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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

How to Watch Six Nations 2019 Online From Anywhere – England vs Ireland Live Stream

How to Watch Six Nations 2019 Online From Anywhere – England vs Ireland Live Stream

It is time for the Six Nations Championship, and rugby fans all around the globe are looking forward to feasting their eyes on one of Rugby’s most exciting competitions.

Sadly, many rugby fans living around the world cannot easily watch the Six Nations Championship. Rugby is not particularly popular in many countries, which means that TV stations don’t purchase the rights to the tournament. The good news is that with a Virtual Private Network for Sports (VPN for Sports), anybody can stream Six Nations online from anywhere! A VPN lets you do this by allowing you to pretend to be in a different country.

How to Live Stream Six Nations Rugby on iPlayer or ITV Hub with a VPN

Unblocking the Six Nations is extremely easy. Just follow these simple steps to pretend to be in the UK:

  1. Choose a VPN service. To stream Six Nations rugby, we recommend ExpressVPN, because it has fast servers in the UK that will let you watch the Rugby in HD.
  2. If you prefer having a few more options check out our 5 Best VPNs for Sports list.
  3. Click through to your chosen VPN’s website and subscribe.
  4. Install the VPN software on your PC, laptop, Mac, Android or iOS device. ExpressVPN allows you to install the VPN software on three devices to watch Six nations on any of them.
  5. Connect to a server in the UK.
  6. Head over to either the BBC or ITV online player and watch the rugby live for free!

Round 5 Super Saturday Six Nations

It is time for the final weekend of the Six Nations Cup! Although Ireland already won overall with a match to spare, Super Saturday is going to be a tense thriller. That is because the England team has the chance to stop Ireland winning every match to get the grand slam.

Of course, considering the form they are in, it seems likely that Ireland will manage to win their final match. Especially considering that the UK already lost to France and Scotland. However, England does have the home advantage: so you never know!

You can use a VPN to watch the action for free on ITV Hub at 14:45 GMT.

How to watch the Six Nations in USA

Watching the Six Nations in the USA is as simple as watching it anywhere else! By simply following the steps in the guide above and connecting to a UK server, you are able to hide your true location and pretend to be in the UK. This means that you will have a valid UK IP in order to access both ITV Hub and BBC iPlayer – both of which show Rugby Six Nations matches – from across the pond!

If you’re looking to watch the 6 Nations from Australia take a look at our 5 top VPNs for Australia article.

Where Can I Watch 6 Nations Rugby Online?

The good news for Rugby fans is that you will be able to watch all of the Rugby for free: no matter where you are. This is because all the matches are available on Freeview terrestrial British TV channels.

All 15 of the matches are being shown on either the UK’s BBC or ITV channels. This means that you will be able to watch all of the Rugby on BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub online. Easy peasy!

However, as you probably know, both those British online streaming players are geo-restricted for UK residents only. This means you will need a VPN to tune in and watch the Six Nations live.

getrugbystream.com does not condone copyright infringement. While we are aware that VPNs can be used to spoof your location to another country, and thus overcome geo-restrictions, their primary purpose is to provide you with online security and privacy. First and foremost, this is why we recommend using a VPN.

Other Places to Watch The Six Nations

Just in case you prefer to watch a Six Nations Rugby with a different nation’s commentary here are some other TV stations that will be showing Six Nations live. You can use a VPN to watch any of these options. Simply connect to a VPN server in the country of your choice.

  • S4C (Wales)
  • FR2 (France)
  • TV3 (Ireland)
  • DMAX (Italy)
  • NBC (USA)
  • BBC (UK)
  • ITV (UK)

If you want to watch the rugby on NBC from outside of the US, we strongly recommend watching it on the online streaming service Sling TV. Sling TV can be purchased on a month by month basis without a contract. It also provides a 7-day free trial: so you can watch the first weekend of rugby for free.

Sling TV is only available in the US, you will need to connect to a VPN server inside the US to watch this pay-per-view option. Overall, we recommend the UK options as they are free.

getrugbystream.com does not condone copyright infringement. While we are aware that VPNs can be used to spoof your location to another country, and thus overcome geo-restrictions, their primary purpose is to provide you with online security and privacy. First and foremost, this is why we recommend using a VPN.

Who Competes in the Six Nations Championship?

The Five Nations Championship was actually the successor to the Home Nations Championship, which ran from 1883 to 1939. At that time the name was changed to the Five Nations because of the introduction of France into the competition. Since then, Italy has also been added to the competition (in the year 2000) bringing the teams in the competition to a total of six:

England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales.

For Sponsorship reasons, the tournament is actually currently called the NatWest 6 Nations.

When is the NatWest 6 Nations?

The 2019 Six Nations Championship takes place from Saturday, February 1st until Saturday, March 17th. Fans of Rugby Union are treated to 5 action-packed weekends of international Rugby!

The final Saturday of the competition is known as ‘Super Saturday’: so known because all three of the final matches happen on the same day!

Six Nations Rugby Fixtures

All times are shown in GMT. Please adjust accordingly to watch the matches overseas.


