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Rugby World Cup: International rugby union competition
The Rugby World Cup, through the ongoing 2019 edition, is a men's rugby union tournament contested every four years between the top international teams. The tournament was first held in 1987, when the tournament was co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia.

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Rugby World Cup: Fiji star's kit stolen on return to UK

Fiji player Sam Matavesi says three kit bags were stolen from his car when he returned from Japan.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup: Are Tier Two nations closing the gap?

The 100-point winning margins of yesteryear are gone, so are rugby union's lesser lights starting to challenge the Rugby World Cup's established powerhouses?
BBC News - Published

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Springboks not underestimating Brave Blossoms in World Cup quarter-final showdown [Video]Springboks not underestimating Brave Blossoms in World Cup quarter-final showdown

We "don't underestimate anything", says South Africa's assistant coach Mzwandile Stick as they prepare to face hosts Japan in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:13Published

‘Scary’ to think how far Japan could grow – captain Leitch [Video]‘Scary’ to think how far Japan could grow – captain Leitch

Japan's rugby captain Michael Leitch says 'we are getting better each time' as they look forward to facing South Africa in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:37Published

Forget the past, only the next game counts says All Blacks' Hansen on Ireland crunch [Video]Forget the past, only the next game counts says All Blacks' Hansen on Ireland crunch

All Blacks' head coach Steve Hansen says Ireland are "a quality side" as he looks forward to next Saturday's quarter-final clash.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:35Published

Japanese rugby fans jubilant as Brave Blossoms send Scotland home [Video]Japanese rugby fans jubilant as Brave Blossoms send Scotland home

Japanese rugby fans celebrate after their team advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup with a convincing victory over a determined Scotland

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 02:30Published

Wales 35-13 Uruguay: French test awaits Wales in RWC quarter-finals [Video]Wales 35-13 Uruguay: French test awaits Wales in RWC quarter-finals

Wales secure a World Cup quarter-final clash against France next Sunday with a 35-13 victory over Uruguay. The Six Nations champions fielded only three of their probable last-eight starting XV - wing..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:08Published

Tensions rise as typhoon looms over Japan-Scotland showdown [Video]Tensions rise as typhoon looms over Japan-Scotland showdown

Scotland call for 24 hour delay of vital Rugby World Cup match

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:06Published

Typhoon hits Rugby World Cup: Eddie Jones 'disappointed' at cancelled England game [Video]Typhoon hits Rugby World Cup: Eddie Jones 'disappointed' at cancelled England game

England head coach Eddie Jones says everyone is disappointed their World Cup match with France has been called off due to Typhoon Hagibis. He remained philosophical about the situation, with his side..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:35Published

Japan prepares as super typhoon approaches [Video]Japan prepares as super typhoon approaches

Japan battens down the hatches as approaching super typhoon leads to Rugby World Cup match cancellations.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:02Published

England rugby fans "disappointed" in game cancellation [Video]England rugby fans "disappointed" in game cancellation

England rugby fans are disappointed that the match against France has been cancelled because of the threat from Typhoon Hagibis, but say it's the right decision.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:04Published

Games cancellations a "no brainer" says All Blacks' Hansen [Video]Games cancellations a "no brainer" says All Blacks' Hansen

All Blacks' coach Steve Hansen says its a "no brainer" to cancel two Rugby World Cup matches because of the potential threat of Typhoon Hagibis.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:09Published

Head coach Eddie Jones "disappointed" as England - France match cancelled [Video]Head coach Eddie Jones "disappointed" as England - France match cancelled

England rugby head coach Eddie Jones says everyone is "disappointed" the match against France has been cancelled because of the threat of Typhoon Hagibis, but said that it is a situation "we don't..

