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Sep 18, 2015

Rugby-No more being bullied around says Japan coach

BRIGHTON, England, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Japan want to put an end to being no more than “a training run” for top tier nations at the Rugby World Cup, starting with Saturday’s Pool B match against twice champions South Africa, said coach Eddie Jones.

“Our aim is not to go out there and be a training run for South Africa. Every time Japan has played a tier one country before at a World Cup, they have basically been a training run.

Sep 18, 2015

Forget the score, worry about the win – De Villiers

BRIGHTON, England (Reuters) – While most would expect a big win for South Africa against Japan in the Rugby World Cup on Saturday, Springbok captain Jean de Villiers said on Friday the scoreline was irrelevant.

“We are not putting a score in it,” he told reporters after a final training session at the Brighton Community Stadium before the opening Pool B match.

Sep 18, 2015

Rugby-Forget the score, worry about the win – De Villiers

BRIGHTON, England, Sept 18 (Reuters) – While most would expect a big win for South Africa against Japan in the Rugby World Cup on Saturday, Springbok captain Jean de Villiers said on Friday the scoreline was irrelevant.

“We are not putting a score in it,” he told reporters after a final training session at the Brighton Community Stadium before the opening Pool B match.

Sep 18, 2015

Rugby and football enter cosy World Cup relationship

BRIGHTON, England (Reuters) – Association football and rugby union would seem unlikely bedfellows but the two codes enter into a cosy relationship over the next six weeks as England host the Rugby World Cup — on many of football’s hallowed grounds.

Premier League and lower division pitches are being used for pool matches, to the dismay of some of rugby union’s traditionalists, but with enthusiasm from competitors.

Sep 18, 2015

Springboks look up to Japan coach Jones

BRIGHTON, England (Reuters) – South Africa will look to crush Japan in their Rugby World Cup opener on Saturday but whatever the outcome the Springboks have nothing but respect for opposing coach Eddie Jones.

The former Australia coach, whose team lost narrowly at home in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final, has a close South African connection, having acted as a consultant in 2007 when the Boks won the World Cup in France.

Sep 18, 2015

Rugby-Springboks look up to Japan coach Jones

BRIGHTON, England, Sept 18 (Reuters) – South Africa will look to crush Japan in their Rugby World Cup opener on Saturday but whatever the outcome the Springboks have nothing but respect for opposing coach Eddie Jones.

The former Australia coach, whose team lost narrowly at home in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final, has a close South African connection, having acted as a consultant in 2007 when the Boks won the World Cup in France.

Sep 18, 2015

Rugby-Rugby and soccer enter cosy World Cup relationship

BRIGHTON, England, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Association football and rugby union would seem unlikely bedfellows but the two codes enter into a cosy relationship over the next six weeks as England host the Rugby World Cup — on many of soccer’s hallowed grounds.

Premier League and lower division pitches are being used for pool matches, to the dismay of some of rugby union’s traditionalists, but with enthusiasm from competitors.

Sep 18, 2015

Samoa’s quarter-final hopes under scrutiny

BRIGHTON, England (Reuters) – Samoa’s quest to get out of the pool phase and into the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup will be placed under scrutiny when they take on United States in a Pool B contest at the Brighton Community Stadium on Sunday.

Their only previous World Cup clash, in France eight years ago, was a closely fought 25-21 win for Samoa in St Etienne and much of the same is expected on the south coast of England as Samoa face a familiar dilemma of their potential being tempered by inconsistency in selection, primarily because of on-going issues over the availability of players. But having run the All Blacks close in a historic test at home in Apia in July and with success over Wales and Scotland in recent years, they have legitimate hopes to advance to the quarter-finals as one the top two finishers in the pool. That would likely mean having to leapfrog Scotland, who the 11th placed Samoa sit one place behind in the world rankings, but first they need to overcome the U.S. challenge on Sunday. “In the past we have often been our own worst enemies,” coach Stephen Betham told reporters when the team arrived for the tournament.

Sep 18, 2015

Rugby-Samoa’s quarter-final hopes under scrutiny

BRIGHTON, England, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Samoa’s quest to get out of the pool phase and into the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup will be placed under scrutiny when they take on United States in a Pool B contest at the Brighton Community Stadium on Sunday.

Their only previous World Cup clash, in France eight years ago, was a closely fought 25-21 win for Samoa in St Etienne and much of the same is expected on the south coast of England as Samoa face a familiar dilemma of their potential being tempered by inconsistency in selection, primarily because of on-going issues over the availability of players.

Sep 17, 2015

Wary South Africa unsure of Japanese threat

EASTBOURNE, England (Reuters) – A wary South Africa are unsure of what lies in wait for them when they take on Japan but are conscious of the need for a bright start in their opening Rugby World Cup game in Brighton on Saturday.

It is a first meeting between the two countries and for the twice winners a trip into the unknown, leaving them without any of the expected swagger ahead of the Pool B match at the Brighton Community Stadium.