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We might end up with a bidding wae between 6N and SANZAAR on whom will get the honor in to include them in their championship.
The TV-numbers for Japan games so far are through the roof:
20 million for Russia
30 million for Ireland and Samoa
50 million for Scotland

The Wrap: Japan’s Blossoms do rugby and their people proud

Great wrap, GP.

Happy for you, lucky guy. What an epic. Before the weekend it felt like rugby and the fans – like an old couple – were in a meaningless fight (mainly built on misunderstandings). There was a strong need to clear the air and for some make-up sex. And boy oh boy, did we get that and more.

Fun to read the AB’s comments on that game and Japan:

“That’s a good way to play footy, isn’t it? It’s worked against Ireland and it’s now worked against Scotland and their other pool opponents, Samoa. People have said, ‘Who do you want to play?’ Well, they’re the in-form team, I’m quite happy they’re on the other side of the draw.”
“Without a doubt, they would have to be considered (a Tier 1 rugby nation), they’re playing and performing like a Tier 1 nation. They’re now in the top eight in the world on performance and they’re playing quality rugby.”

Hansen

“The speed that the Japanese played at, the skill level….they’re the real deal.”

Sam Cane

“Japan were outstanding. Their attack is right up there – it was awesome, it was quality – but to see them hold out defensively as well was very impressive.”

ALB

The Wrap: Japan’s Blossoms do rugby and their people proud

Berry has really impressed me, the best ref of the tournament so far.
With O’Keefe, Owens, and Barnes also being in good form, I think the finals will be reffed pretty well.

A rare pat on the back for a World Cup referee

A rematch between Japan and Springboks in the World Cup (in Japan!). Almost too much sugar on this feelgood story. This game will reach outside the ordinary rugby community and attract the wider sporting audience.

Happy days!

Japan into RWC quarter-finals after beating Scotland 28-21

Yeah, the way they performed from minute 10 to 40 was just mindblowing stuff. Only the AB’s on a really good day can perform like that.
Funny detail, those two tries just before and after halftime, what other team usually do that on a regular basis?

Japan into RWC quarter-finals after beating Scotland 28-21

Thank God this game is being played.
Now, all we need is a classic thriller so we all can move on to the playoffs with a nice feeling. It is time to kiss and make up.

Japan, Scotland get World Cup go-ahead

I am afraid the joke is on you, Taniwha…

Why Ireland will still win the Rugby World Cup

Why is this news?
It was the correct call.

Another red! Bundee Aki gets a red card for devastating high shot

My comment should be read exactly as it is written; “a pack that can be bossed for long periods”. That doesn’t mean played off the park.
Ireland, SA, OZ, and England all have packs that have bossed them recently, some for longer periods than others. If they can do it again – when it really counts – remains to be seen. Exciting times ahead.

Why Ireland will still win the Rugby World Cup

Too early to predict for me, Jacko. Wanna see Ireland-Samoa and know the matchday squads.

Why Ireland will still win the Rugby World Cup

It will be very interesting to see. Both teams – most likely – have really tough QF’s to negotiate in Ireland and OZ. No doubt this will be a big talking point leading into the games. And everyone with an agenda will “analyze” it to suit their perception.

CONFIRMED: All Blacks vs Italy, England vs France both cancelled due to Super Typhoon Hagibis

How tough is not Liam Williams though? Seems his body is made out of rubber, he takes brutal hits but just jumps up again and smiles.

A Wallabies Rugby World Cup quarter-final against England: Dream or nightmare for Michael Cheika?

Squidge rugby is one of the best things Wales rugby got going. His videos are awesome.

A Wallabies Rugby World Cup quarter-final against England: Dream or nightmare for Michael Cheika?

Just telling what I am seeing, Die Hard. We shall soon see if I got it right or wrong (or if the Kiwi pack finds another gear).

Why Ireland will still win the Rugby World Cup

I reckon that if Ireland beats NZ there is a decent chance that they will not be able to pump themselves up mentally for the semis. Deep inside, all Irish knows that a semi-birth and another Kiwi-scalp is well beyond a pass-mark for them.

Why Ireland will still win the Rugby World Cup

You seem to suggest that they are somehow advantaged by the lost game

I asked a question, nothing more nothing less.

CONFIRMED: All Blacks vs Italy, England vs France both cancelled due to Super Typhoon Hagibis

An extra week of rest for NZ and ENG will be interesting to see how it plays out. Will they be undercooked in the QF’s or is it a massive advantage?

CONFIRMED: All Blacks vs Italy, England vs France both cancelled due to Super Typhoon Hagibis

And it will. Both the USA and Russia are on the radar (with the Japan tournament being a smash hit for the game, no doubt World Rugby will be more confident taking the event to new markets). And both SA and Argentina are ahead in the cue the next time a SANZAAR country arranges a WC.

Australia should look to the Pacific for their 2027 Rugby World Cup bid

Personally, I am not yet convinced by NZ. They have heaps of potential and Brodie, Ardie, and Beauden are truly world-class, but too many unsettled combinations and a pack that can be bossed for long periods are big question marks for me.

Why Ireland will still win the Rugby World Cup

I think you are spot on HHB.

One thing is for certain, them Kiwis brian trust has spent many awaken nights on how to counter Jow Schmidt’s Ireland, especially after the meeting last year when NZ played pretty well but still was the weaker side on the day. Gonna be interesting to see what they have in the bag for the next dance. And, of course, to see if Ireland has a surprise or two in store also.

Why Ireland will still win the Rugby World Cup

Some really fair points in this column. Ireland is most def a serious contender.
Irelands stats against SH teams in this last WC cycle are pretty impressive.

NZ: 2-1
OZ: 3-1
SA: 2-2
AR: 2-0

Clive Woodward always maintains that the holy grail for a NH team who wants to win the WC is to beat SH teams regularly both home and away. Ireland fits the bill.

Why Ireland will still win the Rugby World Cup

A lot more dancing in rugby than in football 😂 😂 😂

Rugby must find consistency with its card system

That is League, mate.

Rugby must find consistency with its card system

Hmm… not sure about that.
Maybe a 3 point penalty try for YC and 7 pointers for reds. The players get sent off but can be replaced. Ensures 15 vs 15 for the full 80 minutes.

Rugby must find consistency with its card system

Gotta respect Farrell. He got some chin. Not an easy guy to take out.

Rugby must find consistency with its card system