  • France vs Wales: Friday 1st February 2019 Stade de France, Paris Kick off: 8:00pm, BBC
  • Scotland vs Italy: Saturday 2nd February 2019 BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Kick off: 2:15pm, BBC
  • Ireland vs England: Saturday 2nd February 2019 Aviva Stadium, Dublin Kick off: 4:45pm, ITV.


  • Scotland vs Ireland: Saturday 9th February 2019 BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Kick off: 2:15pm , ITV
  • Italy vs Wales: Saturday 9th February 2019 Stadio Olimpico, Rome Kick off: 4:45pm, ITV
  • England vs France: Sunday 10th February 2019 Twickenham Stadium, London Kick off: 3:00pm, BBC


  • France Scotland: Saturday 23rd February 2019 Stade de France, Paris Kick off: 2:15pm, ITV
  • Wales vs England: Saturday 23rd February 2019 Principality Stadium, Cardiff Kick off: 4:45pm, BBC
  • Italy vs Ireland: Sunday 24th February 2019 Stadio Olimpico, Rome Kick off: 3:00pm, BBC


  • Scotland vs Wales: Saturday 9th March 2019 BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Kick off: 2:15pm, ITV
  • England vs Italy: Saturday 9th March 2019 Twickenham Stadium, London Kick off: 4:45pm, BBC
  • Ireland vs France: Sunday 10th March 2019 Aviva Stadium, Dublin Kick off: 3:00pm, BBC

ROUND FIVE (Super Saturday)

  • Italy vs France: Saturday 16th March 2019 Stadio Olimpico, Rome Kick off: 12:30pm, ITV
  • Wales vs Ireland: Saturday 16th March 2019 Principality Stadium, Cardiff Kick off: 2:45pm, ITV
  • England vs Scotland: Saturday 16th March 2019 Twickenham Stadium, London Kick off: 5:00pm, BBC

NBC to Air Ireland vs England Rugby 6 Nations Live StreamMatch March 17

NBC to Air Ireland vs England Rugby 6 Nations Live StreamMatch March 17
Six Nations Rugby

The final round of the Six Nations Rugby Championship goes down March 17, and NBC will air England versus Ireland on tape delay at noon ET that day. A win for Ireland would see the squad win every match it played in this year’s competition, which Ireland has attained just twice in the history of the championship, which goes back over a century.

Six Nations Rugby

Six Nations Rugby

NBC Sports’s presentation of Ireland versus England will also be shown on WPIX New York at noon ET, due to preemptions by WNBC’s coverage of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York.

Live coverage starts at 8:30 a.m. ET March 17 on NBCSN, as Italy plays Scotland, then CNBC has Wales versus France at 1 p.m. ET.

Streaming service NBC Sports Gold will provide live coverage of Ireland versus England on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET, as well as the other Six Nations matches. NBC sells the service, which includes other elite-level rugby action, for $59.99.


NBC Sports’ Leigh Diffey will anchor studio coverage alongside analysts Alex Corbisiero, who played for England, and former USA Rugby captain Dan Lyle.

The annual Six Nations Championship consists of 15 matches played in a round-robin format between England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

Ireland has clinched the 2018 Six Nations title by virtue of its 4-0 record, with wins over France, Wales, Italy and Scotland.

Six Nations TV Coverage 2018: BBC and ITV Matches

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Six Nations TV Coverage 2018: BBC and ITV Matches

The Six Nations is nearly upon us, so take a look at what games are being televised where, to make sure you don’t miss any of the action


Six Nations TV Coverage 2018: BBC and ITV Matches

The pinnacle of Test rugby, the Six Nations, in the northern hemisphere has rolled around again so to make sure you miss none of the action, Rugby World has compiled an information page with the games and where they will be televised.

Men’s Six Nations

In the Men’s Six Nations Championship the games are shared between BBC and ITV this year. But importantly, it all revolves around who is playing at home.

So, if England, Italy, and Ireland are playing at home, then the game will be televised on ITV.

However, if France, Scotland, and Wales are, then the BBC is televising the match.

Six Nations TV Coverage 2018: BBC and ITV Matches

Round 1

Saturday 3rd February Wales v Scotland, 2.15pm – BBC
Saturday 3rd February France v Ireland, 4.45pm – BBC
Sunday 4th February Italy v England, 3.00pm – ITV

Round 2
Saturday 10th February, Ireland v Italy, 2.15pm – ITV
Saturday 10th February, England v Wales, 4.45pm – ITV
Sunday 11th February, Scotland v France, 3.00pm – BBC

Round 3
Friday 23nd February, France v Italy, 8.00pm – BBC
Saturday 23rd February, Ireland v Wales, 2.15pm – ITV
Sunday 24th February, Scotland v England, 4.45pm – BBC

Round 4
Saturday 10th March, Ireland v Scotland, Saturday 2.15pm – ITV
Saturday 10th March, France v England, Saturday 4.45pm – BBC
Sunday 11th March, Wales v Italy, Sunday 3.00pm – BBC

Round 5
Saturday 17th March, Italy v Scotland, Saturday 12.30pm – ITV
Saturday 17th March, England v Ireland, Saturday 2.45pm – ITV
Saturday 17th March, Wales v France, Saturday 5.00pm – BBC

Women’s Six Nations 

Additionally, every single England game in the women’s tournament is being televised on Sky Sports.