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:27Published

England v France, NZ v Italy cancelled due to typhoon [Video]England v France, NZ v Italy cancelled due to typhoon

Rugby World Cup organisers cancel England against France and New Zealand's match against Italy on safety grounds caused by the potential threat of Typhoon Hagibis.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:12Published

Ireland v Samoa: Rugby World Cup match preview [Video]Ireland v Samoa: Rugby World Cup match preview

An in-depth look at Ireland's crucial World Cup clash with Samoa in Pool A. Defeat against the Pacific islanders would put Joe Schmidt's men on the brink of elimination.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:18Published

Rugby world cup matches cancelled due to typhoon [Video]Rugby world cup matches cancelled due to typhoon

Rugby World Cup organisers were forced to call off matches for the first time in the tournament's 32-year history on Thursday, eliminating Italy as a result. Ryan Brooks reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:15Published

RWC: England v France called off due to Super Typhoon Hagibis [Video]RWC: England v France called off due to Super Typhoon Hagibis

World Cup tournament director Alan Gilpin has confirmed at World Rugby's press conference that the clash between France and England has been cancelled due to Super Typhoon Hagibis. Scotland's match..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:11Published

Rugby World Cup: England vs France match cancelled as Super Typhoon approaches Japan [Video]Rugby World Cup: England vs France match cancelled as Super Typhoon approaches Japan

Of the three matches scheduled to take place on Saturday, only one — Ireland vs Samoa — will go on as planned while England's match against France and the clash between New Zealand and Italy have..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:28Published

Super Typhoon Hagibis: Japan's Rugby World Cup and F1 under threat [Video]Super Typhoon Hagibis: Japan's Rugby World Cup and F1 under threat

England will learn on Thursday whether their World Cup group decider against France will be cancelled or relocated due to the approach of Super Typhoon Hagibis. World Rugby has called a press..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:37Published

Japanese rugby fan uses his body to show World Cup support [Video]Japanese rugby fan uses his body to show World Cup support

Hiroshi Moriyama has become a hit at the Rugby World Cup as he embarks on a mission to paint the jerseys of participating teams on his torso

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

Scotland v Russia: Rugby World Cup match preview [Video]Scotland v Russia: Rugby World Cup match preview

An in-depth look at Scotland's Group A pool match against Russia, with Gregor Townsend's men hoping to beat a side who have yet to win a match in the World Cup history.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:25Published

England through to Rugby World Cup quarter-finals [Video]England through to Rugby World Cup quarter-finals

England capitalised on Tomas Lavanini's dismissal to secure their place in the World Cup quarter-finals with a comfortable 39-10 victory over Argentina at Tokyo Stadium. The Pumas were forced to play..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:09Published

Monkey predicts winners of upcoming Rugby World Cup matches in Southern Japan [Video]Monkey predicts winners of upcoming Rugby World Cup matches in Southern Japan

A monkey in a zoo in Oita predicts winners at the Rugby World Cup.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:35Published

Rugby World Cup: England v Argentina match preview [Video]Rugby World Cup: England v Argentina match preview

An in-depth preview of England's Rugby World Cup match against Argentina, as they look to guarantee progression to the quarter-finals.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:15Published

Ireland 'ready to prove a point' after Japan defeat [Video]Ireland 'ready to prove a point' after Japan defeat

Defensive coach Andy Farrell speaks ahead of Ireland's Rugby World Cup match against Russia.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:52Published

Rugby World Cup match preview: Ireland v Russia [Video]Rugby World Cup match preview: Ireland v Russia

Ireland prepare to take on Russia in the Rugby World Cup, following a shock defeat to host nation Japan in their last tournament match.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:10Published

"No problem" with team changes, says France captain Picamoles [Video]"No problem" with team changes, says France captain Picamoles

France's Rugby World Cup captain Louis Picamoles says it will be "no problem" after 12 team changes are made to their starting line-up for their second match against the United States.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:55Published

 

Rugby World Cup: England ready for Australia despite low-key start, says Ben Youngs

England scrum-half Ben Youngs says his team will be ready for their World Cup quarter-final with Australia despite a truncated group stage.
BBC News - Published

World Cup hosts Japan knock out Sctoland

Scotland crash out of the Rugby World Cup at the pool stage for only the second time after being beaten by an irrepressible Japan in Yokohama.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup 2019: Wales book France quarter with stuttering 35-13 Uruguay win

Wales labour to a 35-13 Rugby World Cup win over Uruguay to seal top spot in Pool D and set up a quarter-final against France.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup: Scotland v Japan to go ahead

Scotland's World Cup game with Japan will go ahead on Sunday, World Rugby confirms.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup 2019: Namibia-Canada off amid safety fears

