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OITA, Japan (Reuters) - A brief exchange in Samoa's game against Ireland on Friday perfectly encapsulated the internal struggle rugby is undergoing as officials seek to make the game safer in the face of some confusion and some blank refusal by those playing it.
KUMAMOTO, Japan (Reuters) - England will have had an extra week to freshen up before their Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Australia but the teams' different preparations will mean little on matchday, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said on Monday.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's progress to the World Cup quarter-finals has not only enthralled the host nation but it has also made the heavyweights of the rugby world, including defending champions New Zealand, sit up and take notice.
KUMAMOTO, Japan (Reuters) - The gap between the haves and have-nots in international rugby has proved difficult to bridge for most tier-two nations but Uruguay can hold hope that they are moving in the right direction after a landmark World Cup.
(Reuters) - France coach Jacques Brunel has said his decision to send injured fullback Thomas Ramos home from the Rugby World Cup in Japan was the "best solution" for the squad, even though he was fit enough to play for his club Toulouse this weekend.
YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) - Japan captain Michael Leitch dedicated the team's 28-21 victory over Scotland at the Rugby World Cup on Sunday to those affected by the super typhoon which nearly forced the cancellation of the match.
KUMAMOTO, Japan (Reuters) - Wales coach Warren Gatland said the scrappy win over dogged Uruguay on Sunday was "not pretty" but it had put his team in a good place ahead of the quarter-final clash against France.
YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) - Japan produced a scintillating display of attacking rugby to beat Scotland 28-21 and reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals for the first time on Sunday, lifting the nation still reeling from the deadly impact of Typhoon Hagibis.
KUMAMOTO, Japan (Reuters) - A scrappy Wales were made to work hard for victory against Uruguay but prevailed with a bonus point 35-13 win in Kumamoto on Sunday to top Pool D and set up a World Cup quarter-final with three-times finalists France.
OSAKA (Reuters) - Tonga gave captain Siale Piutau the parting gift of a first victory of the Rugby World Cup with a 31-19 win over the United States on Sunday that left the Eagles pointless at the end of their campaign.