Round 1

02/02/2018 – Wales vs Scotland – BBC Wales – 18.00

03/02/2018 – France vs Ireland – 20.00

04/02/2018 – Italy vs England – Sky Sports – 17.30

Round 2

10/02/2018 – England vs Wales – Sky Sports – 12.15

10/02/2018 – Scotland vs France – 19.05

11/02/2018 – Ireland vs Italy – 13.00

Round 3

23/02/2018 – Scotland vs England – Sky Sports – 19.05

24/02/2018 – France vs Italy – 20.00

25/02/2018 – Ireland vs Wales – 15.00

Round 4

10/03/2018 – France vs England – Sky Sports – 20.00

11/03/2018 – Wales vs Italy – BBC Wales (tbc) – 11.45

11/03/2018 – Ireland vs Scotland – 13.00

Round 5

16/03/2018 – England vs Ireland – Sky Sports – 17.30

16/03/2018 – Wales vs France – 18.00 (tbc)

18/03/2018 – Italy vs Scotland – 15.00

U20 Six Nations 

As you would expect the Under-20 competition has limited television coverage, but there are still a few games for you to sit back and enjoy.

Round 1

02/02/2018 – Italy vs England – 18.00

02/02/2018 – France vs Ireland – 20.00

02/02/2018 – Wales vs Scotland – BBC Wales – 20.15

Round 2

09/02/2018 – Ireland vs Italy – 19.15

09/02/2018 – England vs Wales – Sky Sports – 19.45

09/02/2018 – Scotland vs France – 19.45

Round 3

23/02/2018 – France vs Italy – 17.45

23/02/2018 – Ireland vs Wales – 19.15

23/02/2018 – Scotland vs England – 19.30

Round 4

09/03/2018 – Ireland vs Scotland – 19.15

09/03/2018 – Wales vs Italy – BBC Wales – 19.15

09/03/2018 – France vs England – 20.00

Round 5

16/03/2018 – Italy vs Scotland – 14.00

16/03/2018 – England vs Ireland – Sky Sports – 20.00

16/03/2018 – Wales vs France – 20.15

Happy watching! Come back to the Rugby World website and social media channels for all the latest news, opinion and gossip on the Six Nations

Six Nations 2018: Start time, fixtures, results, rule changes, and full TV schedule

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Six Nations 2018: Start time, fixtures, results, rule changes, and full TV schedule
Rugby Union - 2015 RBS Six Nations Media Launch - The Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens, London - 28/1/15 (L-R) France's Captain Thierry Dusautoir, Italy's Captain Sergio Parisse, England's Captain Chris Robshaw, Ireland's Captain Paul O'Connell, Wales' Captain Sam Warburton and Scotland's Captain Greig Laidlaw pose with the RBS Six Nations trophy during the launch Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Paul Childs Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Everything you need to know as England, Ireland, France, Italy, Scotland and Wales prepare for action

ENGLAND will be looking to become the first nation to win three successive Six Nations titles.

The 2016 and 2017 champions will be looking to defend their title when the action kicks off in February.

What is the Six Nations?

This is an annual international rugby union competition that consists of just six sides.

England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales will all play each other once.

If a team wins all of its games, then they are said to have won a ‘Grand Slam’.


When does it start and what TV channel can I watch them on?

The Six Nations action will get underway on Saturday, February 3.

Wales will take on Scotland to kick-off proceedings in Cardiff.

And all of the matches will be available for you to watch live on either the BBC or ITV.

Are there any rule changes for the 2018 Six Nations?

The 2017 Six Nations introduced the bonus-point system and it WILL be used again this year.

This means that it is four points for a win and a team will secure an extra point if they score four tries or more.

If a team loses by less than seven points then they will secure a losing bonus-point.

A draw is worth two points and a Grand Slam is worth three points.


What is the fixture list for the 2018 Six Nations?


Wales vs Scotland: February 3, 2.15pm, Cardiff, BBC

France vs Ireland: February 3, 4.45pm, Paris, BBC

Italy vs England: February 4, 3pm, Rome, ITV.


Ireland vs Italy: February 10, 2.15pm, Dublin, ITV

England vs Wales: February 10, 4:45pm, London, ITV

Scotland vs France: February 11, 3pm, Edinburgh, BBC


Frances vs Italy: February 23, 8pm, Marseille, ITV

Ireland vs Wales: February 24, 2.15pm, Dublin, BBC

Scotland vs England: February 24, 4.45pm, Edinburgh, BBC


Ireland vs Scotland: March 10, 2.15pm, Dublin, ITV

France vs England: March 10, 4:45pm, Paris, BBC

Wales vs Italy: March 11, 3pm, Cardiff, BBC


Italy vs Scotland: March 17, 12:30pm, Rome, ITV

England vs Ireland: March 17, 2:45pm, London, ITV

Wales vs France: March 17, 5pm, Cardiff, BBC



Live: Australia vs England, Rugby League World Cup final in Brisbane

Live: Australia vs England, Rugby League World Cup final in Brisbane

AUSTRALIA will be hoping its Rugby League World Cup comes full circle when it plays England in the final at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

The Kangaroos defeated the Poms 18-4 in the tournament opener and coasted through its next four matches to reach the decider, conceding just 16 points along the way. There are rumours tonight could see the final appearance of Billy Slater and perhaps even Cameron Smith in the green and gold, and a win would provide them with the perfect send-off if they decide to hang up the boots.

England scraped through its semi-final against Tonga to book its place against the home side tonight. Wayne Bennett’s men won 20-18 after Andrew Fifita’s try in the dying seconds was disallowed because of a knock-on and they will be hoping fortune favours them again against the Kangaroos.

Kick-off is scheduled for 8pm AEDT.



Earlier former Australian forward Gorden Tallis said he didn’t think the home side’s pack could match it with England’s big men if Sam Burgess and James Graham fired, but ex-NSW prop Mark Geyer disagreed.

“No, I don’t think they (England) have (the edge in the forwards),” Geyer told Channel Seven.

“Australia’s strength has been their forwards, in particular (David) Klemmer and (Aaron) Woods and then on comes (Reagan) Campbell-Gillard and (Jordan) McLean, with (Cameron) Smith guiding the ship.

“Their forward back has been immense. Sam Burgess tonight as captain will lead from the front and will be inspiring tonight.”

The stage is set for stand-in England skipper Sam Burgess to dominate an inferior Kangaroos pack and inspire a boilover in the Rugby League World Cup final in Brisbane, Gorden Tallis says.

Former Kangaroos enforcer Tallis has rated Burgess as the greatest British forward to play in the NRL and believes the South Sydney talisman can prove the difference against overwhelming favourite Australia at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

England appeared to cop a huge blow before its first Cup final appearance in 22 years when captain Sean O’Loughlin ruled himself out with a quad injury on match eve.

But Tallis believes Burgess can still provide enough firepower to blow away what he considered a lesser Kangaroos pack.

“He is one of the best forwards I have ever seen,” Tallis told a Rugby League World Cup final function in Brisbane.

“He is the best English forward that has come out here to play, I think he is absolutely outstanding.”

Tallis believes Burgess could pack a one-two punch with England forward James Graham that could give the Australian forwards nightmares.

“If he and James Graham can play the way they do in the NRL, if they can play with that intimidation and ferocity I don’t think the Australian forward pack are as good as those guys,” Tallis said.

“Australia have a great back-row but if those two guys can light it up and play to the best of their ability I think they will give the Australian pack a real nightmare.”

Back-rower Burgess will replace O’Loughlin at lock, with Ben Currie starting on the edge and utility Jonny Lomax added to the bench.

O’Loughlin is the second key forward coach Wayne Bennett has lost in a week, following star hooker Josh Hodgson’s torn ACL in the semi-final win over Tonga.

England has not won a series involving Australia since 1972. And it last beat Australia at a World Cup in 1995.

But Burgess was daring to dream, even contemplating who would lift the trophy for England if Australia — undefeated at a World Cup since 2008 — was somehow denied.

“I don’t think it gets much better than the World Cup final and it will be a special moment, although it’s kind of bittersweet if I’m honest,” said Burgess who led England in last year’s Four Nations tournament.

“Sean has been captain the whole tournament and he’ll lift the trophy if we get to that situation.”

Laine Clark, AAP

Australia Kangaroos vs England rugby Live Stream RLWC Final 2017 Dec 2

Australia Kangaroos vs England rugby Live Stream RLWC Final 2017 Dec 2

Australia smashes Fiji in Rugby League World Cup semi-final

kangaroos vs fiji

Kangaroos winger Valentine Holmes created history by scoring six tries in his side’s 54-6 World Cup semi-final win over Fiji on Friday night.

Just a week after registering five tries against Samoa, the Cronulla flyer showed that was no fluke. His 11 tries in two games gives him 12 tries for the tournament, overtaking the previous record of most tries at a World Cup held by Broncos legend Wendell Sailor (10).

It was a stunning display by the 22-year-old who only made his representative debut last year, and played Origin for the first time in 2017. But he clearly enjoys the big stage.

He slammed down two four-pointers in the first half and celebrated his hat-trick two minutes into the second stanza when he reeled in an intercept 10m out from his own line before running the length of the field to score.

Billy Slater stole the limelight from him briefly when he sliced through from a scrum but Holmes didn’t take long to make sure all eyes were back on him as some crisp ball movement saw him stroll over from close range when Josh Dugan drew his defender and passed to his unmarked teammate.

