Scotland handed Watson blow

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has confirmed Hamish Watson will miss the rest of the World Cup due to a knee injury.
The 27-year-old started Sunday's defeat to Ireland in Japan, but he fell awkwardly after being cleared from a ruck. Watson left the field on a stretcher just before the interv read more...

Townsend urges Scots improvement

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has admitted his side have to get better following their 27-3 defeat by Ireland.
In their opening World Cup match in Pool A, Scotland were outfought by Joe Schmidt's men, who grabbed a bonus-point win. Tries from Rory Best and James Ryan saw Ireland race into t read more...

Jones praises England attitude

Eddie Jones says England

weren't sharp
in Sunday's 35-3 win over Tonga but he was pleased with the attitude of his players.
England kicked off their Rugby World Cup campaign in Japan with a bonus point win but head coach Jones felt there was plenty of room for improv read more...

Ireland skipper says best is yet to come

Ireland opened their World Cup campaign with a comprehensive 27-3 win over Scotland but captain Rory Best says they can improve further.
James Ryan opened the scoring with a try on six minutes before Best doubled their advantage soon after, with Jonathan Sexton kicking the extras as Ireland read more...

Jones ready for ’emotional’ World Cup

England coach Eddie Jones admits he is looking forward to the start of an

emotional
World Cup for his men.
The Red Rose were World Cup winners in 2003 as Jonny Wilkinson slotted over a drop goal in added time while they also made the final in 2007. However, the past read more...

Hansen relieved with Springboks scalp

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen felt his side overcame a huge hurdle by beating South Africa in the World Cup opener on Saturday.
With top spot in Pool B on the line, the outcome of the match was vital to both sides and it was the All Blacks who prevailed 23-13. The damage was done in the fir read more...

Jones to equal Wales record against Georgia

Alun Wyn Jones will win his 129th cap for Wales when he captains a strong side for their opening World Cup match against Georgia on Monday.
Lock Jones will match Gethin Jenkins' tally of international appearances in Toyota City in the Pool D encounter at the start of what will be his fourth read more...

France and Australia survive scares at World Cup

France and Australia were forced to dig deep to begin their World Cup campaigns with a win as they saw off Argentina and Fiji respectively.
Les Bleus took on the Pumas in Tokyo in a vital Pool C clash and it looked at half-time as if Jacques Brunel's men would stroll to victory after finishi read more...

Scarlets sign two as cover

Guinness PRO14 side Scarlets have signed second row Juandre Kruger and fly-half Ryan Lamb on short-term deals.
Scarlets have 14 players away at the World Cup so have brought in Kruger from French side Toulon and Lamb joins from La Rochelle to bolster their squad for the start of the domestic read more...

Matsushima hat-trick inspires Japan win

Hosts Japan won the opening game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup as Kotaro Matsushima ran in a hat-trick in Friday's 30-10 win over Russia.
The Brave Blossoms looked nervous at the start of their big night in front of a sold-out Tokyo Stadium, who witnessed a spectacular opening ceremony before read more...