only side of the three in action over the weekend, as their 47-10 win over the USA in Chicago did not come with any ratings points given the double-figure difference in rankings positions and rating points between the nations.