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Rugby world cup 2019 Live Online | Watch Japan RWC 2019

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Rugby world cup 2019 Live Online | Watch Japan RWC 2019

Watch Rugby world cup 2019 live stream online for free! The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be the 9th rwc and it to be held in Japan. This will be the first time the rwc tournament is to be held in Asia, and also the first time that the event will take place outside the traditional heartland of the Rugby. Tokyo Stadium in Chōfu is considered for the opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and the final match will be held at International Stadium Yokohama in Kanagawa. Hit the subscribe button now. Or watch free rwc live stream here.

It’ll be the first time the tournament’s been staged outside of the games traditional strongholds and with less than two years to go excitement is growing right across the country. Local hero a youmu guru Maru was just one of the home stars and attendants along with former World Player of the Year Wells as Shane Williams who finished his playing career in Japan.

There are some mouth-watering clashes on the opening weekend including the heavyweight contests between France and Argentina and New Zealand and South Africa. Host Japan kicked the tournament off in Tokyo on the opening night against the top European qualifier which looks likely to be Romania Tyson.

The tournament will want the hosted it to do well but from personal experience sometimes that doesn’t happen. So we’re but I think the Japanese would be great hosts. As a host country, we hope Japan will laugh will reach the peak that they did in 2015 but to be playing at home now the fans know when their team will be playing, who they’re gonna be playing against and what venues are gonna be out.

Jonny Wilkinson says..

There is definitely as you got to the last rung it was kind of like which group do you want and okay the one that England of landed in is the one that the conventional view would be the most challenging but at the same time there are serious arguments for why that would be one of the best ones to be involved in you’ve got to go there realizing that you take on the best you just got to be defensively, offensively, spirit wise, tactically, technically phenomenal in every area. if you want to win.

 

Bryan Habana says..

I think we’ll be relatively happy with the pool drop obviously Australia is the tough one and probably the favorites in that group. However, Georgia very good side that progressed massively over the last few years it is going to be tough but you look at some of the other groups. I think wheels would be relatively happy with the way it’s come out.

 

Shane Williams says..

I’m really excited with the prospect of playing the host nation Japan who will be rooming with the excitement of the way they played in the last World Cup and how they’re gone you know since then and you know rugby is growing in Japan. there’s a lot of excitement building around this. You know I’m excited about the prospect of hopefully being you know a member that squad because over I think everyone will probably be calling pool C.

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Tony Ward: November Tests are as important as Six Nations in terms of next year’s World Cup

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Tony Ward: November Tests are as important as Six Nations in terms of next year’s World Cup

Last season was the greatest in the history of Irish rugby. Not only did we succeed in doing what we thought was the impossible – a Grand Slam in an even year – but over the course of the eight months from November through to June we won 10 of the 11 Tests, coming up short in just the second of the three matches in Australia.

It was a remarkable season with Paris, and that drop goal, and Twickenham on St Patrick’s Day, delivering incredible highs given the context of each.

We finished that campaign as we started – not knowing how to lose.

I’m not sure there’s ever been a colder March 17, it was Arctic that day in London, but it didn’t matter a whit.

We are where we are because of the remarkable talent we have at our disposal but also because of the efficient running of professional rugby by the governing body in this country.

The IRFU are still on another planet when it comes to duty of care.

Given the raw material, allied to the processes put in place, where we now are in terms of status was only to be expected.

When Joe Schmidt took up the Ireland reins in 2013 we were at our lowest world ranking in history. We were ninth and lucky to be there.

Now, five years on, with three Six Nations titles, a Grand Slam, a win against New Zealand, a victory in South Africa, plus that landmark series success in Australia, for only the second time, and we are ranked second behind New Zealand with just over two percentage points in it.

Pinch yourself. That’s little old Ireland, where rugby is at best fourth in the national psyche, closing in on New Zealand where the game is an obsession.

We will not lose the run of ourselves because there is a very dangerous schedule coming up. And I’m not referring to the Aviva and the drama set to unfold in less than three weeks’ time when Steve Hansen, Kieran Read and the All Black machine rolls into town.

Other than the odd ‘made-up’ trophy there is nothing tangible over the next four weeks.

Yes, the ranking points do matter but the real incentive, albeit psychological, is in building on the self-belief engendered over the course of 2017/’18.

Schmidt is the best thing to happen Irish rugby and by a distance the best overseas coach ever to come our way.

