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England v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019 Final
World Rankings
Springboks on top of the world
Rugby World Cup 2019 champions South Africa move to the top of the World Rugby Men's Rankings for the first time in nearly 10 years.
England v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019 Final
REPORT CARD: ENGLAND
England rue final failure - but future looks bright
Having looked so good in ousting New Zealand one week, Eddie Jones's men come up short in the RWC final the next. But even if he makes a swift exit, his young team will surely put up another strong challenge at RWC 2023.
England v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019 Final
Final analysis: the numbers that matter
An 11-3 scrum count is South Africa's springboard to victory
South Africa displayed complete physical dominance over England in the final of Rugby World Cup 2019.
England v Tonga - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool C
ROAD TO THE FINAL
How England stepped up the march with superb one-two in knockouts
Eddie Jones and his team kicked off their campaign by outmuscling Tonga, before outclassing Australia and finishing their journey with a consummate dismissal of the All Blacks.
England v Tonga - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group C
Final Analysis: Key Man - England
Hard-tackling Underhill out to dominate Springboks
Rugby News Service analysts select key performers to watch out for in Saturday's final. Here we spotlight England flanker Sam Underhill.
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Match preview
Two styles, one winner: can England create a new world order?
As a wonderful tournament comes to a close, Eddie Jones's team seek to win the Rugby World Cup with their fourth straight north v south victory. But they know South Africa have the game to kick their hopes into touch.
England v Argentina - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group C
Final Analysis: Key man - ENGLAND
How Ford puts England in driving seat
Rugby News Service analysts select key performers to watch out for in Saturday's final. The latest is England fly-half George Ford.
England v New Zealand - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
Final Analysis: England
Making a case for the defence in England's knockout successes
Eddie Jones's attackers draw all the plaudits but his defenders build the platform for victories on the road to a final appearance.
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Final Analysis: Ages
Jones' view: if they're good enough they're old enough
England coach picked the youngest pair of flankers ever to play in a Rugby World Cup final in 2003, when he led Australia. Now he has done it again, showing that he is no rugby traditionalist.
England v Argentina - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool C
Final Analysis: Key Man - England
Why destructive Itoje is England’s one-man wrecking crew
Rugby News Service analysts select key performers to watch in Saturday's final. Here we spotlight England second-row Maro Itoje.
England v New Zealand - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
News
Cool head Underhill ready to fight fire with fire against Springboks
England know they are in for a physical battle but flanker insists the key is to be be controlled and accurate in their aggression.
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World Rankings
Top spot beckons for Webb Ellis Cup winners
Whoever lifts the Webb Ellis Cup at International Stadium Yokohama on Saturday will end the weekend top of the World Rugby Men's Rankings.
World Rugby Men's 15s Player of the Year 2019 nominees
World Rugby Awards
Nominees for World Rugby Players of the Year announced
Six nations are represented on the shortlists for the World Rugby Men's and Women's 15s Player of the Year awards in association with Mastercard, which will be presented at the World Rugby Awards 2019 in Tokyo on Sunday.
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The fabulous backroom boys - England
Rugby News Service profiles the unsung heroes on the coaching support staff who have helped Eddie Jones lead England to the Rugby World Cup final.
England Media Access
News
Eyes on the prize: Spencer's target changes from London Irish to World Cup final
England call comes when scrum-half is thinking about Saracens' next games - and feeding Millie and Oscar.
World Rugby Team of the Year 2019 nominees
World Rugby Awards
World Rugby Team and Coach of the Year nominees announced
The nominees for the World Rugby Team and Coach of the Year 2019 accolades have been revealed with Rugby World Cup 2019 hosts Japan and their coach Jamie Joseph joined by the four semi-finalists in England, South Africa, Wales and New Zealand on the shortlists.
England Media Access
team announcement
Good news for England as Jones names unchanged team for final
Coach clear to pick strongest line-up - and youngest Rugby World Cup final team in the professional era - after Sinckler, Farrell and May are declared fit to face South Africa.
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NEWS
Don't expect England to repeat masterclass, warns Dallaglio
But the former captain says Eddie Jones's men will be deserving champions if they can beat South Africa for a hat-trick of wins over the southern hemisphere's finest.
