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South Africa vs New Zealand LIVE :: The Toulouse stalwart drew comparisons with the World Cup eight years ago when France opened up against weakest side Japan before sliding to a heavy defeat against New Zealand.

“If we have a good Rugby World Cup it will be thanks to them also because it’s a squad which has lived together. We told each other, we can’t forget the guys who will have to stay at home,” he added.

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Argentina are far from a weak touch in 2019 but the pressure of winning that opening game remains the same.

“It’s an all or nothing match. In 2011 we faced Japan similarly in our first match, even if we found it hard. We then conceded 40 points against the All Blacks,” Medard said.

“We have to beat Argentina or England. If we can start with a win it’s cool. I don’t think it’s going to be a ‘final’ but it will be knock-out, it’s winner takes it all,” he added.

Head coach Jacques Brunel names his final 31-man squad on Monday with six players missing out who have been part of the set-up during three warm-up Tests in August.

“Everyone worked hard, everyone trained, everyone sacrificed a lot and frankly it’s a shame for some of them,” Medard said.

Medard is expected to be included in the squad for the tournament along with fellow 32-year-old and club team-mate Yoann Huget but denied they were planning to retire from Test rugby after the tournament.

“We have said nothing about our future in the blue shirt but certainly we live these moments in the blue shirt to the maximum,” he said.

“Because we haven’t got many of those left, we have to make the most of them,” he added.

Medard, who is known for his thick dark sideburns, akin to fictional character Wolverine, jokily said he hopes to go one better after losing by a point to New Zealand in the 2011 final.

My experience last season was useful because it allowed me to get to know the players in the French team. I know their qualities and I can sort of predict how the match will go,” he told AFP at the team camp in Naraha, near Fukushima in eastern Japan.

Naraha – Argentina’s flyhalf says the aerial battle will be a key factor in their crunch Pool C encounter with France, hoping that his experience in French rugby will give him an edge.

Nicolas Sanchez was the top scorer at the 2015 World Cup in England, his 97 points putting him ahead of the likes of All Black Dan Carter and the Wallabies’ Bernard Foley.

And the Stade Francais playmaker, who had also enjoyed spells at Bordeaux-Begles and Toulon, said his knowledge of the opposition will be invaluable as Los Pumas seek to get out of a ‘group of death’ that also contains England.

“We have to put them under pressure. I also think the kicking and aerial game will play an essential part. A lot will go through there,” said the 30-year-old with 77 Puma caps.

Heavy rain is currently forecast to pass through Tokyo on the first weekend of the competition, leading some teams to train with slippery balls.

Argentina bombarded France with high balls during their past two World Cup matches, beating Les Bleus twice in 2007 – once in the pool phase and then winning the third-place play-off.

Sanchez said that while Argentina are “100 percent” focused on the clash with France, “we also know we have a very high-level match (against England on October 5) where we will also have to be at 100 percent”.

And he said he was relishing competition for the number 10 shirt from Benjamin Urdapilleta, also plying his trade in France for Top 14 outfit Castres.

“It’s great to have this competition. I am very happy to share this World Cup with him. He has shown the level he can perform at. It’s good for the Pumas to have him and for me too,” said Sanchez.

Coach Mario Ledesma is set to give Sanchez the nod at flyhalf, according to several sources inside the camp.

The team, which will be announced on Wednesday or Thursday, could feature as many as 13 players from the Jaguares team that reached the final of this year’s Super Rugby competition.

The Pumas have been training since Saturday at the J-Village, a sports complex in Japan’s Fukushima that was once a staging ground for battling the 2011 nuclear disaster.

The complex will next year host Olympic teams and the torch relay as Japanese authorities hope to send a signal that the area is recovering from the terrible events eight years ago.

They are due to arrive in Tokyo on Wednesday, three days ahead of the crunch match with France that will play a huge part in determining the quarter-final line-up.

French fullback Maxime Medard has said the game is “an all or nothing match” if either side hopes to reach the knock-out phase.