He knows the relevance of what may seem relatively meaningless internationals against the Italians on Saturday in Chicago and the US Eagles in Dublin three Saturdays on.

This November series is not about the fireworks on November 17, it is about all four matches.

The target for next month must be four wins from four.

Do I believe we will achieve that? If I’m honest, no because even on our home patch, in what is guaranteed to be a very special occasion, the All Blacks are still operating in another gear.

Standard

Outside of the Test and Super Rugby arenas, the standard of play in the Mitre 10 Cup – the third tier in New Zealand – has to be seen to be appreciated.

Can we win? Of course we can given the coaching genius at the helm. And I use that term deliberately and conservatively.

I will be astonished if the Ireland head coach is not already earmarked for the New Zealand hot-seat post-Hansen and Japan 2019.

Back to Soldier Field and the kick-off to a hectic Test year embracing 14 international matches before we pitch up to face the Scots in Yokohama on September 22.

This November series matters every bit as much as the defence of our Grand Slam come the Six Nations in February.

However strange that might seem, the psychological build-up to Japan – where the knock-out draw, should we make it through, is horrendous – begins now if we are to add a few more substantial bricks to what was achieved on the trip Down Under back in June.

Indeed, of all the Test games scheduled over the next 11 months, the last few warm-ups in August/September against the Italians, Welsh and English will be the least important.

A couple of issues also cropped up over the weekend.

In the summer World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper suggested that the power of the Television Match Official (TMO) to interject would be pared back. Unfortunately that is not proving to be the case.

How often do we see referees getting caught up in conversation with the TMO while the game is live.

Apart from the referee being unable to concentrate fully on what he is seeing, it is shifting rugby ever closer to the stop-start nature of American football.

In the Munster/Glasgow game at Thomond the interjection regarding the grounding of the ball for a breathtaking Warriors try was frustrating but sadly typical of what is developing.

The same afternoon I watched Ross Byrne’s younger brother Harry deliver a masterclass for Lansdowne against Cork Con in the AIL. He’s now ready.

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Rugby: Bledisloe Cup 2018 – kick-off time for All Blacks and Wallabies first test

Rugby: Bledisloe Cup 2018 – kick-off time for All Blacks and Wallabies first test

Rugby: Bledisloe Cup 2018 – Late change in kick-off time for All Blacks and Wallabies first test

The kick-off for the first Bledisloe Cup test between the All Blacks and Wallabies has been brought forward.

The first match of the Rugby Championship, and the first of three Bledisloe Cup tests, will get underway at 9.45pm (NZT), 20 minutes earlier than initially publicised.

It is understood that the change was requested six weeks ago, but Sanzaar made the decision midweek. Rugby Australia were still reporting the game as getting underway at 10.05pm NZT earlier this week, while New Zealand Rugby were promoting the game as a 10.05pm kick-off on social media this week as well.

So, rugby fans be aware – make sure you don’t miss the first 20 minutes of the game when you tune in to watch on TV follow the New Zealand Herald’s stellar live coverage online.

The Black Ferns, who play beforehand, will still get underway at 7.15pm.

 

Wallabies vs All Blacks live stream: How to watch Bledisloe 1 online and on TV

 

The Wallabies have yet another chance to break their Bledisloe Cup drought when they host the All Blacks tonight in the first Test. This is The Roar’s guide to watching the game online and on TV.

The match is scheduled to begin at 7:45pm (AEST) tonight, August 18 at ANZ Stadium.

The Wallabies trimmed down their squad to 28 on Sunday, with captain Michael Hooper and senior players Scott Sio and Dane Haylett-Petty set to overcome fitness concerns for tonight’s clash.

And, if history is anything to go by, they will need the trio if they are to stand any chance of taking down the All Blacks.

While the Australians won the last meeting between the two sides, it was only their second victory in their last 19 matches against New Zealand.

The All Blacks travel to Sydney confident of overcoming the Wallabies having won seven of their last ten games at ANZ Stadium.

In preparation for the Bledisloe Cup opener, they played two 40-minute trial games, beating Otago 32-0 and Canterbury 40-5.

How to watch the match on TV

The match is being broadcast on TV in Australia through two networks.

The first option is Foxtel, who will be broadcasting every Wallabies international game this season.

Channel 501 will be covering Saturday night’s game, with a pre-game show beginning at 7pm (AEST), after the Wallaroos game finishes.

Coverage will wrap up at 10pm after a 30-minute post-game show.

For free-to-air viewers, Channel 10 will be broadcasting Saturday night’s match.