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'Misery of losing 2007 final will stay with me to the grave'
Twelve years after haunting defeat against South Africa, England's Nick Easter says Saturday's showdown offers the class of 2019 a shot at 'immortality'.
World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year 2019
World Rugby Awards
World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year nominees announced
Joe Cokanasiga, Herschel Jantjies and Romain Ntamack are the nominees for the World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year 2019 award in association with Tudor.
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News
Past dramas leave finalists with big boots to fill
Kickers have played a starring role in their previous World Cup encounters, in which South Africa hold a 3-1 advantage over England.
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Analysis
How do England's tyros measure up to 2003 vintage?
When it comes to caps, the class of 2019 compare favourably with Clive Woodward's World Cup-winning team.
England Media Access
News
Boks can't bully us, says Billy Vunipola
England number eight delivers defiant response to South Africa's claims they will fight 'fire with fire' in Rugby World Cup final.
Ireland v Russia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
Press release
Jérôme Garcès to referee Rugby World Cup 2019 final
Jérôme Garcès will become the first Frenchman to referee a Rugby World Cup final when he takes charge of England v South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on 2 November.
England v New Zealand - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
News
Full steam ahead for England - thanks to onsens
Head coach Eddie Jones believes his players will be fighting fit for their final against South Africa, helped by the healing properties of the traditional Japanese baths.
England v New Zealand - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
World Rankings
England win ends long wait to top rankings for second time
England return to the top of the World Rugby Men's Rankings for the first time in 15 years with their Rugby World Cup 2019 final opponents South Africa now breathing down their necks.
Wales v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
weekend wrap
Revise and repeat in the semis' circle of life
England rewrite record books against the All Blacks, while Handre Pollard’s return to form with the boot gives Wales a knockout dose of deja vu.
England v New Zealand - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
News
'Come on England, one more push'
Coach Eddie Jones is full of praise for Owen Farrell's leadership but says his team need to find an even higher level in the Rugby World Cup final.
Wales v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
Analysis
When things get tight in a match teams need a kicker they can rely on
South Africa and England secured their places in the final in contrasting fashion, but both teed up their wins with penalty shots.
Saracens v Harlequins - Premiership Rugby Cup
News
Saracens scrum-half Spencer on his way to join England squad
Hamstring injury suffered by Willi Heinz against All Blacks brings emergency call-up for 27-year-old, who was part of Eddie Jones's Rugby World Cup build-up plans.
England v New Zealand - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
MATCH REVIEW: ENG 19-7 NZL
Imperious England set new benchmark to dethrone All Blacks
Maro Itoje is a colossus in a masterclass of defending by Eddie Jones' team, whose all-round superiority takes them past favourites New Zealand and into the Rugby World Cup final.
England v New Zealand - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
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Itoje rises to the occasion with a stellar performance
Second-row hero is staking a claim as the greatest talent of his generation and will only get better, which should have the rest of the rugby world worried.
Quarter Final Winner 1 v Quarter Final Winner 2 - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
Analysis
England turn over more than a new leaf against All Blacks
Dominating turnovers proved the secret to avoiding a repeat of last year's test against New Zealand when England let an early lead slip.
England v Australia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
News
Itoje: watch out world, our time is now
Dig into our psyche and you'll find a team of winners, says second-row who believes England will take down the All Blacks and reach first World Cup final since 2007.
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Jones has the formula but awesome All Blacks could be an unsolvable problem
New Zealand have an imperious World Cup record and have won 15 of their past 16 games against England. But Eddie Jones has beaten them five times as a coach and his men believe they can win what promises to be an epic semi-final.
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Jones v Hansen: verbal sparring has been fun but now for the real contest
The England and New Zealand coaches, two of the world's very best, share a mutual respect and are level at 1-1 in head-to-head meetings.
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From the archives: Four classic England v New Zealand clashes
Unforgettable memories recalling lethal lessons from Lomu, England's famous six-pack, torture in the 'House of Pain' and Tuilagi running riot.
