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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.
Sir Stevo Timothy hilariously previews Ireland v Russia
News
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.
New Zealand v Namibia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool B
Report card: Namibia
Thirty magical minutes highlight Namibia's steady progress
The Welwitschias’ wait for a first win at a World Cup continues, but departing coach Davies has laid foundations for a brighter future.
Italy v Namibia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
News
No regrets as Namibia say sayonara to RWC 2019
The Welwitschias have been denied their curtain call, and that elusive win, but an ingrained no-excuses culture ensures they will not be feeling hard done by.
New Zealand v Namibia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
Match Preview
Victory in Kamaishi means so much more than four points
After a difficult tournament for both, Namibia seek elusive first RWC win, while Canada try to avoid repeat of their record low.
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.
South Africa v Namibia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool B
Team announcement
Six changes for Namibia as they face Canada
Coach Phil Davies selects a starting XV boasting plenty of experience for their final Pool B game.
Namibia Portraits - Rugby World Cup 2019
News
First victory would be 'life-changing' for Namibia
They have never won in 22 World Cup matches but Namibia fancy their chances against Canada on Sunday. If they do it, says centre Darryl de la Harpe, it will be a huge boost for the sport.
New Zealand v Namibia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
News
Mixing it with the best is helping Namibia raise the bar
The Welwitschias prepare for Canada having learned much from their encounters with South Africa and New Zealand.
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.
New Zealand v Namibia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool B
Match Review: NZL 71-9 NAM
Namibia earn plaudits as All Blacks triumph again
Welwitschias will always remember being in the lead against New Zealand - but of course it could not last.
New Zealand v Canada - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
Match preview
New-look All Blacks can claim 31st straight pool win
Rallied by the words of former captain Jacques Burger, Namibia will be out to enjoy themselves against New Zealand - but the statistics suggest the result is a foregone conclusion.
Jordie Barrett New Zealand v Canada - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
News
Perfect 10: Jordie Barrett given shirt he will always treasure
All Black emulates his idol Dan Carter against Namibia - his first taste of being a test fly-half.
Namibia Portraits - Rugby World Cup 2019
COLUMNIST
It's daunting but tackling the All Blacks is just what we need
Namibia coach Phil Davies says Sunday's encounter with the world champions is priceless, with knock-on benefits for the whole of the country.
2017 HSBC Sydney Sevens
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.
Johan Deysel scores Namibia's try against New Zealand at the 2015 Rugby World Cup
Team announcement
Can Deysel show Namibia how to hurt the All Blacks?
Many of the Welwitschias may be fitting rugby in around their day jobs, but Namibia have proved before that they can make a dent in the world champions.
Jacques Burger RWC 2015
News
Burger: You'll learn from All Blacks but maybe you can teach them too
Former captain challenges Namibia to enjoy their formidable challenge against the reigning champions and 'give it a full smash'.
Namibia flag and schoolchildren
News
Namibia open the door to Japanese admirers
The Welwitschias invited their growing army of fans to watch them prepare for the game of their lives against the All Blacks.
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.
Namibia Portraits - Rugby World Cup 2019
News
Return of 'Buffy' boosts Namibia
Despite 57-3 defeat by South Africa, the comeback of Johan Deysel has lifted the Welwitschias' spirits for games against New Zealand and Canada.
South Africa v Namibia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
MATCH REVIEW: RSA 57-3 NAM
South Africa taking nothing for granted after overpowering Namibia
Japan's victory over Ireland ensures Springboks will be focused for Pool B 'decider' against Italy, says coach Erasmus.
Peter John Walters - Namibia Portraits - Rugby World Cup 2019
News
We represent Africa together, says Namibia's Walters ahead of South Africa clash
The southern African friendly derby is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the diversity of Rugby World Cup 2019.
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.
New Zealand v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
Match Preview
South Africa and Namibia reset line-ups for all-African encounter
Springboks trial an experimental back row while neighbours Namibia exercise damage limitation for the all-Africa encounter at City of Toyota Stadium on Saturday.
