Reformed Sinckler inspiring, changing perceptions at RWC
TOKYO (AP) — Raised on an inner-city public housing project and educated at a state school, Kyle Sinckler hardly fits into the widely held stereotype of English rugby being a sport for the...
23 is the new 15 in a tactical sense at the Rugby World Cup
TOKYO (AP) — The English call them finishers. The Springboks call them the bomb squad.
"Replacements" is a more reserved description for the eight players each team picks to warm the bench...
Prince Charles pops in to see Welsh rugby team at World Cup
TOKYO (AP) — Over in Japan to attend an enthronement ceremony for the country's new emperor, Britain's Prince Charles has popped in to see the Welsh rugby team ahead of its World Cup semifinal...
Toned-down England gets serious after the Eddie Jones Show
TOKYO (AP) — After the spectacle of the Eddie Jones Show, the England team opted to tone things down in preparation for the ultimate test at a Rugby World Cup — a match against the All...
South Africans finding their way at Rugby World Cup
TOKYO (AP) — After finishing off the home team's remarkable run at the Rugby World Cup in the quarterfinals, the Springboks are feeling more comfortable about taking on Wales in...
Hotel challenges pale in comparison to Boks threat for Welsh
TOKYO (AP) — As if it's not a busy enough week for Wales' rugby team, the Tokyo hotel where the players are staying is also being used by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the festivities...
Sharp-talker Jones says spy filmed England, lobs barbs at NZ
TOKYO (AP) — It's Rugby World Cup semifinals week and Eddie Jones, one of the sport's sharpest talkers, is in full wind-up mode.
The team bearing the brunt of the England coach's barbs?...
All Blacks ready for anything if semifinal goes to shootout
TOKYO (AP) — The inevitable question of the tiebreaker was posed to New Zealand coach Steve Hansen ahead of the Rugby World Cup semifinal against England.
Cheika says next Wallabies coach should be Australian
SYDNEY (AP) — Outgoing head coach Michael Cheika says the next man to coach the Wallabies rugby team should "definitely" be Australian.
Cheika told reporters at Sydney Airport Tuesday, on...
Peyper sidelined over photo; Owens to referee NZ vs England
TOKYO (AP) — World Rugby has sidelined Jaco Peyper from officiating at any of the World Cup semifinals and appointed Nigel Owens as referee of the knockout game between defending champion New...
World Cup ref under scrutiny as Welsh play on in Japan
OITA, Japan (AP) — A group of Wales fans laughed and smiled broadly while posing for a photo with South African referee Jaco Peyper after their team scraped into the Rugby World Cup...
Lomu’s legacy looms over NZ-England World Cup semifinal
TOKYO (AP) — One trampling run launched Jonah Lomu to global stardom, ensuring his name will be indelibly linked to a Rugby World Cup semifinal between New Zealand and England.
No shocker this time: Springboks smother Japan at World Cup
TOKYO (AP) — Handre Pollard knew what to expect when he lined up against Japan, four years after being on the losing end of the most shocking upset in Rugby World Cup history.
No shock for Boks: SA beats Japan, reaches World Cup semis
TOKYO (AP) — There was no epic shock for the Springboks this time, regardless of how much Japan threw at them.
South Africa settled for a trademark, grinding 26-3 win over Japan on Sunday to...
Japan’s come a long way since early days of lopsided losses
TOKYO (AP) — Rather than focus on Japan's 26-3 loss to South Africa in Sunday's Rugby World Cup quarterfinal, it's better to remember how far Japan has come since it played in the first World Cup...
Moment of madness: Senseless red card ruins French RWC hopes
OITA, Japan (AP) — It was savage, it was reckless and — gallingly for the French — it was so unnecessary.
France lock Sebastien Vahaamahina's sending-off against Wales in the Rugby World Cup...
The Latest: No shock as Boks reach semis with win over Japan
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local):
South Africa has advanced to the semifinals with a grinding 26-3 win over Japan, bringing...
Wales rallies to beat 14-man France, reach World Cup semis
OITA, Japan (AP) — Once again, a red card proved pivotal in a Rugby World Cup knockout match between Wales and France decided by just one point.
South Africa grinds down Japan 26-3 to reach the Rugby World Cup semifinals against Wales
TOKYO (AP) — South Africa grinds down Japan 26-3 to reach the Rugby World Cup semifinals against Wales.
Cheika out as Australia coach after Rugby World Cup exit
TOKYO (AP) — In the immediate aftermath of a bitter Rugby World Cup quarterfinal defeat, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika pleaded for compassion.
Schmidt leaves Irish in good place despite quarterfinal exit
The pause in play is an ideal time for fresh rapid-fire instructions from the coaches' box.
Joe Schmidt had nothing to say.
Coming up to halftime in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal,...
Jones’ ‘Kamikaze Kids’: Curry, Underhill shining for England
OITA, Japan (AP) — They are called "The Kamikaze Kids" by their coach, such is the disregard Tom Curry and Sam Underhill have for their own well-being.
Rugby World Cup knockouts: Wales v France, Japan v S. Africa
TOKYO (AP) — The semifinal lineup at the Rugby World Cup will be completed on Sunday, with Wales playing France in Oita before host nation Japan takes on two-time champion South Africa in...