Los Pumas are hoping to finally go further than the semi-finals that they reached in 2007 and 2015.

New Zealand vs South Africa LIVE

New Zealand vs South Africa LIVE :: “If we have a good Rugby World Cup it will be thanks to them also because it’s a squad which has lived together. We told each other, we can’t forget the guys who will have to stay at home,” he added.

The Toulouse stalwart drew comparisons with the World Cup eight years ago when France opened up against weakest side Japan before sliding to a heavy defeat against New Zealand.

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Argentina are far from a weak touch in 2019 but the pressure of winning that opening game remains the same.

“It’s an all or nothing match. In 2011 we faced Japan similarly in our first match, even if we found it hard. We then conceded 40 points against the All Blacks,” Medard said.

“We have to beat Argentina or England. If we can start with a win it’s cool. I don’t think it’s going to be a ‘final’ but it will be knock-out, it’s winner takes it all,” he added.

Head coach Jacques Brunel names his final 31-man squad on Monday with six players missing out who have been part of the set-up during three warm-up Tests in August.

“Everyone worked hard, everyone trained, everyone sacrificed a lot and frankly it’s a shame for some of them,” Medard said.

Medard is expected to be included in the squad for the tournament along with fellow 32-year-old and club team-mate Yoann Huget but denied they were planning to retire from Test rugby after the tournament.

“We have said nothing about our future in the blue shirt but certainly we live these moments in the blue shirt to the maximum,” he said.

“Because we haven’t got many of those left, we have to make the most of them,” he added.

Medard, who is known for his thick dark sideburns, akin to fictional character Wolverine, jokily said he hopes to go one better after losing by a point to New Zealand in the 2011 final.

My experience last season was useful because it allowed me to get to know the players in the French team. I know their qualities and I can sort of predict how the match will go,” he told AFP at the team camp in Naraha, near Fukushima in eastern Japan.

Naraha – Argentina’s flyhalf says the aerial battle will be a key factor in their crunch Pool C encounter with France, hoping that his experience in French rugby will give him an edge.

Nicolas Sanchez was the top scorer at the 2015 World Cup in England, his 97 points putting him ahead of the likes of All Black Dan Carter and the Wallabies’ Bernard Foley.

And the Stade Francais playmaker, who had also enjoyed spells at Bordeaux-Begles and Toulon, said his knowledge of the opposition will be invaluable as Los Pumas seek to get out of a ‘group of death’ that also contains England.

“We have to put them under pressure. I also think the kicking and aerial game will play an essential part. A lot will go through there,” said the 30-year-old with 77 Puma caps.

Heavy rain is currently forecast to pass through Tokyo on the first weekend of the competition, leading some teams to train with slippery balls.

Argentina bombarded France with high balls during their past two World Cup matches, beating Les Bleus twice in 2007 – once in the pool phase and then winning the third-place play-off.

Sanchez said that while Argentina are “100 percent” focused on the clash with France, “we also know we have a very high-level match (against England on October 5) where we will also have to be at 100 percent”.

And he said he was relishing competition for the number 10 shirt from Benjamin Urdapilleta, also plying his trade in France for Top 14 outfit Castres.

“It’s great to have this competition. I am very happy to share this World Cup with him. He has shown the level he can perform at. It’s good for the Pumas to have him and for me too,” said Sanchez.

Coach Mario Ledesma is set to give Sanchez the nod at flyhalf, according to several sources inside the camp.

The team, which will be announced on Wednesday or Thursday, could feature as many as 13 players from the Jaguares team that reached the final of this year’s Super Rugby competition.

The Pumas have been training since Saturday at the J-Village, a sports complex in Japan’s Fukushima that was once a staging ground for battling the 2011 nuclear disaster.

The complex will next year host Olympic teams and the torch relay as Japanese authorities hope to send a signal that the area is recovering from the terrible events eight years ago.

They are due to arrive in Tokyo on Wednesday, three days ahead of the crunch match with France that will play a huge part in determining the quarter-final line-up.