World Cup organisers cancel Sunday's match between Namibia and Canada in Kamaishi because of safety concerns caused by Typhoon Hagibis.
BBC News - Published

Australia 27-8 Georgia: Wallabies labour to Rugby World Cup victory

England's probable last eight opponents Australia labour to victory over Georgia in swirling wind and rain in Shizuoka.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup: Scotland drop captain Stuart McInally for Japan decider

Scotland captain Stuart McInally is dropped for Sunday's crucial World Cup Pool A decider against Japan.
BBC News - Published

Tipuric to lead Wales as Gatland makes 13 changes for Uruguay

Justin Tipuric leads Wales for the first time as Wales make 13 changes for their final Rugby World Cup pool game against Uruguay on Sunday.
BBC News - Published

Ireland call on fit-again Henshaw against Samoa

Robbie Henshaw will play for the first time at this year's Rugby World Cup having been named at outside centre for Ireland's final pool game against Samoa.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup: England v France call-off disappointing but correct - Eddie Jones

Head coach Eddie Jones says England are upset by the cancellation of their World Cup match against France but back World Rugby's decision.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup: England-France match called off because of Typhoon Hagibis

England's Rugby World Cup Pool C match against France is called off because of the approach of Typhoon Hagibis.
BBC News - Published

England prepare for typhoon disruption at Rugby World Cup

Defence coach John Mitchell says England feel prepared should Typhoon Hagabis affect their World Cup match against France.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup: England prepare for typhoon disruption against France

Defence coach John Mitchell says England feel prepared should Typhoon Hagabis affect their World Cup match against France.
BBC News - Published

South Africa 66-7 Canada: Springboks seal Rugby World Cup quarter-final place

South Africa score 10 tries to seal their place in the World Cup quarter-finals with a dazzling victory over Canada in Kobe.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup: England wing Joe Cokanasiga - from dancer to main event

Four years ago, Joe Cokanasiga was part of the World Cup pre-match entertainment. Now he could be England's joker in Japan.
BBC News - Published

Typhoon Hagibis changes course: England Rugby World Cup match and F1 race threatened

England's final World Cup group match against France and F1 qualifying could be affected as the typhoon that is due to hit Japan changes course.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup: England's Billy Vunipola still an injury doubt to face France

Doubts continue to grow about the fitness of England's Billy Vunipola as the number eight sits out training wearing a surgical boot.
BBC News - Published

Typhoon Hagibis: Rugby World Cup and F1 could be affected

Rugby World Cup organisers are monitoring a powerful typhoon forming to the south of Japan which could bring fierce winds and torrential rain.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup: England's Billy Vunipola being monitored over ankle knock

England's Billy Vunipola must wait another 24 hours to find out the full extent of his ankle injury picked up in the win over Argentina.
BBC News - Published

France beat Tonga to set up England showdown

France will play England next Saturday to decide who tops Pool C after they finally subdued a battling Tonga at the Rugby World Cup.
BBC News - Published

New Zealand overpower Namibia at Rugby World Cup

World champions New Zealand stretch out to comprehensive 62-point winning margin over lowly Namibia, but only after the underdogs had held them up with a brave first-half display.
BBC News - Published

Springboks cruise to bonus-point win over 14-man Italy

South Africa score seven tries as they cruise to a bonus-point win over 14-man Italy to keep their Rugby World Cup hopes alive.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup: England taking nothing for granted against Argentina

England are taking nothing for granted before Argentina challenge with quarter-final place at stake, writes Tom Fordyce.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup: England coach Eddie Jones picks team to play Argentina

George Ford is again at fly-half with captain Owen Farrell at inside centre in the England team to face Argentina in the World Cup on Saturday.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup: New Zealand thrash Canada with nine tries

Defending champions New Zealand run in nine tries to thrash Canada 63-0 and record their second convincing win at the World Cup.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup: England's Maro Itoje on downtime in Japan

Taking wickets and political podcasts - England's Maro Itoje outlines how he relaxes between Rugby World Cup matches.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup: England news conference interrupted by phone

England's Sam Underhill and Jamie George are interrupted by a "brilliant ringtone" at the news conference ahead of Saturday's clash versus Argentina.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup: One man's search into Japan's mysterious rugby past

