Ireland face New Zealand in World Cup quarter-finals

Brenda Watkins
October 14, 2019

Canada will leave winless for the second straight tournament, with the weather tying its hands this time. "It was fun. Today we've been in the gym and setting ourself up for the week ahead. We'll definitely become a better team because of it". "There have been landslides and flooding in the vicinity of the stadium and along access roads to the venue following torrential rain throughout the night". The first Rugby World Cup in Asia has been a special one for Japan, but has also been heartbreaking for the host nation. That test begins next week against two-time champion South Africa. "We're coming out to win".

In canceled games, two points will be awarded to each team, in line with tournament rules.

They aim to do this through schemes such as holding rugby lessons in Japanese schools in the host cities of the World Cup and investing in the growth of local teams.

Namibia coach Phil Davies, a former Welsh worldwide, backed the "logical" cancellation given "safety is paramount".

"Tonight we went another level", said Japan coach Jamie Joseph.

While the teams were tied at two points apiece, Namibia finished fourth in the pool ahead of Canada on points difference (minus-141 for Namibia and minus-163 for Canada).

Su Carty, who sits on the World Rugby council and the committee of the Irish Rugby Football Union, reflected on the defeat, saying: "It was a tough day for the Irish, but an wonderful day for Japan and an incredible day for the tournament".

"I think that would have given us a sense of an outcome".

Added Jones: "It is what it is".

"Right now it is a bit of an empty feeling", said the Welshman. About 19, 18 of these players will have the ability to play in 2023. So just getting on the field was a victory of sorts.

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NHK showed fields and vast residential areas in parts of central and eastern Japan covered in brown water, with some of the worst damage caused by Chikuma river in Nagano prefecture.

"There's a bunch of Canadian guys that have rented a house here, made it a "Canada House", so we'll do whatever we can to help". Few could have predicted just how good they would be. "Same for the families of the players here and the travelling support".

What a performance. Before the start of the World Cup, many people felt Japan had a chance of pulling off an upset. They have lost their last eight tournament matches, outscored 387-87 in the process.

The statistics for the opening 40 minutes did not lie: Japan beat 21 defenders, enjoyed 74 percent of possession and 75 percent of the rugby was played in the opposition half.

The match was recorded as a 0-0 draw, both teams awarded two points - which meant Canada finished bottom of Pool B.

The decisive Pool A match had been in doubt after two Saturday fixtures were cancelled due to safety concerns surrounding Typhoon Hagibis.

Japan and Scotland were set to meet in a crunch Rugby World Cup clash on Sunday after getting the late go-ahead despite chaos caused by Typhoon Hagibis, which claimed at least 20 lives.

Attention focused on Fukushima, where Tokyo Electric Power Co overnight reported irregular readings from sensors monitoring water in its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which was crippled by the 2011 quake and tsunami.

Gold is hopeful of the knock-on effect of the newly formed Major League Rugby, hopeful that the USA will nail down specific elements of its game - like defense and the set-piece - and hopeful the US might bid and get to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup.

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