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Former New Zealand journalist teaching in Istanbul. Fave teams - Canes and Jags. Can be found chatting live about rugby here in my free time: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/roonbafr/wingman-s-global-briefs-t3372.html

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Thanks. Just read a lot of articles off the African press. 😁 At least a couple of them seemed to imply the tournament hadn’t been played for a decade, but others referred to recent winners, so that left me a little confused. 7s isn’t normally my thing. All I do know is the KRU picked up a big sponsorship deal recently and part of that has gone into this year’s event.

Safari Sevens return to Kenya

Live streaming will be available on the event’s Facebook site. Watch this space for results.

Safari Sevens return to Kenya

Sounds like they want to align with Europe and force the Siberians to adapt to the program.

Japan rescues World Cup from flames of disaster

Rugby looks just like league used to, I meant to say. 😛

It is time for the rugby codes to reunite

The new Japanese pro league is apparently going to be open to foreign signings. This could attract Pacific Islanders currently plying their trade in Europe, as they will be much closer to home. If so, that is going to leave a lot of gaps to fill in France and perhaps Sub-Saharan African will be one of the beneficiaries. Ugandan fullback Philip Wokorach has just signed with a French club, in fact.

The international rugby system is broken. Here's how to fix it

Has seemed like a no-brainer since rugby turned pro, and rugby looks just like used to now, as many predicted it would a couple of decades after transition. But league itself has evolved as well and is not the same game it was back then. & that’s the thing – they are different sports on different paths. American football evolved out of rugby. Do we combine with them next? In fact, Canadian football has existed alongside NFL for the past century, just as independently as league is from union. A number of NFL stars began their pro careers north of the border, in fact. The point is, two sports means twice as many opportunities for players as one, twice as many fixtures and twice as much revenue, roughly speaking. So what’s really to be gained from combining?

It is time for the rugby codes to reunite

I think what has made football a global game is the preponderance of foreign players in European club competition. This has helped bring African teams up to speed, in particular. The process had begun even before the Bosman ruling of 1995, but the subsequent scrapping of the 3-foreigner rule revolutionized both club football and the international game. French rugby is already serving the same role, but how many other professional competitions are completely open to foreigners? Obviously the so-called emerging nations should be encouraged to develop their own leagues, but certain parts of the world there simply isn’t the money for professionalism. Half of rugby’s foundation members are small nations which seem more than content to remain big fish in a little pond.

The international rugby system is broken. Here's how to fix it

I’m not sure what the outcome was. It seems to have gone very quiet since then. But the feasibility study was widely reported on.

The plan that will boost rugby in the Pacific

When you start backing teams for reasons other than patriotism you have entered the realms of Rugby Nirvana 🏉 👍

Rugby World Cup quarter-finals expert tips: End the desperation

Nobody picked France? Are you kidding me? Well call me Nobody then 😁

England, NZ, France and SA all the way.

Rugby World Cup quarter-finals expert tips: End the desperation

NZ gov’t raised the possibility of funding such a team. In fact, they did an 80K dollar feasibility study last year. The team would be based in Suva but play some games in NZ. This is because the gov’t of NZ is worried about the growing influence of China in the region 😂

The plan that will boost rugby in the Pacific

Good comments, Swede 👍

The plan that will boost rugby in the Pacific

Draw:

Safari 7s draw:

POOLS

Pool A; South Africa, Uganda, Moran’s, Burundi

Pool B; Samurai, Western Province, Narvskaya Zastava

Pool C; Shujaa, Blue Bulls, Russia Academy, Zambia

Pool D; Spain, Zimbabwe, Seventise, KCB RFC

Japan rescues World Cup from flames of disaster

Wonderful news for African rugby:

In what is becoming one of Uganda rugby’s Cinderella stories, Phillip Wokorach has continued to engrave his name in the Bourges XV books by the day after an impressive debut on Sunday – hence on the back of signing a nine-month contract.

