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South Africa bounce back with convincing victory over Samoa in Birmingham

Really sucks for Jean de Villiers. He's had the worst possible luck in three World Cups. And I really think Jan Serfontein is a great player, but I would have gone for Lionel Mapoe as a replacement for de Villiers. He's been in such good form the past year. Rock solid on defence, and covers 11, 12, 13, 14. I suspect Heyneke Meyer forgot that the Golden Lions Rugby Union exists. I mean, even Scotland came closer to selecting a Lions player for the World Cup than Heyneke Meyer did.

7 Months, 2 Days ago

Wales come from behind to beat hosts England at Twickenham

His predecessor at the Stormers, Andries Bekker, also had a way of dealing with the little ones.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rhSiLSNq8U


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7 Months, 2 Days ago

Wales come from behind to beat hosts England at Twickenham

Is there no round-up of the South Africa / Samoa game on RD, or are the editors still busy crafting this one?

7 Months, 2 Days ago

Rugby World Cup Daily - TMO Feedback and Hall of Fame inductees

While we're talking World Cup TMOs, we could also mention that the one time in the SA/Japan game where the TMO was legitimately called on for a tricky decision (Jannie Du Plessis's grounding of the ball), he answered something else altogether (the end of the next phase of play, and no try), and the ref didn't even bother to correct him. Just ruled "no try" and sent them back for a 22 kick-off. My gob was left a little smacked by that technological clusterkerfuffle.

7 Months, 1 Week ago

Highlights and celebrations from Japan's famous win over South Africa

Yes, the only forward I'd have at first receiver is Jaco Kriel. In fact, I'd have 15 of him on the field.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMpI5X5TrOM


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7 Months, 1 Week ago

Vern Cotter unveils strong Scotland squad for RWC opener vs Japan

Japan has leapfrogged Scotland on the IRB rankings. Scotland go in as the underdogs. Who'da thunk?

7 Months, 1 Week ago

Highlights and celebrations from Japan's famous win over South Africa

I'm waiting for the day countries like Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania etc really discover rugby. Then we'll all be history. Some big, big boys up north.

7 Months, 1 Week ago

Highlights and celebrations from Japan's famous win over South Africa

Don't get me started on Schalk's fancy stuff. There was a time when he was a hard-as-nails, no nonsense flank - fearless tackler, stealer of ruck balls and decent link man. Then he started trying (and often succeeding) with cute offloads, flick-ons, through-the-legs passes and no-look pops. This then became his new "legend", and now he tries the speculative spectacular ALL THE FRIKKIN TIME. So many times in this Japan game, when we were clearly up against it and in need of some solid basics, he would try something adventurous and lose the ball. Drove me nuts all game long.

7 Months, 1 Week ago

Highlights and celebrations from Japan's famous win over South Africa

Scotland (12) are now below Japan (11) in the world rankings. Wouldn't even be called an upset.

7 Months, 1 Week ago

Highlights and celebrations from Japan's famous win over South Africa

As a South African and a lifelong Springbok fan, I am bitterly disappointed. I never saw this day coming, and even two days later it still hasn't sunk in. But there is something really uplifting about this. The way the Japanese approached this game was incredible. Not just their guts and passion, but their discipline too - they made so few errors for the Boks to capitalise on. But the best part of this story is what happened afterwards. Pics of Bok fans embracing tearful Japanese fans in the stadium, reports of Bok fans insisting that Japanese fans disembark the train first and giving them a guard of honour. Obviously we wanted to win, and we still want the World Cup. But stories like these are the next best thing. Japan deserves every bit of credit, and I'm so glad that some of it is coming from my own countrymen.

7 Months, 1 Week ago