New Zealand Captain's Run & Press Conference
Analysis: England v New Zealand
Eyeballs on the high balls - All Blacks and England can test each other
Rugby News Service analysts have cast an eye on Saturday's semi-final to identify an interesting area to look out for - in the air.
England v Australia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Sam Underhill and Tom Curry
News
Brakes on the breakdown can have England in driving seat, says Daly
Full-back says the team has been working all week on ways to slow down New Zealand ball to minimise their attacking threat out wide.
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World Rankings
'We want to become number one in the world again'
The semi-final winners will occupy the top two places in the World Rugby Men's Rankings but will New Zealand retain top spot, England end a 15-year wait to return to number one, Wales reach a first ever Rugby World Cup final or South Africa continue their climb back towards the summit?
England Media Access: Billy Vunipola
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Billy Vunipola: if anyone can beat All Blacks, Jones can
The number eight reaches a personal milestone in Saturday's semi-final but his eye is on a bigger prize, one he believes England's coach has the smarts to deliver.
England Media Access: George Ford and coach Eddie Jones
team announcement
Ford back to steer England against New Zealand
Fly-half is recalled in place of Henry Slade in the only personnel change to the starting XV that beat Australia in the quarter-final.
England v Tonga - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group C
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Tuilagi looks to boyhood hero Lomu for inspiration against All Blacks
The England centre, who used to dream about being the New Zealand great, is embracing his chance to deliver a knockout blow to the three-time world champions, just like he did in 2012.
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They Said It...
Quotes of the day - Wednesday, 23 October
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England v Tonga - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group C
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England players take their punishment - all in a good cause
Scrum-half Ben Youngs reveals how staying on the right side of the law is a priority as Eddie Jones's side prepares for All Blacks showdown.
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The day 'Raging Bull' Vickery knew England could win World Cup
Back-to-back victories against the All Blacks and Australia, five months before RWC 2003, convinced the prop that England could beat anyone.
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Watson bears no grudge against Sonny Bill over red card tackle
The pair quickly made up after the incident on the Lions tour in 2017 but while the England winger respects Williams and his fellow All Blacks, he refuses to buy into their aura of invincibility.
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All Blacks under pressure and they know it, claims Jones
'They bleed, they drop balls, they miss tackles,' says England coach, who believes New Zealand's mental skills coach will be busy - while his own team have the ability to surprise the favourites.
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Steady Eddie turns to cricket to find edge against New Zealand
No short stuff, no reverse swing, no yorkers. The England coach and cricketing nut says his team must stick to the rugby equivalent of nagging line and length if they are to remove the mighty All Blacks from their long innings at the top of the order.
Japan v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter-final
World Rankings
England and South Africa on the rise in rankings
England and South Africa climb the World Rugby Men's Rankings to ensure that the top four nations will contest the Rugby World Cup semi-finals.
England v Australia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
News
England's true believers not fazed by greatest test yet
Eddie Jones is an ardent fan of the All Blacks but is adamant they are beatable, and his team, so disciplined against Australia, will leave no stone unturned this week in plotting a famous victory.
England Media Access
News
England reaping benefits of reformed Sinckler
Powerful prop has transformed himself from being an "emotional timebomb" to a try-scoring role model.
England v Australia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter-Final
Match Review: ENG 40-16 AUS
Jones lauds 'samurai warriors' for putting Wallabies to the sword
England fly-half Farrell to the fore with a faultless 20-point kicking display that books his team a semi-final spot for first time since 2007.
England v Australia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Kyle Sinckler
Analysis
Uncompromising England punish wayward Australia
Beaten in the statistical reckoning, Eddie Jones's side grabbed a place in the semi-finals by pouncing on their opponents' mistakes.
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Match preview
Moment of truth arrives for Australia and England
Quarter-final showdown will reveal how far Jones's team have come and test Cheika's much-discussed selection policy.
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Vunipola glad to have big brother watching his back
Billy and Mako will make a rare start together against Australia, with the elder sibling ready to show his affection by taking the hits.
England Media Access
Analysis: team focus - England
Kicks and turnovers key to England possession game
No team at RWC 2019 kick less than than their quarter-final opponents Australia - and no side kick more than Eddie Jones's men.
