TOKYO: Namibia 0 New Zealand 0 at the Rugby World Cup! An improbable scoreline but one that could happen if their pool match is cancelled due to a typhoon.The disruption caused in Tokyo in the early hours of Monday (Sep 9) by powerful typhoon Faxai has reignited questions about contingency planning for the Rugby World Cup, which starts in just 11 days.Here are some of the key questions as one of the world's natural disaster hotspots prepares to host one of the world's biggest sporting events.WHAT HAPPENS IF A GAME IS CALLED OFF? The regulations vary depending on whether the match affected is during the pool stages or the knock-out phase of the competition.According to section three of World Rugby's tournament rules for Japan 2019: "Where a pool match cannot be commenced on the day in which it is scheduled, it shall not be postponed to the following day, and shall be considered as cancelled.""In such situations, the result shall be declared a draw and teams will be allocated two … [Read more...] about A tropical subject: Could typhoons hit Rugby World Cup?
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TOKYO: Japan rugby head coach Jamie Joseph promised the hosts would "give 150 per cent" to reach the World Cup final after naming his 31-man squad on Thursday (Aug 29).The "Brave Blossoms" will be at full strength when they face Russia in the tournament's curtain raiser in Tokyo on Sep 20 after talismanic captain Michael Leitch returned from injury at the recent Pacific Nations Cup."The team has set a goal of making the top eight for the first time in the history of Japanese rugby," Joseph told reporters."The staff and players will give 150 per cent - whether that's enough only time will tell."Our game is based around speed, skill and structure," added the former All Black. "But the key difference this year is we are fit enough now to play that game. We're training at a level of intensity that's 25 per cent higher than our matches - I think that's our key weapon."Japan famously won three games at the 2015 World Cup under Eddie Jones, including an astonishing 34-32 … [Read more...] about Rugby: Japan aim high with ‘super-fit’ Rugby World Cup squad
LONDON: The Women's Rugby World Cup in 2017 will be the last to bear that title with World Rugby announcing on Wednesday they are adopting a policy of gender neutrality for their tournaments.In what they say is "a first for a major sporting federation" the 2021 edition of the women's event in New Zealand will be known simply as Rugby World Cup 2021, with 'Women's' dropped from the title.This will be applied to their Sevens World Cup competitions as well - the men's tournaments have never specified gender.Other sports like hockey and football still term their showpiece events Women's Hockey World Cup and Women's Football World Cup."World Rugby has announced that its flagship 15s and sevens Rugby World Cup properties will no longer include gender in their titles, furthering its commitment to equality and brand consistency across its portfolio," read their statement."In a first for a major sporting federation, the women's designation will be dropped from Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 … [Read more...] about Women to get gender-neutral rugby World Cup from 2021
LONDON: World Rugby took a risk awarding Japan the hosting of the 2019 Rugby World Cup but it has turned out to be a great decision Brett Gosper, CEO of the sport's governing body, told AFP.The 60-year-old Australian added announcing two World Cup hosts as they did back in 2009, England won the right for the 2015 edition, should be something the World Rugby board considers doing on a permanent basis in the future.Gosper - speaking to AFP with just under 50 days to go to Japan playing Russia in the opening match in the sport's quadrennial showpiece - said it had been a courageous decision to go outside the sport's heartlands in awarding Asia the continent's first hosting of the tournament.Japan saw off competition from South Africa and Italy."World Rugby made a bold decision and as it turned out one of its soundest and great decisions," said Gosper, who has been in his post since 2012."They took a risk with Japan but it seems to be working out extremely positively."The … [Read more...] about Gamble on Japan hosting Rugby World Cup proved a winner: Gosper
TOKYO: When hosting an international rugby tournament and welcoming thirsty fans from around the world, the last thing you want to do is run out of beer.That's the message from Rugby World Cup bosses to Japanese hosts as they gear up for the global showcase that kicks off on September 20.Japan is the first Asian country to host the World Cup and may be unfamiliar with rugby culture, organisers said, including a healthy thirst for beer - before, during and after the action on the pitch.Rugby bosses have warned host cities about running out of ale, using anecdotes such as when Australian and Irish fans drank the city of Adelaide dry, forcing emergency supplies to be brought in from surrounding areas.Around two million litres of beer were downed at stadiums and nearby areas during the 2015 Rugby World Cup with rugby fans having a reputation for outdrinking their football counterparts.Rugby culture "is not widely known in Japan", admitted a spokesman for the World Cup organising committee, … [Read more...] about Beer fear: Japan urged to stock up for Rugby World Cup