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Terrific All Blacks Trounce Terrible Ireland

New Zealand have booked a Rugby World Cup semi-final date with England after demolishing Ireland in their quarter-final

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New Zealand have secured a semi-final with England after a dominant 46-14 win over Ireland in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Japan this afternoon.

A brace of tries from scrum-half Aaron Smith along with further five-pointers from Beauden Barrett, Codie Taylor, Matt Todd, George Bridge and Jordie Barrett saw the All Blacks ease to victory over a dismal Irish side who just never got going.

The ball switched hands early on but it was the All Blacks who struck first as Richie Mo’unga slotted over a penalty from the right-hand side of the posts to make it 3-0 five minutes in. 

Ireland responded well but their revival was short-lived as New Zealand came powering back to make their way into the Irish 22. From there they went through the phases close to the try-line before scrum-half Smith took a quick pick and go at the back of a ruck to touch down near the posts. Mo’unga added the easy extras to make it 10-0 after 14 minutes. 

With a quarter of the match gone New Zealand perfected a set-piece move from a scrum, spreading the ball out to the left-wing to Bridge who almost went in for a try but from the resulting ruck, Smith picked and dived over the line in the left-corner for his second-try. Mo’unga sent over the kick from the touchline to push the reigning champions further ahead. 

The men in green could not find a way into the game and just past the half hour mark they were even further behind as the ball was spilled from a tackle on Johnny Sexton. Mo’unga kicked ahead, before Beauden Barrett continued the move by kicking the ball along the ground again. 

Barrett raced forward to latch onto the ball in the right-corner to put the ball down for his side’s third try of the game. Mo’unga couldn’t provide the extra two this time around but Ireland looked down and out at 22-0. 

Ireland battled hard to try and register a score before the half-time whistle but their efforts failed as the All Blacks went in to the dressing rooms 22-0 up. 

Things only got worse for Ireland after the break as New Zealand hammered away at the opposition defence going through the motions over the opening stages of the half and rewarded eight minutes in. They went through phase after phase before captain Kieran Read broke through a gap before popping the ball up as he got tackled to Taylor, who went in under the posts. Mo’unga ensured the easy conversion went over to make it 29-0. 

As the clock ticked past the hour mark New Zealand made their dominance count again as a cross-field kick over to Sevu Reece who darted through the Irish 22, being held up just before the try-line, but from the ruck they popped the ball to substitute Matt Todd to barge over. Mo’unga missed the conversion this time around but Ireland looked out on their feet. 

With just over ten minutes remaining Ireland managed to get some points on the board as CJ Stander picked from the back of a five-metre scrum, passing to Robbie Henshaw, who dived under the posts to score the try. Joey Carbery converted to make it 34-7. 

That score kicked the All Blacks into action once more as they turned over a ruck in the middle of the pitch, breaking forward through Ardie Savea, who passed to sub Dane Coles, who sent a lovely offload to Bridge to charge over for another try. Mo’unga knocked over another two points. 

In what was a hectic final 10 minutes Ireland were awarded a penalty try three minutes from time as Todd prevented a certain try and received a yellow-card for his actions. 

The scoring wasn’t over there as New Zealand went up the other end of the pitch, winning a scrum before sending the ball to man of the match Beauden Barrett, who in turn launched a long-pass out to his brother Jordie, who dived over in the right-corner. The extras were missed with the last kick of the game as it finished 46-14 to the All Blacks.  

For Ireland it is the end of another disappointing World Cup campaign in what also closes the book on Joe Schmidt’s Ireland tenure as well captain Rory Best’s playing career. While for the All Blacks they will prepare for a semi-final with England next Saturday as they continue their bid to win a third successive Webb Ellis Cup. 

