FRANCE have been named as the shock hosts to the 2023 Rugby World Cup.South Africa were expected to stage the tournament, with Ireland also bidding. SUN BETS: BET £10 GET A FREE £30 BET But the council of the sport's governing body went against the recommendations of an extensive report in a secret ballot on Wednesday.South Africa had been recommended by World Rugby's board but council members voted for France.France hosted the tournament in 2007 - 12 years after South Africa last staged it.Ireland were eliminated after the first round of votes when they secured eight of the 39 available votes, to the 13 of South Africa and 18 of France.In the second round, France secured 24 votes to South Africa's 15.The remaining Six Nations and SANZAR countries had three votes each with the rest made up from the six regional associations and smaller rugby countries - with a minimum of 20 votes needed. DAVE KIDD Don’t be fooled by England’s goalless draw with … [Read more...] about France named as shock 2023 Rugby World Cup hosts ahead of South Africa
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France has been named as host of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, World Rugby president Bill Beaumont has announced. The decision, announced on Wednesday morning, goes against the recommendations of an extensive evaluation report. World Rugby's board had recommended South Africa host the tournament but the council members voted for France in a secret ballot. Ireland had also entered a bid to stage the tournament. A simple majority from the 39 votes was required and France claimed 18 votes to South Africa's 13 in the first round of voting. Ireland had eight votes and were eliminated. The second round saw France claim 24 votes to South Africa's 15 to be named hosts for a second time, after 2007. The 10th edition of the tournament coincides with the 200th anniversary of the birth of the sport, when William Webb Ellis picked up the ball and ran with it during a game of football at Rugby School. Beaumont said: "We've been fortunate to have three great bids. There's going to be two countries … [Read more...] about France named as surprise host for Rugby World Cup 2023 despite World Rugby’s board recommending South Africa
FIXTURES for the Japan Rugby World Cup 2019 have been released and they reveal some exciting match-ups for British teams.The tournament’s hosts Japan kick it off in Tokyo, as they face Europe’s top qualifier on Friday September 20, 2019.England surely couldn’t have hoped for a simpler opener, as they face off against Tonga in Pool C.Ireland and Scotland have both been drawn in Pool D, and play each other in the first fixture.Wales meet Georgia in Pool D, while Champions New Zealand face a tough test against South Africa.The full fixture list can be accessed on the official Rugby World Cup website. Pool A Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Europe 1, play-off winner (Europe 2 v Oceania 3) Pool BNew Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Africa 1, repechage winner Pool CEngland, France, Argentina, USA, Tonga Pool DAustralia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji, Americas 2 … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup 2019: Fixtures and groups for tournament in Japan and who are England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland playing?
ENGLAND take on New Zealand as they look to retain the Women's Rugby World CupIn 2014, they won won their second title when they triumphed over Canada. STAKE £10 ON MAYWEATHER v McGREGOR AND GET A FREE £20/£30 BET WITH SUN BETSOpponents New Zealand are four-time champs, having previously set the benchmark in women's rugby, as in the men's game.Here is all you need to know about the match.England take on New Zealand on Saturday, August 26.The match will start at 7.45pm.It will be played at the Kingspan Stadium (better known as Ravenhill) in Belfast.The Women's Rugby World Cup final will be shown live on ITV1.Coverage will begin at 7.15pm.England cruised to the top of a group containing Spain, Italy and the United States.They then defeated France 20-3 in the semi-final.New Zealand won a group containing Canada, France and Hong Kong (who they beat 121-0).In the semi-finals they convincingly beat the United States 45-12. … [Read more...] about Women’s Rugby World Cup final 2017 – England vs New Zealand: What time is it on tonight, and what TV channel is it on?
ENGLAND will be looking to build on back-to-back Six Nations triumphs by mounting a serious challenge for the 2019 World Cup in Japan.As usual, reigning champs the All Blacks will be standing in their way, as well as a host of other leading rugby nations.But who could England get in their group? Here is all the latest info as the Rugby World Cup draw moves ever closer.The draw will take place at 9am on Wednesday, May 10 (5pm Japanese time) at the iconic Kyoto State Guest House.It will be shown live on World Rugby's suite of digital and social media platforms.Conducting the draw will be World Rugby Chairman and Hall of Famer Bill Beaumont, New Zealand Head Coach Steve Hansen, champion wrestler Saori Yoshida and Japan rugby legend Yoshihiro Sakata.Only the teams who qualified directly from the 2015 tournament by finishing in the top three of their groups have been confirmed so far.They are as follows:SunSport says: ENGLAND, South Africa, Argentina, Fiji*, … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup draw: When is it, what TV channel is it on and could England get another group of death?