All Blacks overwhelm Ireland to reach World Cup semifinals
TOKYO (AP) — It's one thing to beat the All Blacks in Chicago or Dublin. It's an entirely different challenge at the Rugby World Cup, where they feel right at home.
Ireland skipper Best retires after All Blacks defeat
Patricia and John Best can start enjoying Ireland rugby tests again.
Their son Rory won't be playing in them anymore.
For more than 16 years, Pat and John Best have been too nervous to...
Ireland ‘heartbroken’ after another WCup knockout loss
TOKYO (AP) — Ireland has failed again at the knockout stage of the Rugby World Cup.
But Saturday's 46-14 loss to New Zealand in the quarterfinals seemed to cut more deeply than previous...
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The Latest: Kiwi captain Read pays tribute to Best’s career
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local):
Rory Best's 14-year international career ended in tears, the Irish captain leaving the...
England into RWC semis after record-tying win over Australia
OITA, Japan (AP) — The strains of English rugby anthem "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" were already triumphantly swirling around Oita Stadium when Anthony Watson intercepted a long pass out wide and...
Cheika unlikely to survive as Australia stumbles to RWC exit
OITA, Japan (AP) — Michael Cheika didn't take too kindly to the question, although he must have known it was coming.
What, the Australia coach was asked, were his future plans now his team...
Japan’s team takes on South Africa in World Cup knockout
TOKYO (AP) — Before each match, Michael Leitch and his Japan squad have left the field in a battle-like formation after their warmup, each man in widening ranks behind the captain and with his...
OITA, Japan (AP) — England beats Australia 40-16 to reach Rugby World Cup semifinals.
A look back at England-Australia in Rugby World Cup history
OITA, Japan (AP) — A look back at England vs. Australia matches in Rugby World Cup history:
1987 Sydney: Australia 19, England 6
Trailing only 6-0 in a hard-fought pool match, England...
France surprised at Biggar’s RWC return after 2 concussions
OITA, Japan (AP) — France coach Jacques Brunel has expressed his surprise at the presence of Dan Biggar in Wales' lineup for the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal match on Sunday after the flyhalf...
Ireland braced for New Zealand backlash in RWC quarterfinals
TOKYO (AP) — The Irish were beaten and bruised two weeks after their historic first win over New Zealand, and Johnny Sexton is once again bracing for the backlash from the All Blacks.
Brunel’s reign on last legs with Wales favored vs France
OITA, Japan (AP) — It's the land of hot springs in this most southwestern of Japan's main islands, so Jacques Brunel used some downtime before the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals to sample some of...
Penalty shootout looms as tiebreaker in World Cup knockouts
The history of football is full of dramatic penalty shootouts but rugby has never come to the point at which kicks at goal decide a World Cup knockout match.
No looking back for Boks or Japan ahead of World Cup QFs
TOKYO (AP) — It wasn't lost in translation, more a difference in perspective.
Japan coach Jamie Joseph referred to the team's heavy loss to South Africa last month as a rehearsal for the...
The Latest: Fishing expedition: Goodhue explains the mullet
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local):
All Blacks center Jack Goodhue sports a mullet haircut — short at the front, long at the...
Japan makes 1 enforced change for World Cup QF vs Springboks
TOKYO (AP) — Michael Leitch still isn't satisfied, even after his Japan squad qualified for the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals for the first time.
Wales at full strength for France in Rugby World Cup QF
OITA, Japan (AP) — Wales coach Warren Gatland was able to select his strongest team for the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal match against France, with three of his most important backs recovering...
Cheika vs Jones: Former teammates, now bickering coaches
OITA, Japan (AP) — They were teammates in the 1980s, firebrands for one of Australia's most storied rugby clubs.
Three decades on, Eddie Jones and Michael Cheika are bickering coaches with...
Springboks go for experience in bid to avoid Brighton repeat
TOKYO (AP) — Tendai Mtawarira and Bongi Mbonambi have forced their way into the starting pack as coach Rassie Erasmus takes a big-is-best policy into South Africa's Rugby World Cup quarterfinal...
No dancing around it: NZ vs Ireland in a World Cup knockout
TOKYO (AP) — An Irish critic who enraged New Zealanders by describing the haka as a marketing gimmick may just have sharpened the focus of the All Blacks for the Rugby World Cup...
Cheika gambles on teenager Petaia for World Cup quarterfinal
OITA, Japan (AP) — If this is to be Michael Cheika's last selection as Australia coach, he's going out with a bang.
Cheika sprung a surprise in his lineup for Saturday's Rugby World Cup...
The Latest: Ireland name 12 who started in recent win vs NZ
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local):
Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton will set a national record for a halfback pairing when...
Uncertainty cloaks latest match in England-Australia rivalry
OITA, Japan (AP) — Undercooked or fresh for the challenge ahead? That's the question hovering around England.
As for Australia, the main issue is this: Can a team known for pulling out a big...
Mo’unga joins ranks of All Blacks top 10s at Rugby World Cup
Richie Mo'unga will join a special group within New Zealand rugby when he pulls on the All Blacks No. 10 jersey in Saturday's Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against Ireland.