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Ireland vs Scotland gives Day 3 a Six Nations flavor at RWC

September 22, 2019
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New Zealand's rugby team players clap to the crowd after winning against South Africa during their match at the Rugby World Cup Pool B game in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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New Zealand's rugby team players clap to the crowd after winning against South Africa during their match at the Rugby World Cup Pool B game in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

TOKYO (AP) — Day 3 of the Rugby World Cup has a Six Nations flavor, with top-ranked Ireland playing Scotland in Yokohama and Italy and England opening their campaigns before and after that game.

Italy kicks off the action Sunday in a Pool B game at Osaka against Namibia, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament at No. 23. Italy captain Sergio Parisse is set to start in his fifth World Cup, joining former teammate Mauro Bergamasco and Samoa’s Brian Lima in a select group to have achieved that.

Defending champion New Zealand beat South Africa 23-13 in a blockbuster to open Pool B on Saturday night.

Ireland and Scotland are in Pool A with host Japan, which beat Russia in the tournament’s opening match, and Samoa.

The England-Tonga Pool C game will conclude play on a busy opening weekend in the first Rugby World Cup staged in Asia.

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