Samurai, silence and pistols on the pitch. Japan's rugby history is unique - and a lot longer than you might think.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup: England's Manu Tuilagi grateful to be in Japan

Centre Manu Tuilagi says he wants to "make the most" of his fresh chance with England after thinking he might "never play rugby again".
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup: Billy Vunipola tells of England's group therapy

England had "honesty sessions" before the World Cup to rid themselves of "baggage" from the 2015 tournament, Billy Vunipola reveals.
BBC News - Published

England v Argentina: Billy Vunipola enjoying Japan's Rugby World Cup before next match

Billy Vunipola says he is feeling recharged after some downtime in Osaka as England prepare to face Argentina on Saturday.
BBC News - Published

'Scotland must either front up or get ready to go home from World Cup'

Gregor Townsend and Scotland face a "monumental" moment as they prepare to play Samoa in the Rugby World Cup, suggests BBC Scotland's chief sportswriter Tom English.
BBC News - Published

England: Piers Francis cleared to play after high tackle

England back Piers Francis is free to play in the Rugby World Cup after a disciplinary panel decides not to uphold his citing for a high tackle.
BBC News - Published

Australia 25-29 Wales: Gatland's men hold out to win thriller

Wales beat Australia in an enthralling thriller in Tokyo to secure a second win from their opening two Rugby World Cup games.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup: England's Piers Francis has been cited for high tackle

England's Piers Francis is cited for foul play after a tackle that left US full-back Will Hooley with concussion in their Rugby World Cup match on Thursday.
BBC News - Published

England thrash United States 45-7 in Rugby World Cup

England hit their World Cup straps with a seven-try demolition of the USA to make it two bonus-point wins from two.
BBC News - Published

Fiji on the brink of World Cup exit after stunning Uruguay win

Uruguay leave Fiji on the brink of exiting the Rugby World Cup at the pool stage as they pull off a stunning win in Kamaishi.
BBC News - Published

England: Ruaridh McConnochie, Joe Cokanasiga & Piers Francis to make Rugby World Cup debuts

England make 10 changes to their starting line-up for the second game of their World Cup campaign as coach Eddie Jones looks to deal with the short turnaround between matches.
BBC News - Published

Wales lock Cory Hill is out of Rugby World Cup, Bradley Davies called up

Wales second row Cory Hill has been ruled out of the World Cup without playing a game with Bradley Davies called up.
BBC News - Published

Wales forecast good after stormy Rugby World Cup start

Wales' preparations for their opening World Cup game were far from tranquil but six tries and five points claimed against Georgia keeps them on track.
BBC News - Published

Injured Scotland flanker Watson ruled out of World Cup

Injured Scotland flanker Hamish Watson will play no further part in the Rugby World Cup and is replaced by Magnus Bradbury.
BBC News - Published

Wales prepare for opening match with Georgia

Team news, stats and quotes as Wales open their Rugby World Cup campaign against Georgia in Toyota City on Monday (11:15 BST).
BBC News - Published

Ireland 27-3 Scotland: Joe Schmidt's side win Rugby World Cup opener

Ruthless Ireland frank their status as the world's top-ranked side with a clinical Rugby World Cup victory against a meek Scotland in Yokohama.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup: Extreme weather warning issued as typhoon approaches Japan

Rugby World Cup organisers issue an extreme weather warning and close two fanzones as a large and powerful typhoon approaches Japan.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup: Wales fans told to cover tattoos in Japan

Supporters are warned tattoos can be associated with gangsters in the World Cup host country.
BBC News - Published

Rugby World Cup: New Zealand pick Beauden Barrett at 15 to face South Africa

New Zealand pick Beauden Barrett at full-back and Richie Mo'unga at fly-half in their team to face South Africa on Saturday.
BBC News - Published

Matt Dawson column: England join All Blacks and South Africa in Rugby World Cup top tier

Former England scrum-half Matt Dawson answers five key questions as the start of the Rugby World Cup in Japan looms.
BBC News - Published

'We gave up everything for this’ - epic journeys to the Rugby World Cup

Jobs have been quit, house deposits spent and continents crossed - without flying - to get to the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
BBC News - Published

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