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Scottish Rugby Issue Strong Typhoon Statement

Scottish Rugby have issued a statement with regards to Typhoon Hagibis and they are fully expecting their team to have the chance to reach the quarter-finals

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Scottish Rugby have issued a statement with regards to the possibility of their clash with Japan being cancelled and fully expect World Rugby to make the match go ahead despite Typhoon Hagibis.

World Rugby announced earlier today that both England’s game with France and New Zealand’s match with Italy will be cancelled on Saturday and that they will continue to monitor the situation regarding Sunday’s crucial Pool A match.

However, a Scottish Rugby spokesperson has told the media that they expect the fixture to be played in order to allow the team the chance to progress to the quarter-finals no matter what the circumstances are. 

“We are in regular dialogue with World Rugby at all levels to work to ensure our fixture against Japan on Sunday can be played as planned. Public safety is the clear priority. With potential impact on our last Pool A fixture, Scottish Rugby fully expects contingency plans to be put in place to enable Scotland to contest for a place in the quarter-finals on the pitch, and will be flexible to accommodate this,” the spokesman said. 

Any games that are being cancelled will see the fixture be put down as a 0-0 draw and both teams receiving two points. That system has already seen Italy denied the chance to cause a major upset against New Zealand and progress, with the All Blacks now going through as Pool B winners and South Africa runners-up.

While England will top Pool C and France come second as the French won’t have the opportunity to switch places with a win over their pool rivals. 

Sunday’s clash is however the biggest game this weekend with both teams in with a chance of progressing and it would be a shame for neither to have an opportunity to prove they should make the knock-out stages. 

Hopefully the game will go ahead as planned, but if not it would be a cruel blow to Scotland and after the statement one can imagine it would cause huge backlash from their camp.

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Wales Provide Update on Injured Stars

Wales have given an update on a couple of their key men, including one that they will need to make it through to the Rugby World Cup final

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Wales have confirmed that they believe both Jonathan Davies and Hadleigh Parkes will be fit in time for Sunday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final against South Africa in Japan.

It is a huge boost for a Welsh team that are looking to progress to the final and be in with a chance of lifting their first ever Webb Ellis Cup. 

Davies’ was a noticeable absentee during his side’s narrow 20-19 victory over France in the quarter-finals, showing his importance to the team as they seemed to lack a certain amount of leadership without him. Meanwhile his centre partner Parkes has been playing despite having a broken bone in his hand and a shoulder injury. 

However, Wales’ skills coach Neil Jenkins has full confidence that both will be available come Sunday. 

“I think they will be (ok to play). As the week progresses, they will go through what they need to go through, they will train with us as normal, and I would like to think they will take a full part in training this week, and obviously make themselves available for selection on Sunday. These games don’t come around very often. I think sometimes, even if your leg is hanging off, you need to strap it yourself to get yourself right. I am sure they will do that this week,” he said. 

In Davies’ absence Owen Watkin stepped in and Jenkins believes that he did his job on the day but recognised that Davies is a key man to the team and that he will be needed if they are to stand a chance against the Boks. 

“It’s an important game on Sunday and we need all hands on deck to get through that match. Owen stepped up, he has been there before for us. He is an exceptional talent and did pretty well. But Jon is a world class player and you need your world class players fit and hopefully he will be available for selection. We will see how it goes this week,” he added. 

Wales could do with a bit of luck after seeing Josh Navidi’s tournament ended after Sunday’s clash due to a hamstring injury. However, instead of bringing in another back-rower to replace him they decided to bring in back Owen Lane as a precaution should one of their centres be ruled out. 

The hope will be that they will be at full-strength come the weekend as they prepare to face off against one of the most powerful international side’s on the planet. With both Parkes and Davies strong in defence their presence is vital as the men in red look to march on to the grand finale.

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Jones Makes Spy Claims After England Training

England head coach Eddie Jones has made some big claims following his side’s training session earlier today

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England head coach Eddie Jones has claimed that someone was spying on his team’s training session earlier today in Japan.

Jones’ England are preparing for the biggest game of their Rugby World Cup campaign so far as they face the All Blacks on Saturday. However, Jones has made a claim that someone was filming his side during training but that he has nothing to hide. 

“There was definitely someone in the apartment block (across from the training ground) filming, it might have been a Japanese fan. You just don’t need to do it anymore. You can watch everyone’s training on Youtube. There’s absolutely no value in that anymore. Don’t care, mate. Don’t care. We knew from the start that they were filming and it doesn’t change anything we do. We have two security guards – Prince Harry’s… and the ex-Prime Minister’s. Only those two. Lovely blokes,” he said. 

The Aussie also admitted that he used to spy on team’s years ago but that he doesn’t see the point anymore. 

“We used to do it [secretly film opposition training sessions]. I haven’t done it since 2001. There’s no need. Everyone knows what everyone else does. There are no surprises in world rugby anymore,” he added. 

In a press conference filled with madness from Jones he also stated that most of New Zealand’s media reporters are “fans with keyboards”. 

Jones is known for playing mind-games before matches and has heaped the pressure on the All Blacks saying that his side have nothing to lose while their opposition have the weight of the world on their shoulders and it will be tough for them to be mentally prepared. 

“We don’t have any pressure, mate. No one thinks we can win. There are 120 million Japanese people out there whose second team are the All Blacks. They [the All Blacks] have got to be thinking, they’re looking for a third straight World Cup, so there will be pressure there. I don’t think they are vulnerable but the pressure is real. The busiest guy for them will be Gilbert Enoka. They will be talking about it the whole week. It’s potentially the last game for their greatest ever coach (Steve Hansen), and for their greatest ever captain (Kieran Read),” he finished. 

England and Jones will need to play the perfect game on Saturday when they take on the All Blacks on Saturday as the Kiwi’s are chasing a third successive Rugby World Cup title and it looks as though Jones will be trying to unsettle them before a ball is even kicked.

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Hansen Explains Read’s Absence at Training

All Blacks captain Kieran Read was nowhere to be seen during the team’s training on Tuesday but head coach Steve Hansen has explained the situation

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All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has confirmed that captain Kieran Read did not train with the rest of the squad today as a precaution to an injury he picked up against Ireland on Saturday.

New Zealand are preparing for their Rugby World Cup semi-final showdown with England on Saturday and while the rest of the squad were training Read was absent with concerns growing over his availability but Hansen insists that the back-rower will be fit for the last-four clash. 

“There is no issue. You didn’t see him train because he was in the gym on the bike. He got a tight calf from the game the other day and we didn’t want to put him out on a wet track today. Yeah, 100 per cent,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Hansen has admitted that replacement forward Matt Todd will definitely not be available this weekend due to injury but should be in contention for next weekend. 

“He is making good progress but not fast enough so he won’t be available (for the England game). He should be right if we are lucky enough to play another game next week,” he added. 

With the game seeing two of the games best coaches line-up against each other in Eddie Jones and Hansen, the latter thinks that it would be stupid not to expect his opposite number to have a few tricks up his sleve ahead of the game. 

“We got the same question from the Irish last week. You’ll be naïve as a coach not to expect the opposition to do something different. That is their job. You practise it and you implement it. If it works, you are a superstar and if it doesn’t you’re an idiot. It’s a fine line we live, us coaches,” he finished. 

New Zealand are looking to make it to yet another World Cup final with victory on Saturday as they continue their quest to win three Webb Ellis Cup’s in a row. However, they know that it will be no easy task against an English side in full flight and fans will be hoping their star captain will be available when the teams are announced later in the week.

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