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Japan v Scotland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
MEDIA RELEASES
RWC 2019 delivers record economic, social and sporting outcomes for Japan
Japan 2019 was the most economically successful Rugby World Cup ever, with nearly £4.3 billion generated in economic output according to a report published by EY today.
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Between the Lines: Sam Warburton
Former Wales captain Sam Warburton discusses the unifying impact of touring with the British and Irish Lions on the latest episode of the World Rugby podcast.
Rugby World Cup 2023 Qualification Process
RWC 2023
Qualification process set for Rugby World Cup 2023
World Rugby has announced details of the qualification process for Rugby World Cup 2023 in France.
England v Wales - Group A: Rugby World Cup 2015
Classic matches
Watch LIVE rugby TODAY … England v Wales, RWC 2015
Relive all the action from the pulsating Pool A encounter between hosts England and Wales at Rugby World Cup 2015.
MARTIN JOHNSON - RWC 2003
Classic Matches
Johnson: ‘Wales had good players and nothing to lose’
England’s Rugby World Cup 2003-winning captain Martin Johnson shares his recollections of the quarter-final win over Wales — which his side trailed 10-3 at half-time.
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Watch LIVE rugby TODAY ... Wales v Fiji, Rugby World Cup 2007
Fiji's shock victory at RWC 2007 is the latest instalment of World Rugby's free-to-access live streaming service, as we look to fill the rugby void for fans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Japan v Scotland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A
Press releases
New research links Japan’s Rugby World Cup hosting with national pride and excitement boost
Rugby World Cup hosting was a catalyst for national pride growth in Japan, capturing the imagination, growing rugby interest and leaving a positive legacy for the sport, according to the latest research.
England v Australia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
Press releases
RWC 2019 sets new broadcast records and inspires new audiences
Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan was the most watched rugby event ever with more than 857 million people around the world watching the action via World Rugby’s network of rights-holding broadcast partners, an increase of 26 per cent from the previous tournament in England.
Rugby Europe Championship 2020: Russia v Romania
World Rankings
Russia return to world's top 20
Russia were the only team to move up the World Rugby Men's Rankings following their victory over Romania in the Rugby Europe Championship 2020.
Liam Williams England v Wales
World Rankings
Wales and France seek pool draw boost
This weekend's matches could see changes in the top band of seeds for the Rugby World Cup 2023 pool draw, with Wales and France both able to climb into the top four in the World Rugby Men's Rankings.
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Press releases
RWC 2019 player welfare approach delivered significant concussion reduction
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont has praised “hugely encouraging” player welfare results from RWC 2019 that demonstrate a 28 per cent reduction in overall concussion incidence and a 37 per cent reduction in tackle concussion incidence compared to the current elite competition average.
Wales v France - Guinness Six Nations
World Rankings
High five for Les Bleus
Grand Slam-seeking France are up to fifth in the World Rugby Men's Rankings, their highest position for nearly six years, following their 27-23 win over Wales in Cardiff.
Wales v France - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
World Rankings
Top band of seeds for RWC 2023 could be set for shake-up
After a fallow week, the Six Nations and Rugby Europe Championship resume with a set of matches that could have a significant impact on the World Rugby Men's Rankings.
Rugby Europe Championship 2020: Spain v Georgia
World Rankings
Georgia overtake Italy in rankings
Ireland, Georgia and Portugal all climb the World Rugby Men's Rankings, while Russia fall to their lowest position in over 14 years.
Wales v Italy - Guinness Six Nations
World Rankings
Northern hemisphere bragging rights on the line in Six Nations
Wales and Ireland could both replace England as the highest-ranked northern hemisphere team when the Six Nations continues this weekend, while significant milestones are within the reach of Spain and Portugal if results go their way in the Rugby Europe Championship.
France v England - Guinness Six Nations
World Rankings
Les Bleus on the rise in rankings
France, Georgia and Portugal all climb the World Rugby Men's Rankings following this weekend's matches in the Six Nations and Rugby Europe Championship.
Guinness Six Nations Launch
World Rankings
First international weekend of 2020 heralds start of new era
The jockeying for position in the World Rugby Men's Rankings ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023 pool draw begins this weekend as the Six Nations and Rugby Europe Championship get underway.
France 2023
RWC 2023
World Rankings race begins for RWC 2023 Pool Draw
World Rugby and the France 2023 Organising Committee have confirmed that the Rugby World Cup 2023 Pool Draw will take place in Paris after the November 2020 international window.
England v Australia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
Features
Retiring legends of the international arena
Rugby World Cup 2019 was the last hurrah for a host of international rugby greats. Here we highlight the players who have officially called time on their test careers.
Wales v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
Press releases
Fun focus sees RWC 2019 social and digital content break new ground and records
World Rugby has announced record-breaking digital content viewing figures for Rugby World Cup 2019, confirming the tournament as one of the most watched and engaged sports events of the decade.
