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Scotland Blow Away Tired Looking Russia

Scotland have set up a showdown with Japan on Sunday for a quarter-final spot after overseeing a comfortable win over Russia

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Scotland sealed a 61-0 bonus-point win this morning over Russia in Pool A of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Needing a to rack up a big victory to stay in contention for a quarter-final spot the Scots did just that with a hat-trick of tries from George Horne, along with a brace from Adam Hastings adding to efforts from George Turner, Tommy Seymour, John Barclay and Stuart McInally. 

Both teams started well with the ball staying in play for most of the opening stages, but despite Russia having a good opening it was Scotland who went ahead on 14 minutes after winning a scrum against the head inside the opposition 22. 

From the resulting scrum they sent the ball out to Hastings who dummy passed before breaking breaking through a gap in the defence to go over for the games first try. He converted his own score to make it 7-0. 

Five minutes later and the fly-half was at the centre of the action again as he kicked ahead, racing onto the loose ball to kick forward once more and diving on the ball in the in-goal area for his second of the game, which he again converted. 

Less than three minutes on and Scotland had try number three with Russia winning their own line-out five-metres out from their own line, but then sending a pass to the backs which was intercepted by Horne, who touched down. Hastings added the extras once more. 

Russia held out for the remainder of the opening half as Scotland went in 21-0 up come the whistle. 

Five minutes into the second-half and Scotland had the bonus-point try they needed and deserved, with Darcy Graham catching a kick inside his own 22 before darting forward and after some nice handling the ball found its way to Horne for the try. Hastings was perfect from the tee again. 

With just under half an hour remaining the Russians began to tire and Scotland took full advantage as they drove forward from a line-out maul before Turner broke away from the back and charged over, with Hastings putting two more points on the board. 

A few minutes later and Scotland were in once again as Blair Kinghorn sent a lovely kick through the Russian 22 for Seymour to dive on the ball for another Scottish try. Hastings made it six from six from the tee. 

Moments later and and Horne was on the end of a great break from Scotland diving over in the left-hand corner for his hat-trick. This time Hastings couldn’t convert but it was 47-0 with little over 20 minutes remaining. 

The Russians managed to hold out for the next 15 minutes before Barclay made a fantastic break through the defensive line and fake passed to get past the final defender and touched down under the posts. Hastings made no mistake this time around with the kick. 

With a minute left replacement McInally ran in for a try in the right-hand corner to stretch the lead. Hastings slotted over the touchline conversion for the final points of the game leaving it at 61-0. 

The victory now means that Scotland have a chance to go through to the quarter-finals if they beat hosts Japan on Sunday in what will be a shootout for the last-eight. While for Russia they conclude their tournament with their heads held high after putting in some good performances throughout the tournament. 

Scotland Player Ratings

Starting XV:

Blair Kinghorn (7), Tommy Seymour (7), Duncan Taylor (7), Pete Horne (8), Darcy Graham (8), Adam Hastings (9), George Horne (9); Gordon Reid (7), George Turner (7), Zander Fagerson (7), Scott Cummings (7), Ben Toolis (8), John Barclay (8), Fraser Brown (6), Ryan Wilson (7)

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Women’s Rugby World Cup looks set to be postponed.

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World Rugby has made the difficult decision to recommend the postponement of Rugby World Cup 2021, scheduled to be hosted in New Zealand between 18 September-16 October, until next year. The recommendation will be considered by the Rugby World Cup Board and World Rugby Executive Committee on 8 and 9 March respectively.Play Video

While appreciating the recommendation is extremely disappointing for teams and fans, it has their interests at heart, and gives the tournament the best opportunity to be all it can be for them, all New Zealanders and the global rugby family.

The recommendation is based on the evolution of the uncertain and challenging global COVID-19 landscape. It has become clear in recent discussions with key partners including New Zealand Rugby, the New Zealand Government and participating unions, that, given the scale of the event and the COVID-19-related uncertainties, it is just not possible to deliver the environment for all teams to be the best that they can be on the sport’s greatest stage.  

The challenges include uncertainty and the ability for teams to prepare adequately for a Rugby World Cup tournament both before and on arrival in New Zealand, and challenging global travel restrictions. 

World Rugby can assure teams, New Zealanders and the global rugby family that the recommendation to postpone the tournament will help to ensure that Rugby World Cup 2021 will be all it can be next year for players, fans and the rugby family – one of the great Rugby World Cups.

Further updates will be issued following the Rugby World Cup Board and World Rugby Executive Committee meetings next week.  

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RWC 2023 Pools confirmed.

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Confirmed.

How the draw worked

As host nation, France was drawn first and placed randomly in one of the four pools. The teams were then drawn randomly from each band, starting with Band 5 (Africa 1, Oceania 1, Asia / Pacific 1, Final Qualifier Winner), then Band 4 (Americas 1, Americas 2, Europe 1, Europe 2), then Band 3 (Scotland, Argentina, Fiji and Italy), then Band 2 (Ireland, (France), Australia, Japan) and finally Band 1 (South Africa, New Zealand, England, Wales). The first drawn in each band was placed in Pool A, the second in Pool B, the third in Pool C and the fourth in Pool D.


