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The Rugby World Cup is now only days away and Talking Rugby Union has teamed up with PureVPN as the showpiece event in Japan draws ever closer.
16 September 2019

England v Italy: The Verdict

Chris Heal delivers his verdict on England's 'strange' final World Cup warm-up victory over Italy in Newcastle.
6 September 2019

Mapimpi hat-trick powers South Africa to 7-41 win over Japan

Makazole Mapimpi scored a hat-trick as South Africa trounced Japan 7-41 in their final warm-up game before the World Cup at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium on Saturday.
6 September 2019

South Africa name experienced matchday squad for Japan clash

South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus has named an experienced line-up for the upcoming World Cup warm-up game against Japan to be played in Kumagaya on 6th September.
3 September 2019

Georgia on our minds: 8 talking points for Scotland ahead of Tbilisi test and World Cup selection

For Scotland’s rugby players, the next few days are massive and Gary Heatly assesses the importance of their penultimate warm-up match against Georgia on Saturday evening.
30 August 2019

Japan confirm squad for World Cup

Japan head coach Jamie Joseph has confirmed a 31-man squad for the upcoming World Cup on their home soil that kicks-off next month.
29 August 2019

Howe’s about that: Role model Pete Horne is pushing hard for his second World Cup

Pete Horne has been picked to start for Scotland this weekend against France - and it is certain that everyone at Howe of Fife’s Duffus Park will be cheering him on from afar.
23 August 2019

Japan win Pacific Nations Cup with 20-34 win over USA

Japan will head into the World Cup brimming with confidence after they went on to win the Pacific Nations Cup following their 20-34 win over USA at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.
10 August 2019

George Ford: Warm-up games will challenge us in different ways

Having made his debut against Wales and faced Warren Gatland’s side during the disastrous 2015 World Cup campaign, George Ford is looking forward to facing England’s old rivals again on Sunday.
9 August 2019

England squad selection won’t 'swing' on Wales game

Neal Hatley has insisted England’s opening World Cup warm-up match against Wales will not have a major impact on squad selection.
8 August 2019

‘Outstanding’ Dombrandt impressing England coaches

John Mitchell admits Alex Dombrandt has been ‘quite outstanding’ during his time with the England squad as Eddie Jones’ side continue to prepare for the Rugby World Cup.
30 July 2019

Japan planning for launch of new pro rugby league - Katsuyuki Kiyomiya

Japan Rugby Football Union vice president Katsuyuki Kiyomiya said a plan to unveil a new professional rugby league is on track for the autumn of 2021.
29 July 2019

Japan kick-start World Cup preparations with 34-21 win over Fiji

Japan kick-started their preparations for the World Cup with a 34-21 win over Fiji in their opening game of the Pacific Nations Cup in Kamaishi.
28 July 2019

Introducing the 2019 Rugby World Cup ball

With the excitement continuing to build ahead of the Rugby World Cup, the competition will feature a ball like no other thanks to the innovative manufacturing technology used by Gilbert.
26 July 2019

Fiji name experience side for Japan clash

Fiji head coach John McKee has announced an experienced matchday squad for the upcoming clash against Japan to be played in Kamaishi on Saturday.
26 July 2019

‘Excellent’ Taylor continues to give Scotland a lift as World Cup edges closer

Scotland assistant coach Mike Blair has been heartened by the sight of key man Duncan Taylor being back in training with the national team squad over the summer.
25 July 2019

Upset against South Africa has helped excite fans - Onishi

Former Japan international Shotaro Onishi feels the Brave Blossoms’ historic result in 2015 has helped the continue growth of the sport in Japan ahead of this year’s Rugby World Cup.
24 July 2019

Shane Williams: This is the strongest Welsh squad I have seen in my lifetime

As the build-up to the Rugby World Cup continues, Shane Williams chatted to Talking Rugby Union about his hopes for Wales and why Japan, as a country, are ready to create history.
23 July 2019

Will Genia and Quade Cooper to head Japan after World Cup

Australia and Melbourne Rebels duo Will Genia and Quade Cooper are set to move to after post the World Cup in Japan later this year.
11 July 2019

Marler’s return, family & being ready for a World Cup

Nearly 10 months after retiring from international rugby, Joe Marler has made the decision to step back onto the international stage.
5 July 2019