2019 Rugby World Cup

Fulcrum29

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Well we are playing a test in Japan against Japan on September 6th. We will be the first nation to arrive there and we will have been there the longest by the time the RWC kicks off.
SA Rugby Mag published an article earlier,

https://www.sarugbymag.co.za/boks-first-to-embrace-japanese-heat/
Rassie Erasmus has explained the decision to arrive early in Japan and why he will split his squad over the course of the World Cup pool phase. JON CARDINELLI in Johannesburg reports.

Erasmus confirmed his 31-man World Cup squad in Johannesburg on Monday. The group will become the first foreign side to arrive ahead of the global showpiece when it touches down in Japan this weekend.

The Boks will face Japan in a World Cup warm-up game on 6 September. Two weeks later, they will front the All Blacks in the Pool B opener in Yokohama.

It’s a long time to be away from home. If the Boks progress to the final, they will have been in Japan for nine weeks.

Erasmus said that the decision to travel early was based on the desire to adapt to Japan’s heat and humidity.

‘I know that some teams have gone to Portugal and others have used [special simulation] chambers. We just decided that we will go early to Japan,’ the Bok coach said.

‘We will fly there on Friday and become the first team to arrive in Japan. The benefit of getting there early is that we will get used to the heat. We will play an actual game in the heat [against Japan] before the World Cup starts. We’ll get an idea about the crowd. Hopefully we will be the first foreign team to adapt to the local conditions.

‘All the other teams are trying different things. Yes, we have made the tour longer by doing things this way, but the spin-off is getting used to the heat and conditions.’

Erasmus said that the team has been managed this season with the World Cup in mind. In the recent Rugby Championship, we saw the squad split into ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams. Erasmus is likely to employ a similar approach in the pool stage of the global tournament.

‘We broke it down and said the Rugby Championship marked the beginning of a 20-week journey. We’re now in week 10. We’ve rotated squads and players. We’ve had a big pool of players, so we’ve been able to manage game time and at the same time ensure that everyone understands the game plan.

‘We will choose our best available side for the game against Japan,’ he said. ‘Then we’ll have a break in that we won’t play the following Saturday. Then our best available team will face the All Blacks the following week.

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at least we will also be based in Kyushu like most other top 10 teams. It is more welcome in regard to 'other' traditions and cultures. For those worried about tattoos.
 

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Biggest omissions are Owen Franks, Liam Squire and Ngani Laumape. Would have preferred Laumape over SBW, personally.
 

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Biggest omissions are Owen Franks, Liam Squire and Ngani Laumape. Would have preferred Laumape over SBW, personally.
Think Liam having personal as well as fitness issues. A beast of a flank, his physicality might be missed.

Still a squad capable of going all the way but 2019 might just not be the AB's year...
 

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The lower-ranked teams are struggling with their 'club' warmups.

Georgia scrapped their game with the Southern Kings, 24-20 played in Georgia. Got to love their clickbait :laugh:


Georgia defeats South Africa ahead of Rugby World Cup
The Georgian national rugby team has defeated South Africa in Tbilisi today ahead of the Rugby World Cup that will be held from September 20 to November 2 in Japan.

The Georgian Lelo’s handed a defeat to Southern Kings 24 to 20 at Mikheil Meskhi stadium.
Russia was drowned by a legendary English club, Jersey Reds, 22-35.

Canada, with their A team, lost 35-38 to Leinster.

These results would be generally accepted as a warmup, due to rotations, but this is 3 weeks to RWC. There are more club warmups coming up. Including one played by Argentina against Randwick in Australia.
 

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The lower-ranked teams are struggling with their 'club' warmups.

Georgia scrapped their game with the Southern Kings, 24-20 played in Georgia. Got to love their clickbait




Russia was drowned by a legendary English club, Jersey Reds, 22-35.

Canada, with their A team, lost 35-38 to Leinster.

These results would be generally accepted as a warmup, due to rotations, but this is 3 weeks to RWC. There are more club warmups coming up. Including one played by Argentina against Randwick in Australia.
People underestimate how good clubs are. Especially if they get some consistency going. Any of the super rugby of top European clubs should be able to beat the second tier sides.
 

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People underestimate how good clubs are. Especially if they get some consistency going. Any of the super rugby of top European clubs should be able to beat the second tier sides.
Most club sides playing here are 2nd string or are playing players in development due to the time their season is in and club players being on other duties.

Jersey Reds had a very much invitational team, Barbarian like. Their coach, however, did promise an upset.

