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Foley’s last-minute penalty seals victory for Australia

Wallaby flyhalf Bernard Foley celebrates the successful penalty which won the match for Australia. Photo: World Rugby

Wallaby flyhalf Bernard Foley celebrates the successful penalty with skipper Stephen Moore which won the match against the Scots. Photo: World Rugby

Fly-half Bernard Foley struck a last-ditch penalty just 30 seconds from the end to clinch Australia a 35-34 victory over Scotland in a Twickenham quarter-final awash with eight tries, drama and controversy.

With his team trailing 34-32 after an interception try from Scotland centre Mark Bennett in the 73rd minute, Foley snatched victory for the Wallabies who scored five tries to Scotland’s three to make the semi-finals an all-southern hemisphere affair for the first time in the history of the World Cup. Australia will take on Argentina in the last four, while New Zealand meet South Africa.

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Japan refuse to blame tiredness in huge loss

Greig Laidlaw kicks one of his penalties against Japan. Photo: World Rugby

Greig Laidlaw kicks one of his penalties against Japan. Photo: World Rugby

Coach Eddie Jones makes no excuses for big defeat but Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw saw an exhausted Brave Blossoms

GLOUCESTER – Japan coach Eddie Jones refused to blame a short turnaround for his team’s one-sided defeat to Scotland. But in reality, three days were just not enough for the Brave Blossoms to recover from their monumental win over South Africa at the weekend.

“I said we wouldn’t use that excuse and we are not,” Jones said following a 45-10 loss on Wednesday, when asked about playing Scotland on such short rest. “Scotland were too good for us in the second half.”

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Japan must hit the ground running against Scots: Jones

Start of game super-important, says Eddi Jones. Photo: World Rugby

Start of game super-important, says Eddie Jones. Photo: World Rugby

BRIGHTON – A fast start against Scotland will be imperative if Japan are to make it two wins out of two and put one foot through the door to the quarterfinals, coach Eddie Jones said on Monday.
The Brave Blossoms have become media darlings of the tournament following their 34-32 victory over South Africa and it was standing-room only in as Jones unveiled his line-up for Wednesday’s match in Gloucester.
For what he dubbed his team’s “most important game” at Rugby World Cup 2015, Jones replaced six players from the Springboks match and made two positional changes, Harumichi Tatekawa shifting to fly-half from centre and Kotaro Matsushima switching wings.
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Scots not surprised by Japan: Duncan Weir

The Japanese side celebrates after the upset defeat of two-time world champions South Africa. Photo: Getty Images

The Japanese side celebrates after the upset defeat of two-time world champions South Africa. Photo: Getty Images

Scottish fly-half Duncan Weir insists the Scotland squad were not shocked by Japan beating South Africa and says it acts as a warning ahead of Wednesday’s meeting.

“We understood that Japan are a growing nation and they’ve been playing some good rugby,” said Weir.

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RWC Gold: Caucau braced for greatness

Caucau scored two tries against Scotland in the 2003 RWC. Photo: IRB

Caucau scored two tries against Scotland in the 2003 RWC. Photo: IRB

Few players, if any, to have won less than 10 international caps will have been talked about as much as Fijian flyer Rupeni Caucaunibuca.

Caucau, as he is known the world over, scored five tries in the first two of his eight matches for Fiji on the eve of Rugby World Cup 2003 and went on to become one of the hottest properties in the game at the tournament in Australia.

His performances against France and Scotland saw him hailed as one of the most exciting attacking players of his generation, and likened to a past Rugby World Cup legend.

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Island teams get RWC dress rehearsals in November

Wales play Fiji in an earlier Test. Photo: Skysports

Wales play Fiji in an earlier Test. Photo: Skysports

Fiji, Samoa and Tonga will enjoy the best preparation yet for a World Cup after the November Tests were announced by the International Rugby Board.

With some compelling matches, November will see Tier Two teams clash with some of the top sides in world rugby ahead of next year’s RWC.

Fiji, who open Rugby World Cup 2015 against host country England, will benefit from a demanding schedule as they face 2015 pool opponents Wales in Cardiff on November 15, just one week after they play France in Paris.

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Fiji drops in rankings

Fiji and Samoa tussle for the ball in an earlier international. Photo: stuff.co.nz

Fiji and Samoa tussle for a high ball in an earlier international. Photo: stuff.co.nz

Fiji dropped a spot in the IRB World Rankings from 10 to eleven after the narrow 13-18 defeat to Manu Samoa last Saturday at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

The drop follows recent promotion in rankings from 16th after the 2011 Rugby World Cup steadily moving up to number 10 before the drop in the latest status of the IRB world rankings this week.

Japan moved into number 10 after the 26-23 triumph over Italy with Scotland and Samoa, two of the teams they are paired with in Pool B in England next year, firmly in their sights.

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