French fullback Maxime Medard has said the game is “an all or nothing match” if either side hopes to reach the knock-out phase.

Los Pumas are hoping to finally go further than the semi-finals that they reached in 2007 and 2015.

Springboks vs England Live

Springboks vs England Live :: The Springboks 2019 Rugby World Cup has reached the final stage of the tournament. The Rugby World Cup final will be played on Saturday 2nd November 2019 at the International Stadium Yokohama, Japan. It will be contested by England and South Africa in what is sure to be a thrilling final to a competition which has witnessed plenty of drama.

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This is familiar territory for both teams, who have each reached the Rugby World Cup final before. England reached the final in 1991, 2003 and 2007, winning the tournament on one occasion as they defeated Australia in the final 16 years ago.

South Africa have appeared in two Rugby World Cup finals in their history and won on both occasions. The first of these came in 1995 when they triumphed on home turf against New Zealand in the final. South Africa’s second Rugby World Cup final win came against England in 2007 at the Stade de France, in Paris.

Rugby World Cup Previous Winners:
Year Winner
1987 New Zealand
1991 Australia
1995 South Africa
1999 Australia
2003 England
2007 South Africa
2011 New Zealand
2015 New Zealand
Therefore, South Africa know the feeling of beating England in the Rugby World Cup final and will be using that as inspiration ahead of this game. England are sure to be using their defeat to South Africa in that match as motivation to succeed and overcome South Africa to win their second Rugby World Cup.

This is going to be a momentous occasion in Japan with thousands watching inside the stadium and millions around the world. The question is, which team will come out on top? We take a look at both nations chances in our England vs South Africa betting tips and at the latest England vs South Africa betting odds.

CONTENTS

1. England – The Favourites
2. South Africa – The Outsiders?
3. England vs South Africa Betting Odds
4. RWC 2019 Final Live Streaming
1. England – The Favourites
England faced a tough semi-final match against New Zealand and many onlookers predicted their tournament would come to an end in this game. However, England took control of the match from the first whistle and scored the first try of the game with just 2 minutes on the clock. The try was scored by Manu Tuilagi and it set the tone for the rest of the game as England were constantly on the front foot.

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It was testament to the quality of England’s overall play, that they prevented New Zealand from getting on the score sheet in the first half. The All Blacks did cross over the try line in the second half following a mistake by England in a defensive line out which saw each team finish with one try each at the end of the match. This was not representative of the 80 minutes, during which England dominated and had two additional tries ruled out by the TMO and both decisions were not clear cut by any means.

England played only 3 of their 4 pool games at the Rugby World Cup, with a match against France cancelled due to the weather conditions. It did not matter, as England were already assured of a place in the quarter final thanks to their victories over Tonga, United States and Argentina. In fact, having the match against France called off gave England a two week break before the quarter final game against Australia.

England had little trouble in defeating the Australian team and the latest England vs South Africa betting odds now have them as favourites following the excellent win over New Zealand to lift the 2019 Rugby World Cup. England are 4/9 with Bet365 to win the match.

2. South Africa – The Outsiders?
South Africa came through a bruising battle against Wales in the semi-final to seal their place in the showpiece occasion. It was always going to be a close game against the Welsh with not a great deal in the way of free flowing rugby being played. Both teams managed to score one try each but it was South Africa who overpowered Wales in the latter stages of the game to win the crucial penalty which made all the difference.

South Africa were drawn in a pool which contained the pre-tournament favourites, New Zealand plus Italy, Namibia and Canada. Their opening match of the pool was always going to be the most difficult and South Africa lost 23-13 against New Zealand. However, there was little doubt they were going to progress to the knockout stages and finished in 2nd place by recording wins over Namibia, Italy and Canada.

The Springbok we’re not really pushed in any of those wins and the next major test following the defeat against New Zealand was to come in the quarter final against the hosts, Japan. Much like in the semi-final victory over Wales, South Africa used their power to dominate Japan and they scored 3 tries, two of which came in the second half.