Namibia v South Africa at RWC 2011
News
The gap has closed, and Namibia are no rollover now, say Springboks
Both Namibia and South Africa coaches hope cricket-like scorelines between the two nations are a thing of the amateur past.
Japan v Russia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
Press Release
Japan shines as host in spectacular and record-breaking RWC 2019 opening week
From a spectacular opening ceremony, packed stadia and fanzones, record broadcast and social media figures to superb action and emotional scenes in Kamaishi, it has been a spectacular start to Rugby World Cup 2019.
Italy v Namibia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
Team announcement
Refreshed Namibia line-up to take on Springboks
Only five of the XV that played in Welwitschias' opening game will appear in their Pool B match against South Africa at City of Toyota Stadium on Saturday.
Fiji v Uruguay - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
Press Release
Beaumont hails important day as Kamaishi makes Rugby World Cup bow
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont believes the important decision to make Kamaishi a Rugby World Cup host is one of the best the organisation has made.
Namibia sing first national anthem at Rugby World Cup 2019
News
No room for brotherly love on field of battle, says Engels
The Namibia scrum coach expects a full-blooded test with 'sibling rivals' South Africa when they meet in Toyota on Saturday.
Namibia Portraits - Rugby World Cup 2019
News
Record-breaker Jantjies epitomises Namibia's never-say-die spirit
After almost quitting the sport in 2011, the veteran scrum-half becomes the first Namibian to play in four World Cups.
New Zealand v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
WORLD RANKINGS
New Zealand return to top of rankings
The All Blacks are once again the number one side in the World Rugby Men's Rankings after battling past South Africa in their Pool B opener at Rugby World Cup 2019.
Italy v Namibia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group B
Match Review: Italy 47-22 Namibia
Morisi makes up for lost time to steer Italy to victory
Azzurri earn a bonus-point victory over Namibia, thanks in part to the return of a player with much to prove.
Italy v Russia - CREDIT: Fotosportit.com / FIR
Match Preview
Namibia a first step for Italy seeking to finally get out of the pool
Italy begin their Rugby World Cup campaign against Namibia with their eyes firmly on finally reaching a quarter-final at their ninth attempt.
New Zealand v Namibia - Group C: Rugby World Cup 2015.
News article
New injury blow for Namibia on eve of World Cup opener
Second setback as Klim fails late fitness test for game against Italy.
Argentina v South Africa - The Rugby Championship
Analysis
Location, location, location - why South Africa, Argentina and Wales really top kicking tables
Pumas have the highest conversion percentage but deeper analysis reveals the Springboks are No.1 once field position is considered.
Tjiuee Uanivi
team announcement
Uanivi starts as captain for Namibia against Italy
Captain Johan Deysel misses out as Klim faces a late fitness test.
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Press Release
Stage set for spectacular Rugby World Cup 2019 opening ceremony
Sold-out Tokyo Stadium and massive worldwide television audience set to be delighted by uniquely Japanese welcome.
Australia v Fiji - Group A: Rugby World Cup 2015
RWC 2019 PREDICTIONS
Predictions game: your chance to choose the finalists
Players, coaches, media and fans from all 20 World Cup countries have had their say in the rugbyworldcup.com bracket game and their choices point to a New Zealand - South Africa final. Now you can have your say...
Georgia defence coach Dale McIntosh
News
'You'll see my haka if we win,' says Namibia's Welsh Kiwi
Defence coach McIntosh is backing his new team to earn reward for their hard work when they face Italy on Sunday.
Gold medallists Fiji pose during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games medal ceremony for the Men's Rugby Sevens
press release
Olympians set to make Rugby World Cup history at Japan 2019
Tournament will feature 18 sevens players from Rio 2016 - including four Fijians who romped to gold medal glory.
RWC 2019 Volunteers
News
Hospitality and happiness the goal of 'Team No-Side' volunteers
A team of 13,000 from around Japan will help to give fans at Rugby World Cup 2019 lasting memories of a local welcome.