Their coverage also begins at 7pm and is scheduled to finish at 9:45pm.

The match can be viewed in high definition on Channels 13 and 210 for both free-to-air viewers and Foxtel customers.

Alternatively, you can catch the game in standard definition on Channels 10 and 110 respectively.

How to live stream the match online

If you wish to watch the clash online, there are two ways to do it.

The first is available to Foxtel subscribers. They can stream the coverage of the match through the Foxtel App. This app is free to download and can be used if you have a valid login.

Alternatively, if you are not an existing Foxtel customer, you can still watch the game online. You will need to use Foxtel Now instead. Foxtel Now is a streaming-only option, with subscription packages available for purchase.

You can also tune into the game on the Tenplay website, where you can stream the game for free.

Otherwise, you can always count on us. Here at The Roar we will have live scores and a blog of the match.

Wallabies vs All Blacks Bledisloe Cup Game 1 preview and prediction

It is roughly 9:45pm on the 3rd of August 2002.

(Most of) ANZ Stadium is standing, with bated breath, as Matt Burke stands over an 81st minute penalty. The siren has sounded, and his Wallabies are down by a point, 14-13.

If he kicks true, the Bledisloe Cup will be retained. True to script, the original Ice man steadies himself, before slotting the Bundaberg branded rugby ball straight through the middle of the posts.

Away from the ground, Prime Minister John Howard is elated, and quickly sets the alarm on his spanking new Sanyo SCP-5300 (the first ever flip phone with an in-built camera) for 7am, at which point he will wake up and go for a leisurely stroll, dressed head-to-toe in a Wallabies tracksuit.

All is well in the world.

Fast forward to the 18th of August 2018.

It has been more than 16 years since the Wallabies last held the Bledisloe aloft. In that time, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have all been invented. Australia has seen four Prime ministers come and go, and John Howard’s Sanyo hasn’t seen the light of day for more than a decade.

Every year, rugby fans around Australia entertain the thought of the Bledisloe returning to our shores.

It begs the question…

Could the 2018 Bledisloe be different?

Starting fast: Not an if, but a must
First and foremost, it is worth noting that Australia has won Game One of the Bledisloe only once in the last 10 years. It doesn’t take the most astute of observers to realise that it makes wrestling the cup back from the All Blacks awfully difficult if they fall behind 1-0 this evening.

It would appear that Michael Cheika has tipped his hat to this point. His internal trial at Leichardt Oval in the build-up was a more than useful hit out for his non-Waratahs squad members.

Whether it translates into a fast start come tonight remains to be seen. However, you’d be hard pressed to find any fan that didn’t like the concept.

The battle of the forwards
Cheika has gone all-in on the set piece with his selections 1 through 8. Izack Rodda and Adam Coleman start in the second row, and both are the lineout generals for their respective Super Rugby sides.

Rob Simmons, the caller for the Waratahs, has also won a spot on the bench.

The back row of Lukhan Tui, Michael Hooper and David Pocock is an interesting prospect. Pocock’s on-ball ability is undeniable, and it is a mobile trio.

With Pete Samu providing back-up from the bench, the battle at the breakdown will be extremely intriguing.

The questions arise in the front row.

Scott Sio’s shoulder niggle sees Tom Robertson start, alongside the returning Tatafu Polota-Nau and veteran Sekope Kepu.

Robertson was outstanding for the Waratahs in 2018, particularly in their finals run, and he thoroughly deserves his start.

However, his battle against Owen Franks is as tough as they come. It could be telling.

Taniela Tupou and Tolu Latu will be electric off the bench, expect decent minutes for both.

For the All Blacks, Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick are one of the best lock pairings in the world, whilst the evergreen Kieran Read returns from injury to skipper his side.

Desperation and suffocation in defence – the recipe for success
The Wallabies primary issue is not scoring points, it’s in not conceding them. Their attack is at its best, electric, and in Israel Folau and Kurtley Beale, they have two of the form attacking weapons in world rugby. The return of Will Genia should also be a timely boost.

However, if the Wallabies are to win, they need to approach Game One in Sydney with the defensive intensity and line speed they displayed in Game One against Ireland at Suncorp Stadium a couple of months ago.

On that occasion, David Pocock was immense at breakdown time, and the Irish had literally no answer to the ferocity of the wall that was the Wallabies defence that night.

For 80 minutes, Cheika’s men out-enthused, out-tackled, and out-thought a very impressive rugby outfit.

