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Springboks Bounceback from Defeat to Destroy Namibia

South Africa sealed a big win over Namibia as they continue their bid to reach the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup



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South Africa have seen off Namibia 57-3 in what was an impressive performance in Pool B of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. 

Tries from Francois Louw, Schalk Brits, Lukhanyo Am, Warrick Gelant, Siya Kolisi and braces for both Bongi Mbonambi and Makazole Mapimpi saw South Africa rack up the biggest score of any team so far in this year’s tournament. 

The Springboks started the game at a blistering pace and camped within the Namibian 22, as the penalties began to build up in the early stages. 

South Africa’s pack showed its dominance winning a scrum against the head and dominating another couple before kicking to touch where they won the line-out and drove over through hooker Mbonambi. Jantjies adding the extras to make it 7-0 after 10 minutes. 

Five minutes later and the Boks were in again through a similar tactic as Louw barrelled his way over the line. Jantjies was unsuccessful with his conversion this time around. 

Things got worse for Namibia a minute on as No 8 Adriaan Booysen was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on. 

The Springboks took full advantage and flurry of scoring continued with Mbonambi going over for his second try of the game with only 17 minutes on the clock from another line-out maul. This time Jantjies was perfect from the tee to stretch the lead out to 19-0. 

Namibia got on the board through the boot of Cliven Loubser, from a penalty. 

However, the Boks secured their bonus-point on 26 minutes as Gelant ran through the defence before passing out left to Mapimpi, who raced over for a try in the corner. Jantjies mixed kicking continued as he clipped the ball off the right post with the conversion and wide keeping the score at 24-3. 

The Namibians looked the better of the two sides over the next ten minutes but failed to make that advantage count. Instead it was the Boks who finished the half on a high as some beautiful handling in open play led to captain Schalk Brits offloading to Am beside the line and the centre waltzed over for the score. Jantjies slotted the conversion over to leave it at 31-3 come half-time. 

It took only eight minutes for South Africa to record their opening try of the second-half, with a lovely Boks break ending with Gelant getting the final touchdown. Jantjies converted the kick from the right-hand side to extend the lead. 

Mapimpi got over for his second try five minutes on from a wonderful move off a line-out as he received the ball on the inside shoulder and sprinted through a gap in the defence to score. Jantjies converted once more. 

Another five minutes on and substitute Kolisi was in for a try as the Boks spread the ball wide for him to walk in for an easy five-pointer. Jantjies missed another conversion, but the Springboks were up to 50. 

On 63 minutes things got from bad to worse for Namibia as replacement prop Johan Coetzee was sin-binned for obstruction and from the resulting penalty Brits got in on the try scoring act from a maul. Jantjies made it 57-3 with the conversion and that was the final score of the game as the intensity died down as the match game to a close. 

The win sees the Boks bounce-back from their 23-13 loss to the All Blacks last weekend and puts them back on course in their attempt to reach the last eight of the tournament. 

Next up for the Springboks is a crucial clash against Italy on Friday, who currently sit top of the pool, while for Namibia things only get harder as they take on the All Blacks next Sunday. 

Springboks Player Ratings

Starting XV: 

Warrick Gelant (8), Sbu Nkosi (7), Lukhanyo Am (7), Frans Steyn (7), Makazole Mapimpi (8), Elton Jantjies (7), Herschel Jantjies (7); Schalk Brits (8), Kwagga Smith (7), Francois Louw (7), Lood de Jager (9), RG Snyman (7), Vincent Koch (7), Bongi Mbonambi (8), Tendai Mtawarira (7)

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



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.  

Statement Ends.

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RWC 2023 Pools 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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