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Oct 7, 2015

Rugby-United States closing the gap despite SA drubbing – Tolkin

LONDON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – The United States suffered the biggest defeat of the Rugby World Cup when a near second-string side went down 64-0 to South Africa on Wednesday but their coach said it would have been worse in previous tournaments.

With a four-day turn-around until their last Pool B game, the U.S. made 12 changes from the team that led Scotland for 40 minutes before being overrun and were only 14 points down at halftime until the twice world champions cut loose.

Oct 7, 2015

Record try scorer Habana leads South Africa into last eight

LONDON (Reuters) – South African winger Bryan Habana equalled Jonah Lomu’s record of 15 Rugby World Cup tries with a hat-trick in the Springboks’ 64-0 demolition of the United States on Wednesday to seal their place in the quarter-finals as pool winners.

The former world champions would not have expected to have so much riding on their final group match against the bottom team in Pool B, but their humiliating opening defeat to Japan had left them needing a win to shut the door on Scotland and the Japanese.

Oct 7, 2015

Rugby-Record try scorer Habana leads South Africa into last eight

LONDON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – South African winger Bryan Habana equalled Jonah Lomu’s record of 15 Rugby World Cup tries with a hat-trick in the Springboks’ 64-0 demolition of the United States on Wednesday to seal their place in the quarter-finals as pool winners.

The former world champions would not have expected to have so much riding on their final group match against the bottom team in Pool B, but their humiliating opening defeat to Japan had left them needing a win to shut the door on Scotland and the Japanese.

Oct 6, 2015

Fiji, Romania win, South Africa eye last eight

LONDON (Reuters) – Fiji and Romania recorded their first victories of the World Cup on Tuesday as teams began to bid farewell to the tournament and those remaining prepared for a weekend that will decide the quarter-final line-ups.

Hosts England rang the changes for their final game, a dead rubber against Uruguay, and the debate over Stuart Lancaster’s future continued with another seasoned coach stating his interest in a role that has yet to become available.

Oct 6, 2015

Rugby-Fiji, Romania win, South Africa eye last eight

LONDON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Fiji and Romania recorded their first victories of the World Cup on Tuesday as teams began to bid farewell to the tournament and those remaining prepared for a weekend that will decide the quarter-final line-ups.

Hosts England rang the changes for their final game, a dead rubber against Uruguay, and the debate over Stuart Lancaster’s future continued with another seasoned coach stating his interest in a role that has yet to become available.

Oct 6, 2015

Sleepy giant Henderson gives Ireland an extra edge

LONDON (Reuters) – Described as “a real beast” by his not exactly diminutive skipper Paul O’Connell, Ireland lock Iain Henderson has made a real breakthrough at the Rugby World Cup and added an extra edge to his country’s title challenge.

The 23-year-old, who is equally comfortable at blindside flanker and looked set for a role as an impact replacement six weeks ago, has not only forced his way into the side but quickly become one of Joe Schmidt’s indispensable men.

Oct 6, 2015

Rugby-Sleepy giant Henderson gives Ireland an extra edge

LONDON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Described as “a real beast” by his not exactly diminutive skipper Paul O’Connell, Ireland lock Iain Henderson has made a real breakthrough at the Rugby World Cup and added an extra edge to his country’s title challenge.

The 23-year-old, who is equally comfortable at blindside flanker and looked set for a role as an impact replacement six weeks ago, has not only forced his way into the side but quickly become one of Joe Schmidt’s indispensable men.

Oct 6, 2015

Australia’s Cheika a unique motivator recalls Ireland’s Sexton

LONDON (Reuters) – Michael Cheika’s resuscitation of Australia in less than a year in charge has become one of the stories of the World Cup, particularly after the Wallabies demolished and eliminated hosts England last weekend.

But how exactly has he restored belief, discipline and an attacking verve so quickly? The answer is pretty simple, according to Ireland flyhalf Johnny Sexton, who played under the forthright Aussie at Leinster.

Oct 6, 2015

Rugby-Australia’s Cheika a unique motivator recalls Ireland’s Sexton

LONDON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Michael Cheika’s resuscitation of Australia in less than a year in charge has become one of the stories of the World Cup, particularly after the Wallabies demolished and eliminated hosts England last weekend.

But how exactly has he restored belief, discipline and an attacking verve so quickly? The answer is pretty simple, according to Ireland flyhalf Johnny Sexton, who played under the forthright Aussie at Leinster.

Oct 5, 2015

Georgia want to make memorable World Cup count

LONDON (Reuters) – Georgia won plenty of new fans in their gutsy defeat to New Zealand but coach Milton Haig has warned his players it will count for nothing if they do not secure automatic qualification for the next World Cup with victory over Namibia.

Despite fielding a virtual shadow side — keeping their powder dry for Wednesday’s final match when third spot in Pool A and a place at the 2019 World Cup within their grasp — Georgia gave New Zealand a tough time last Friday.