Anything short of that performance will spell defeat for the men in gold.

Why the Wallabies can win
Form. The last time the Wallabies clashed with the All Blacks, they came away victors.

While that doesn’t (and shouldn’t) translate to them starting as favourites in Game One as Steve Hansen facetiously suggested mid-week, it certainly should instil the belief in the Wallabies playing group that they have the ability to win, and win well.

Why the Wallabies can’t win
Form! The All Blacks are still the absolute gold standard in world rugby, and they have a scarcely believable record in recent years.

Since Steve Hansen took over from Graham Henry in 2012, they have won 76 games from 85 starts at a respectable 89.5 per cent win rate. Ridiculous.

They have a clinical, accurate forward pack, which so often lays a winning platform for an enigmatic and highly damaging backline.

Prediction
I think the All Blacks starting XV isa better-rounded and more complete side. However, Cheika’s bench has a few weapons, particularly in the front row. If used properly, it could make for a frenetic last 20 minutes when bodies start getting tired.

I think it will be an extremely close fixture, however the experience and X-Factor of the All Blacks should just be enough to get the job done at a bumper ANZ Stadium.

All Blacks by 8

 

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Australia vs New Zealand rugby: TV channel, live stream, kick-off time and team news for Bledisloe Cup

Australia vs New Zealand rugby: TV channel, live stream, kick-off time and team news for Bledisloe Cup
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FIERCE enemies Australia and New Zealand have both endorsed the All Blacks’ use of the haka after the tradition Maori war dance came under fierce criticism.

Ahead of the first Bledisloe Cup – the Rugby Championship opener – reported comments in a rugby book questioned the value of the haka in the modern era.

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The All Blacks will perform the haka as usual

But support from the All Blacks was matched by the Wallabies, who are also looking for a more extensive indigenous recognition for their jersey in future.

Said New Zealand flanker Sam Cane: “From an All Blacks point of view we love doing the haka.

“We’re well aware of the strong history that it has and it’s part of who we are as All Blacks – it’s as strong and powerful as ever, in my opinion.”

Wallaby halfback Will Genia jumped to the All Blacks defence saying he didn’t believe the haka was over-commercialised.
All Blacks flanker Sam Cane says the haka is ‘part of who we are’
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Wallaby halfback Will Genia jumped to New Zealand’s defence

He said: “They don’t do it for commercial purpose. They do it because it is something that is important to them in terms of their culture.

“From our perspective, we have an incredible amount of respect for it.”

What TV channel is Australia vs New Zealand on and can I live stream the game?

You can see the match live on Sky Sports Action with coverage starting at 10.30am.
To stream the game live without a Sky subscription, you can buy a Sky Sports Day Pass from Now TV for £7.98.
Alternatively, you can follow the action in SunSport’s LIVE blog
Michael Hooper has been declared fit for the Wallabies

What time is the kick-off?

The match gets underway on Saturday, August 18 at 11.05am
It will be played at Stadium Australia in Sydney.

Team news

Australia captain Michael Hooper has been cleared to play after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Prop Scott Sio and winger Dane Haylett-Petty have also been given the green light.

 

Aussie giant Scott Sio has also been given the green light

 

But All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams is still ruled out

The squad, trimmed down from 36, includes only two uncapped players in outside backs Tom Banks and Jack Maddocks.

That’s after Rory Arnold, Curtis Rona and Sefa Naivalu were cut from the preliminary training squad.

All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams has been ruled out for both Tests against Australia to continue a horror injury run that also saw him miss the entire France series on home soil.

Williams missed the first two Test against France with a knee injury and hasn’t played since damaging a shoulder joint in the third Test.

 

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2018 Bledisloe Cup Live Stream and Wallabies Free to Air TV Replay

2018 Bledisloe Cup Live Stream and Wallabies Free to Air TV Replay

The Bledisloe Cup is one of the most iconic pieces of silverware in world sport, played between the New Zealand All Blacks and Australian Wallabies across three tests.

The All Blacks have held the trophy since 2003, with home ground advantage being vital, with home ground advantage being vital, but the 2018 edition will see each side getting one game with a third potential decider to be staged on neutral soil in Japan, and you need not miss a key moment of the series when watching at home on your TV or streaming the matches live to a mobile device.

2018 Bledisloe Cup Preview

The Bledisloe Cup is a test series between Australia and New Zealand, that has become one of the most fiercely contested annual traditions in the sport of Rugby. The All Blacks have held the iconic trophy since 2003, and will look to raise the Cup once again. Last year’s three test Bledisloe Cup series was regarded by some as the one that got away from the Wallabies. They were terrible in game one, then arguably should have won game two before pinching the third game at Suncorp Stadium by 23-18. There is renewed hope for Australia leading into the Bledisloe Cup given some key Australian players doing some good things recently during the Super Rugby season.

The Wallabies will look to take advantage of home ground advantage, which is especially important because Australia haven’t posted two consecutive victories over the All Blacks since 2001. A quick start is essential for a variety of reasons, none more so than the fact that the All Blacks are near unbeatable at home, with the last win in New Zealand for the Wallabies coming in 2001 at Dunedin, so safe to say it’s been a while between drinks. Game one will be at ANZ Stadium before the dreaded trip to Eden Park. Then should there be a decider, the teams will play on October 27 at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama.

2018 Bledisloe Cup Live

2018 Bledisloe Cup Live TV (AEST)

Saturday 18 August LIVE: Wallabies v All Blacks at 8.05pm (Foxtel/Ten)
Saturday 25 August LIVE: All Blacks v Wallabies at 5.35pm (Foxtel/Ten)
Saturday 27 Oct LIVE: All Blacks v Wallabies at TBD (Foxtel/Ten)

Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Full Bledisloe Cup replays available on Fox Sports 501 shortly after each match concludes.

Watch or Stream the Bledisloe Cup Live

While you can find the Bledisloe Cup on Free to Air TV in Australia (ch. 10), Fox Sports 501 (Foxtel) is the only channel that will also televise the entire 2018 Rugby Championship series live, in HD, and with no ad-breaks during play, along with replays of the games for those who want to catch up.

So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider the Foxtel Sports Combo TV Pack which will offer this exciting Rugby action in full, and if you have to be out and about you can stream the Bledisloe Cup free through the Foxtel app within minutes of getting started.

 

Wallabies Preview

The Wallabies will have to break a hoodoo and make history in order to win back the Bledisloe Cup. They were brave earlier in the year against Six Nations champs Ireland but just felt short in a three-test series. They beat the All Blacks last year at Suncorp Stadium proving the task can be achieved if their mind is put to it. Given the potential for history, you don’t want to miss any portion of the action as the Bledisloe Cup free to air broadcasts (ch. Ten) include ad-breaks during play.

All Blacks Preview

The reigning champs came to the end of a golden era after the World Cup (2015), but there still appears to be real class and dominance about their play, as we saw earlier in the year against the French. The side is filled with experience and class right across the board, despite some injuries which occurred during the latter part of the Super Rugby Season. This is one of the great sporting sides in the world, not just in Rugby Union, and despite us Aussies naturally wanting to hate the All Blacks, you do have to give them enormous respect for what they have done.

Bledisloe Cup Players To Watch

Israel Folau is the best player in the Wallabies side, by a mile, and that was clearly evident during the recent Super Rugby Finals Series. But for some Australians, he’s a polarizing figure because of his recent strong stance on a certain social issue. Just the same, if Australia are to win the goods, Folau needs the ball in his hands as often as possible, and you can enjoy watching the Bledisloe Cup live online.

Kieran Read has been an unbelievable captain since the retirement of Richie McCaw but you’d have to question how match fit he is given a knee injury saw him miss quite a large chunk of the Super Rugby Season for the Crusaders along with the three-test series against France. His leadership on the field in the forward pack is absolutely vital to the All Blacks. They proved too good for France, but Australia with a young, vibrant forward pack, will prove different gravy.

Another Australian player that should be watched quite closely is Bernard Foley, who has really stood up in recent weeks, leading the NSW Waratahs superbly as skipper and he was one of the real stars in their Quarter Final win, showing unbelievable poise with the ball in hand. That will be needed for the Wallabies if they are any chance of winning this series, especially game one. If he folds under the pressure, then the All Blacks will open them right up.

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Rahul Bose: India will take 50 years to qualify for Rugby World Cup

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Rahul Bose: India will take 50 years to qualify for Rugby World Cup

Former India rugby player and film personality Rahul Bose attended the second leg of the 2019 Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour held at the Bombay Gymkhana on Wednesday

In an exclusive chat with Reubyn Coutinho, Bose spoke about the state of rugby and what kind of impact Rugby World Cup 2019, which is going to be held in Japan, will have in India.

