5 Jun From the section Irish Rugby Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/48521499 Read more about sharing. Johnny Sexton does not believe Ireland have peaked a year too early and says they have unfinished business to attend to at this year's Rugby World Cup.The Irish fly-half claims they will go to Japan with a mixture of confidence and fear that will "bode well for us".Ireland moved up to second in the world rankings after a superb year in 2018 but then had a lacklustre Six Nations.Sexton claims the hurt of disappointing World Cup exits in 2011 and 2015 will also spur the players on this autumn.Fine marginsUnder Joe Schmidt, Ireland enjoyed their greatest ever calendar year in 2018 winning the Grand Slam and a first series win in Australia since 1979.They saved the best for last, recording an … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup 2019: ‘We haven’t peaked too soon’
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30 Apr From the section Welsh Rugby Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/48102527 Read more about sharing. Uncapped Cardiff Blues prop Rhys Carre has been named in the extended Wales squad who will prepare for the World Cup later this year in Japan.Back-row forwards Aaron Shingler, Taulupe Faletau and Josh Navidi are included in anticipation of their returns from injuries before the tournament.Uncapped Blues wing Owen Lane is also included in the 42-man squad.Carre, 21, will join Saracens from Blues at the end of the season.Wales coach Warren Gatland said: "We have been really impressed with Rhys and with Owen. They have both been on our succession plan for a while and it will be good to have them in camp with us and to see what they are able to do."Wales' road to Japan - via Llantrisant, Switzerland … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup 2019: Wales call up uncapped Carre and Lane to squad
With Damian McKenzie's season-ending injury testing their first-five depth, the All Blacks may have to look offshore for a third-string pivot for the Rugby World Cup. While Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo'unga are essentially locks for the first two spots, the third now seems an area of genuine concern for Steve Hansen and co. Could that mean an SOS to bring home Aaron Cruden from France? All Blacks great Sir John Kirwan believes that's precisely where the answer lies. Kirwan told Sky Sport's The Breakdown that selectors should consider an attempt to bring the 50-test international back to help defend the World Cup in Japan. All Blacks star ruled out of World Cup All Blacks can fill McKenzie void Black jersey not a focus for Otere The 30-year-old has fallen out of favour with his Montpellier club, after a run of injuries saw him sidelined for more than half of the struggling club's Top 14 fixtures last season. "I think Cruden's the best," Kirwan said. "His club doesn't like him, but … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup 2019: Could Aaron Cruden be All Blacks bolter?
The Fijians are likely to play a two-match series against the Maori All Blacks in July before concluding their preparations against Japan, Canada, Samoa and Tonga in World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup in August. Fiji Airways Flying Fijians halfback Frank Lomani during training with the Pacific Combine squad at the HPU gym in Suva on March 19, 2019. Photo: Zoom Fiji The right preparation will be key to the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians’ chances at September’s Japan Rugby World Cup, says head coach John McKee. The Fijians are likely to play a two-match series against the Maori All Blacks in July before concluding their preparations against Japan, Canada, Samoa and Tonga in World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup in August. Fiji’s Pool D opponents are Wales, Australia, Uruguay and Georgia who are now coached by former England prop and forwards coach Graham Rowntree. … [Read more...] about John McKee: Preparation, The Key To Rugby World Cup
Sport by Press Association March 18, 2019, 1:47 pm Updated: March 18, 2019, 2:05 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Sport newsletter With the 2019 Guinness Six Nations done and dusted, attention will soon turn to the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year. Based on Six Nations form, Wales and England will be Europe’s standard bearers at a tournament that will see New Zealand aim for an unprecedented world title hat-trick. Here, Press Association Sport looks at how the World Cup could pan out for England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. ENGLAND Fixtures (Pool C): September 22 – Tonga (Sapporo), September 26 – USA (Kobe City), October 5 – Argentina (Tokyo), October 12 – France (Yokohama). World Cup best: Winners, 2003. Knockout phase: England are likely to face Wales or Australia in the quarter-finals, whether they win their pool or finish second. Topping the group, and then winning the quarter-final, is likely to mean a last-four … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup: What awaits for England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales?