Liam Williams, George North and Justin Tipuric are among the players who will return for the Six Nations but it is the lack of ball-carrying options that will tax coach Warren Gatland going forwardRelief was quickly followed by reality for Wales. Victo…
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Emtpy stadiums, threats to the 15-a-side game and the decline of the Springboks and Wallabies means that the possibility of only two teams being genuinely in contention come Japan 2019 is very real
Exactly two years from now the next Rugby World Cup will kick off in Japan, and World Rugby are starting to twitch, judging by their public warnings to local organisers about the sluggish pace of preparations. Get your pagoda in order now has been the theme ahead of this week’s two-years-to-go anniversary extravaganza at Shibuya 19 in central Tokyo.
Normally this would be a high-profile story but, right now, there seem to be more serious concerns, not least that Japan is at the heart of global geo-political tension with North Korea given a second missile test fired over the country in the past week. Rugby, meanwhile, has its own worrisome long-term problems to fret about. Those South Africans still shaking their heads at last weekend’s 57-0 thrashing by the All Blacks are not alone: the scoreline sent a shiver down every traditional rugby spine from Bloemfontein to Buenos Aires. The Springboks were supposed to be improving, the men in black still rebuilding. What if this yawning gap widens further between now and 2019? Only the most sand-obsessed ostrich could ignore the possible ramifications.
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• England to face New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Japan
• Eddie Jones says England must bridge gap with All Blacks
England will complete a four-year wait to face New Zealand when they clash with the world champions at Twickenham next year.
The fixture has been confirmed by the Rugby Football Union for 10 November and is the highlight of a mouth-watering 2018 autumn series that also features matches against South Africa, Japan and Australia.
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- The Wallabies surrendered a 20-10 lead in the 47th minute
- Western Force jerseys dominated and ‘Force’ chants were heard throughout
The Sea of Blue turned out in their droves as the Wallabies fought out an enthralling 23-23 draw with South Africa in Saturday night’s Rugby Championship Test in Perth.
The Wallabies led 20-10 in the 47th minute, courtesy of tries to Kurtley Beale and Tatafu Polota-Nau. But the home side looked destined for another heartbreaking loss when the Springboks produced a powerful second half to take a 23-20 lead. Bernard Foley nailed a clutch 40m penalty with nine minutes to go to level the scores, and the Wallabies smothered an after-the-siren drop-goal attempt from Elton Jantjies to deny South Africa victory.
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• Pair of South African sides entering Pro 14 not currently eligible for Europe
• ‘Our teams playing in Europe will be a process that will take two or three years’
The South African Rugby Union wants its teams who have joined the Pro 14 to compete in Europe in the coming seasons.
The Cheetahs and the Southern Kings linked up with the three Celtic unions and Italy after losing their places in Super Rugby, with the South African Rugby Union signing them up for an initial six years. If one of them wins the league this season, though, there will be no European Champions Cup place.
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