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Tier Three Nations Have At It In 1st Emirates Airlines Cup of Nations


This column was written by Rugby Spy, who can’t divulge their identity because of certain je ne sais quoi. Anway, they are  in Dubai covering Brazilian rugby. DUBAI — Playing away from the South American continent for the first time, Brazil ended its participation in the Emirates Airlines Cup of Nations with a 37-3 loss Friday […]

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Rugby Balls Are Flying In… BRAZIL!


“Media also started to pick up on the curious phenomenon of rugby players leaving the field without drama once a yellow or red card is shown by the referee.“ DUBAI — If God is Brazilian, as the proverb goes in the South American country of Brazil, he seems to take kindly to the game played […]

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Stars Back To Work In Japan: Clever, Fourie, Holani, Ives, Smith, du Preez, Rossouw


Zilia Zara-Papp is from Hungary but lives in Tokyo and covers rugby. She’s our rugby spy! TOKYO, JAPAN – Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground was back to business after a month-long postponement of the season due to the Rugby World Cup. Japan’s 9th Top League season kicked-off in Tokyo; Shizuoka and Osaka on Saturday with […]

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New Zealand Overcomes A Proud France, Wins RWC

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AUCKLAND, NZ – The All Blacks broke a 24-year-old spell on Sunday night, beating France 8-7 in the Rugby World Cup Final in full capacity Eden Park in front of a 61,079 strong audience. France showed early on that they meant business this time, forming a threatening V shape opposing the All Blacks haka before […]

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Thoughts of Fallen Brazil Rugby Eduardo Guedes Pinto Turn To France


by Rouget Maia (Reporter for ESPN Brazil, Rouget played 17 years for the Brazilian National Rugby Team) [Additional reporting Zilia Zara-Papp] AUCKLAND, NZ – Playing rugby is overcoming challenges. The challenge that France is facing is enormous: the best team favored to win the World Cup playing at home with the support of the fans. […]

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Australia Wales Bronze Final


AUCKLAND, NZ – In an ironic twist of fate, it was the difference of a drop-goal that earned Australia the Bronze medal at the Rugby World Cup in front of 53,013 spectators at Eden Park on Friday, as the Wallabies beat Wales 21-18 for the title. In the inaugural 1987 World Cup, also on New […]

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