Interestingly, South Africa have played England 4 times at the Rugby World Cup and have recorded 3 victories. They defeated the English twice at the 2007 World Cup in France and back in the 1999 quarter-finals. However, no team has ever lost a World Cup game and then gone on to win the Rugby World Cup. This is something which South Africa are going to have to change if they are to be the team lifting the trophy at the end of the final.

The RWC final odds have South Africa as the outsiders, priced at 7/4 to win the match with Bet365. Continue below to find more England vs South Africa betting odds plus RWC final predictions.

3. England vs South Africa Betting Odds
Looking at previous Rugby World Cup finals featuring these teams, it becomes apparent that we could be in for a very close game. South Africa defeated New Zealand by just three points in 1995 and beat England by 9 points in 2007. England defeated Australia by 3 points in 2003 and lost to Australia by 6 points in 1991.

Therefore, our RWC final betting tips suggest the margin of victory could be very slim, regardless of which team comes out on top. The RWC final odds have England available at 4/1 with Bet365 to win the match by a margin of 1 to 5 points and South Africa are available at 5/1 to win by the same margin.

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Next in our England vs South Africa preview we take a look at the total number of tries we could see in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final. In the knockout stages of the tournament, England scored 4 tries against Australia and one try against New Zealand at an average of 2.5 tries per match. South Africa scored 3 tries against Japan and one try against Wales, leaving them with an average of 2 tries per match in the knockout stages.

So, much of the England vs South Africa betting leading up to the final suggests we could see few tries scored in the game. South Africa especially will be happy to make it a scrappy final and we could see under 3.5 tries scored in the match. You can back this outcome at 6/4 with Bet365.

4. RWC 2019 Final Live Streaming
The biggest match of the biggest event of the season! Rugby World Cup Final is right around the corner! Where to watch it?

Depending on where you reside different TV stations have broadcasting rights. Here is the list:

Continent Broadcaster
Europe ITV, TF1, S4C, POLSAT, RAI etc.
Americas NBC, ESPN
Africa SUPERSPORT
Asia FIJI TV, DAZN, J Sports, SPARK, beIN SPORT, FOX etc.
Obviously the biggest broadcasters are in there: DAZN, beIN, NBC, FOX, ESPN. No wonder – this is the most important match in this rugby season.

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All Blacks vs Wales Live :: New Zealand will be the favourites for every World Cup from now until the sun explodes and engulfs us all. They are still the bookies’ favourites, but seem more fallible than ever before. They recently suffered a record loss the Australia, and a draw at home to South Africa. They’ve lost to Ireland away and scraped past England. Argentina ran them close too.

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Rugby World Cup Bronze final 3rd place  Live Stream Match To Day Live And Enjoy The Game RWC 2019 . The All Blacks, the defending champions, lost 19-7, and England .Wales lost in the 2011 to France by a point after missing a late kick, were thwarted by a late South Africa try in the quarter-final four years ago and here looked to have taken the initiative after levelling the scores with a smart try from a scrum 16 minutes from time.

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The best possible draw for New Zealand and South Africa is that they are in the same group as each other. They are the two form teams coming into the tournament, and playing each other early means they will not meet in the knockout stages. So, unfortunately for everyone else, one of the heavyweights wont knock the other out until the final.

