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Oct 15, 2015

Good days for rugby as underdogs close World Cup gap

LONDON (Reuters) – Japan’s 34-32 Rugby World Cup upset of South Africa still beggars belief, confounding all the sport’s received wisdom. But the man charged with boosting rugby’s development allows himself just a smile.

“I was not totally surprised by it actually,” Mark Egan told Reuters. “Japan are so professional and committed now that they have become really competitive against higher-ranked opponents.”

Oct 15, 2015

Rugby-Good days for rugby as underdogs close World Cup gap

LONDON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Japan’s 34-32 Rugby World Cup upset of South Africa still beggars belief, confounding all the sport’s received wisdom. But the man charged with boosting rugby’s development allows himself just a smile.

“I was not totally surprised by it actually,” Mark Egan told Reuters. “Japan are so professional and committed now that they have become really competitive against higher-ranked opponents.”

Oct 14, 2015

Scotland squad fired up by double ban

LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland officials have yet to decide whether to appeal against the bans that have ruled out Jonny Gray and Ross Ford for the remainder of the Rugby World Cup, but the rest of the squad are feeding off the anger generated by the decision.

The two forwards were given three-week bans for dangerous play in during last weekend’s win over Samoa and, though the citing commissioner’s decision has been widely criticised, those within the Scotland camp realise their focus must be on the challenge facing them in Sunday’s quarter-final against Australia.

Oct 14, 2015

Rugby-Scotland squad fired up by double ban

LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Scotland officials have yet to decide whether to appeal against the bans that have ruled out Jonny Gray and Ross Ford for the remainder of the Rugby World Cup, but the rest of the squad are feeding off the anger generated by the decision.

The two forwards were given three-week bans for dangerous play in during last weekend’s win over Samoa and, though the citing commissioner’s decision has been widely criticised, those within the Scotland camp realise their focus must be on the challenge facing them in Sunday’s quarter-final against Australia.

Oct 12, 2015

Closer matches key to ‘breathtaking’ World Cup, say organisers

LONDON (Reuters) – Rugby World Cup organisers declared the pool phase of the tournament to be a “breathtaking shop window for the sport” on Monday and said the key to its success was the increased competitiveness of the Tier Two nations.

Record ticket sales, packed fanzones and massive TV audiences have enabled World Rugby to hit or surpass most of their tournament targets off the pitch, while officials have been delighted with the action on it during the 40 pool games.

Oct 12, 2015

Rugby-Closer matches key to ‘breathtaking’ World Cup, say organisers

LONDON, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Rugby World Cup organisers declared the pool phase of the tournament to be a “breathtaking shop window for the sport” on Monday and said the key to its success was the increased competitiveness of the Tier Two nations.

Record ticket sales, packed fanzones and massive TV audiences have enabled World Rugby to hit or surpass most of their tournament targets off the pitch, while officials have been delighted with the action on it during the 40 pool games.

Oct 11, 2015

Impressive Ireland top group but at a heavy cost

LONDON (Reuters) – Ireland beat France 24-9 in a brutal Cardiff encounter to earn a quarter-final meeting with Argentina, leaving the well-beaten French the daunting prospect of facing New Zealand as the Rugby World Cup’s pool phase came to a close on Sunday.

In the most eagerly-awaited match outside of Pool A, Ireland overcame their Six Nations rivals for the first time in four World Cup meetings. But the win came at a heavy cost, with the flyhalf Johnny Sexton and captain Paul O’Connell in danger of missing the rest of the tournament.

Oct 11, 2015

Rugby-Impressive Ireland top group but at a heavy cost

LONDON, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Ireland beat France 24-9 in a brutal Cardiff encounter to earn a quarter-final meeting with Argentina, leaving the well-beaten French the daunting prospect of facing New Zealand as the Rugby World Cup’s pool phase came to a close on Sunday.

In the most eagerly-awaited match outside of Pool A, Ireland overcame their Six Nations rivals for the first time in four World Cup meetings. But the win came at a heavy cost, with the flyhalf Johnny Sexton and captain Paul O’Connell in danger of missing the rest of the tournament.

Oct 10, 2015

Epic 13-man defence was just doing our job, says Moore

LONDON (Reuters) – After one of the greatest defensive performances in World Cup history, Australia captain Stephen Moore said the 13 men who kept Wales at bay during Saturday’s epic “Siege of Twickenham” were just doing their job.

Australia beat Wales 15-6 to top Rugby World Cup Pool A but it was not their twinkle-toed backs who made the difference.

Oct 10, 2015

Rugby-Epic 13-man defence was just doing our job, says Moore

LONDON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – After one of the greatest defensive performances in World Cup history, Australia captain Stephen Moore said the 13 men who kept Wales at bay during Saturday’s epic “Siege of Twickenham” were just doing their job.

Australia beat Wales 15-6 to top Rugby World Cup Pool A but it was not their twinkle-toed backs who made the difference.

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      "I'm the head of UK sports reporting, based in London. I've been on the Reuters sports desk since 1997 and cover mainly football, rugby, athletics, golf, cycling and cricket."
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