Namibia's Cliven Loubser at Rugby World Cup 2019
News
Loubser ready to get his kicks with Namibia
Young fly-half wants to generate the sort of excitement his captain Johan Deysel did when he scored a try against New Zealand at Rugby World Cup 2015.
World Rugby U20 graduates at Rugby World Cup 2019
RWC 2019
U20s a proven pathway to Rugby World Cup stage
More than 300 players selected for Rugby World Cup 2019 have come through either the World Rugby U20 Championship or U20 Trophy.
Impact Beyond 2019 Infographic (EN)
Press releases
RWC 2019 Impact Beyond programme inspires 1.8 million new rugby participants in Asia
Started in 2016, the innovative Impact Beyond programme has achieved 1.8 million new rugby participants across Asia, including more than one million in Japan.
Namibia training pic
News
Namibia shake off travel fatigue to step straight into action against local team
Head coach Phil Davies has promised his young Namibia squad will deliver courage and flair as they prepare for the daunting task of recording a first World Cup victory.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont
RWC 2019
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe excited by prospect of best-ever Rugby World Cup
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont believe that Japan is perfectly placed to host the best-ever Rugby World Cup with seven days to go until kick-off.
Australia Media Access - Rugby World Cup 2019
RWC 2019
Excitement builds as official Team Welcome Ceremonies begin
Official Team Welcome Ceremonies begin on Friday 13 September with Argentina, Fiji, Ireland and hosts Japan among the first teams to be officially welcomed.
ChildFund - Pass It Back Programme
Press releases
Global rugby family pledges record-breaking £2m to ChildFund Pass It Back initiative
Donations will give over 25,000 disadvantaged children the opportunity to transform their lives through rugby.
South Africa
RWC 2019
Incredible welcome as teams arrive in Japan
Not even the after-effects of Typhoon Faxai could dampen the mood as teams are met with wonderful receptions on arrival in Japan ahead of Rugby World Cup 2019.
Scotland v Japan - Group B: Rugby World Cup 2015
Press releases
RWC 2019 official travel and hospitality programme exceeds expectations
With less than two weeks to go until Japan plays Russia in the opening match of Rugby World Cup 2019, Asia’s first Rugby World Cup is capturing the imagination of the host nation and the global rugby family with official travel and hospitality package sales exceeding all expectations.
Canada v Germany - Rugby World Cup 2019 Repechage
RWC 2019
Fourth Rugby World Cup looms for Van der Merwe
Winger DTH van der Merwe will play in a fourth Rugby World Cup in Japan after being named in Canada's squad and is set to realise a dream in Japan, something he hasn't done in his 13 years of international rugby.
Eugene Jantjies
RWC 2019
Jantjies on verge of fourth tournament
Phil Davies has named a 31-man Namibia squad with an abundance of Rugby World Cup experience for the upcoming tournament in Japan.
Wales v England - Under Armour Summer Series 2019
Press releases
World Rugby announces minor Television Match Official protocol amendment
World Rugby has announced a minor amendment to the Television Match Official (TMO) protocol within Law 6 to provide the match official team with greater decision-making support when applying the high tackle sanction framework for dangerous shoulder charges and high tackles.
Webb Ellis Cup
RWC 2019
World Rugby maintains strong focus on integrity ahead of RWC 2019
World Rugby is again operating a comprehensive, education focused integrity programme to ‘Keep Rugby Onside’ at Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.
The Rugby Championship 2018: South Africa v Argentina
RWC 2019
Erasmus sticks with tried and tested formula
Forwards Tendai Mtawarira, Francois Louw and Frans Steyn will appear at a third Rugby World Cup after being included in Rassie Erasmus' 31-man Springboks squad for Rugby World Cup 2019.
Rugby World Cup 2019 Participation Medal and Cap
RWC 2019
Teams set for unique Japanese welcome at RWC 2019
World Rugby and the Japan Rugby 2019 organising committee have announced details of the special and uniquely Japanese welcome that the 20 teams will receive next month and the official participation medals and caps that will be presented.