Draw seedings

Twelve of the 20 teams qualified automatically by finishing in the top three places of their Rugby World Cup 2019 pool. These 12 teams are: South Africa, New Zealand, England, Wales, Ireland, France, Australia, Japan, Scotland, Argentina, Fiji and Italy. Acknowledging the global COVID-19 impact on international rugby in 2020, these teams were seeded based on the World Rugby Men’s Rankings as of 1 January, 2020 and placed into the first three bands of four teams.

The remaining eight teams will come through the regional qualification process and were allocated for the draw into bands four and five based on relative strength. They are: Americas 1, Americas 2, Europe 1, Europe 2, Africa 1, Oceania 1, Asia / Pacific 1 and the Final Qualifier Winner.

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Qualification process set for Rugby World Cup 2023

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  • Process designed to promote regional strength and the best teams to rugby’s showcase event
  • 12 teams already qualified owing to top three pool placing at RWC 2019
  • RWC 2023 on track to be a spectacular celebration of rugby and France


World Rugby has announced details of the qualification process for Rugby World Cup 2023 in France.

Following the most competitive and widely-acclaimed Rugby World Cup to date in Japan, the qualification process is designed to deliver the top teams in the world to rugby’s showcase tournament, while promoting a genuine opportunity for all unions.

With 12 teams having secured their place at France 2023 courtesy of finishing in the top three of their respective pools at RWC 2019, the remaining eight places will be determined by a process of regional and cross-regional qualifiers. The process will conclude with a four-team round-robin Final Qualification Tournament in November 2022 to determine the final qualifier.

The dates for events in 2021 will be announced in due course and will be subject to an anticipated easing of the COVID-19 situation.

The announcement follows consultation with unions and regions in January 2020 and a full review of performance at Rugby World Cup 2019, where rankings upsets and the impressive performances in particular of Japan, Fiji, Uruguay, Tonga and Georgia cut the performance gap, with the average winning margin between established and emerging unions decreasing in comparison with 2015 benchmarks.

The Americas will deliver two direct places, while Oceania will deliver a direct qualifier with a further direct place available following a play-off with Asia. The Rugby Europe Championship (two direct places), Rugby Africa Cup (one direct place) and Final Qualification Tournament (one direct place) will provide the other qualifiers. Further details are provided below.

RWC 2023 qualification principles

  • Americas: the Americas will qualify two teams by September 2022. The third best team in the region will enter the Final Qualification Tournament – Americas 1 & Americas 2
  • Europe: the existing Rugby Europe Championship will have two qualifying places, with the two best teams in March 2022 qualifying directly and the third placed entering the Final Qualification Tournament – Europe 1 & Europe 2 
  • Africa: the Rugby Africa Cup 2022 winner will qualify directly and the runner-up team will go to Final Qualification – Africa 1
  • Oceania: a home and away play-off between Tonga and Samoa in 2021 will determine the direct qualifier for the Oceania region. – Oceania 1
    The loser will then play the Oceania Rugby Cup 2021 winner in the highest ranked team’s country with the eventual winner contesting Asia / Pacific (see below) as Oceania 2
  • Asia / Pacific: the winner of the Asian Rugby Men’s Championship 2021 will play Oceania 2 home and away. The winner on aggregate will determine the qualifier and the loser will go to Final Qualification – Asia / Pacific 1
  • Final Qualification Tournament: the tournament in November 2022 will feature four teams playing in a round-robin format with the winner qualifying for RWC 2023 – Final Qualification winner


Teams already qualified: South Africa, England, New Zealand, Wales, Japan, France (host), Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Argentina, Fiji

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “With the global pandemic having halted most rugby activity, confirmation of the global qualification process for Rugby World Cup 2023 provides a beacon of excitement for all, including players and fans.

“The process that has been developed via full consultation with our regional associations and member unions will provide a genuine opportunity for full member unions to qualify for our showcase men’s 15s event.

“Maximising existing regional competitions, the process is good for regions and unions in managing costs for organisers and participants alike, which is important as we all recover from the global pandemic.

“On behalf of World Rugby, I’d like to wish all teams involved the best of luck on their journey to France 2023.”

Rugby World Cup France 2023 CEO Claude Atcher added: “This qualification process gives emerging unions an opportunity to take part in our sport’s biggest competition.

“The success of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan and performances by the host nation is a testimony of rugby’s expansion globally. As the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic is about to be won, I welcome this optimistic prospect of reconnecting with the excitement of our sport. This is the start of our journey towards France 2023, which will be the best tournament ever delivered.”

Final details of the regional competition formats and dates will be announced in due course.

Official Press Release from World Rugby

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