RWC 2023 meetings - November 2019
RWC 2023
France 2023 sets sights on most impactful Rugby World Cup as preparations are praised
World Rugby has concluded its first official coordination meetings in Paris since the hosting ball was passed from Japan 2019 to France 2023 earlier this month, with the international federation praising continued strong progress.
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.
New Zealand v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Bronze Final
REPORT CARD: WALES
Proud Wales hit high notes before injuries ruin Gatland's farewell
Led by inspirational Alun Wyn Jones, they have come a long way in coach's 12-year reign, but after topping the pool and edging past France their horrific injury list takes its toll.
New Zealand v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Bronze Final
Match review: NZL 40-17 WAL
Stylish six-try farewell for New Zealand's departing heroes
Two tries for Ben Smith, a memorable exit for Kieran Read, and one final victory for Steve Hansen - while injury-hit Wales also play their part in a compelling bronze final.
Francois Steyn (RSA) - ENG v RSA - RWC 2007 Final
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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Match preview
Emotional finale for Hansen and Gatland
Kiwi coaching luminaries are to make their exits from the test arena after a bronze final in which New Zealand and Wales are seeking to send off their respective mentors as winners.
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It's been an honour to work with Gatland, says skipper
Alun Wyn Jones has paid tribute to the New Zealander, who has won the hearts and minds of a rugby-loving nation during his 12 years at the helm.
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.
Wales Media Access
News
Stand-up man Davies looking to bring back smiles for Gatland finale
For the recalled Wales flanker, the challenge of making the bronze medal match an uplifting occasion for the revered head coach is serious business.
Wales v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019 Semi-Final: Wales coach Warren Gatland
News
Gatland hoping England's time has come
Outgoing Wales coach insists his comments about England peaking too soon were not critical and says he would like to see them win the Rugby World Cup.
Wales Media Access
team announcement
Injuries force Gatland to ring changes for goodbye test
Outgoing Wales coach replaces more than half his players in team that will challenge New Zealand for the bronze medal on Friday.
Wales v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
News
Wales want to use a bit of flair to end 66-year losing streak
Outgoing forwards coach McBryde says team will help turn Friday's bronze final match against New Zealand into a try fest for the fans.
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.
New Zealand v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool B
Analysis
Bronze final offers chance to bow out in style
A last hurrah for some but New Zealand and Wales will see Friday's match as a first step towards RWC 2023.
Wales Grand Slam 2019
News
Davies pleads with Wales players to give Gatland a send-off to remember
Head coach's 12-year reign will end in Friday's bronze final against New Zealand - a team Wales have not beaten since 1953.
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.
Wales v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Semi-Final
MATCH REVIEW: WAL 16-19 RSA
Boks grind their way past Wales to set up showdown with England
Wales battle back from seven points behind but Pollard's late penalty ends their hopes - and coach Erasmus promises Boks will 'grind it out' again in the final.
Wales v Fiji - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
ANALYSIS: KEY MAN - WALES
Adams matures into prime attacking weapon
Rugby News Service analysts select key performers to watch out for in this weekend's semi-finals. Here we spotlight Wales winger Josh Adams.
South Africa v Wales - Quarter Final: Rugby World Cup 2015
Match preview
Coach Gatland predicts 'kicking fest' as injuries to speedsters sway tactics
History makes Springboks overwhelming favourites for World Cup sem-final but Wales will point to four successive wins against South Africa.
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From the archives: Four classic Wales v South Africa clashes
Epic encounters between these two proud rugby nations include a historic win on a ground-breaking day and a couple of tight and tense World Cup thrillers.
Wales v France - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
News
Soccer's loss as Wainwright leads charge towards World Cup final
Wales flanker who wanted to be the next Roy Keane has enjoyed a meteoric rise since swapping to the oval ball.
Wales v France - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
News
Francis relives World Cup hurt to exorcise his demons
The Wales prop has been watching reruns of the pivotal scrum in the 2015 quarter-final defeat by South Africa and is confident there will be no repeat this time.
Warren Gatland watches his Wales players
News
Gatland's farewell dream: victory over his native New Zealand
Outgoing Wales coach tells his players that 'if you want something badly enough, and you really, really want it, then it can happen'.
South Africa v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2015 quarter-final
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?
Wales Media Access
team announcement
Halfpenny replaces injured Wales full-back Williams for showdown with Boks
Coach Warren Gatland makes three changes to team that beat France, as fit-again Jonathan Davies returns in the centre for semi-final against South Africa on Sunday.
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White believes Wales can overcome 'untested' Springboks
The man who coached South Africa to their World Cup triumph in 2007, believes they have not faced a major examination in Japan, which could prove their undoing against bogey team Wales.
Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Hadleigh Parkes celebrates his try
News
Parkes aiming to 'ruin the morning' for partying Boks fans
Centre who scored two tries against South Africa on his Wales debut wants to douse the spirits of those watching around a traditional braai.
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Quotes of the day - Wednesday, 23 October
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Wales v France - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
News
Jenkins hails Jones as a giant among legends
Wales have produced many great rugby players but former outside-half Neil Jenkins reckons current captain Alun Wyn Jones deserves to rank alongside the very best.
Wales v France - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter-Final
News
Moriarty relishes Boks battle after fearing it was curtains for him
The Wales forward finished a hero with the late try that led to the quarter-final win over France. But there was a moment when he thought he might see red for a mistimed high tackle.
Japan v South Africa - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
News
Edwards: Wales must douse 'blowtorch' Kolbe
Defence coach has singled out Cheslin Kolbe as South Africa's danger man - and he compares the speedy winger to England's World Cup winner Jason Robinson.
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News
McBryde to stay with Wales squad following death of his mother
Forwards coach consults his family before deciding Diana would have wanted him to remain in Japan.
Wales v France - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
News
Biggar happy to ride luck into semi-finals and beyond
The fly-half is not the least bit bothered how Wales got there, only that they did. Now Warren Gatland's indefatigable team are quietly going about their business preparing for South Africa.
Wales v France - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter-Final
News
Wales back-row Navidi ruled out of World Cup with hamstring injury
Coach Gatland admits that losing the flanker is a blow but hopes he will stay with the squad for the rest of the tournament.
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.
Wales v France - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter Final
MATCH REVIEW: WAL 20-19 FRA
Wales strike late to make 'unlucky' France pay for red card
Warren Gatland prepares his farewell speech - then puts it on hold as late try puts Wales in semi-finals and prolongs his stay, leaving France to rue Vahaamahina's needless red card.
Wales v France - Rugby World Cup 2019: Quarter-Final
Analysis
Cracks in defence leave Wales scrambling for victory
Coach Gatland's team concede three tries against France and will need to tighten things up for the semi-finals.
France v Wales – Six Nations 2019
Match preview
Dominant Wales aim to prolong Gatland's farewell
There has been plenty of talk about what happened in 2011 but recent form is more relevant - and that makes Wales strong favourites to see off unpredictable France.
Wales v Fiji - Rugby World Cup 2019: Captain Alun Wyn Jones leads the team talk
Analysis: Key man - Wales
Record-breaker Jones always ready to 'go harder'
Rugby News Service analysts select key performers to watch out for in this weekend's quarter-finals. The latest is Wales second-row Alun Wyn Jones.
Wales v SA 2015 last eight
News
Wales looking to heal old World Cup wounds
Flanker Justin Tipuric says the players have learned from the pain of their 2015 defeat by South Africa and are quietly confident ahead of the clash with France.
Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
News
Biggar is better after passing protocols, say Wales
Fly-half returns to line-up to take on France after suffering concussions against Australia and Fiji.
Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
Analysis: Team focus - WALES
Backs are firing but Wales must plug holes in leaky defence
Warren Gatland's side may have won every game in the pool stages but they conceded nine tries, including at least one in every game. Unless they tighten up at the back France will punish them.
Wales v Fiji - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
Team announcement
Wales shrug off injury worries as Biggar, Davies and North return to face France
Warren Gatland looks to the team that beat Australia in Pool D match for quarter-final showdown against Les Bleus.
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Wales v France: Five epic encounters
From storied Five Nations dust-ups to the dramatic 2011 World Cup semi-final, this weekend's quarter-final opponents have a memorable track record.
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News
Chef ensures Wales have the stomach for title challenge
Andre Moore reveals just what it takes to fuel a World Cup campaign by feeding 31 players and all the support staff for seven weeks in Japan.
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Analysis
History says Wales have a team for the ages
Rugby News Service analysis suggests that Wales may finally have the perfect blend of youth and experience to go all the way.
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.
Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Josh Navidi, Wales
News
Navidi determined to force France into submission
The Wales flanker, the son of an Iranian wrestler, is looking forward to grappling with Les Bleus in this weekend's quarter-final.
Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
News
Williams unfazed by prospect of awesome foursome
Wales full-back will complete unique quadruple if he adds RWC to his triumphs this year in England, Europe and Six Nations.
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'We don't talk about Gatland's departure'
Wales coach is going after RWC 2019, but his assistant Neil Jenkins says it's not discussed and team are determined to eke out his tenure for as long as possible.
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Welsh memories of semi-final heartbreak will be 'great fuel' against France
Coach says traumatic semi-final defeat in Auckland can be inspiration for last-eight clash with Les Bleus.
Wales v Georgia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
News
Adams wants to join list of World Cup wing legends
Welsh speedster is one try away from equalling his country's tournament record, but he is eyeing a bigger prize.
Wales v Uruguay - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
News
Shingler feels force is with Wales for France quarter-final
Les Bleus may have had an extra week's rest, but flanker believes momentum is with Grand Slam champions, who have 31 fit players and are 'four from four'.
France v Wales - Guinness Six Nations
News
France to use pain of Paris defeat against Wales
The Welsh have a dominant recent record over Les Bleus, but fly-half Ntamack says France can turn stunning defeat earlier this year to their advantage.
Wales v Uruguay - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
MATCH REVIEW: WAL 35-13 URU
Uruguay prove stern test for Gatland's 'battle-hardened' Wales
Coach expects to have a fully-fit squad for the quarter-final after sloppy final pool win over tenacious Los Teros.
Wales Rugby Training Session: Hallam Amos
News
Surgeon-in-waiting Amos out to prove he is a cut above
Welsh winger is ready to show he can operate at the highest level after waiting patiently for World Cup chance.
Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
Match preview
Wales aim for perfect finish to pool stage
Coach Warren Gatland faces the challenge of protecting his squad for the quarter-finals while managing the risks posed by Uruguay.
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News
Davies late to the party but ready to bring extra fizz
The second-row received a last-minute call-up to the squad but gets his chance to impress as Wales aim to make it four wins out of four.
Wales v Fiji - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
News
Wales hopeful key duo will be fit for quarter-finals
Fly-half Dan Biggar and centre Jonathan Davies will miss Sunday's final Pool D game against Uruguay.
Wales v Fiji - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
team announcement
Free-scoring Adams fit to face Uruguay as Wales make 13 changes
Full house: Coach Gatland has how selected all 31 players in his squad during the pool phase.
Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
News
Navidi confident the best is yet to come
Wales are unbeaten and close to sealing top spot in Pool D, but flanker says their improvement curve is still upwards.
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.
Wales v Fiji - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
MATCH REVIEW: WAL 29-17 FIJ
Wounded Wales beat Fiji in thriller to make last eight
Josh Adams scores a hat-trick of tries as battered Wales fight back from a 10-point deficit to down flamboyant Fiji and qualify for the quarter-finals.
Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
News
Davies' hard yards yield high dividends for Wales
The super-fit Interception King admits it can be a risky ploy but his trademark move has the thumbs-up from his coach.
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Match preview
Wales beware: Fiji will use famous RWC 2007 win as inspiration
Coach Gareth Jenkins was sacked after Wales lost to Fiji in Nantes 12 years ago. 'We must shut them down,' says Warren Gatland, the man who replaced him, as Pool D leaders Wales take on Fiji again in Oita.
Josh Navidi Wales v Georgia - 2019
News
Navidi turning crazy World Cup dream into reality
The Wales flanker had to bide his time but has now earned his stripes as a vital member of Warren Gatland's squad.
Ireland v Wales - Guinness Summer Series
News
Gatland gets a kick out of debutant's selection jibe
A tweak to his back row for the match against Fiji offers Wales coach a laugh and an insight into what might lie ahead in the quarter-finals.
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.
Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
team announcement
Biggar passed fit to face Fiji
Wales fly-half has been cleared to play after satisfying the head injury protocols as Warren Gatland makes just two changes, both in the back row.
Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
News
Ball overcomes injury nightmare to regain Wales spot
Second-row struggled to process the idea of a long injury lay-off, but crowned his comeback with Grand Slam success and a World Cup place.
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News
Gatland seeking quarter-final boost for Wales
Coach believes winning Pool D with a perfect record would give his team a big psychological advantage.
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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.
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News
Edwards sets Wales minimum target of semi-finals
Assistant coach expects Gatland's men to win their next three games and grab a chance to play for a place in their first Rugby World Cup final.
Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
News
Coaches look to stark criticism to refocus Wales squad
They may have pulled off one of their greatest wins against Australia, but the Wales players will not be allowed to skip their homework.
Australia vs Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
News
Beard hungry for action after appendix surgery
After his delayed arrival in Japan, the Wales second-row is working diligently on the training pitch - and in the dining room - to gain selection.
Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Pool D
News
'Smashing' substitute Moriarty hoping for final family reunion
Wales back-row forward joins dad and uncle in having beaten Australia at a Rugby World Cup - but he is not finished yet.
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News
Wales stand-in Davies: 'I was ready for the call'
'I went home from the gym, kissed my wife and kids goodbye, and flew out to Japan' says Wales second-row Bradley Davies, who was always prepared for a late call from coach Warren Gatland.
Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D
Analysis
Mind the gap: how Gareth Davies rolled the dice and won
Wales scrum-half took a risk four times but he knew what he was doing, and it paid off with a crucial interception try against Australia.
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