England v USA - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group C
News
Jones tells Farrell to put himself before captaincy
He was the go-to guy who steered the England squad though the pool stages, but the head coach believes his skipper - one of his 23 samurai - now needs to concentrate on his own big-match preparation.
England Media Access
News
Underhill relishing a battle of the space invaders
With England and Australia both fielding openside double acts, the flanker is eager to dominate the breakdown along with his even younger partner Curry.
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No splitting these best of enemies
England have won the past six meetings but Australian great George Gregan and fellow World Cup-winning scrum-half Matt Dawson agree - Saturday's quarter-final is a hard one to call.
England Media Access
team announcement
Farrell at 10 and Mako back as England look to overpower Wallabies
With big-tackling Courtney Lawes preferred in the second row too, coach Eddie Jones has backed his best ball carriers and most destructive defenders to beat Australia.
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RWC Daily host is roaming with a licence to thrill
The video magazine is wooing a whole new audience with its fresh take on all matters rugby, thanks in large part to livewire presenter Elma Smit.
England v Argentina - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group C
News
Itoje in control as England chase seven on bounce against Wallabies
Against Australia, the big forward knows there will be no second chances in what he admits is the biggest game of his stellar career.
England v Argentina - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group C
News
May recalls happy meal that changed his life
The England winger has been feasting on tries ever since opting for dinner with his parents instead of drinking with his pals six years ago.
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England v Australia: Five classic World Cup clashes
Two World Cup final wins on their opponents' turf feature among the epic encounters between these two, who face each other in the first quarter-final of RWC 2019.
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Jones v Cheika: rivals united by common background
Bob Dwyer, who led Australia to World Cup glory in 1991, explains why there is more that binds the England and Australia coaches than separates them.
England v Tonga: Joe Marler
News
Marler wants to knock England's 2003 heroes off their perch
Prop returned from retirement to win World Cup because he believes the class of 2019 can emulate Wilkinson and company.
England Media Access
News
Fired-up England have to 'rein it back' in training
Squad's extended rest before taking on Australia is no bad thing, according to full-back Elliot Daly. The only problem is holding them back.
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News
Cheika's view on England? 'I don't really have one, mate'
The Wallabies' focus this week will be on themselves rather than quarter-final opponents, says head coach who is 'not a big analyser of the opposition'.
England Media Access
News
Result more important than being on stage, says England's Slade
Mostly a frustrated spectator for a second World Cup campaign, playmaker is fit and ready to play but happy to accept the role of squad member.
Japan v Scotland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool A
World Rankings
Japan climb to new high in rankings
Japan’s victory over Scotland means they go into the RWC 2019 quarter-finals in their highest ever position in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings.
England Media Access
News
Lucky break for Jones, or is it?
Coach claims England's success rate in matches after a two-week turnaround is "95 per cent", but the real figure is much lower.
World Rugby Press Conference
Official statement
Typhoon Hagibis impact on Rugby World Cup 2019 matches
World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee have announced an update regarding the predicted impact of Typhoon Hagibis on this weekend’s pool matches. This includes the cancellation of two matches on safety grounds.
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Jones takes England to his 'happy place'
Coach says 'someone is smiling on us' as he plans a beef and beer break in Miyazaki for his team. Then it will be back to work for next weekend's quarter-final.
England v USA - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group C
News
Youngs warns flash French can whip up their own storm
Scrum-half says Eddie Jones is equipping his England team to be ready for anything the weather or the opposition can throw at them on Saturday.
England v Argentina - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool C
News
No keeping up with Jones - and that's fine by May
Selection is not a given even for the prolific winger but his faith in the maverick England coach runs deep.
England v Argentina - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group C
News
George warns England of threat posed by Raka
Having been part of a Saracens side torn apart by the Fiji-born winger, the hooker will make sure his team-mates know what is coming against France.
Georgia v Fiji - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
World Rankings
Georgia count cost of Fiji victory in rankings fall
The Lelos have dropped three places in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings after their 45-10 loss to Fiji.