Eddie Jones admits England have been left with “no excuses” not to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The match venues and order of fixtures were revealed by host nation Japan today - and it brought a smile to the face of the Red Rose boss. “If you were doing the ideal world and you wanted to set it up, that's how you want it,” said Jones. “So we have no excuses.” England start with matches against Pool C minnows Tonga and the United States before facing Argentina and finally France. “We have been blessed with the locations,” Jones added, after being assigned matches in Sapporo, Kobe, Tokyo and Yokohama. “We have the advantage of being a big team so they want us to play in big grounds at the end of the pool. “Sapporo is a bit different - not a rugby city and in the middle of nowhere. Then onto Kobe which is a beautiful city. “We have Argentina in Tokyo, which is a great stadium. I used to live two train stations away from it … [Read more...] about Eddie Jones welcomes “ideal” Rugby World Cup draw and admits England have “no excuses”
ENGLAND will kick off their Rugby World Cup campaign against Tonga – as boss Eddie Jones says they have “no excuses” not to win the whole tournament.The Red Rose will take on their Pool C rivals on September 22 after the fixtures for Japan 2019 were announced.Ireland and Scotland face each other in a blockbuster Pool A opener between the home nations rivals on the same day.Warren Gatland’s Wales, meanwhile, come up against improving Georgia on September 23 in Tokyo.Jones’ England are also up against Argentina on October 5 in the capital before completing their fixtures against France in Yokohama a week later.And the Aussie boss said: “I think if you were doing the ideal world and you wanted to set it up, that’s how you want it. So we have no excuses.“You have to win four games and the great thing for us is that we have got really good locations.“I think we have been blessed with the locations and have the advantage of being a a … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup fixtures announced as England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland find out their fate for 2019
MATT DAWSON has made a huge name for himself as an England Rugby World Cup winner and, subsequently, a team captain on A Question of Sport.At the same time, he has been working to raise awareness about Lyme disease after being forced to undergo heart surgery due to picking up the illness.Matt Dawson was walking in a park in London last year when he was bitten by a tick, which spread the bacterial infection throughout his body.He said: "I had two days where I felt awful. Very feverish, on the sofa, crashed out."It was a really scary time for me and my family. Such a tiny creature caused me to end up needing heart surgery."Cases of Lyme disease have risen fourfold in the UK over the past ten years and Dawson admits he didn't think he was at risk of catching the illness on home soil.He said: "I'd heard of Lyme disease before. It was something I'd always associated with places abroad, on the continent, in America, wherever there were deer."There's no way that I would've walked … [Read more...] about Why did Matt Dawson undergo heart surgery, and how long has England Rugby World Cup winner been a team captain on A Question of Sport for?
England gave away nine penalties as they were beaten 33-13 by Australia at Twickenham on Saturday night. In other pool matches on Saturday, after their heroics against South Africa, Japan beat Samoa 26-5. South Africa beat Scotland 34-16. After losing to Wales, England needed to beat two-time champions Australia to keep alive hopes of qualifying from Pool A, the most difficult group at the tournament. Australia faced their first major test in the competition and came through scoring three tries and kicking four penalties. They took the lead after eight minutes with a penalty and were up 17-3 at half time. Bernard Foley scored two tries - converting both of them himself. He also kicked four penalties. In the second half England revived to narrow the score but were never ahead of the Australians. Anthony Watson scored a try on 56" which was converted by Owen Farrell who also kicked two penalties. But when Farrell was given a yellow card on 71" it signaled the end of England's … [Read more...] about Hosts England knocked out of Rugby World Cup after loss to Australia
Rory Steyn - a former senior South African police commander involved with All Blacks security at the 1995 Rugby World Cup and an ex-bodyguard to President Nelson Mandela - told the "New Zealand Herald" that he believes betting syndicates poisoned 27 of the 35 members of the All Blacks squad. Currently in New Zealand for TedxAuckland to talk about his time as Nelson Mandela's chief bodyguard, Steyn's allegations resurrect a conspiracy theory that is both almost impossible to prove, but certain to fill seats ahead of his scheduled talk. The 1995 Rugby World Cup Final was played at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg on 24 June 1995, with South Africa winning the match 15-12 in a very evenly matched encounter. New Zealand had been the bookmakers' favorites before the final. The Springbok victory was widely heralded, coming as it did a year after South Africa's first post-Apartheid elections, as a moment of national pride and a step towards reconcilitaion in the country. Nelson Mandela, a … [Read more...] about New Zealand 1995 Rugby World Cup losers poisoned, Mandela bodyguard says