With Scotland you never know which team will turn up. Scotland lost to France 32-3 in August, and beat them 17-14 the next week. Nothing is more indicative of Scotland’s complete inconsistency than the final game of the Six Nations. Scotland were 31-0 down to England, and ended up drawing 38 all.
One consistency is that Scotland are very good at home, and often appalling away. Perhaps it is being at someone else’s home that hinders them, so fortunately, it is a neutral ground for most of their matches, but they have Japan in their group.
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Prediction: Scotland to surprise the bookies and top the group. And lose in the quarter-final to South Africa.
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Ireland were among the favourites a year ago, with a Six Nations grand slam and a victory over the mighty All Blacks to their name. Since then, they have struggled in the Six Nations, and not been impressive in the warm-up games.
They have the players and experience to push for the cup, but something will have to change for them to find their form. Last time they met Scotland, they won 22-13 in Scotland in an uninspiring game. They were destroyed by Wales in the Six Nations and suffered a record defeat by England in a warm-up. Bizarrely, despite the recent run of poor form, they are number one ranked team in the world heading into the tournament, after a victory of Wales in their final warm-up game.
Prediction: Ireland to finish second in the pool, and lose in the quarter-final to New Zealand.
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Japan are an emerging force in rugby. Their fate is likely to come down to the final pool game against Scotland. It was one of the quickest games to sell out in the tournament as the home fans long for an upset. It would be typically Scottish to beat Ireland and lose to Japan. But as Japan do not have many tier-one games, it is hard to gauge where they are in their development. A raucous home crowd hungry for blood could tap into Scotland’s away frailties but a lack of experience at the top level will leave them tired by the time their final game starts.
Prediction: Japan to come third in the group
Samoa to win one game. Russia to lose at least one game by more than 70 points.
South Africa’s Jesse Kriel celebrates victory over New Zealand. The Springboks have their mojo back. Photo: Marty Melville
South Africa’s Jesse Kriel celebrates victory over New Zealand. The Springboks have their mojo back. Photo: Marty Melville
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Pool B: New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Namibia, Canada

The caveat is, they were mixing up their game plan, taking drop goals in November and by playing their superstar Bauden Barrett at full back in the Rugby Championship, which is an unlikely set up if they were to play the final tomorrow. If they have their full team out, all playing in position, very few can match them. They proved as much by beating Australia 36-0, just a week after their record defeat.
Prediction: Win the pool. Defeated finalists.
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South Africa have been going from strength to strength. They have a young team that look to be peaking at the perfect time. In fact, it’s so young, that even if they win the World Cup, they’ll probably peak afterwards just in time for the 2021 Lions Tour. Since a record 57-0 loss to New Zealand in 2017, South Africa have improved exponentially and the pair have met four times. The biggest points margin has been just two points – South Africa have won one, drawn one and lost two narrowly. It’s anyone’s game.
Prediction: Second in the pool but winners in the World Cup final.
Italy to win two games, Canada to win one, Namibia to win none.
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England’s Henry Slade is tackled against Argentina. All the big names in pool C have had a mixed year, but France could be the first high-profile victim at the tournament. Photo: AP
England’s Henry Slade is tackled against Argentina. All the big names in pool C have had a mixed year, but France could be the first high-profile victim at the tournament. Photo: AP
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Pool C: England, France, Argentina, USA, Tonga
For the second World Cup in a row, England find themselves in the pool of death. There are three big teams in here, one more than any of the other groups. Pool C will produce the tournament’s first casualty.
England are much improved after a fifth-place finish in the 2018 Six Nations. They have size, power and dynamism in the forwards and backs that is unmatched by any other team in the world. When their huge men get rumbling, and they physically dominate the opposition, they are a force to be reckoned with.
However, there are still question marks over their mental frailty. There are many familiar faces in the team who crashed out of the pool stages of the 2015 World Cup. There are even a few names that capitulated against Wales in 2013 with a grand slam on the line, losing 30-3. This last season, time and again, they seem to build a huge lead and then struggle to hold it. France have big men too, and if they nullify England’s power game, it could be panic stations.
Prediction: Win the pool, exit in the semi-final to New Zealand.
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France have not been their best for some time. Their away record is dreadful. Of the 15 away games they’ve played since the start of 2017, they have won just two, both against Italy.
Like Scotland, they may benefit from a neutral venue. What’s more, France’s clubs hold great sway over the national team, so the squad does not get much time together between tournaments. The build-up to the World Cup is a rare chance for them to spend time as a group. Perhaps we could see the talented group of individuals finally hit their strides as a team.
Prediction: Second in the pool, defeated in the quarter-final by Wales.
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Argentina suffer from playing in the Rugby Championship. With no easy games, they get beaten a lot, but their recent narrow loss against New Zealand (20-16) shows they are on the up. Their club side, Jaguares, which closely mirrors the national team’s personnel, reached the Super Rugby final for the first time.
There are no other tier-one rugby teams near South America, so all their away games are half a world away. The World Cup, which they seem to perennially peak for, is their one chance to play without suffering from jet lag. It is so hard to call between them and France, but with the latter’s group of players, despite their form, the bookies are backing the French.
Prediction: Knocked out of the pool stages.
USA to beat Tonga.
Australia beat Wales in pool play at the 2015 World Cup, but they have been inconsistent since then. Wales’ squad rotation and coaching experience could prove decisive. Photo: Reuters
Australia beat Wales in pool play at the 2015 World Cup, but they have been inconsistent since then. Wales’ squad rotation and coaching experience could prove decisive. Photo: Reuters
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Pool D: Australia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji, Uruguay
Australia beat New Zealand with a record score of 47-26. Everyone delighted in the fact Australia were back from the doldrums. They lost 36-0 the following week. Australia have been fairly average for some time now, despite having a team packed with talent.
Off-field issues have distracted them, like the Israel Folau saga, which saw their best player have his contract torn up for homophobic posts on social media. Perhaps with Folau gone, they can now concentrate on their game and Kurtley Beale can play in his preferred position at full back or perhaps we will see more of the same directionless rugby. They have a habit of peaking at the right time, so a strong performance despite a poor track record would be no surprise.
Prediction: Second in the pool. Defeated in the quarter-final by England.
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Wales became the number-one ranked team in the world after beating England in the warm-up games. They have a Six Nations grand slam at their backs, and have recently come off a 14-game winning streak, the most Wales have ever achieved. All looks well for the Welsh.
But they lost their key man, Gareth Anscombe, to injury. Fortunately, they have British & Irish Lion Dan Biggar to replace him, but now they are very thin on depth. Fly half is arguably the most crucial position on the pitch and with only Rhys Patchell on the bench now, they are one twisted ankle away from trouble. Patchell is a fine player, but the step down from the other two is notable.
What’s more, the coach has chosen not to take two of their best props, Samson Lee and Rob Evans, amid concerns about their “durability”. The scrum is as vital as the number 10 these days, and it is a decision they may come to regret. Australia are not renowned for scrummaging, but when Wales come up against a strong and technical pack, they may be found wanting. What a gamble.
Prediction: Top the pool. Defeated in the semi-final by South Africa.
A clash of styles for the big Georgians and the flying Fijians in the battle for third. Uruguay to be winless.