Twickenham Stadium - RWC 2015 Final
Press releases
RWC 2019 set for broadcast innovation and records
With one month to go until Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, Asia’s first tournament will set new standards in rugby broadcast production, providing a record global footprint and attracting new fans and showcasing the sport in higher quality than ever before.
Italy v Russia - CREDIT: Fotosportit.com / FIR
RWC 2019
Fifth Rugby World Cup looms for Italy talisman Parisse
Sergio Parisse will captain Italy at his record-equalling fifth Rugby World Cup in Japan, but 23 of the 31-man squad named by coach Conor O'Shea will make their debut at the showpiece event next month.
RWC 2019 match officials kit (team 21)
Press releases
‘Team 21’ match officials kit unveiled for Rugby World Cup 2019
With just 36 days to go World Rugby has unveiled the match officials’ kit for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.
Scotland v Japan - Group B: Rugby World Cup 2015
RWC 2019
Flagship Rugby World Cup 2019 Megastore set to open in Tokyo
The flagship official Rugby World Cup 2019 Megastore will open in Tokyo on 22 August and will be located in one of the world’s busiest locations.
Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour Sapporo
Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour
Webb Ellis Cup visits Sapporo during Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour
As the countdown continues until the start of Rugby World Cup 2019, the Webb Ellis Cup continued its tour of Japan, arriving in host city Sapporo, the northernmost host city for the tournament.
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RWC 2019
Match official appointments announced for RWC 2019 pool stage
World Rugby has announced the match official appointments for the 40 matches that comprise the Rugby World Cup 2019 pool stage.
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RWC 2019
Remaining RWC 2019 ticket sales dates revealed as first tickets shipped to international fans
With 64 days to go until Rugby World Cup 2019 kicks off in Japan, tickets destined for international fans began shipping on Thursday from the DHL Express Tokyo Gateway.
RWC Trophy Tour
Rugby World Cup 2019
Osaka and Kyoto welcome the Webb Ellis Cup
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Osaka and Kyoto in June as part of the 100-day Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour, ahead of the start of the tournament on 20 September.
Eugene Jantjies
RWC 2019
Namibia reveal extended squad for RWC 2019
Namibia scrum-half Eugene Jantjies is in line to feature at a fourth Rugby World Cup after he was included in a 50-man preliminary squad ahead of Japan 2019.
TicketDesign2
RWC 2019
Rugby World Cup 2019 unveils iconic match ticket designs
The ticket designs blend the traditional Japanese artform of Musha-e, or Warrior Art with Rugby World Cup 2019 themed motifs.
World Rugby Nations Cup 2019 trophy lift: Uruguay
Nations Cup
Uruguay win World Rugby Nations Cup
Uruguay retained the World Rugby Nations Cup title on home soil in Montevideo, taking a huge step in their Rugby World Cup 2019 preparation.
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Rugby World Cup 2019
Stage set for spectacular Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan with 100 days to go
Impact Beyond legacy programme has attracted 1.16 million new rugby participants in Asia
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Rugby World Cup 2019
The Webb Ellis Cup arrives in Japan ahead of Rugby World Cup 2019
The iconic Webb Ellis Cup has landed in Tokyo to celebrate 100 days to go to Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.
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RWC 2019
RWC 2019 mascot Ren-G call on rugby fans to ‘pass it back’ and help disadvantaged children in Asia
Ren-G announced as Ambassadors to ChildFund Pass It Back, a key component of Rugby World Cup 2019’s Impact Beyond legacy programme.
World Rugby Nations Cup 2019: Uruguay v Namibia
World Rankings
Historic Nations Cup win comes with rankings boost for Namibia
Namibia's maiden test win over Uruguay has seen the Welwitschias climb two places in the World Rugby Rankings, where the Netherlands find themselves at their highest-ever position.
World Rugby Nations Cup 2019: Argentina XV v Russia
World Rugby Nations Cup
Nations Cup goes down to the wire
Three teams are still in with a chance of winning the World Rugby Nations Cup 2019 after a thrilling second round brought high-scoring wins for Russia and Namibia.
