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# rwc 2019

All time
Joe Schmidt to publish autobiography later this month
The former Ireland boss wrote the book himself, the publishers say.
# j lowe
'I don't think there's going to be much rugby played': Lowe hopes to see 'Boks topple England
The Leinster wing was disappointed to read about the All Blacks’ struggle against England.
# Return to Play
Wales' Biggar given all clear from second head knock to play France
Jonathan Davies was also named in Warren Gatland’s XV after shaking off a knee problem.
# brave blossoms
Scottish legal talk 'undermines' Japan's World Cup run, fumes Joseph
The fall-out from the cancellation of games at the tournament continues.
# Eye of the storm
Jones has little sympathy for typhoon-threatened Scots
“We had an idea it could happen and therefore you have to accumulate points in your games to put yourself in the right position,” the England boss says.
# The42 Rugby Weekly
A pack of problems: Are Ireland's forwards failing to match the intensity of the backs?
Today’s podcast suggests that the back are actually performing pretty well in Japan but are being let down by the pack.
# Depth
Scotland's Blair calls for bigger squads at Rugby World Cup
The Scots face Russia and Japan in the space of four days as they bid to reach the last eight.
# high-skilled
Analysis: Japan's skillful 1-3-2-2 attack central to shock win over Ireland
The skill level and structure of the hosts’ attack has instilled a confidence in their players, writes analyst Eoin Toolan.
# boks
South Africa rout Namibia 57-3 to get up and running
The Boks lost on the opening weekend to New Zealand.
# Act of foul play
Wallabies wing Hodge handed three-match ban for dangerous tackle
The 25-year-old will miss Australia’s remaining Pool D games after today’s World Rugby ruling.
# Onward
'Going to London on St Patrick's Day and winning the Grand Slam will probably never be repeated'
Rugby pundits remember an unforgettable moment in Irish sporting history.
# Body count
Late call-ups increasingly important as physical toll of Rugby World Cup grows
From D’Arcy to Boss, Ireland have had no shortage of late arrivals into their World Cup squad.
# lock
'There was always going to be a bit of backlash. I don't read it' - Kleyn
The 121kg Munster second row took pride in making his Ireland debut last month.
# Celtic cousins
Familiarity breeds contempt for old rivals Ireland and Scotland
‘They straight up just don’t get along’.
Huw Jones and Rory Hutchinson miss out as Scotland name squad for Japan
Forwards Josh Strauss, Matt Fagerson and Magnus Bradbury have also been omitted.
# Captain's run
Former Blackrock winger Artemyev to captain Russia at Rugby World Cup
Artemyev is one of eight survivors from the country’s debut World Cup appearance eight years ago.
# Save the Date
Join us for The42's Rugby World Cup Preview Night with James Lowe and Scott Fardy
We’re heading back to the Liberty Hall Theatre in Dublin on Wednesday 4 September.
Wales v Ireland, Rugby World Cup warm-up
Join us for minute-by-minute coverage from the Principality Stadium.
# turning japanese
Win tickets to Ireland's pre-Rugby World Cup farewell game against Wales
Join us for a special preview of the tournament with some of the sport’s big personalities.
# time for heroes
'This is the great thing about where Ireland are: It's actually harder to find things that can go wrong'
Gordon D’Arcy was worried about Ireland even before their trimming at Twickenham, but he still sees a way out of their current rut.
# Onward
'Celebrations turned to shrieks' - Remembering the drama as Ireland sealed back-to-back Six Nations titles
2015 witnessed Joe Schmidt’s men secure a second championship thanks to their record win in Murrayfield on the final day.
# Boks Clever
Felix Jones joins Rassie's Springboks backroom for Rugby World Cup
Jones, 32, handed short-term contract as defence consultant.
# Rugby World Cup
Shock in All Blacks' World Cup squad as 108-cap Owen Franks dropped
Ngani Laumape and Liam Squire also miss out on a place on the plane.
# Big Sam
Exeter Chiefs forward Skinner ruled out of Scotland's World Cup campaign
Sam Skinner won’t be travelling to Japan after sustaining a hamstring injury in Saturday’s win against France.
# Reunited
South Africa looking to appoint Felix Jones to coaching team - reports
The former Ireland international is close to becoming the Springboks attack coach under Rassie Erasmus.
# Onward
One day in Paris: BOD's farewell, Schmidt's first Six Nations crown and brilliance from Sexton
In the first instalment of ‘Onward’ with Volkswagen, we relive a great occasion for Irish rugby from 2014.
# the byrne legacy
Could Ross Byrne climb from 4th-choice out-half to Sexton's chief replacement before Japan?
With the Irish camp seriously concerned by Joey Carbery’s fitness, his former club team-mate may steal a march on his fellow Ireland backups.
# Blacklash
Hansen irked by 'dumb' indiscipline during All Blacks' thrashing of Wallabies
New Zealand retained the Bledisloe Cup thanks to today’s 36-0 victory against Australia at Eden Park.
# Revenge
All Blacks issue emphatic response in five-try trouncing of scoreless Wallabies
The overwhelming victory came just seven days after New Zealand’s record loss to the Australians.
# The42 Rugby Weekly
New Zealand or South Africa in the quarters? Thanks to Rassie, there's no longer an easier option
Bernard Jackman explains how the former Munster boss has turned things around in his native land.
# pressure's for tyres
Sonny Bill Williams tweets forceful response to insist he's not under pressure
He’s not rattled at all.
# Neighbours
Sonny Bill to sit out Bledisloe opener as New Zealand trim squad to 34
Shannon Frizell and Karl Tu’inukuafe are among the men to miss out as the window to reach the World Cup narrows.
# test run
Kolbe return among 12 changes for 'Boks as they take on New Zealand
After demolishing Australia, Rassie Erasmus will unleash his strongest available team this weekend.
# Dress rehearsal
All Blacks fired up for Wellington revenge against 'Boks
South Africa’s only win in eight Tests against the world champions came in New Zealand’s capital.
# rwc 2019
All Blacks recruit fashion's 'poet of black' to create their new World Cup jersey
Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto is behind the defending champions’ kit, which was unveiled today.
# Lock Stock
Toner returning to full fitness for career's final big stretch
The second row hopes to soon be back in full training ahead of what he expects to be his last World Cup.
# RWC2019
Former captains out in the cold as Eddie Jones brings England World Cup squad together
The former Japan boss has made exceptions in his initial squad, but Dylan Hartley is not one of them.
# time served
Wallaby hooker Latu given four-game ban for drink-driving
The Waratahs suspended the 26-year-old for two games after the incident, so the fourth match of his punishment will be played this weekend.
# move as one
'Pinnacle moment' - Wallabies will wear indigenous jersey at least once at World Cup
And it’s a pretty nice kit…
# gold standard
Pocock calls an end to his time with Brumbies and chases World Cup fitness
The Wallabies back row is struggling with a calf issue and his club have been unable to put a time frame on his return.