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Wallabies vs Fiji LIVE :: “If we have a good Rugby World Cup it will be thanks to them also because it’s a squad which has lived together. We told each other, we can’t forget the guys who will have to stay at home,” he added.

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The Toulouse stalwart drew comparisons with the World Cup eight years ago when France opened up against weakest side Japan before sliding to a heavy defeat against New Zealand.

Argentina are far from a weak touch in 2019 but the pressure of winning that opening game remains the same.

“It’s an all or nothing match. In 2011 we faced Japan similarly in our first match, even if we found it hard. We then conceded 40 points against the All Blacks,” Medard said.

“We have to beat Argentina or England. If we can start with a win it’s cool. I don’t think it’s going to be a ‘final’ but it will be knock-out, it’s winner takes it all,” he added.

Head coach Jacques Brunel names his final 31-man squad on Monday with six players missing out who have been part of the set-up during three warm-up Tests in August.

“Everyone worked hard, everyone trained, everyone sacrificed a lot and frankly it’s a shame for some of them,” Medard said.

Medard is expected to be included in the squad for the tournament along with fellow 32-year-old and club team-mate Yoann Huget but denied they were planning to retire from Test rugby after the tournament.

“We have said nothing about our future in the blue shirt but certainly we live these moments in the blue shirt to the maximum,” he said.

“Because we haven’t got many of those left, we have to make the most of them,” he added.