World Rugby Nations Cup 2019: Uruguay v Russia
World Rugby Nations Cup
Wins for Uruguay and Argentina XV in Nations Cup
Hosts Uruguay and Argentina XV enjoyed bonus-point wins against Russia and Namibia respectively on the opening day of the World Rugby Nations Cup at the Estadio Charrua in Montevideo.
World Rugby Nations Cup 2019: Captains’ photo
Nations Cup
Watch LIVE RWC 2019 preparation as World Rugby Nations Cup kicks off
The World Rugby Nations Cup gets underway in Uruguay on Tuesday with the tournament forming an important part in the preparations of four teams ahead of Rugby World Cup 2019.
New Zealand v Samoa
RWC 2019
RWC 2019 tickets on sale now
Rugby World Cup 2019 ticket sales will recommence at 18:00 Japan Standard Time (JST) on Saturday 18 May and run until the end of July 2019.
Argentina v Australia - Semi Final: Rugby World Cup 2015
Press releases
International rugby fans set to descend on Japan for RWC 2019
With less the six months to go, Rugby World Cup 2019 is set to attract the largest number of foreign fans in the tournament’s history with more than 600,000 of the 1.8 million available tickets expected to be held by international fans making the journey to Japan to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime event.
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Press releases
Comprehensive and innovative medical standards set for Rugby World Cup 2019
Rugby World Cup 2019 will feature the most comprehensive player welfare standards ever implemented for a rugby event after World Rugby announced an expansion of its package of mandatory requirements for elite competitions worldwide.
Rugby World Cup 2019 Match Schedule Announcement
RWC 2019
Final RWC 2019 team camps announced
Communities across Japan are set to experience the unique aspect of hosting Rugby World Cup 2019 teams following the announcement of the tournament’s finalised list of team camps.
Americas Rugby Championship 2018: Canada v Uruguay
RWC 2019
The road to Rugby World Cup 2019
We take a look back at the final stages of the regional RWC 2019 qualification process, which saw Uruguay, Samoa, Russia, Namibia and Canada make it through to the tournament in Japan.
November Internationals 2018: France v Fiji
world rankings
Fiji reach new Pacific heights
Fiji climb to their highest position of eighth in the World Rugby Rankings, while Canada return to the top 20 after securing qualification for the Rugby World Cup 2019.
Canada v Germany - Rugby World Cup 2019 Repechage
world rankings
World Cup hopefuls Canada eye place in rankings top 20
Canada are on the verge of qualifying for a ninth straight Rugby World Cup as well as reclaiming their position among the world's top 20 ranked nations. We take a look at their repechage meeting with Hong Kong and the rest of the internationals taking place this weekend.
New Zealand v Namibia - Group C: Rugby World Cup 2015.
RWC 2019
RWC 2019 spotlight: Namibia
We take a look at the history of Namibia on the Rugby World Cup stage after they confirmed their place at Japan 2019 with victory over Kenya last weekend.
Australia v New Zealand - The Rugby Championship
World Rankings
All Blacks stretch out in front
New Zealand extend their lead at the top of the World Rugby Rankings, while Zimbabwe are the biggest climbers from the weekend.
Rugby Africa Gold Cup - Namibia v Kenya
Regional focus: Africa
Namibia qualify for RWC 2019
Namibia become the 19th and penultimate qualifier for Rugby World Cup 2019 after beating Kenya to win the Rugby Africa Gold Cup title and claim the Africa 1 place in Pool B.
Rugby Africa Gold Cup 2017: Namibia v Kenya
Regional focus: Africa
World Cup place on the line in African showpiece
Namibia coach Phil Davies believes their Rugby World Cup 2019 shoot-out with Kenya in Windhoek on Saturday will be a great showcase for African rugby.
New Zealand v Australia - The Rugby Championship
world rankings
Bledisloe blockbuster to open Rugby Championship
As the Rugby Africa Gold Cup draws to a conclusion and The Rugby Championship prepares to get underway, we take a look at how the World Rugby Rankings could be affected by this weekend's five test matches.
