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Rugby World Cup sweeps into Asia for first time on a sea of red and white

Any thought that the tournament's first foray into Asia wouldn't be embraced by the people of Japan was blown away on opening night.

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RWC2019 - Fixtures/Results

Saturday & Sunday's Pool Matches


Love, rugby and a sport's crucial battle with concussion

On the eve of the Rugby World Cup, Tom Hamilton assesses how far the game has come and how far it still has to go in its understanding of the most prevalent -- and damaging -- injury in rugby.

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What is a concussion protocol? Sport by sport, there's no single solution

Reporters from across ESPN give their insights on how sport has been impacted by the increasing awareness of concussion.

Wales' World Cup woe

Wales head coach Gatland 'shocked' over Howley investigation

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has expressed his shock after his assistant coach Rob Howley was sent home from the World Cup amid allegations of betting infringements.

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Wales coach Howley sent home from World Cup amid betting allegations

Wales assistant coach Rob Howley has been sent home from Japan amid allegations of betting infringements.


What leading the haka means to TJ Perenara

The All Blacks' haka is world-famous but for the man who will lead Ka Mate and Kapo O Pango in Japan, it's the connection with the land, his ancestors and teammates that's important rather than putting on a show for the crowd.

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Understanding the All Blacks' supreme success

The All Blacks are a global sporting powerhouse with a winning record that sits just under 80% over the past 100 years. But how has that success been achieved, and what sets this team apart in not just rugby but world sport in its entirety?


Tonga rugby team sing on flight to Rugby World Cup


Tattooed Samoans don skin suits to avoid offending Japanese hosts

Samoan players will keep traditional Pacific islander tattoos under wraps with skin suits during the World Cup in Japan to avoid offending their hosts.

Australia preparations

Coleman: There's something special with this group


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