The NSW star set Holmes up again when he hit him on the chest even after stumbling from 10m out to make it five tries for the young gun. Keen to go one better than last week, he didn’t disappoint, racing 50m down the sideline to put the finishing touches on a memorable night.

Despite his individual effort, Holmes was quick to praise his teammates after the match.

“A big credit to the team. It is an unbelievable team I’m playing in — probably the best team I’ve played in. Some great players in there,” Holmes said. “And obviously myself, six tries.

“I’m loving the tournament so far and very happy we have made the final now and I just want to relax and soak it up and get ready for next week.”

Rugby league icons were in awe of what the winger served up.

“We’ll never see this again, surely,” Canberra great Gary Belcher said in commentary for Channel Seven. “Gobsmacked.”

“It’s unbelievable,” former Penrith enforcer Mark Geyer added. “If you hadn’t seen it with your own eyes, you wouldn’t believe it.

“I don’t think I’ll ever see that again in my lifetime.

“Valentine Holmes has burst on the rugby league scene like an asteroid from out of space. He is great to watch.”

Coach Mal Meninga voiced his displeasure at his team’s training standards this week but he needn’t have worried as Australia dominated the first half.

The Bati opened the scoring with a penalty goal but that’s all they had to smile about as the home side showed its class to race to a 22-2 lead at the break.

The game started with plenty of fire, Jarryd Hayne’s illegal shoulder charge on Slater sparking a wild melee. The hit sat Slater on his backside but his teammates took exception to Hayne’s methods and another Fijian defender showing the No. 1 some extra attention on the ground, jumping in to defend the Storm star.

Back-rower Matt Gillett bombed a certain try with only the fullback to beat when his low pass to his outside floated forward and evaded Dane Gagai’s grasp, spilling over the sideline.

But the hosts’ attack clicked after 15 minutes when five-eighth Michael Morgan slid across to the left and shrugged off an attempted tackle. Fiji’s right-side defence had rushed up and once Morgan was through, it was easy to find the unmarked Slater on his outside for the opening try.

Holmes made it 12-2 when Fijian flyer Suliasi Vunivalu misjudged a bomb, leaping too early and watching in horror as the ball landed safely in Holmes’ arms on the tryline.

The Aussie winger went in again when he was the beneficiary of an overlap after the ball went through the hands to the left.

Gagai then stepped twice off his right foot to beat two defenders and score a four-pointer when he received an early ball from Cooper Cronk 20m out from Fiji’s line.

80th min — FULL-TIME: AUS 54 FIJI 6

76th min — TRY: Valentine Holmes is making international rugby league look like the easiest thing in the world, scoring his sixth try of the semi-final. He received the ball on the halfway line and raced down the left touchline to plant the ball in the in-goal once more. AUS 54 FIJI 6

70th min — TRY: Billy Slater scored a try from a scrum earlier, this time he set one set. In an eerily similar play to the one that resulted in a four-pointer seven minutes after half-time, the fullback passed instead of dummying to allow Dane Gagai to muscle his through the defence and score his second try of the night. AUS 50 FIJI 6

66th min — TRY: Valentine Holmes has remarkably scored five tries in a game for the second consecutive week. Josh Dugan almost blew it when he held onto the ball and stumbled, but he was able to fling the ball to Holmes on the left wing where he crossed for his fifth. “We’ll never see this again, surely,” Canberra great Gary Belcher said in commentary for Channel Seven. “Gobsmacked.” Colleague Mark Braybrook said it was “unbelievable”. Australian winger Wendell Sailor held the record for most tries in a World Cup with 10, but Holmes’ recent blitz sees him overtake that with 11 for the tournament. AUS 46 FIJI 6

60th min — TRY: Fiji’s Akuila Uate made a line break but couldn’t beat Billy Slater, dragged down 30m out from Australia’s line. That wasn’t the end of Fiji’s hopes though, Kevin Naiqama passing to Suliasi Vunivalu who did an extraordinary job of picking the ball off his bootlaces, his momentum carrying him over the stripe as he struggled to stay on his feet. AUS 40 FIJI 6

52nd min — Valentine Holmes now has four tries for the match, showing the five he scored against Samoa last week was no fluke. Some crisp ball movement out to the left saw the ball in Josh Dugan’s hands and he drew and passed from two metres out to hand Holmes another four-pointer on a platter. AUS 40 FIJI 2

47th min — TRY: Bill Slater dumped more pain on Fiji when he scored from a scrum. He received the ball on a second-man play and shaped to pass himself but he didn’t need any help, turning on the afterburners to slice through the Fijian defence and extend Australia’s advantage to 32. AUS 34 FIJI 2

42nd min — TRY: A week after scoring five tries against Samoa in Darwin Valentine Holmes registered a hat-trick against Fiji with an opportunistic intercept. Fiji was on the attack and threatened Australia’s line after retrieving an unintentional charge-down on the halfway line, but when fullback Kevin Naiqama passed to his outside backs, he watched in despair as Holmes plucked the ball out of the air before running the length of the field to score. AUS 28 FIJI 2

40th min — HALF-TIME: Australia botched a late attacking raid but still went into the sheds with a comfortable lead. AUS 22 FIJI 2

38th min — NO TRY: Australia almost benefited from a Hail Mary play after Cameron Smith grubbered on the halfway line. Cooper Cronk was first to the ball and got his boot to it again, putting Billy Slater in a race with Fiji’s halfback Henry Raiwalui to claim the Steeden. They both made a play for it but the video referee correctly ruled Slater knocked it forward into Michael Morgan’s hands, preventing the five-eighth’s try from standing.

37th min — KNOCK-ON: Fiji showed some spark as it ventured into enemy territory, but couldn’t regather a bomb on the right wing, handing the ball back to the hosts.

32nd min — TRY: Dane Gagai joined in on Australia’s pointscoring act when he found himself with time and space after receiving early, clean ball from Cooper Cronk. The winger stepped off his right foot 20m out from the line to beat Akuila Uate then put a similar move on the fullback to score a meat pie. AUS 22 FIJI 2

29th min — Fiji made a rare foray into Australia’s half but some adlib footy on the last tackle didn’t come off and the referee ordered a changeover 30m out from the Kangaroos’ line.

26th min — TRY: Valentine Holmes crossed for his second try of the night after the home side enjoyed a slice of luck. Cameron Smith’s grubber rebounded off a Fijian player back into the Aussies’ possession, and when they shifted the ball through the hands to the left edge it was a simple matter of taking advantage of an overlap to gift the Kangaroos winger another try. AUS 16 FIJI 2

25th min — Josh Dugan screamed out in agony as he tried to crash over for a try metres out from the line, but he recovered well enough to play the ball and stay on the park.

20th min — Play came to a stop when Jacob Saifiti went down with what looked to be a knee injury, which forced him off the field.

16th min — TRY: The Kangaroos went in again when Fijian winger Suliasi Vunivalu leapt up to catch a cross-field kick on his tryline, only to watch it sail agonisingly over him and into the waiting arms of Valentine Holmes, who crossed for an easy four-pointer. AUS 12 FIJI 2

14th min — TRY: Australia drew first blood when Fiji’s right-side defence made a mess of stopping the men in green and gold. Pivot Michael Morgan angled towards the left as Fiji’s outside men rushed up. He shrugged off one tackle to break the line, leaving three unmarked teammates on his outside. He passed to Billy Slater for an easy touchdown and Cameron Smith converted. AUS 6 FIJI 2

13th min — Cooper Cronk forced a line dropout with a perfectly weighted kick into the corner early in the tackle count. Dane Gagai chased and tackled his opposite winger in the in-goal.

9th min — BOMBED TRY: Matt Gillett had a shocker when he bombed a certain try. He broke through the defensive line about 25m out from Fiji’s line and had two men on his outside with only the fullback in front of him. He passed to his right but it missed the mark by plenty, going down and forward to evade Dane Gagai and spill over the sideline.

7th min — PENALTY GOAL: Fiji opened the scoring by slotting a penalty goal. FIJI 2 AUS 0

5th min — KNOCK-ON: Aussie winger Valentine Holmes took a hit up close to his own line but lost the ball in contact with lock Tui Kamikamica.

2nd min — HAYNE SHOT IGNITES BIFF: A brawl erupted after Jarryd Hayne shoulder-charged Billy Slater. A teammate came in and gave Slater’s head some extra attention when he was on the ground, causing the Aussies to run in and defend their fullback.

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga admits Jarryd Hayne will have a point to prove when he spearheads the Bati in Friday’s Rugby League World Cup semi-final against Australia.

Four years after helping the Kangaroos crush Fiji at the same stage of the tournament, Hayne will now be Australia’s biggest threat following his omission from the green-and-gold this year.

Asked if Hayne had a point to prove against the Kangaroos, Meninga said: “He probably has from his point of view I guess.

“From our point of view, we’re happy with the squad and I’m really happy with the way all the individuals have been playing and bought into what we’re doing.”

Meninga’s comments on Thursday come three weeks after he criticised the code-hopper for his likely move from the Gold Coast after the tournament. It is widely tipped Hayne will reunite with Parramatta over the summer following reports he’s moved out of his home on the glitter strip.

Meninga identified Hayne, who has four try assists and two tries in the tournament, as the man to shut down at Suncorp Stadium.

“He’s their control man. Fiji’s getting through their sets and he’s putting a good kick in or controlling the ends of sets really well,” he said. “He can play anywhere Jarryd if he puts his mind to it. He can play one, he can play centre, wing — which he does at rep level — and six for Fiji. He’s that type of player.

“He’s a great individual, a great talent and he can play a number of positions. All those positions would suit him.”

Fiji coach Mick Potter said he couldn’t speak highly enough of Hayne’s contributions for the Bati, where he has led the team to a perfect four wins from four.

“I hadn’t watched him closely away but his contribution at six when he’s playing with us, he’s helping steer the team around the park,” Potter said. “He’s come up with really good kick plays, he’s come up with really good plays for his outside men. He knows the game. He’s been excellent. “I can’t speak highly enough of him as far as how he’s been helping us.”

