Los Angeles: The Green Bay Packers defense stepped up to give rookie head coach Matt LaFleur a winning debut with a 10-3 victory over the Chicago Bears on Thursday in the first game
Conor O’Shea’s Italy travel to Japan on Saturday to begin their World Cup campaign bearing the bruises of a crushing 37-0 defeat to England in their final warm-up.
Joe Schmidt is too canny to set targets publicly but he admits he dreams of bowing out as Ireland head coach by taking them to their first ever Rugby World Cup semi-final.
Kashiwa: New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen insisted on Monday that the All Blacks welcomed the weight of expectation after arriving in Japan ahead of their World Cup defence.
Dublin: Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said New Zealand are the firm favourites for the Rugby World Cup despite the Irish heading for Japan ranked top of the world for the
Martin Iosefo scored what proved to be the winning try as the USA rallied to beat Canada 20-15 in the final tuneup for both teams ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Coach Jamie Joseph insisted that World Cup hosts Japan will have no fear going into their final warm-up against revenge-seeking South Africa after naming a strong team on Wednesday.
Kumagaya: Inspirational South Africa captain Siya Kolisi has warned Japan that the Springboks will be looking for retribution when the teams clash in a World Cup warm-up in Kumagaya
Kashiwa: New Zealand scrum-half Brad Weber believes the All Blacks’ high-tempo game will perfectly suit the hot and humid Japanese conditions as they seek to run opponents ragged
Veteran full-back Maxime Medard scored twice as France hammered Scotland 32-3 in their first Rugby World Cup warm-up Test in Nice on Saturday. Medard, 32, winning his 57th cap, dotted down either side of the break for his first tries in more than three years. The fixture was the first outing of the side since