One week down, and we’ve already seen some brilliant rugby. The quadrennial Rugby World Cup has always served up a buffet of quality rugby and the first week of this current edition has well and truly lived up to that expectation. But now that the second week is here, teams need to quickly bump any last remaining marbles into their holes. Because with the first game out of the way, subsequent games now become must-win for first-week losers – and for the first-week winners, they can set up the rest of their pool stage campaign. Fiji’s shock loss to Uruguay on Wednesday, on top of the first-game loss to Australia, means they are in a really delicate spot. They cannot get into the grind of the tournament quicker now. Their RWC ambitions depend on it. LAST WEEK and OVERALL: Geoff and The Crowd 9, Digger and Brett 8, Harry and Nobes 7. GeoffTips: Italy, England, Argentina, Ireland, South Africa, Georgia, Australia, Scotland, France, New Zealand While everybody is sweating … [Read more...] about The Roar’s Rugby World Cup expert tips: Week 2
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By Emma Thurston Last Updated: 16/09/19 2:13pm Pool B will start with a bang as heavyweights New Zealand and South Africa clash in Yokohama on Saturday September, 21. It's a pool that also contains Italy, Namibia and Canada and the key question is whether or not any of them can pull off a major shock and rock the Springboks or the All Blacks? It appears impossible, but remember Japan four years ago?Here we take a look at each nation's 31-man squad, pick a key player to focus upon, go through current form and bring you all of the pool's fixtures... POOL BNew Zealand Head coach: Steve HansenCaptain: Kieran Read (121 caps)Previous Rugby World Cup best: Rugby World Cup winners (1987, 2011, 2015)Key player: Beauden Barrett. The man pulling the strings for the reigning champions. The spotlight will be on his goal-kicking, especially when it moves into the latter stages of the tournament, but around the park he's expected to excel and take his game to the world-class level it so often … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool B preview
By Keith Moore Last Updated: 13/08/19 6:53pm On Saturday, the Springboks became Rugby Championship champions for the first time in its current format. Their last southern hemisphere trophy came in the 2009 Tri-Nations under Peter de Villiers, during which the Boks beat New Zealand three times. Post-retirement, Richie McCaw said it was the best team he had ever played against.There was relatively mixed success for the Boks thereafter, but following the 2015 World Cup - during which they lost to Japan - things started to go badly wrong for the men in Green and Gold.South Africa finished third in that World Cup by beating Argentina in the bronze medal match on the back of a two-point loss to New Zealand in the semi-finals. Despite a relatively good showing, Heyneke Meyer stepped down from his role as head coach at the end of the tournament.Allister Coetzee was appointed to replace Meyer in 2016, and started his tenure with a 2-1 series win over Ireland in June. However, following that, … [Read more...] about Springboks: Where did 2019 Rugby Championship title come from?
Last Updated: 12/08/19 1:15pm South Africa sealing the Rugby Championship, Australia beating the All Blacks and England's win over Wales sees them dominate our team of the week... 15. Kurtley Beale (Australia)The full-back continued the impressive form he has shown throughout this year's Rugby Championship with a scintillating display in the Wallabies' 47-26 victory over New Zealand. Kurtley Beale made 112 metres - the most of any player in the Championship across the weekend - on 13 carries, beat six defenders and made three clean breaks, capping the win for the hosts off with their fifth and final try.14. Joe Cokanasiga (England)Joe Cokanasiga was a late addition to the England team that beat Wales 33-19 on Sunday, but put in a try-scoring performance that gets him into our team of the week.The winger used the power of a forward to get over the line from close range but showed throughout the match that his pace remains a threat to opposition defences out wide. 13. James … [Read more...] about Team of the week: Springboks, Wallabies and England dominate