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Rugby League World Cup: As it happened – Tonga vs England 18-20

Live Rugby League World Cup updates: Tonga v England

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Live Rugby League World Cup updates: Tonga v England

Follow live updates of the Rugby League World Cup semifinal as Tonga take on England at Mount Smart Stadium.

The sudden-death clash will decide which team goes through to face reigning champions Australia in next week’s tournament final in Brisbane, after the Kangaroos maintained their unbeaten run with last night’s emphatic 54-6 win over Fiji.

  • 4 minutes ago
  • 5 minutes ago
    It is deafening
  • 5 minutes ago
    Time for the haka
  • 6 minutes ago
    A racuous ovation to the anthem’s conclusion, with King Tupou in attendance, and kick-off just moments away
  • 7 minutes ago
    And now Tonga
  • 9 minutes ago
    England anthem up first
  • 9 minutes ago
    A sea of red and white – mostly Tongan flags – welcome them out. Huge noise as they arrive
  • 10 minutes ago
    The teams are in the tunnel and being welcomed out onto Mt Smart with a traditional Maori welcome
  • 12 minutes ago
    Kiaora koutou, welcome to what should be a barnburner of a clash at Mount Smart today. We’ve got the anthems and haka to come, before we get into the action and find out who will play Australia in the Rugby League World Cup final
  • 14 minutes ago
    That’s me for today. Niall Anderson will be taking over for the live commentary. He probably knows way more about league than I do. Enjoy the game everyone!


Team news:
Tonga: 1. William Hopoate 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Michael Jennings 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. David Fusitua 6.Tuimoala Lolohea 7. Ata Hingano 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Siliva Havili 10. Sio Siua Taukeiaho 11.Manu Ma’u 12. Sika Manu 13. Jason Taumalolo.
Interchange: 14. Sione Katoa 15. Peni Terepo 16. Tevita Pangai Junior 17. Ben Murdoch-Masila.
Reserves: 18. Sam Moa 19. Manu Vatuvei
England: 1. Gareth Widdop 2. Jermaine McGillvary 3. Kallum Watkins 4. John Bateman 5. Ryan Hall 6.Kevin Brown 7. Luke Gale 8. Chris Hill 9. Josh Hodgson 10. James Graham 11. Sam Burgess 12. Elliot Whitehead 13. Sean O’Loughlin.
Interchange: 14. Alex Walmsley 15. Thomas Burgess 16. Ben Currie 17. James Roby.
Reserves: 18. Jonny Lomax 19. Chris Heighington


Rugby League World Cup: England vs Tonga Live Coverage The Lions v Mate Ma’a get big boost for 2nd semi-final clash in Auckland

Rugby League World Cup: England vs Tonga Live Coverage The Lions v Mate Ma’a get big boost for 2nd semi-final clash in Auckland

England playmaker Kevin Brown and star forward Sam Burgess have both passed fitness tests and are right as rain for Saturday’s Rugby League World Cup semi- final against Tonga, assistant coach Denis Betts says.

The Warrington-based Brown, the beneficiary of linchpin Gareth Widdop’s fullback switch, suffered a head knock in last week’s 36-6 win over Papua New Guinea.

He was duly named in the matchday XVII for this weekend’s semi-final in Auckland, but needed to pass concussion protocols during the week.

Betts told reporters he had done so and would play against Mate Ma’a, while Burgess – named in the second row – had overcome an ankle issue.

“Kevin’s fit, he’s always been fit, never in doubt – just had to run through the protocols at this point. He’s been really good all week, and Sam’s been great – we’ve been really fortunate at the moment, got a full squad training,” Betts said.

“All the stuff we’ve put in place now that the game’s trying to protect people with, we’ve put (Brown) through those things, he’s got the all-clear.”

Betts backed the 33-year-old Brown to shine against a bustling Tonga, having coached the veteran stand-off and named him captain at Widnes.

Brown moved to Super League big guns Warrington for the start of the 2017 campaign, but couldn’t help the Cestrians finish higher than ninth.

He’ll join Castleford star Luke Gale in the halves for Saturday’s match, with his game management and experience to prove crucial.

“He’s had some ups and downs in his career and he’s been through the mill, in the international side, out of the side, fought his way back in,” Betts said.

“He’s always been a big player that can turn up in a big game and put big plays on.”


Ireland v Argentina: live stream, kick off,Preview, head to head in focus: Five talking points ahead of Saturday’s clash

Ireland v Argentina: live stream, kick off,Preview, head to head in focus: Five talking points ahead of Saturday’s clash

Ireland v Argentina in focus: Five talking points ahead of Saturday’s clash


Ireland host Argentina on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Action, in their final autumn series Test.

Here’s a look at some of the major talking points ahead of the exciting clash…

Revenge for 2015?

The last time the two sides met was the quarter-final of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in perhaps the most disappointing day in Joe Schmidt’s reign.