Canada A selection losing to second-string Leinster will have them asking questions, but Canada has been struggling and since USA took them out to the butcher they haven’t done any better. Canada's next warmup is against an all invitational Canadian side, the BC All-Stars. Basically, this will be against veterans and other Canadians who won't make the RWC cut and then they play one more game against the USA.

I won’t look much into the Georgia result. The Southern Kings, on the other hand, is restructured and played very well against the best national team in Eastern Europe. Georgia has two test matches coming up against Scotland, one home and one away.

Then again, back in 2001, Wales was stunned by Suntory,

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/wales/1367212.stm

Red-faced Wales slump to tour defeat

Suntory 45-41 Wales
Wales crashed to an embarrassing defeat in the first game of their Japan tour against local club champions Suntory.

The relatively inexperienced Wales side produced a workmanlike performance in the first-half and took advantage of a series of mistakes by the Suntory backs to lead 24-10.
who loses to Japanese?

Randwick who will be playing Argentina is also inviting players. The Argentines like their game loose, and I don't believe this is the best warmup they need.
 

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Most club sides playing here are 2nd string or are playing players in development due to the time their season is in and club players being on other duties.

Jersey Reds had a very much invitational team, Barbarian like. Their coach, however, did promise an upset.

Canada A selection losing to second-string Leinster will have them asking questions, but Canada has been struggling and since USA took them out to the butcher they haven’t done any better. Canada's next warmup is against an all invitational Canadian side, the BC All-Stars. Basically, this will be against veterans and other Canadians who won't make the RWC cut and then they play one more game against the USA.

I won’t look much into the Georgia result. The Southern Kings, on the other hand, is restructured and played very well against the best national team in Eastern Europe. Georgia has two test matches coming up against Scotland, one home and one away.

Then again, back in 2001, Wales was stunned by Suntory,

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/wales/1367212.stm



who loses to Japanese?

Randwick who will be playing Argentina is also inviting players. The Argentines like their game loose, and I don't believe this is the best warmup they need.
We did
 

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I won't lie, I'm quite glad they left him and Luamape out :)
You can tell more about the strength of nz rugby by the players that don't get selected.

Fifita, laumape, tuinukuafe, lam, Liam, Frizzell, Owen, etc etc etc.
 

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Japan picked a good side. 3 locks and 1 lock utility which is where they lack depth.



Like Steve Hansen, Jamie Joseph decided to go with high-tempo props. Yusuke Kizu making a surprise inclusion as he made debut less than 2 months ago. 5 props and 3 hookers with another surprise call-in, Takuya Kitade who also made a recent debut. 4 Locks, Luke Thompson looks to be the oldest participating player in this RWC. 6 Loose players, 3 scrum halves and 1 number #10 with one utility #10. 3 Wingers, 3 centres and 1 specialised #15 with one more utility #15. Kotaro Matsushima can also play on the wing and Tupou have been trialled at #15. All in all, looking at the roles, 3 #10s, 4 wingers, 5 centres and 3 #15s.

This is not a very specialised squad, but I see Joseph may switch the players up in positions to change strategies against each opponent without giving their plan away.

Good to see Ataata Moeakiola make the 15 though I don't believe he has a 'test' under his belt other than U/20. He played in a 2nd string Japanese side 2 or 3 years ago against Hong Kong and Korea IIRC.

Some inexperience, short on leaders and little depth, pretty much like every other test or tournament they have participated in. Now to see whether the hosts may surprise.

I am only disappointed by the youth who haven't been given an opportunity by Joseph, there could have been more Japanese players in this squad. Having a quick look it seems to be only 5 players who haven't been schooled in Japan. They are improving.

EDIT: I see Kitade is still uncapped, but he was in the PNC squad. Didn't know that he hadn't had any game time. Micheal Leitch won't be available against the Springboks. I guess that Shota Horie, Luke Thompson or Lappies may captain the match on the 6th.
 
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:ROFL::ROFL::ROFL: This is hilarious and informative.

I think Russia (like USA and Fiji) are confused though. In Rugby Union you have to build your game around a solid pack. Interestingly all those three sides are devoting a lot of resources to their 7s game not the other way round, unless it's the IRB's doing.

XVs build Rugby Union, not 7s (ICC trying to build cricket the other way round as well - Test cricket can produce T20 & ODI players without killing the game, but T20 cricket won't build Test/ODI cricket and will kill the game entirely)! And they are confused, because the game they should have adopted is Rugby League rather, not Rugby Union. Generally, top NFL and Rugby League players are vastly superior to top Rugby Union players physically and skillwise, plus adapt easier to multiple styles of play. In the end, Russia will suffer just like the Pacific Islanders Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, whose top players are in League not Union.

