ITV Report 15 August 2019 at 12:05pm A stellar line-up of rugby’s biggest names is emerging from the horizon in anticipation of the 2019 Rugby World Cup as ITV invites viewers to rise for the tournament in Japan starting next month. Beginning its build-up, the channel has unveiled plans for its free to air, exclusive comprehensive coverage and launched an on-air trailer featuring Japanese anime-inspired original animation anticipating UK breakfast time viewings of matches kicking-off in the land of the rising sun from Friday 20 September. With teams both on the ground in Japan and in the UK, led by presenters Mark Pougatch and Jill Douglas, every game of the tournament through to the Final in Yokohama on 2 November will be broadcast live and in evening highlights shows on ITV and ITV4, both featuring expert analysis from a formidable pundit line-up including Jonny Wilkinson, Sam Warburton, Brian O'Driscoll, Bryan Habana, Sir Clive Woodward, Paul O'Connell, Gareth … [Read more...] about Rise for the Rugby World Cup on ITV
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It's just under two months until Wales name their 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan. And with training camps in Switzerland and Turkey, and a total of four warm-ups games against England and Ireland to come, there is plenty that can happen in those two months. But, as things stand, here is the likely 31-man squad Warren Gatland will name on Monday, September 2. BACK-THREE (5) Let's start in the back-three. There's likely to be five men named here, and four of them are nailed on. George North and Josh Adams are two wingers assured of their places, Leigh Halfpenny will travel if fit, while Liam Williams has a claim to be one of the form players in the world right now. That leaves one spot up for grabs. Owen Lane could be a potential bolter if he can impress Warren Gatland in the next two months. Given how many squads he's nearly made before injury struck, the Kiwi clearly likes him, while Jonah Holmes and Steff Evans are also up for consideration. Gatland could also name Rhys … [Read more...] about The likely 31-man Wales Rugby World Cup squad
Rob Herring has been included in the Ireland training panel ahead of this autumn’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. He joins Ulster stablemate Rory Best, the Irish captain, in the 44-man panel confirmed by head coach Joe Schmidt on Tuesday.Herring played a prominent role for Ireland last summer in Australia when Best, who will retire after the World Cup from the professional game, was injured.Although he missed out on selection for the initial Six Nations squad earlier this season, he was called back in.Herring will be hoping he can claim a place on the plane ahead of Leinster’s Sean Cronin and Munster’s Niall Scannell when the squad is whittled down to 31 for the tournament in Japan.Munster duo Mike Haley and Jean Kleyn are the only uncapped players included in the training squad for their pre-World Cup training camps.Haley joined Gallagher Premiership club Sale last summer and is available for Joe Schmidt’s men on account of his maternal grandmother.The 24-year-old … [Read more...] about Ireland training squad for Rugby World Cup named
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?
Ireland captain Rory Best has announced he'll retire from professional rugby after this year's World Cup in Japan. "It is with mixed feelings that I announce my retirement from Ulster Rugby as of the end of this season," the 36-year-old hooker said in a statement. "This feels like the right time for me to go out on my terms, a luxury for which I feel very privileged." Best, whose contract expires after the World Cup, has spent 15 seasons at the top level and helped Ireland win the Six Nations four times including two Grand Slam triumphs. He has also toured Australia and New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions in 2013 and 2017 respectively and has 116 international caps. Best also captained Ireland to their first … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup 2019: Ireland captain Rory Best to retire after Japan tournament