Rugby Africa Gold Cup 2018 - Uganda v Tunisia
Regional focus: Africa
Wins for Namibia and Uganda in Gold Cup
Namibia inch closer towards qualification for Rugby World Cup 2019 with a 58-28 win over Zimbabwe, while Philip Wokorach was Uganda's hero in their 67-12 defeat of Tunisia in the latest Rugby Africa Gold Cup matches.
Canadian Fans
RWC 2019
France to host decisive repechage tournament for Rugby World Cup 2019
World Rugby has today announced the venue for the Rugby World Cup 2019 repechage tournament as the Stade Delort in Marseille, France.
Africa Gold Cup: Kenya v Uganda
RWC 2019 qualifying
Kenya stay in Gold Cup contention
Elgon Cup winners Kenya go three from three in the Rugby Africa Gold Cup, while Tunisia beat Zimbabwe to climb the World Rugby Rankings.
Asia Rugby Championship Division 1 2018 trophy lift
World Rankings
Red-hot Volcanoes enjoy rankings rise
Newly-crowned Asia Rugby Championship Division I winners the Philippines are this week’s biggest climbers in the World Rugby Rankings.
Rugby Africa Gold Cup 2018 Namibia v Morocco
Regional focus: Africa
No stopping Namibia en route to RWC 2019
Namibia and Kenya maintain their winning starts to the Rugby Africa Gold Cup with victories over Morocco and Zimbabwe respectively.
Africa Gold Cup 2018: Namibia v Tunisia
Regional focus: Africa
Commanding win puts Namibia a step closer to RWC 2019
Record-breaking Namibia continue their perfect start to the Africa Gold Cup as they chase automatic qualification to Rugby World Cup 2019.
Wales v Argentina - International Match
World Rankings
Wales rise to third in rankings
Wales and South Africa move up a couple of places in the World Rugby Rankings after completing series victories over Argentina and England respectively.
Rugby Africa Gold Cup 2018 - Namibia v Uganda
Regional focus: Africa
Namibia lead the way in Gold Cup
Namibia head the Rugby Africa Gold Cup 2018 standings after an emphatic 55-6 defeat of Uganda in Windhoek on an opening weekend that saw Zimbabwe and Morocco play out a 23-23 draw in Harare.
South Africa v Wales - Quarter Final: Rugby World Cup 2015
World Rankings
Century makers and World Cup runs on a 'Beast' of a weekend
With vital RWC 2019 qualifiers, the conclusion of the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup and a host of eagerly-awaited tour matches, this weekend should be every bit as enthralling as the last one if not more. For two players it will be especially special, as they are set to make their 100th test appearance.
England v Australia - Old Mutual Wealth Series
World Rankings
RWC 2015 revisited as Australia target second place
Second place in the World Rugby Rankings is on the line as Australia return to the scene of their RWC 2015 victory over England, while resurgent Fiji and Georgia could break new ground this weekend.
Rugby Africa Gold Cup 2017 Trophy lift
world rankings
Namibia win Gold Cup in style
The penultimate round of the Rugby Africa Gold Cup sees Namibia claim the title with a convincing win over rivals Kenya, while Tunisia shock Zimbabwe to climb six places in the World Rugby Rankings and stay in the hunt for a place at RWC 2019.
Rugby Africa Gold Cup 2017: Zimbabwe v Kenya
Regional focus: Africa
Windhoek clash to decide African champions
Namibia cement their place at the top of the Rugby Africa Gold Cup 2017 standings with a fourth straight bonus-point win, while second-placed Kenya move up one place in the World Rugby Rankings after beating Zimbabwe.
World Rugby Nations Cup 2017
Regional focus: Africa
Namibia survive scare from Zimbabwe to stay top
Uganda climb two places in the World Rugby Rankings following an emphatic victory over Tunisia but stay third behind fellow unbeaten sides Namibia and Kenya in the Rugby Africa Gold Cup standings.
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