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.
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.
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.
Fiji last won at the opening tournament at the Gold Coast in Australia. Photo: IRB
The fourth round of the 2014/15 Sevens World Series gets underway at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Friday, with teams vying for all-important series points.
With a third of the series gone, Round Four in Wellington continues the journey for all the participating teams as the road to Rio heats up.
At the end of the nine rounds this year, the top four teams will automatically qualify for the Olympics, with South Africa, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia currently occupying those spots.
All Blacks Richie McCaw scores the winning try against the Springboks. Photo: Skysports
New Zealand overturned a half-time deficit to claim a 14-10 victory over South Africa in a thrilling Rugby Championship Test at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.
Only two tries were scored – one apiece – but the clash between the two best sides in the world lived up to its billing as the All Blacks were forced to hang on in a nail-biting finish to an outstanding contest.
Branco du Preez and Cecil Afrika celebrate Commonwealth Games gold – Photo: IRB/MSL
Barely a week after winning a superb gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, South Africa’s men’s Sevens team is set to turn its attentions back to the HSBC Sevens World Series.
After a few days’ rest and recovery the Springbok Sevens assemble back at their base in Stellenbosch on Monday to start preparations ahead the 2014/15 Series, which kicks off on Australia’s Gold Coast on 11-12 October.
Sean Fitzpatrick on the charge during the RWC 1995 quarter-final win over Scotland. Photo: Getty Images
As the most successful captain of the most successful team of all time, Sean Fitzpatrick knows a thing or two about winning.
A world champion just 16 days after his 24th birthday, Fitzpatrick went on to earn 92 caps for New Zealand, 62 of them as captain.
He experienced far more wins (74) than losses (16) as an All Black before a knee injury forced his retirement from the game 10 years after New Zealand first lifted the Webb Ellis Cup.