2019 Rugby World Cup

Fulcrum29

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The Rugby World Cup 2019 repechage starts today, 11 November:

Canada v Kenya (12.00 GMT)
Germany v Hong Kong (15.00 GMT)

The games will be streamed live on https://www.world.rugby.

Some South African flavour in Germany vs Hong Kong game.

http://www.americasrugbynews.com/2018/11/10/match-preview-hong-kong-vs-germany/

Match Preview – Hong Kong vs Germany
Hong Kong will counter the South African influence of Germany with their own expats, naming Dayne Jans at hooker with former Southern Kings prop Grant Kemp making his test debut at tighthead. Michael Parfitt is a surprise choice on the blindside flank, the young second row adding extra bulk to counter an intimidating German pack.

Matt Rosslee starts at flyhalf with Liam Slatem getting the nod as his halfback partner, edging the experienced Jamie Hood and uncapped Bryn Phillips. Both are on the bench, Hood covering a variety of positions. As expected former Manawatu standout Casey Stone wins his first cap at fullback.

There are two debutantes named for Germany, one starting at hooker. Kurt Haupt completes a quality front row trio with former captain Julius Nostadt at loosehead prop and Saracens trialist Samy Füchsel at tighthead. It’s an all-South African back row with Jaco Otto the openside spcecialist a danger man. Sebastian Ferreira and Jarrid Els provide ball carrying and lineout options.
 

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Germany crushed Hong Kong, they look good.

26 - 9

Canada ran over Kenya.

65 - 19
 

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Germany did really well at the Repechage, also running over Kenya, 43 - 6.

In the end, it was Canada's victory over Hong Kong, 27-10, and Germany, 29-10, last week which placed them in the Rugby World Cup.

So that is it, the Rugby World Cup is on.
 

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Pitty about the state of Springbok Rugby...we'll need a miracle to make the last 8.
 

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Referee panel announced for RWC 2019

THE 2019 RWC MATCH OFFICIALS ARE:

Referees (12): Wayne Barnes (England), Luke Pearce (England), Jérôme Garcès (France), Romain Poite (France), Pascal Gaüzère (France), Mathieu Raynal (France), Nigel Owens (Wales), Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand), Paul Williams (New Zealand), Nic Berry (Australia) and Angus Gardner (Australia) – 457 tests as referees;

Assistant referees (seven): Matthew Carley (England, reserve referee), Karl Dickson (England), Andrew Brace (Ireland), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Federico Anselmi (Argentina), Shuhei Kubo (Japan) and Alex Ruiz (France) – 130 tests as assistant referees;

TMOs (four): Graham Hughes (England), Rowan Kitt (England), Ben Skeen (New Zealand) and Marius Jonker (South Africa) – 217 tests as TMOs.
 

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Bit weird that Glen Jackson is left out. One of the better refs.
The selection process will always be questioned by the rugby pundits and rugby supporters. The criteria are tough. Fitness and availability are the best 2 reasons why some better choices don’t make the cut.

RWC rules state that all games are neutral. I don't know why so many locals are complaining about that...
 

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I believe Japan can be happy with their preliminary Rugby World Cup squad:



This squad is the representative Japan squad and will play in the Pacific Nations Cup against Fiji, Tonga and the United States, from where they will attend August preparation camp where the team will be cut down to 31 players in accordance with the Rugby World Cup rules. On September 6th they play their first Rugby World Cup warmup match against the Springboks, followed by a warmup match against Russia.

3 South Africans in the preliminary squad, Grant Hattingh, Wimpie van der Walt and Pieter 'Lappies' Labuschagne, ignoring that Kotaro Matsushima is South African born. Luke Thompson, 38, is selected, they pushing their experience on their availability of locks. Good squad, nonetheless, but I'm not a big fan of Jamie Henry, and it is going to be hard to cut 11 players from that squad.

Ataata Moeakiola, glad to see him in the squad, I knew he would make it the day he impressed with Japan's U20. Just sad that Jamie Joseph never gave Takuya Yamasawa any opportunity, he should have been in this squad.
 

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I believe Japan can be happy with their preliminary Rugby World Cup squad:



This squad is the representative Japan squad and will play in the Pacific Nations Cup against Fiji, Tonga and the United States, from where they will attend August preparation camp where the team will be cut down to 31 players in accordance with the Rugby World Cup rules. On September 6th they play their first Rugby World Cup warmup match against the Springboks, followed by a warmup match against Russia.

3 South Africans in the preliminary squad, Grant Hattingh, Wimpie van der Walt and Pieter 'Lappies' Labuschagne, ignoring that Kotaro Matsushima is South African born. Luke Thompson, 38, is selected, they pushing their experience on their availability of locks. Good squad, nonetheless, but I'm not a big fan of Jamie Henry, and it is going to be hard to cut 11 players from that squad.

Ataata Moeakiola, glad to see him in the squad, I knew he would make it the day he impressed with Japan's U20. Just sad that Jamie Joseph never gave Takuya Yamasawa any opportunity, he should have been in this squad.
Too many foreigners if you ask me
 

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Too many foreigners if you ask me
You can say the same about the Scots, France… which are more ‘transformed’ than this squad.

