Men's rugby union

New Zealand's George Bridge, left, taps the ball against South Africa's Eben Etzebeth during the Rugby World Cup Pool B game at International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
October 03, 2019 - 3:34 am
SHIZUOKA, Japan (AP) — The Springboks have maintained their focus on a crucial Rugby World Cup game against Italy, captain Siya Kolisi said Thursday, amid an internal investigation into allegations that teammate Eben Etzebeth physically and racially abused someone in a late-night incident in South...
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The All Blacks perform a haka ahead of the Rugby World Cup Pool B game at International Stadium between New Zealand and South Africa in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)
October 01, 2019 - 3:59 am
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 to play its second pool match in the tournament on Wednesday against Canada in Oita, the All Blacks say they've been...
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The United States players bow to the crowd following the Rugby World Cup Pool C game at Kobe Misaki Stadium against England in Kobe, Japan, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. England won 45-7. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
October 01, 2019 - 1:14 am
FUKUOKA, Japan (AP) — Facing France at the Rugby World Cup on Wednesday has extra importance for veteran United States prop Eric Fry. The 32-year-old from California has been playing his club rugby in the second-tier Pro D2 league in France with Brittany-based team Vannes since 2016. "It's a very...
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Players of Fiji, in white, and Uruguay, in blue, observe a silence of one minute for the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, ahead of a Rugby World Cup Pool D match in Kamaishi, northern Japan, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. In the small fishing town, more than 1,000 were killed by the earthquake and tsunami. (Naoto Osato/Kyodo News via AP)
September 25, 2019 - 7:07 am
KAMAISHI, Japan (AP) — Just 90 minutes after Uruguay shook the Rugby World Cup with an upset win over Fiji, the venue in Kamaishi was shaken for real by a moderate earthquake on Wednesday. The quake was clearly felt by everyone still at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, a frightening reminder of...
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USA rugby team player David Ainu'u arranges his hair before the start of training at the Kobe Misaki Stadium during the Rugby World Cup in Kobe, western Japan on Wednesday Sept. 25, 2019. USA will play against England tomorrow in their Pool C game. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
September 25, 2019 - 3:14 am
KOBE, Japan (AP) — David Ainu'u is, um, David. Dan Cole is Goliath. That's one battle that encapsulates the United States. vs. England game at the Rugby World Cup: 19-year-old American prop Ainu'u, with eight test caps and even less top-level club games, vs. the grizzled, vastly experienced Cole,...
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Nodoka Kikuchi, a tour guide, shows map of Kamaishi city, at a memorial set up near the rugby stadium to commemorate the 2011 earthquake and tsunami Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Fiji plays Uruguay on Wednesday, Sept. 25, in a Rugby World Cup match in Kamaishi.(AP Photo/Steve Wade)
September 24, 2019 - 9:10 am
KAMAISHI, Japan (AP) — Nodoka Kikuchi's job as a tour guide at the Tsunami Memorial Hall is to detail the earthquake and deadly tsunami that hit this part of Japan's northeast coast almost nine years ago. A student then at East Kamaishi Junior High School, she and her classmates fled from the...
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Tonga's James Faiva, top, collides with New Zealand's Jordie Barrett, bottom, during their rugby test match in Hamilton, New Zealand, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. The All Blacks defeated Tonga 92-7. (Andrew Cornaga/Photosport via AP)
September 20, 2019 - 5:21 am
SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — No matter the score, if Nasi Manu gets on the field for Tonga in the Rugby World Cup game against England on Sunday it'll be a triumph. In many ways it already is. The 31-year-old Manu is on the brink of playing his first game at the World Cup, and first since being diagnosed...
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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2016, file photo, Fiji's Leone Nakarawa, center, catches the ball during an international rugby union test match between Fiji and Japan at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes, western France. Teams from the Pacific islands are immensely popular around the world and their appearances at the Rugby World Cup are likely to attract large and admiring crowds. But an appreciative welcome won't disguise the fact that the Pacific nations begin the tournament under a considerable handicap. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)
September 18, 2019 - 9:36 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Fiji captain Leone Nakarawa has made the transition from 15-a-side to rugby sevens to pick up an Olympic gold medal and now he's back again in the traditional format aiming to take his country further than ever at the World Cup. Olympic rugby players will be contesting the Rugby World...
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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2019, file photo, Samoa's rugby team players perform during a welcome ceremony for their team in Yamagata, northern Japan, ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Samoan rugby players will wear skin suits to cover their traditional Pacific Islander tattoos during some training sessions at the World Cup in order not to offend their Japanese hosts.(Kyodo News via AP, File)
September 18, 2019 - 2:32 am
YAMAGATA, Japan (AP) — Samoan rugby players will wear skin suits to cover their traditional tattoos during some training sessions at the World Cup in order not to offend their Japanese hosts. Samoa captain Jack Lam said team officials consulted an expert on Japanese culture to make sure tattooed...
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England's Mark Wood, center, celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson during the Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and England in Chester-le-Street, England, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
July 13, 2019 - 6:18 am
LONDON (AP) — New Zealand and England have waited four years for this moment, for this life-changing shot at redemption. For the Kiwis, the Cricket World Cup final at Lord's on Sunday is a chance to avenge their drubbing at the hands of Australia in the 2015 showpiece. It was their first World Cup...
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