0 Have your say It is thirty-two years since the first Rugby World Cup. So I suppose you have to be fortyish to have any memory of it. It may surprise anyone younger to be told that enthusiasm for the adventure was lukewarm. Ireland and Scotland were both, predictably very dubious , England, as I recall, scarcely less so. The hesitation to commit themselves was reasonable. Anyone could see that if the tournament was a success and followed by another, it might become more difficult to keep rugby union as an amateur game. The threat was already looming: there were mutterings about the All Blacks’ hooker Andy Dalton cashing in on his reputation by advertising a tractor. Well, the first World Cup was a success. By now the pressure on the game’s amateur status was intensifying. Rugby League was attracting more players, especially from Wales and Australia. It seemed that so many demands were being made on players’ time that the temptation to accept … [Read more...] about Allan Massie: Scotland can go to Rugby World Cup with optimism
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Picking Wales’ greatest World Cup XV is a job that would cause bitter infighting on normally harmonious selection panels, with tight calls in pretty much every position. For it isn’t about the best Wales players, full stop. It’s about coming up with a selection based solely on performances during World Cups. MARK ORDERS had a bash at the task in hand... 15. Paul Thorburn (1987) Just the one World Cup for the former Neath full-back, but he made the most of it, sealing his place in history by not only brilliantly setting up Adrian Hadley’s late, late try against Australia but also converting it, magnificently, from the touchline to secure Wales a 22-21 win and third place in the inaugural tournament — still their best effort. Thorburn supplied 37 points all told and was never less than solid throughout the campaign. 14. Ieuan Evans (1987, ’91, 95) The Llanelli legend became the first Welshman to score four tries in a game since the 1960s with his … [Read more...] about The best Wales World Cup XV in history
World Cup-winning South Africa wing James Small has died from a suspected heart attack aged 50.The 47-cap winger was part of the Springboks’ victorious World Cup squad from 1995. Small was rushed to hospital in Johannesburg last night, and died today.Small is the third member of South Africa’s 1995 World Cup winners to have died, after Ruben Kruger in 2010 and Joost Van Der Westhuizen in 2017.“James, as a member of the triumphant Rugby World Cup squad from 1995, will always have a special place in the hearts and minds of the South African public and we were devastated to hear of his passing,” said South Africa rugby president Mark Alexander.“He always played with the type of passion and courage that encapsulate what Springbok rugby stands for, and he lived his life in the same way.“At 50 years old, James Small died too young. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends during this very sad time.”Small made his debut for the … [Read more...] about South African World Cup winner James Small dies aged 50
Japan aims to bring the Rugby World Cup to as wide an audience as possible in the fledgling rugby nation and host cities stretch from the northern island of Hokkaido to Fukuoka, on the western tip of the archipelago. The government is also hoping to breathe new life into an area wrecked by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, creating the only purpose-built stadium in a town destroyed by the disaster. Here are the 12 stadiums hosting matches at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which kicks off in just over 100 days with the opening ceremony on September 20 (capacity in brackets): - Yokohama International Stadium (72,327) - The biggest stadium and the venue for both semi-finals and the final on November 2. The Yokohama Stadium, just south of Tokyo, is used to holding major sporting events, having hosted the final of the 2002 football World Cup where Brazil beat Germany. Yokohama is synonymous with Japanese rugby history. British soldiers posted there brought the game to Japan, founding the Yokohama … [Read more...] about From Hokkaido to Fukuoka, Japan’s Rugby World Cup stadiums
Alan Dymock is the Features Editor for Rugby World magazine. (CNN)In its entire history, Ireland has never made it past the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup. In eight attempts, it has failed to make it into the last four -- and in 1999 lost a play-off to make the quarters, against Argentina, while in 2007 the men in green couldn't get past the initial pool stage. Yet after Irish exploits in 2018, hope swelled that the Rugby World Cup in Japan the next year would be very, very different. That year Ireland won a Six Nations grand slam, defeating all its northern hemisphere rivals. On the summer tour Ireland won a series away to Australia, 2-1. In November, as well as beating Italy, Argentina and the US, it toppled the world No. 1 All Blacks 16-9 in Dublin. At the World Rugby awards at the end of the year, coach Joe Schmidt was named coach of the year, fly-half Johnny Sexton was player of the year, and the side won team of the year. Read More Ireland was on a roll... But … [Read more...] about Can Ireland reignite Rugby World Cup hopes?