Japan rescues World Cup from flames of disaster

I’m on it, Aussie. Thanks for the reminder tho. Safari 7s are also back this weekend, with the Blitzbokke one of a number of international teams headed for Nairobi 😁

Japan rescues World Cup from flames of disaster

Great comments. Japan have obviously benefited a great deal from the Sunwolves’ involvement in Super Rugby, which was why World Rugby itself pushed for their inclusion, albeit to the detriment of the competition. Elsewhere, no sign of improvement or gaps closing. Tier 1 teams beat Tier 2 teams (not including Russia, Namibia & Uruguay, who are tour 3) by an average of just over 26 points, down slightly on past tournaments, except for 1991 when the average margin was only 20.

Japan rescues World Cup from flames of disaster

So, NZ have retained their unbeaten run in pool matches, extended this to 30, NZ, Australia and France have reached their 9th straight quarter-finals, the Americas will not be represented in the last 8 for just the 3rd time, following 87, 95 & 03, and Japan has become the 13th nation to reach the quarter-finals – the first from Asia, meaning all the continents have now been represented at that stage of the tournament. Japan is also the first new quarter-finalist this century.

Japan rescues World Cup from flames of disaster

So, NZ have retained their unbeaten run in pool matches, extended this to 30, NZ, Australia and France have reached their 9th straight quarter-finals, the Americas will not be represented in the last 8 for just the 3rd time, following 87, 95 & 03, and Japan has become the 13th nation to reach the quarter-finals – the first from Asia, meaning all the continents have now been represented at that stage of the tournament. Japan is also the first new quarter-finalist this century:

First RWC Quarter FInal:
2019: Japan
2015: –
2011: –
2007: –
2003: –
1999: Argentina
1995: South Africa
1991: Canada, Samoa
1987: NZ, Aus, Eng, Wal, Sco, Fiji, Ire, Fra

Other stats collected from various sources:

INDIVIDUAL RECORDS

Overall

Most points: Tamura (Jpn) 48 – well clear of equally surprising second place, Berchesi Pisano (Urug) – 30.
Most tries: Matsushima (Jpn) & Adams (Wal) – 5

From the teams that only played 3 matches
Most points: J Barrett (NZ) & Mo’unga (NZ) – 26
Most tries: Cowan-Dickie (Eng) – 3

For the All Blacks
Most points: J Barrett (NZ) & Mo’unga (NZ) – 26
Most tries: J Barrett, S Barrett, Lienert-Brown, Reece, B Smith, Weber – 2

TEAM RECORDS

Overall
Most points: South Africa 185
Most tries: South Africa 27

From the teams that only played 3 matches
Most points: All Blacks 157
Most tries: All Blacks 22

Japan rescues World Cup from flames of disaster

Who made the choice, anopinion? Take your time and think hard . . .

Japan rescues World Cup from flames of disaster

I was almost asleep – before the Cherry Blossoms woke me up 😂

Japan rescues World Cup from flames of disaster

Argentina is a phenomenon in rugby – the only outsider who has ever really caught up with the established elite – and overtaken half of them.

Japan rescues World Cup from flames of disaster

All dates should be 2020.

Japan rescues World Cup from flames of disaster

Oh, silly me. Didn’t even look at the dates of the Development fixtures 😛

Japan rescues World Cup from flames of disaster

Uganda Cranes utility back and immediate former Kabras ace Philip Wokorach made his first appearance for the French side Bourges on Sunday 13 October as they won 27-7 against Uzerche.

The Utility back started as the outside centre alongside Gabriel Montel in the match. His start came after just three days of training with the side. The Enterprise Cup winner with Kabras was handed a marketing and communication role at the club upon joining it.

Japan rescues World Cup from flames of disaster

Belarus in action this weekend 😁 👍

REC Development fixtures:
18/4/19
Estonia v Belarus
Slovakia v Montenegro

9/5/19
Montenegro v Estonia
Belarus v Slovakia

31/5/20
Estonia v Slovakia
Belarus v Montenegro

The prospect of a Belarus club – Dynamo Minsk, competing in Russian competition was raised last year but ultimately it did not happen. Up til now the White Russians have been whipping boys for other European minnows:

Belarus international results:
04.10.2014 ESTONIA TALLINN LOST 12 – 50 ENC 3 Preliminary Playoff.
18.05.2016 SLOVAKIA TALLINN LOST 17 – 29 REC 3; Semi-final
21.05.2016 MONTENEGRO TALLINN LOST 19 – 45 REC 3; Playoff 3rd-4th

Japan rescues World Cup from flames of disaster