While Mumbai was chosen as a host city due to Rugby having its roots in the Bombay Gymkhana ground, why was Bhubaneswar chosen as the third city?

Rahul Bose: India will take 50 years to qualify for Rugby World Cup

That’s because of rugby’s history with Bhuvneshwar that goes back 15 years ago when rugby was introduced in  Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (K.I.S.S). It’s a free school for tribal children from Grade 1 to postgraduate. I can guarantee you that, out of their current 27,000 children, approximately 5,000 play rugby. Moreover,  Bhuvneshwar is the largest youth Rugby playing centre in the country. It will also be hosting the next Asian Rugby Championships Under 19 girls, India’s first international tournament.

Also, Bhubaneswar is one of our big focus and I can guarantee you this, it’s going to be one of the sports capitals of India, in the next one year.

Will Bhuveneshwar be the sports capital in India for just rugby or other sports too?

I’m speaking here keeping all sports in mind. We’re hosting the Hockey World Cup and that’s a huge thing. Apart from cricket which has its stadium in Cuttack, Bhuvneshwar has also done well in 0other sports too. Athletics has a centre to hold events, as a place to hold camps, training, and events.

How would the 2019 Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour impact a budding player?

The trophy tour could spark up just initial interest, because let’s face it, just viewing the World Cup trophy doesn’t teach you to play the sport. People who are thinking about the sport will think seriously about it, people who are playing the sport will be encouraged, but we have to build on it. Immediately after this, we need to have the Asian Rugby Championships in October in Bhubaneswar after that we need to have the World Cup coming up in Japan, drum up a lot of support here and our teams, our national teams have to do well. So, it’s a long process, but this is just a start.

When could we see India make an attempt to qualify for the Rugby World Cup?.

Realistically, it should take about 50 years. In football, we haven’t yet done it. In rugby, we are ranked 84th in the men’s out of 120, meanwhile, in football, we are still ranked 140th.

When corrected that India are ranked No. 97 in football, Bose immediately said, “We’re 97th! Oh Great! I think that it’s taken a long time for these sports to come of age and Rugby is only 26 years old. About 40-50 years is realistic for us to break into the top 32 in the World Cup.

Who do you think will win the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

New Zealand. But I’m hoping Japan will make the semi-final as it is being held in Japan.

 

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Australia and New Zealand announced as bidders for 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup

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Australia and New Zealand announced as bidders for 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup

Australia and New Zealand have each been shortlisted as potential hosts of the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

The sport’s governing body World Rugby made the announcement today, following the August 10 deadline for any countries wishing to bid for the tournament.

Initially six countries expressed a formal interest in hosting the event, which was the highest number ever.

In the end none of England, Wales, France or Portugal submitted bids, however.

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The 2021 tournament will be the first to feature various format changes, which include extending the event from 23 days to 35.

A quarter-final stage will also be played for the first time, while the squad sizes will increase from 28 to 30 players.

It is hoped the changes will improve athlete welfare by allowing more rest between matches, whilst also maintaining the highest possible standard of play.

With Australia and New Zealand the only countries shortlisted, an Oceania host is guaranteed.

No country in the southern hemisphere has hosted the event before.

Their bids will now undergo “a detailed evaluation” before the host is decided at a meeting of the World Rugby Council in Dublin on November 14.

“We are delighted that Australia and New Zealand – two trailblazers in women’s rugby and women’s sport in general – are committed to hosting a fantastic Women’s Rugby World Cup as a sporting, societal, economic and legacy driver,” World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said.

“The excellent support reflects the significant global excitement and momentum behind women’s rugby and women in rugby.”

The last edition of the tournament was held in Ireland in 2017, and was won by New Zealand.

It was the best attended, most viewed and msot socially engaged edition ever, setting new standards for the tournament and extending the reach of the game around the world.

“Ireland 2017 was a magnificent tournament by any Rugby World Cup standards and I am sure that both unions will be determined to raise the bar again, as we look forward to a tournament that features an exciting new format,” Beaumont added.

 

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Australia, New Zealand to contest hosting rights for Women’s Rugby World Cup

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Australia, New Zealand to contest hosting rights for Women’s Rugby World Cup

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World Rugby has confirmed that Australia and New Zealand will contest hosting rights for the 2021 edition of the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

The two countries have been selected after their respective unions submitted their bid responses to the international federation by a deadline of August 10. In June, World Rugby detailed an initial list of nations that had showed interest in the hosting rights which also included England, France, Portugal and Wales. The two bids will now undergo a detailed evaluation before the World Rugby Council announces the host during its interim meeting in Dublin, Ireland on November 14.