Anyway it will be interesting to see how the World Cup goes. An impressive front row and locks can indirectly make the opposition's half-backs look very ordinary and cripple that side, even their fullback can be rendered non-existent. :laugh:

Sides like Italy and Georgia will be loving their chances because they have those basics locked down, and a top performance on the day, by the rest of the players can carry them over the line for some surprises.

Just ask Heyneke against Japan. In desperation and confusion he even removed all of Beast, Bismark and Jannie, then Lambie and Ruan all of them just after half-time!:ROFL::ROFL::ROFL: Like USA and Russia, Heyneke forgot the basics. He got confused and neglected to coach the struggling players. FdP and Pollard were never going improve a flopping pack. Only tactics and motivation.

Rassie has been a little bit indecisive about his front row and loose trio (I don't think anybody knows with absolute certainty what PSdT is). Excellence of Mo'unga pushes an excellent Barrett to 15. Sadly, our compromises are exactly not due to excellence.

It's 50-50 if the fixture list favours the Springboks healthwise and fitnesswise. On the one hand a loss to the ABs allows enough time to recover against Namibia before facing Italy, but there will be some major bruises after the AB's game, which will definitely force some changes and indecision. On the other hand, Italy can coast over both Namibia and Canada then have momentum, confidence and determination going into the Springboks game, knowing that an AB side that has already qualified, will field a "weakened" lazy side in their final game against them. Italy will be dangerous.

To be certain, the Boks simply have to win their first game against the ABs. Period!
 

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Japan has announced their world cup squad.

1 朣楢琴执执
2 瑩浻牡楧硰执
3 执獧浻牡楧
4 敬瑦 瀰絸朣杢
5 执獧扻捡杫
6 潲湵 潣潬
7 昣昸昸慢正
9 敷止瑩札慲楤
10 湥楬敮牡氬晥
11 瑦戠瑯潴牦
12 浯潴 捥捥浩条
13 洭穯氭湩慥牧
14 摡敩瑮琨灯捥
15 捥捥 慢正
16 牧畯摮椭慭敧
17 獭氭湩慥牧摡
18 敩瑮琨灯
19 捥捥捥慢正
20 牧畯摮椭慭
21 敧楬敮牡 札散散汩
22 整 牰杯瀻
23 獯瑩潩敲慬
Coach: 楴敶执獧 搴筮.

Its a shame that 敩瑮琨灯 isn't in the squad, he is a such a top..top player.
 

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Japan has announced their world cup squad.

1 朣楢琴执执
2 瑩浻牡楧硰执
3 执獧浻牡楧
4 敬瑦 瀰絸朣杢
5 执獧扻捡杫
6 潲湵 潣潬
7 昣昸昸慢正
9 敷止瑩札慲楤
10 湥楬敮牡氬晥
11 瑦戠瑯潴牦
12 浯潴 捥捥浩条
13 洭穯氭湩慥牧
14 摡敩瑮琨灯捥
15 捥捥 慢正
16 牧畯摮椭慭敧
17 獭氭湩慥牧摡
18 敩瑮琨灯
19 捥捥捥慢正
20 牧畯摮椭慭
21 敧楬敮牡 札散散汩
22 整 牰杯瀻
23 獯瑩潩敲慬
Coach: 楴敶执獧 搴筮.

Its a shame that 敩瑮琨灯 isn't in the squad, he is a such a top..top player.
Good one!
 

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Think Liam having personal as well as fitness issues. A beast of a flank, his physicality might be missed.

Still a squad capable of going all the way but 2019 might just not be the AB's year...

"After what has been a really tough year for me mentally and physically, and after speaking with people I trust on whether I should make myself available again for the All Blacks, I felt I wasn't ready just yet physically or mentally for the pressures of test match rugby," Squire wrote.

"I feel I need to earn the right to pull on the Black jersey again through performing well for my beloved Tasman Mako and keep ticking the boxes there.
"As Steve said yesterday, if the All Blacks do get injuries, and I'm performing well enough, then I'm 100% available. The decision has been bloody hard but I feel it's the best one for me and the All Blacks. I wish the team every success and am behind them 100%.
"I have never been one to speak a lot publicly so I hope people can respect my privacy and decision on this and I can move forward and keep enjoying my rugby.
"For me mental health is a lot more important than playing rugby."
 

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lol scary truth... another player i know used to juice.. we gymed together in the day .. perhaps dyantyi used something else though?
Looking back. He always looked like Hulk after scoring tries. Veins popping. How to destroy your life 101
 
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