Player Ratings

New Zealand Starting XV:

Beauden Barrett (9), Sevu Reece (8), Jack Goodhue (7), Anton Lienert-Brown (7), George Bridge (7), Richie Mo’unga (8), Aaron Smith (8), Kieran Read (7), Sam Cane (7), Ardie Savea (8), Sam Whitelock (7), Brodie Retallick (8), Nepo Laulala (7), Codie Taylor (8), Joe Moody (8)

Replacements (8)

Ireland Starting XV:

Rob Kearney (4), Keith Earls (4), Gary Ringrose (6), Robbie Henshaw (6), Jacob Stockdale (5), Johnny Sexton (4), Conor Murray (5), CJ Stander (6), Josh van der Flier (6), Peter O’Mahony (5), James Ryan (6), Iain Henderson (6), Tadhg Furlong (6), Rory Best (5), Cian Healy (5)

Replacements (6)

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Match schedule and match officials confirmed for Rugby World Cup 2021 Europe Qualifier

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World Rugby has confirmed the match schedule and match officials for the Rugby World Cup 2021 Europe qualifier, which will be hosted in Parma’s Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi on 13, 19 and 25 September, 2021.

Scotland kick-off their qualification campaign against Italy on Monday 13 September (kick-off 2pm BST / 3pm local time), before facing Spain on Sunday 19 September (kick-off 5pm BST / 6pm local time). Scotland’s final match of the tournament will see them take on Ireland on Saturday 25 September (kick-off 5pm BST / 6pm local time).

The top team will secure a spot in Pool B at Rugby World Cup 2021, playing in 2022, and the runner-up will enter the Final Qualification Tournament.

An experienced team of match officials have been appointed for the tournament, including Aurelie Groizeleau (FFR), Nikki O´Donnell (RFU), Hollie Davidson (SRU), Clara Munarini (FIR), Maria Beatrice Benvenuti (FIR) and Maria Pacifico (FIR), alongside Television Match Officials Andrea Piardi, Gianluca Gnecchi and Stefano Penne (all FIR).

The opening match day will see Aurelie Groizeleau take charge of Scotland’s meeting with hosts Italy at 15:00 local time, before Nikki O´Donnell oversees Spain against Ireland at 18:00, the first test match between the sides since May 2008.

Hollie Davidson and Aurelie Groizeleau will take charge of day two matches when Italy face Ireland at 15:00, followed by Spain against Scotland at 18:00, respectively. Italy’s only victory in their last 18 meetings with Ireland came at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in February 2019, winning their last meeting on Italian soil 29-27.

While, Hollie Davidson and Clara Munarini will oversee the final match day when hosts Italy face Spain at 15:00, followed by Ireland v Scotland at 18:00 in their first meeting since February 2020. Italy and Spain have not met since Rugby World Cup 2017, Las Leonas winning their pool encounter 22-8 before the Azzurre avenged that defeat by winning their ninth place play-off 20-15.

Nine teams have already confirmed their place at Rugby World Cup 2021, including New Zealand, England, France, Canada, USA, Australia and Wales via their final ranking at Ireland 2017, and South Africa and Fiji who came through the Africa and Oceania regional qualification tournaments respectively.

Rugby World Cup 2021 Tournament Director Alison Hughes said: “We are delighted to confirm the match schedule and a highly qualified team of match officials for what promises to be three exciting and hotly contested matchdays in the Europe Qualifier as all four participating teams will be aiming to claim the prize of a place at Rugby World Cup 2021 in New Zealand alongside the best women’s 15s teams in the world. We continue to work in close partnership with the hosts and all participating unions to ensure we deliver a safe and secure event and give the players the opportunity to showcase their talents on the pitch.”