England v Argentina - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group C
Analysis
England work the phases to break Argentinian resolve
No try at RWC 2019 has been scored after as many phases as England's third, by Ben Youngs, against Argentina.
England v Argentina - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group C
News
Vunipola brothers' reunion hamstrung by Billy's twisted ankle
Mako Vunipola has returned to the England team after injury but his younger sibling is awaiting a medical assessment before team's final Pool C match against France.
England v Argentina - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool C
Match Review: ENG 39-10 ARG
England race into quarter-finals by overpowering 14-man Pumas
Coach Eddie Jones plays down an injury scare to Billy Vunipola as his side advance to knockout stage with one pool match still to play.
England v Argentina - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group C
Analysis
How Ford turned a two-on-two into five points for May
The England fly-half made his most impressive contribution long before he got his name on the scoresheet against Argentina.
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Match preview
England braced for fire and brimstone challenge in Argentina's 'world cup final'
Coach Eddie Jones warns the Pumas that 'our scrum can be a real weapon, so hang on'.
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News
England v Argentina: four epic encounters
Sackings, punch-ups and England wearing black in New Zealand - the history of this fixture makes for compelling reading.
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Press Release
Rugby World Cup stars unite to support #KeepRugbyClean initiative
All 20 teams at RWC 2019 will unite to get behind Keep Rugby Clean weekend on 5-6 October in a show of solidarity and support for World Rugby’s anti-doping education and awareness programme.
England Media Access
News
Farrell dismisses Creevy's boring England comment
The England captain prefers to let his boots do the talking and believes his team's kicking game can open the door against Argentina.
England v Tonga - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool C
News
Open-minded Curry gets by with a little help from his friends
Mentored by World Cup-winning blindside flanker Richard Hill, the present England incumbent thinks he and back-row partner Sam Underhill can click for the team.
George Kruis England Media Access
News
Saracens link holds key in England's showdown with Pumas
Lineout expertise of Kruis could play pivotal role as Jones opts for club partnerships.
England Media Access
team announcement
Mako Vunipola returns to boost England bench
Fit-again prop and Jack Nowell are among the replacements for the clash with Argentina on Saturday, when Eddie Jones's team will be seeking a 10th straight win against Los Pumas.
Maro Itoje England Media Access
News
Itoje ready to get physical with the Pumas
The second-row is one of England's outstanding talents but he has yet to face a passionate Argentina pack. That is about to change.
Anthony Watson England Media Access
News
Watson can be a key man against Pumas
England winger is prepared for Argentina's aerial attacks, and can take advantage of his own side's quality kicking in Saturday's showdown.
England fly-half George Ford
News
Ford's solitary approach on path to perfection
The England fly-half has discovered the benefits of 'me time' to bring the best out of himself.
England v Tonga - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group C
News
Fit-again Slade vies with Tuilagi for place in England team
Centre a likely replacement against Argentina after his knee injury flared up.
Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
World Rankings
Wales return to second as Japan reach new high
Wales have climbed to second place in the World Rugby Men's Rankings after beating Australia, while Ireland's conquerors Japan now sit in their highest ever position of eighth.
England Media Access
News
Faith of Eddie Jones has made me, says Sinckler
Harlequins prop is ready to repay coach by powering England home the old-fashioned way against Argentina.
England v USA - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool C
Disciplinary Update
Disciplinary update: Piers Francis (England)
England centre Piers Francis is cleared to play by independent judicial committee after he was cited for an act of foul play in match against USA.
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News
England's testing schedule is no sweat for Daly
Full-back keen to keep playing and says England team will be 'raring to go' against Argentina.
Fiji v Uruguay - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
player column
You only get one shot at the World Cup... We want to finish on a high
In the second edition of his Rugby World Cup diary, Fiji scrum-half Frank Lomani explains why their shock defeat to Uruguay is a timely reminder of how the tournament is helping smaller rugby nations raise the bar.
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News
England offer no guarantees to fit-again Vunipola
Saracens prop is warned he faces a fight to regain his place in England's starting XV following back-to-back wins.
England v USA - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool C
Judicial
Disciplinary update: Piers Francis (England)
World Rugby has published a disciplinary update regarding England centre Piers Francis.
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