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Warburton backs well-drilled Wales to handle Howley setback

Wales assistant coach Rob Howley's departure from the Rugby World Cup over a possible breach of gambling rules would have been a serious distraction if it had happened closer to Monday's opener against Georgia, former captain Sam Warburton said.

Japan admit to nerves before World Cup opener

Japan scrumhalf Yutaka Nagare admitted that he and some of the other Brave Blossoms players are feeling the nerves ahead of the opening match of the Rugby World Cup against Russia on Friday.

Fukuoka, Mafi out of Japan’s World Cup opener v Russia

Japan will have to play the opening match of the Rugby World Cup against Russia on Friday without two of their key players – winger Kenki Fukuoka and loose forward Amanaki Mafi – after the pair failed to recover from injury in time.

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