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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Nathan Tofilau was given the surprise of his life when rugby legend Sir John Kirwan arrived on his doorstep with some exciting news. The 11-year-old had entered a competition in March this year, for the chance to carry the match ball onto the field at the New Zealand v Italy Rugby World Cup game in Japan. Rugby World Cup 2019: Glen Jackson's 'bemusing' refereeing snub All Blacks utility Damian McKenzie has surgery on knee He was chosen as the winner out of nearly 800 entries. "I'm shocked and speechless, but I'm just so excited to run the ball on," Nathan told Newshub. To keep the exciting news a surprise, Nathan's mum, Natalie Tofilau, told the young rugby player he'd been pulled out of school to go to the dentist. "Mum said I was going to the dentist, and she made me dress up all nice, and she made me wear my Blues top...I'm very surprised because she lets the secrets out easily." Nathan, who has been playing rugby for seven years has developed a passion for the game. "It's just … [Read more...] about 11yo ‘speechless’ after being picked for Rugby World Cup role
Wales boss Warren Gatland says he has received a number of approaches about a possible post-World Cup job but insists England's rugby union bosses have not contacted him. The New Zealander says that he has not spoken to England, who have been linked with recruiting him as former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones' potential long-term successor. Sam Whitelock re-signs with New Zealand Rugby Israel Folau firestorm as Rugby Australia face Pacific Island player mutiny Gatland will step down as Wales head coach after the World Cup in Japan later this year - having been drawn in the same pool as Australia - ending a reign which has included three Six Nations Grand Slams. Asked about his future, Gatland said: "I've had quite a number of approaches from different places. "It's a matter of making the right decision at the right time. But my whole focus is about the next six or seven months and Wales and the World Cup. "I am not too worried about whether I have a job or not for a while. I'm a great … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup 2019: Warren Gatland plays down links to England job post World Cup
Story highlights Rugby fans cycling from London to Tokyo Arrive in Japan for first game of World Cup (CNN)Some 20,000 kilometers of roads separate Twickenham Stadium, the site of the 2015 Rugby World Cup final, and Tokyo Stadium, which will host the opening game of this year's competition. For two fans, the tournaments are just a bike ride apart. The kickoff between Japan and Russia in six months' time will bring to an end a journey that will take 231 days, spanning two continents and 27 countries. By that time, Ron Rutland and James Owens will be grateful to put their bikes to one side and watch some rugby. "We're gluttons for punishment," Rutland tells CNN Sport from Bulgaria, just under four weeks into the journey. "It's pretty relentless going to be honest. We're in our saddles probably about seven hours a day." South African Rutland is no stranger to long-distance adventures. Before the 2015 World Cup he embarked on a two-year, 42,000km cycle through Africa and Europe, … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup: The 20,000km cycle ride to Tokyo
Wales achieved their first Grand Slam in seven years on Saturday, but it was also the first Slam clinched by a side in a Rugby World Cup year since England back in 2003. Which, you may remember, worked out rather well for Martin Johnson's side. How much however can we read from where each team finishes in the Six Nations when it comes to predicting how they will fare at the Rugby World Cup? Away wins in Dublin and at Twickenham paved the way for France to win the Grand Slam in 1987, and they followed it up with a sterling effort at the Rugby World Cup by reaching the final against hosts New Zealand, defeating Fiji and Australia in the knockout stages. The great Philippe Sella and Serge Blanco... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about Has winning a Grand Slam in the Six Nations historically led to success at the Rugby World Cup?