In submitting their bids, Australia and New Zealand were required to outline their vision for hosting the World Cup and ensure the delivery of an event that will further promote the growth of the women’s game.

Bids were required to reflect World Rugby’s hosting objectives, which include a vision for the tournament and how it can build on the success of the 2017 event in Ireland, a strong financial model and commercial capability, venues and infrastructure that meets requirements, full venues and a strong fan base, consideration of player welfare, a clear Impact Beyond Legacy programme, and a strong marketing and communications policy to promote fan awareness and ticket sales.

The 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup will be an extended version of the tournament, running for 35 days instead of 23. The tournament will feature a quarter-final stage, while squad sizes will also increase from 28 players to 30.

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: “It is particularly exciting that both bids have strong government financial backing, which underscores the importance and attractiveness of Women’s Rugby World Cup as a sporting, societal, economic and legacy driver. This excellent support reflects the significant global excitement and momentum behind women’s rugby and women in rugby.

“Ireland 2017 was a magnificent tournament by any Rugby World Cup standards and I am sure that both unions will be determined to raise the bar again as we look forward to a tournament that features an exciting new format.”

New Zealand won last year’s Women’s World Cup in Ireland, defeating England in the final. Neither Australia nor New Zealand have hosted the tournament before, although the latter nation has won five of the last six events.

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The 2018 State of Origin Series

The 2018 State of Origin Series

Welcome to The Roar‘s coverage of the 2018 State of Origin series, including news, previews, video, highlights and team announcements. We’ll be updating this page daily as the latest news breaks.

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In 2018, one game will be played in Melbourne, followed by games in Sydney and Brisbane.

New South Wales will head into the series with a new coach as Brad Fittler takes the reigns from Laurie Daley. Kevin Walters will again coach the Maroons after a successful 2017 series.

The Maroons have won 11 of the last 12 series, but will head into 2018 without stalwarts of that success Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk.

The fixtures for the 2018 State of Origin series were announced in November.

Date Time (AEDT) Home Away Venue
Game 1 Wed Jun 6 8:00 PM Queensland Maroons New South Wales Blues Melbourne Cricket Ground
Game 2 Sun Jun 24 8:00 PM New South Wales Blues Queensland Maroons ANZ Stadium, Homebush
Game 3 Wed Jul 11 8:00 PM Queensland Maroons New South Wales Blues Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

*Important note – most Origin games commence later than this time. The exact kick-off, after the Australian national anthem is performed, and TV specials are completed, is closer to 8:15pm.

2017 State of Origin series

In 2017, Queensland won the series making it 11 series wins in the last 12 years after taking a dominant 22-6 victory over NSW at Suncorp Stadium, with Valentine Holmes scoring three tries.

Holmes scored two tries in the first half of Game 3 to give Queensland a 12-0 advantage at half time. A Josh Dugan try brought it back to 12-6, but a third from Holmes and one from Jarrod Wallace saw Queensland run away with a 22-6 series-deciding victory.

Queensland’s Dane Gagai was awarded the Wally Lewis Medal for player of the series, becoming just the first winger in the history of Origin to take home the award.

Earlier in the series, the Blues cruised to a 28-4 Game 1 win in Brisbane before the Maroons hit back with a nailbiting 18-16 win in Game 2 in Sydney to set up the decider, courtesy of a last-gasp Johnathan Thurston conversion after Dane Gagai scored two tries in the second half.

History and format

Considered by many as the pinnacle of rugby league, State Of Origin is one of Australia’s premier sporting events, played in front of sold-out stadiums. The series itself is contested between New South Wales and Queensland, who have formed an epic rivalry that has resulted in some of the toughest and most skilful games ever.

Since its inception in 1980, the results between NSW and QLD had been extraordinarily even, contributing further to the competition’s success, until a 12-year streak in which Queensland have won 11 series. Overall the Maroons have won 24 series compared to the Blues’ 13.

In recent years, State of Origin has been played on Wednesday nights, spaced three weeks apart. In 2018 though, the second game of the series will be played as a stand alone game on Sunday night in Sydney. The first and third games will remain on Wednesday nights.

Year-by-year Origin history

2017 series

2017 Game 1: New South Wales made a positive start to the series, clinching a 28-4 victory away from home.

2017 Game 2: The Maroons returned the favour during Game 2 though, coming from behind in the second half to win 18-16.

2017 Game 3: The Blues never recovered as they travelled north for Game 3, looking like a shell of the team they were in the first game of the series, eventually going down 22-6 to lose another series.