Medard, who is known for his thick dark sideburns, akin to fictional character Wolverine, jokily said he hopes to go one better after losing by a point to New Zealand in the 2011 final.

My experience last season was useful because it allowed me to get to know the players in the French team. I know their qualities and I can sort of predict how the match will go,” he told AFP at the team camp in Naraha, near Fukushima in eastern Japan.

Naraha – Argentina’s flyhalf says the aerial battle will be a key factor in their crunch Pool C encounter with France, hoping that his experience in French rugby will give him an edge.

Nicolas Sanchez was the top scorer at the 2015 World Cup in England, his 97 points putting him ahead of the likes of All Black Dan Carter and the Wallabies’ Bernard Foley.

And the Stade Francais playmaker, who had also enjoyed spells at Bordeaux-Begles and Toulon, said his knowledge of the opposition will be invaluable as Los Pumas seek to get out of a ‘group of death’ that also contains England.

“We have to put them under pressure. I also think the kicking and aerial game will play an essential part. A lot will go through there,” said the 30-year-old with 77 Puma caps.

Heavy rain is currently forecast to pass through Tokyo on the first weekend of the competition, leading some teams to train with slippery balls.

Argentina bombarded France with high balls during their past two World Cup matches, beating Les Bleus twice in 2007 – once in the pool phase and then winning the third-place play-off.

Sanchez said that while Argentina are “100 percent” focused on the clash with France, “we also know we have a very high-level match (against England on October 5) where we will also have to be at 100 percent”.

And he said he was relishing competition for the number 10 shirt from Benjamin Urdapilleta, also plying his trade in France for Top 14 outfit Castres.

“It’s great to have this competition. I am very happy to share this World Cup with him. He has shown the level he can perform at. It’s good for the Pumas to have him and for me too,” said Sanchez.

Coach Mario Ledesma is set to give Sanchez the nod at flyhalf, according to several sources inside the camp.

The team, which will be announced on Wednesday or Thursday, could feature as many as 13 players from the Jaguares team that reached the final of this year’s Super Rugby competition.

The Pumas have been training since Saturday at the J-Village, a sports complex in Japan’s Fukushima that was once a staging ground for battling the 2011 nuclear disaster.

The complex will next year host Olympic teams and the torch relay as Japanese authorities hope to send a signal that the area is recovering from the terrible events eight years ago.

They are due to arrive in Tokyo on Wednesday, three days ahead of the crunch match with France that will play a huge part in determining the quarter-final line-up.

French fullback Maxime Medard has said the game is “an all or nothing match” if either side hopes to reach the knock-out phase.

Los Pumas are hoping to finally go further than the semi-finals that they reached in 2007 and 2015.

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Les Bleus vs The Pumas LIVE :: “If we have a good Rugby World Cup it will be thanks to them also because it’s a squad which has lived together. We told each other, we can’t forget the guys who will have to stay at home,” he added.

The Toulouse stalwart drew comparisons with the World Cup eight years ago when France opened up against weakest side Japan before sliding to a heavy

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Argentina are far from a weak touch in 2019 but the pressure of winning that opening game remains the same.

“It’s an all or nothing match. In 2011 we faced Japan similarly in our first match, even if we found it hard. We then conceded 40 points against the All Blacks,” Medard said.

“We have to beat Argentina or England. If we can start with a win it’s cool. I don’t think it’s going to be a ‘final’ but it will be knock-out, it’s winner takes it all,” he added.

Head coach Jacques Brunel names his final 31-man squad on Monday with six players missing out who have been part of the set-up during three warm-up Tests in August.

“Everyone worked hard, everyone trained, everyone sacrificed a lot and frankly it’s a shame for some of them,” Medard said.

Medard is expected to be included in the squad for the tournament along with fellow 32-year-old and club team-mate Yoann Huget but denied they were planning to retire from Test rugby after the tournament.

“We have said nothing about our future in the blue shirt but certainly we live these moments in the blue shirt to the maximum,” he said.

“Because we haven’t got many of those left, we have to make the most of them,” he added.

