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Pumas inspired by axed Sanchez for crunch England match

TOKYO (AP) — Argentina is using the selflessness of axed flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez to bond even more before it make-or-break Rugby World Cup match against England on Saturday. Argentin...

All Blacks relieved Retallick can annoy Namibia and not them

TOKYO (AP) — Brodie Retallick is available to play, and the All Blacks are relieved. Now he’s Namibia's problem. The former world player of the year will appear for...

All Blacks, Namibia giving 10s first starts at World Cup

TOKYO (AP) — In more than two years as an All Black, Jordie Barrett has never played flyhalf. New Zealand coach Steve Hansen asked him Friday to start there against Namibia in their ...

England face do-or-die Pumas to reach RWC quarterfinals

TOKYO (AP) — Argentina doesn’t have a choice. Beat England on Saturday, or it makes its earliest exit from a Rugby World Cup in 16 years. This was always going to b...

England face do-or-die Pumas to reach RWC quarterfinals

TOKYO (AP) — Argentina doesn't have a choice. Beat England on Saturday, or it makes its earliest exit from a Rugby World Cup in 16 years. This was always going to b...

Barrett, Barrett and Barrett score tries for All Blacks

OITA, Japan (AP) — They were the second trio of brothers to appear together in a Rugby World Cup match. But they were the first trio of brothers to appear together and all score trie...

New Zealand All Blacks pound Canada 63-0 at Rugby World Cup

OITA, Japan (AP) — Refreshed after an 11-day break, New Zealand gave Canada a 63-0 thrashing that was expected in the Rugby World Cup on Wednesday. The gulf in class between the defe...

All Blacks have enhanced haka for Rugby World Cup

OITA, Japan (AP) — If the All Blacks' pre-match haka against South Africa to open their Rugby World Cup defense appeared to have extra bite, it was deliberate. With New Zealand set t...

Eyes on the prize: Savea is the special one for All Blacks

OITA, Japan (AP) — The All Blacks lost ground and Ardie Savea turned around, sprinted back to the ruck, shrugged off a South African trying to clean him out, and snaffled the ball for a turnover. ...

Kerevi disappointed to cost team points for legit charge

TOKYO (AP) — Samu Kerevi was more disappointed to cost Australia three points against Wales in the Rugby World Cup than being penalized for a legitimate charge. In one of the flashpo...

Wallabies backup flyhalf inspires comeback vs Wales

TOKYO (AP) — The first substitution made by Australia was Matt To'omua into flyhalf. It was an inspired choice by coach Michael Cheika while his side was trailing Wales 26-8 after 44...

Patchell's tackle praised by Wales, criticized by Wallabies

TOKYO (AP) — One tackle brought him into the contest. Another tackle brought him contempt. Rhys Patchell had a special day at the Rugby World Cup. ...

Wales edge Wallabies to end 28 years of World Cup misery

TOKYO (AP) — Wales beat Australia in the Rugby World Cup for the first time in 28 years and earned the inside track for winning their pool in a pulsating 29-25 victory on Sunday. Wal...

At 38, Japan lock still a force in upset of Ireland

SHIZUOKA, Japan (AP) — You couldn't pick out the oldest player at this Rugby World Cup as Japan was bringing Ireland back to earth on Saturday. He was out there, though. ...

Late callup scores winning try as Japan stuns Ireland

SHIZUOKA, Japan (AP) — Kenki Fukuoka was supposed to be a spectator at Shizuoka Stadium. The star winger strained his calf three weeks ago, limped early out of the warmup match again...