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Oct 2, 2015

Rugby-Pumas wary of Tonga ‘disorder’ in Leicester clash

LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Argentina flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez thinks the Pumas need to keep the game tight and avoid being drawn into the “disorder” on which Tonga thrive when they meet the Pacific Islanders in Sunday’s Rugby World Cup Pool C match.

Argentina’s youngest side at a World Cup since 1999 will face an experienced Tonga side with a total of 349 caps and the oldest average age in the tournament at 31 years and 38 days.

Oct 2, 2015

Rugby-Pumas make seven changes in youngest side since 1999

LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – A quartet of young Pumas will be hoping the experience of a second-string victory over Tonga six months ago will help Argentina win their Rugby World Cup Pool C clash in Leicester on Sunday.

Four players named in coach Daniel Hourcade’s team, whose quarter-final hopes hang on a victory, helped the Pampas XV beat Tonga A in the Pacific Challenge tournament in Australia in March.

Sep 29, 2015

France rest Picamoles, give Grosso World Cup debut

CROYDON, England (Reuters) – France have opted to rest number eight Louis Picamoles and will give wing Remy Grosso his first Rugby World Cup start in the Pool D match against Canada at Milton Keynes on Thursday.

Coach Philippe Saint-Andre, having altered almost his whole team for last week’s win over Romania, named a line-up on Tuesday with four changes from the side that beat Italy in their opening match at Twickenham on Sept. 19.

Sep 29, 2015

Rugby-France rest Picamoles, give Grosso World Cup debut

CROYDON, England, Sept 29 (Reuters) – France have opted to rest number eight Louis Picamoles and will give wing Remy Grosso his first Rugby World Cup start in the Pool D match against Canada at Milton Keynes on Thursday.

Coach Philippe Saint-Andre, having altered almost his whole team for last week’s win over Romania, named a line-up on Tuesday with four changes from the side that beat Italy in their opening match at Twickenham on Sept. 19.

Sep 28, 2015

Rugby-Uruguay must earn their place at the top table, says coach

BIRMINGHAM, England, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Uruguay must show more progress to earn greater funding from World Rugby and South America should not be handed an additional direct Rugby World Cup berth ahead of the more developed Pacific Island nations, coach Pablo Lemoine conceded.

The largely amateur Uruguayan side were applauded for their commitment to seeking a try rather than kicking for points as they were crushed 65-3 by Pool A favourites Australia on Sunday and Lemoine acknowledged that much work remains to be done before the South Americans show significant returns on the investment already made by the game’s governing body.

Sep 27, 2015

Try-shy Uruguay live in hope of that elusive score

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Uruguay won many neutral fans and praise from coach Pablo Lemoine with their determination to score a try in their 65-3 Rugby World Cup defeat against Australia on Sunday.

Flyhalf Felipe Berchesi kicked the South Americans’ only points from a penalty midway through the first half of the Pool A match at Villa Park but opted to kick for territory from other penalties.

Sep 27, 2015

Rugby-Try-shy Uruguay live in hope of that elusive score

BIRMINGHAM, England, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Uruguay won many neutral fans and praise from coach Pablo Lemoine with their determination to score a try in their 65-3 Rugby World Cup defeat against Australia on Sunday.

Flyhalf Felipe Berchesi kicked the South Americans’ only points from a penalty midway through the first half of the Pool A match at Villa Park but opted to kick for territory from other penalties.

Sep 27, 2015

Uruguayans revel in facing best on world stage

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Uruguay were on the receiving end of the Rugby World Cup’s third biggest defeat and will want to avoid a similar pasting against Australia on Sunday though foremost in their minds is the thrill of facing one of the favourites.

The Wallabies, who have made 14 changes from the team that beat Fiji 28-13 in their Pool A opener, will be content with a good match for their reserves, a bonus point they will surely get and a good rest for the big game against hosts England at Twickenham next Saturday.

Sep 27, 2015

Rugby-Uruguayans revel in facing best on world stage

BIRMINGHAM, England, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Uruguay were on the receiving end of the Rugby World Cup’s third biggest defeat and will want to avoid a similar pasting against Australia on Sunday though foremost in their minds is the thrill of facing one of the favourites.

The Wallabies, who have made 14 changes from the team that beat Fiji 28-13 in their Pool A opener, will be content with a good match for their reserves, a bonus point they will surely get and a good rest for the big game against hosts England at Twickenham next Saturday.

Sep 26, 2015

Springboks bounce back with bonus-point win over Samoa

BIRMINGHAM (Reuters) – South Africa, brilliantly marshalled by Fourie du Preez in his first start in 15 months, ran in six tries including a JP Pietersen hat-trick to hammer Samoa 46-6 and get their Rugby World Cup challenge back on track.

The Springboks, stunned 34-32 by Japan in their opening Pool B match last weekend, secured only their second win in seven test matches, with Schalk Burger, Schalk Brits and Bryan Habana also bagging tries.

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