So far, the Flying Fijians have done remarkably well- a top qualifier from the Oceania region and they have claimed the scalps of Italy, Scotland and France from the Tier One group. L-R: Alex Hodgman, Watisoni Votu, Michael Little, Rahboni Warren - Vosayaco, Maritino Nemani, Semisi Masirewa, Moses Sorovi Opinion: The Rugby World Cup is set to kick-off on September 20. The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach, John McKee has been working hard behind the scene on the squad and by now he should have a fair idea on the 30 players he will take to Japan. After the 2015 RWC, it has been almost a four- year journey and there have been ups and down along the way but it is part and parcel of the building process. So far, the Flying Fijians have done remarkably well- a top qualifier from the Oceania region and they have claimed the scalps of Italy, Scotland and France from the Tier One group. … [Read more...] about Players Fiji Coach Should Consider For The Rugby World Cup
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When hosting an international rugby tournament and welcoming thirsty fans from around the world, the last thing you want to do is run out of beer. That's the message from Rugby World Cup bosses to Japanese hosts as they gear up for the global showcase that kicks off on September 20. Japan is the first Asian country to host the World Cup and may be unfamiliar with rugby culture, organisers said, including a healthy thirst for beer -- before, during and after the action on the pitch. Rugby bosses have warned host cities about running out of ale, using anecdotes such as when Australian and Irish fans drank the city of Adelaide dry, forcing emergency supplies to be brought in from surrounding areas. Around two million litres of beer were downed at stadiums and nearby areas during the 2015 Rugby World Cup with rugby fans having a reputation for outdrinking their football counterparts. Rugby culture "is not widely known in Japan", admitted a spokesman for the World Cup organising committee, … [Read more...] about Beer fear: Japan urged to stock up for Rugby World Cup
Wales' preparations for the Rugby World Cup take a big step forward when Wales' training squad is announced on Tuesday. The Six Nations Grand Slam champions are now ranked second in the world and look like genuine contenders for the ultimate prize in international rugby. So, who will they actually be playing in Japan in September? Well, before the official squad announcement, we will see Wales' World Cup training squad unveiled at midday today (Tuesday, April 30). You can find live coverage of that announcement here. In 2015, Wales named a widened 47-man training squad before whittling it down to the final 31, so we could be seeing a group in the region of 48 players this time. The huge back-row competition is likely to mean Warren Gatland wants an extra look at one or two others. Training camps Wales will be returning to Fiesch in the Swiss Alps in July - where they spent time before the 2015 Rugby World Cup - where the players will be living 2,250 metres above sea level but training … [Read more...] about Wales’ Rugby World Cup fixtures, pool and training squad
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?
Some of the most memorable moments in Rugby World Cup history have come from a triumphant underdog. In 1991, Samoa started the tradition by upsetting Wales 16-13 at Cardiff Arms Park. They later handed the Welsh their first ever defeat at Millennium Stadium in 1999. In 2015, Japan beat South Africa and pulled off one of the greatest rugby, if not sporting, upsets of all time. Japan The Cherry Blossoms will have everything to play for when they host their first ever Rugby World Cup. They'll be looking to build on a 2015 tournament that saw them pull off one of the greatest upsets in sport after defeating South Africa. Look out for fireworks come October 13. Argentina Let’s face it, Los Pumas' recent form has been questionable. They finished third in the 2007 tournament after defeating hosts France in pool play. They also progressed past pool play in 1999, 2011 and 2015, making the semi-finals in the latter. Fiji As a two-time quarter-finalist, Fiji has a relatively impressive … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup 2019: Five underdogs to cheer for in Japan