Minus captain Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony, Jared Payne and Johnny Sexton to injury, along with Sean O’Brien to suspension, Ireland were well beaten by the Pumas 43-20.


Having headed into the tournament as back-to-back Six Nations winners, Ireland had been labelled one of the World Cup favourites and the defeat is one which still grates on supporters and players alike.

It meant Ireland extended their woeful record in rugby’s premier competition of never having made it past the quarter-final stage.

Just eight of the men involved that day in Cardiff will line out in the Aviva on Saturday, while three of those who were forced to sit and watch in O’Mahony, Sexton and O’Brien starting.


Injuries to Robbie Henshaw and Keith Earls mean they miss out but Rory Best, Cian Healy, Iain Henderson, Conor Murray and Rob Kearney start again, while Devin Toner, Jack McGrath and Rhys Ruddock will likely feature off the bench.

Though they wouldn’t admit it publicly, you get the feeling this Test could be as personal as it gets for Schmidt and his players.

Argentina’s losing run

Argentina may have picked up a 31-15 victory in their last Test match against Italy in Florence, but they are on a lengthy run of defeats against sides ranked above them.


Indeed the Pumas have now lost 16 Tests in a row against sides ranked above them in world rugby, and with Argentina currently ninth in the world, that includes all Tier-1 nations apart from Italy.

England, New Zealand and Australia have all beaten Argentina four times in a row, while South Africa have won twice in addition to victories for Scotland and Wales.

You have to go back to August 2016 for the last time Argentina picked up a win against a side above them: A 26-24 victory over the Springboks in Salta.

Since then Argentina have only beaten Japan, Georgia and Italy on the Test stage. Could Ireland be the game to snap them out of their losing run?

The Pumas have never won in Ireland in seven attempts but have inflicted a world of pain on the men in green in the past. A positive record of 3-1 for the South Americans at Rugby World Cups tells you all you need to know about the history between the pair.

Big day for Byrne

Among Schmidt’s starting XV he has sprung one major shock with the inclusion of uncapped Leinster winger Adam Byrne on the right wing.

Despite Andrew Conway’s try scoring performance against South Africa and man of the match display over Fiji, he begins among the replacements, while fellow wingers Darren Sweetnam and Dave Kearney are left out altogether.


Powerful in the air and quick along the ground, Byrne was given his provincial debut by Schmidt back in December 2012 before a string of injuries stemmed his development.

Having been in and out of the Leinster team, the 23-year-old has shown flashes of brilliance mixed with defensive frailties over the last couple of seasons and will be under pressure to perform against the Pumas.

His inclusion means that every fit member of Schmidt’s November squad will have featured on at least one occasion.

All change in the row

In the second row, 21-year-old Leinster lock James Ryan replaces the experienced Devin Toner to start alongside Iain Henderson in a big show of faith.


Toner has been a go-to man since the very beginning of Schmidt’s tenure, with his only high profile omission before now coming against England in March during the Six Nations when Donnacha Ryan and Henderson started together.

Like Conway, Toner starts on the bench, as no player within the Irish squad is called upon to start all three autumn Tests.

Having been an eye-catching U20 captain and achieved his first senior Irish cap before he had even appeared for Leinster, Ryan is rated extremely highly.


His impact off the bench against the Springboks was noteworthy and should they go well together, Henderson and Ryan could potentially form Ireland’s second row lineup for years to come.

How they fare at lineout time without the seasoned qualities and 6’11” frame of Toner will be fascinating to watch.

Physicality the key

Another key selection comes in Ireland’s midfield, where Robbie Henshaw’s hamstring strain hands Munster centre Chris Farrell a start in the 13 jersey.

Having only made his debut for Ireland against Fiji last time out, Farrell will look to strike an effective partnership with fellow one-cap international Bundee Aki, in a robust looking match-up.


Physicality will be essential against the Pumas. Two years ago, Ireland lost the breakdown battle and were beaten up on the frontline, with the likes of backrow Pablo Matera almost animalistic.

Such aggression and physical dominance allowed Argentina’s backs to spring to life and hurt Ireland going forward.


Forced to watch on that day, flankers O’Mahony and O’Brien are in from the start on Saturday and will look to dominate the breakdown and provide a platform for Ireland’s own backs and critical half-back pairing to flourish.

So often Test matches against Argentina become dogged and tight affairs. Whoever wins the physical battle will go a long way to clinching victory.


Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Adam Byrne, 13 Chris Farrell,12 Bundee Aki,11 Jacob Stockdale,10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray; 1 Cian Healy, 2 Rory Best, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 4 James Ryan, 5 Iain Henderson, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 7 Sean O’Brien, 8 CJ Stander.

Replacements: 16 James Tracy, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 John Ryan, 19 Devin Toner, 20 Rhys Ruddock, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Ian Keatley, 23 Andrew Conway.

Argentina: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo; 1 Santiago Garcia Botta, 2 Agustin Creevy (c), 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 4 Matias Alemanno, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 6 Pablo Matera, 7 Marcos Kremer, 8 Tomas Lezana.

Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere.