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Peter Rutherford

Fiji delighted with statement win over Georgia, says McKee

Oct 03 2019

OSAKA Fiji wanted to make a statement after losing to Australia and Uruguay in their opening two World Cup games, and a seven-try thrashing of Georgia was just the way to do it, coach John McKee said on Thursday.

Georgia down but not out after Fiji mauling, says coach Haig

Oct 03 2019

KOBE Georgia coach Milton Haig says his players were left bitterly disappointed by their performance after being thumped 45-10 by Fiji on Thursday but was confident they would be able to lift themselves off the floor to face Australia in eight days' time.

Fiji in seventh heaven with Georgia rout

Oct 03 2019

OSAKA Fiji finally found their feet at the Rugby World Cup with a dominant 45-10 victory over Georgia on Thursday as their jet-heeled backs tore their Pool D rivals apart in a seven-try rout at a rain-drenched Hanazono Rugby Stadium.

Rugby-No complaints about tight schedule, says Scotland hooker Brown

Oct 02 2019

KOBE, Oct 3 Scotland have no complaints about the World Cup schedule despite Gregor Townsend's side being at a huge disadvantage for the Pool A finale against hosts Japan, says hooker Fraser Brown.

Scots target Russia and leave Japan for later, says Laidlaw

Oct 02 2019

KOBE Scotland's final Pool A clash with Japan is looming as a quarter-final eliminator but for scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw the improvements shown by lower-tier sides at the Rugby World Cup means it would be a mistake to look beyond their next opponents Russia.

Slippery ball no problem for Georgia, soap and water the answer

Oct 02 2019

Hot, humid weather in Japan has left players struggling to catch even the simplest of passes at the Rugby World Cup but Georgia captain Merab Sharikadze hopes practising with a ball dunked in soapy water will help them get to grips with the conditions.

Georgia set to face Fiji in battle of 'smash vs. panache'

Oct 02 2019

KOBE Fiji's World Cup campaign has yet to get off the ground after defeats to Australia and Uruguay in their opening Pool D matches and while Georgia might once have seemed like the ideal bounce-back game the Europeans now present a very real threat.

Banking bonus points key to Scotland's World Cup survival

Oct 01 2019

KOBE Bonus points helped Scotland deprive Japan of a quarter-final place at the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and Gregor Townsend's side may again need their help to deny the 'Brave Blossoms' a spot in the knockout stages this time around.

Samoa stung by Scotland defeat but still fighting, says coach

Oct 01 2019

KOBE Samoa's hopes of reaching the World Cup quarter-finals suffered a body blow on Monday when they were beaten 34-0 by Scotland but coach Steve Jackson says his side are still in with a shout of advancing from Pool A.

Rugby-The real Scotland stood up against Samoa, says Townsend

Sep 30 2019

KOBE, Japan, Sept 30 Scotland's limp defeat to Ireland in their World Cup opener prompted questions about the squad's heart and desire but head coach Gregor Townsend said his players had proved their mettle in Monday's bonus-point win over Samoa.

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