2016 series

2016 Game 1: The first game of the series saw Queensland take a low-scoring 6-4 victory away from home.

2016 Game 2: Queensland wrapped up the series in straight sets. It was another tight affair, but more open with more points as the Maroons clinnched a 26-16 victory.

2016 Game 3: New South Wales picked up a consolation victory in Game 3, taking an 18-14 victory with a miracle try on the buzzer.

2015 series – how it happened

2015 Game 1: Queensland won the first match of the State of Origin series 11-10, at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

2015 Game 2: A record 91,514 fans packed the MCG in Melbourne. NSW won the match 26-18 thanks to a heroic performance from Michael Jennings, forcing a decider which was played in Brisbane.

2015 Game 3: 52,500 people were in Suncorp Stadium to witness a complete domination from the Maroons, who won 52-6. The 46-point win was the biggest winning margin in Queensland Origin history.

2014 series – how it happened

Game 1 of the 2014 series on May 28 saw the two teams take to Suncorp Stadium. The build-up was as tense, and when the teams took the park the action was ferocious.

Despite an early Darius Boyd try, New South Wales enjoyed the ascendency in the first half, with tries to Brett Morris and Jarryd Hayne seeing them take a 10-4 lead.

As the second half began, a penalty goal took the Blues to a 12-4 lead, but Darius Boyd’s second try brought the game back to life. The Blues however didn’t relent, and managed to hold off at fast-finishing Queensland to win 12-8.

Game 2 was competitive, controversial, and full of niggle, which made for a low-scoring contest. But NSW’s 6-4 win resulted in their first series victory over Queensland since 2005.

Queensland took two penalty goals either side of halftime through Johnathan Thurston. But Trent Hodkinson managed to convert pressure into points for the Blues, when after five consecutive sets attacking the Queensland line he slipped through the Maroons’ defence for the only try of the match.

There was a controversial moment at the end of the match, with the ball brushing Aaron Woods before going dead on the full, but the Blues were awarded a penalty, and held on for the win and the series victory.

Game 3 was a ‘dead rubber’ by name, but was still played with passion, pride and intensity. It showed the Queensland team of old, as the Maroons piled on five tries to thrash the Blues 32-8.

Although they only took a 6-2 lead into halftime, the win was built on the back of an opening half where NSW were forced to get through a mountain of defensive work. As a result, the Maroons managed four tries in a clinic of attacking play in the second half.

Tries to Aiden Guerra, Billy Slater, Darius Boyd and Cooper Cronk saw the Maroons home in a thrashing, but it didn’t stop Blues skipper Paul Gallen from holding aloft the shield after the match in front of 50,000 Queenslanders.

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Munster vs Racing 92 and Leinster vs Scarlets Champions Cup semi-final fixtures confirmed

Munster vs Racing 92 and Leinster vs Scarlets Champions Cup semi-final fixtures confirmed

Details of Munster’s and Leinster’s Champions Cup semi-final fixtures have been confirmed by tournament organisers this afternoon, prompting the usual rush to book planes, trains, automobiles and hotel rooms by supporters from both provinces.

Munster will, as had been expected, play on Sunday, April 22, at Bordeaux’s Stade Chaban-Delmas. Kick-off has been pencilled in for 4.15pm French time and the game will be shown in Ireland on BT Sports for those left behind.

Leinster face Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin the day before. Kick-off there is set for 3.30pm.

Dawson travel and Lee travel will both have day trips and overnight packages to Bordeaux available from Cork. Both companies will have packages available either before close of business today or by Wednesday lunchtime.

Demand is already high. Close to 400 people have already registered interest in packages on Facebook with Dawson Travel alone, many for parties of two or three people at a pop.

Ryanair has added two extra flights to Bordeaux for Munster’s match.

An extra Cork to Bordeaux flight will leave at 13.40 on April 20, with an added Bordeaux to Cork flight departing at 10.05am (local time) on April 23.

Champions Cup semi-finals (Kick-offs local time):

Saturday, 21 April

Leinster Rugby v Scarlets

Aviva Stadium (Dublin) 3.30pm

Sky Sports / beIN SPORTS

Sunday, 22 April

Racing 92 v Munster Rugby

Stade Chaban-Delmas (Bordeaux) 16.15

FR2 / BT Sport / beIN SPORTS

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