Japan doesn’t have big locks, best to import them, but most of the Pacific players in the squad are schooled in Japan. Michael Leitch has been living in Japan since he was 16. Luke Thompson is essentially a European dinosaur in Japan. Close to all of the Tongans are schooled in Japan from an early age. The Saffers, all off those, had to earn their residency in 'short-time'. Koo isn’t Japanese, he is Korean.

I'm not going to argue foreigners with this squad, Australia and New Zealand imported their Pacific talent as the Japanese did.
 

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You can say the same about the Scots, France… which are more ‘transformed’ than this squad.

Japan doesn’t have big locks, best to import them, but most of the Pacific players in the squad are schooled in Japan. Michael Leitch has been living in Japan since he was 16. Luke Thompson is essentially a European dinosaur in Japan. Close to all of the Tongans are schooled in Japan from an early age. The Saffers, all off those, had to earn their residency in 'short-time'. Koo isn’t Japanese, he is Korean.

I'm not going to argue foreigners with this squad, Australia and New Zealand imported their Pacific talent as the Japanese did.
It was just an observation. I guess the foreigners stand out a bit more in a side with Japanese players in it.

Fair point on the other countries' (see what i did there for the mybb job interview) imports
 

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It was just an observation. I guess the foreigners stand out a bit more in a side with Japanese players in it.

Fair point on the other countries' (see what i did there for the mybb job interview) imports
It must change though, but it won’t anytime soon. Rugby in Japan is nowhere close to a top sport in Japan. Soccer, baseball… that is where it is at, ethnic Japanese players are only exposed to the sport by the time they are 18. It is only since Rugby World Cup 2015 that they have started to introduce ‘more’ rugby at schools, and it only done to boost the game’s popularity running up to the Rugby World Cup they are hosting.

Also, more and more Tongans are going to Japan, which is good on education, but they will take over the rugby in the country as the larger player base.

The day the JRFU and the industrial league (Top League) decide to work together you won’t see their ‘top’ players exposed to the game, and those coaches who argues this are hypocrites in any case as all they do is to import players. The Top League is currently stacked with New Zealand players, but there are reasons…

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/sport/391169/nz-and-japan-rugby-a-blossoming-affair

NZ and Japan rugby: A blossoming affair

Sports Call - The connection between New Zealand and Japanese rugby is growing all the time, with partnerships popping up all over the place.

Not only is the Asian country, host of this year's World Cup, becoming a leading destination for New Zealand players and coaches, but Aotearoa is also hosting it's fair share of Japanese talent.

Shouts of Japanese can often be heard at the Hurricanes base in Wellington, with players and coaches from Top League side Ricoh training with the Super Rugby franchise as part of a three-year agreement.

Halfback Toshiya Takahashi is one of those players, also spending a second season with the Poneke club. He was assigned a team last year, but he enjoyed his time in Kilbirnie so much he asked to return.

"Everyone is very kind and keep calling me Toshi .... and get me involved in everything.

"We have some very close games last year and when Poneke [wins], it was a very good memory for me."



Hurricanes chief executive Avan Lee said their arrangement with Ricoh opens up commercial opportunities in the much larger Japanese market.

"Off the back of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, how well the Japanese performed to beat South Africa. Then they played Scotland in the next game and 25 million people watched it live in Japan. An All Blacks game in New Zealand, on average it will only be watched by 600,000 people live."

And It's not just at the top level, Rich Freeman is a Yokohama based journalist who's been covering rugby in Japan for 20 years.

He said Japanese players are playing high school rugby in New Zealand on a regular basis.

"A guy named Mark Ealey does a lot of work with St Bedes (Christchurch), which is where former Chiefs star and Japan captain Michael Leitch came from.

"Mark's son Nick is playing at Kobe Steelers in Japan as a first-five, one of Dan Carter's back-ups. Christchurch Boys' High have had a number of Japanese players over the years. There are a lot of Japanese kids going down to New Zealand now for secondary school."

Freeman believes those players are reaping the rewards of a New Zealand rugby education.

"The Japan under 20 team, that is going to be playing in the Pacific Cup this year, there's six Japanese kids in the squad that have their high school listed as New Zealand high school."
Who knows, maybe the All Blacks will be 30% Japanese in 10 years’ time :laugh:
 

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OT, but I see Warren Gatland has been named coach for the B&I Lions tour to SA in 2021. This will be his third tour as head of the Lions.
 

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I see Lappies recieved approval by World Rugby on his birthday to represent Japan at the Rugby World Cup. Only he and James Moore has been approved, don't know Hattingh's status.
 

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I was pleasantly surprised to hear this morning that Frans Steyn is back in the mix with the training squad. One can't leave a boot like that out of a RWC.
 

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I was pleasantly surprised to hear this morning that Frans Steyn is back in the mix with the training squad. One can't leave a boot like that out of a RWC.
That is excellent news. We need his x factor on field at all times
 

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I was pleasantly surprised to hear this morning that Frans Steyn is back in the mix with the training squad. One can't leave a boot like that out of a RWC.
I don't know hey. Seems like clinging to the past. We have better rugby players in any possible position that they can make Frans play. So why have him at all? Only to kick.
 
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