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Rugby: Bright future beckons for Uruguay after landmark World Cup

12:14am BST

KUMAMOTO, Japan The gap between the haves and have-nots in international rugby has proved difficult to bridge for most tier-two nations but Uruguay can hold hope that they are moving in the right direction after a landmark World Cup.

Scrappy Wales make hard work of Uruguay to reach quarters

13 Oct 2019

KUMAMOTO, Japan A scrappy Wales were made to work hard for victory against Uruguay but prevailed with a bonus point 35-13 win in Kumamoto on Sunday to top Pool D and set up a World Cup quarter-final with three-times finalists France.

Wallabies pass typhoon with 'terrible' karaoke

13 Oct 2019

KUMAMOTO, Japan As karaoke singers, Australia’s squad make fine rugby players, according to winger Reece Hodge, who would prefer to belt out the national anthem with his team mates during the World Cup quarter-finals.

Samoa bow out of World Cup with familiar regrets

13 Oct 2019

FUKUOKA, Japan Crippled by administrative chaos and a coaching merry-go-round through the World Cup cycle, Samoa arrived in Japan with an ambitious goal of reaching the knockout rounds.

Ireland's red-carded Aki devastated his World Cup may be over - Schmidt

12 Oct 2019

FUKUOKA, Japan Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said Bundee Aki was shattered that his Rugby World Cup could be over as he defended the centre's tackle that drew a red card in the 47-5 win over Samoa on Saturday.

Discipline problems haunt Samoa to the end

12 Oct 2019

FUKUOKA, Japan Eliminated Samoa's hopes of salvaging pride from a disappointing Rugby World Cup were dashed against Ireland on Saturday as an all-too-familiar rash of penalties hastened the Pacific islanders to a 47-5 loss.

Rugby-Discipline problems haunt Samoa to the end

12 Oct 2019

FUKUOKA, Japan, Oct 12 Eliminated Samoa's hopes of salvaging pride from a disappointing Rugby World Cup were dashed against Ireland on Saturday as an all-too-familiar rash of penalties hastened the Pacific islanders to a 47-5 loss.

UPDATE 2-Rugby-Ireland shrug off red card to thrash Samoa and reach quarters

12 Oct 2019

* Ireland to face New Zealand or South Africa in quarters (Adds quotes)

Rugby-Ireland shrug off red card to thrash Samoa, reach quarters

12 Oct 2019

FUKUOKA, Japan, Oct 12 Ireland played with 14 men for 50 minutes but still eased into the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with a seven try, 47-5 demolition of a ragged Samoa in their final Pool A match on Saturday.

Bruised Wales look to get job done against Uruguay

11 Oct 2019

FUKUOKA, Japan A Wales team still counting the cost of their bruising win over Fiji will look to grind through Uruguay in their final Pool D clash in Kumamoto on Sunday to secure top spot in the group and a kinder path through the knockout rounds.

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