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Watch: Kotaro Matsushima's brilliant hat-trick

10 hours ago by Ultimate Rugby

Japan recovered from a rough start on Friday to begin their home Rugby World Cup campaign with victory over Russia in Tokyo.     Kotaro Matsushima scored a superb hat-trick as hosts Japan...

New Zealand v South Africa: Rugby World Cup 2019 – live!

18 hours ago by The Guardian

Updates from the All Blacks’ opening gameFrance v Argentina – live! | Australia 39-21 FijiAny thoughts? Email or tweet @LukeMcLaughlin 10.06am BST Did you catch yesterday’s tournament opener in Tokyo?...

Eddie Jones says England are ready for 'rollercoaster' Rugby World Cup ride – video

1 day ago by The Guardian

Eddie Jones says that his England side are ready for whatever the World Cup throws at them in Japan. The head coach insists he has not seen his side in better physical shape than before their opening game...

Host Japan rallies to open Rugby World Cup with win over Russia

1 day ago by The Guardian

Brave Blossoms overcome nervous opening to the relief of Japanese fans hoping they reach the knock out stages After an opening ceremony inspired by Japan’s ancient culture, the country’s rugby team...

Japan ease past Russia after nervy Rugby World Cup start – video highlights

1 day ago by The Guardian

Kotaro Matsushima scored a hat-trick as hosts Japan got their World Cup campaign started with a 30-10 win against Russia.Underdogs Russia took an early lead through Kirill Golosnitskiy, but Matsushima...

Highlights: Japan beat Russia in RWC 2019 opener

1 day ago by Ultimate Rugby

The Rugby World Cup got underway as hosts Japan required a strong second half performance to beat Russia 30-10 in a Pool A clash. Russia got off to a dream start with an early try from a Japanese...

Opener provides result Rugby World Cup needed but real fireworks are to come | Paul Rees

1 day ago by The Guardian

Japan achieved their winning start and the host nation is enthused even if Saturday’s heavyweight encounters are going to provide a somewhat different spectacleFor all the gallantry and surprising stamina...

Japan's hat-trick hero awarded Man of the Match by none other than Dan Carter

1 day ago by Rugby Dump

Winger Kotaro Matsushima became the first ever Japan player to score a hat-trick at a Rugby World Cup, as Japan beat Russia 30-10 in the opening game.

Joseph pins Japan's nervy performance on expectation levels

1 day ago by Ultimate Rugby

Japan coach Jamie Joseph acknowledged the pressure of hosting the Rugby World Cup led to a nervous performance from his side against Russia.     Tournament hosts Japan won 30-10 in the opening...

Rugby World Cup 2019: Japan 30-10 Russia

1 day ago by Ultimate Rugby

Japan recovered from a rough start on Friday to begin their home Rugby World Cup campaign with victory over Russia in Tokyo.       Kotaro Matsushima scored a superb hat-trick as hosts...