Source – Scotland Rugby

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Scene set for super-charged Rugby World Cup as new dates in 2022 confirmed

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  • Matches will take place between 8 October–12 November, 2022 in Auckland and Whangārei
  • RWC 2021 tournament window increases from 35 to 43 days (including 5 days ahead of first match)
  • Match schedule prioritises player welfare with five-day minimum rest days
  • Revamped format with all fixtures to be played on weekends with triple-header matches scheduled per day
  • New Rugby World Cup 2021 brandmark unveiled, including bespoke te reo Māori version for tournament promotion in New Zealand

Rugby World Cup 2021 will feature increased rest periods for all teams following World Rugby’s confirmation of the revised tournament dates which will now see New Zealand host the tournament between 8 October-12 November, 2022.

With the ambition of super-charging the schedule for players, fans and the host nation, the tournament window, including preparation ahead of the first match, will be extended from 35 to 43 days resulting in all teams having a minimum of five rest days between matches. This aligns with the approach recently approved for the men’s competition.

The extension of the tournament window, also allows for a revamped tournament format that will see all matches take place on Saturdays and Sundays, with no overlap, meaning fans will not miss a moment of the first women’s edition of a Rugby World Cup to be hosted in the southern hemisphere.

With the tournament starting later in the year, players and fans will benefit from warmer weather and longer daylight hours. The pool phase will be played on the weekends of 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23 October, 2022 at Eden Park, Northlands Events Centre in Whangārei and Waitakere Stadium.

The quarter-finals will take place on 29-30 October followed by semi-finals on Saturday, 5 November. The bronze final and RWC 2021 final will be played on Saturday, 12 November, with Eden Park set to create history by becoming the first stadium to host both the men’s and women’s Rugby World Cup finals.

A detailed match schedule and broadcast timings will be announced at a later date.

In addition to the revised tournament dates, World Rugby has also unveiled new tournament brandmarks retaining reference to 2021, the year the tournament was originally intended to take place, while conveying to fans and audiences that the tournament will now be played in 2022. A bespoke te reo Māori version of the new brandmark has also been designed for tournament promotion in New Zealand. This reflects the importance of te reo as an official language of Aotearoa, New Zealand and to signify the desire to celebrate the unique Māori culture for all those connected with the tournament.

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “We are fully committed to accelerating the women’s game at all levels and while the postponement was disappointing for everyone, it has provided the unique opportunity to review every aspect of the event to ensure it is the best it can be for the players, fans around the world and the wonderful and enthusiastic New Zealanders.

“Longer rest periods between matches for all teams is further commitment to delivering comprehensive player welfare standards at RWC 2021.

“I would like to thank all stakeholders for their support and open-minded approach to this process and we can now look forward to a truly spectacular Rugby World Cup 2021, playing in 2022.”

International Rugby Players appointee to the RWC Board, Melodie Robinson, said: “While it’s disappointing that the 2021 tournament had to be postponed, the positive is that we’ve been able to ensure the 2022 event and subsequent Rugby World Cups will have a minimum five-day turnaround for players. 

“Just like the men’s tournament, this will hopefully help to level the playing field for all sides and see an increase in competitive matches.”

Rugby World Cup 2021 Tournament Director Michelle Hooper said: “We are delighted that together with World Rugby we have been able to further super-charge the women’s game here in New Zealand with the confirmation of the new dates in 2022 and the amendments to the tournament format. We are excited to be hosting Rugby World Cup here in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

“The momentum for women’s sport is continuously building and we look forward to demonstrating this to the world through the unstoppable energy that will be on display during Rugby World Cup in 2022. We can’t wait to welcome the world’s best women’s rugby players to our shores and share the Manaakitanga so intrinsically linked to our people and our place and rugby in Aotearoa, New Zealand with them and their fans.”

In a commitment to delivering an outstanding Rugby World Cup 2021, playing in 2022, earlier this year World Rugby announced a £2 million funding package to support a Rugby World Cup 2021 high performance preparation and competition programme for qualified teams and teams still competing in the qualification process.

The programme will focus on providing teams with additional monetary support to deliver additional team training camps and coordinating international competition to give them the greatest opportunity to be at their best in New Zealand next year. Further details will be announced at a later stage.

Source – World Rugby

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