Medard, who is known for his thick dark sideburns, akin to fictional character Wolverine, jokily said he hopes to go one better after losing by a point to New Zealand in the 2011 final.

My experience last season was useful because it allowed me to get to know the players in the French team. I know their qualities and I can sort of predict how the match will go,” he told AFP at the team camp in Naraha, near Fukushima in eastern Japan.

Naraha – Argentina’s flyhalf says the aerial battle will be a key factor in their crunch Pool C encounter with France, hoping that his experience in French rugby will give him an edge.

Nicolas Sanchez was the top scorer at the 2015 World Cup in England, his 97 points putting him ahead of the likes of All Black Dan Carter and the Wallabies’ Bernard Foley.

And the Stade Francais playmaker, who had also enjoyed spells at Bordeaux-Begles and Toulon, said his knowledge of the opposition will be invaluable as Los Pumas seek to get out of a ‘group of death’ that also contains England.

“We have to put them under pressure. I also think the kicking and aerial game will play an essential part. A lot will go through there,” said the 30-year-old with 77 Puma caps.

Heavy rain is currently forecast to pass through Tokyo on the first weekend of the competition, leading some teams to train with slippery balls.

Argentina bombarded France with high balls during their past two World Cup matches, beating Les Bleus twice in 2007 – once in the pool phase and then winning the third-place play-off.

Sanchez said that while Argentina are “100 percent” focused on the clash with France, “we also know we have a very high-level match (against England on October 5) where we will also have to be at 100 percent”.

And he said he was relishing competition for the number 10 shirt from Benjamin Urdapilleta, also plying his trade in France for Top 14 outfit Castres.

“It’s great to have this competition. I am very happy to share this World Cup with him. He has shown the level he can perform at. It’s good for the Pumas to have him and for me too,” said Sanchez.

Coach Mario Ledesma is set to give Sanchez the nod at flyhalf, according to several sources inside the camp.

The team, which will be announced on Wednesday or Thursday, could feature as many as 13 players from the Jaguares team that reached the final of this year’s Super Rugby competition.

The Pumas have been training since Saturday at the J-Village, a sports complex in Japan’s Fukushima that was once a staging ground for battling the 2011 nuclear disaster.

The complex will next year host Olympic teams and the torch relay as Japanese authorities hope to send a signal that the area is recovering from the terrible events eight years ago.

They are due to arrive in Tokyo on Wednesday, three days ahead of the crunch match with France that will play a huge part in determining the quarter-final line-up.

French fullback Maxime Medard has said the game is “an all or nothing match” if either side hopes to reach the knock-out phase.

Los Pumas are hoping to finally go further than the semi-finals that they reached in 2007 and 2015.

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Russia vs Japan Live :: The talismanic skipper, who missed a chunk of the year with a groin injury, was named in a strong Brave Blossoms side by Japan coach Jamie Joseph for Friday’s Pool A clash in Tokyo.

Japan vs Russia Rugby World Cup Live :: “Japan are favourites. They are very fast, nobody makes mistakes. We appreciate the way Japan play but we also want to touch the line, do well and enjoy ourselves.”

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But Leitch, joined by Japan stalwarts Yu Tamura and Shota Horie in an experienced starting line-up, admitted he has been taken aback by the scale of the media attention on the hosts in the run-up to the game.

“This is no normal turnout,” Leitch told a packed news conference.

“I’m so nervous I’ve been making all sorts of mistakes in training – there’s so many people and so many cameras. But I’m very proud to be part of the World Cup and to be captain of the Japan rugby team.”

Russia’s coach Lyn Jones, meanwhile, accepts the Brave Blossoms are favourites but wants to rattle a few feathers in the opening match.

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“Let me be frank, we have a 20 per cent chance in this game – but that’s just on paper,” the Welsh coach said.

His captain, full-back Vasily Artemyev, agrees and is similarly positive about his side’s prospects.

“We watched the last four or five games of Japan. They have a very structured, organised game. We need to bring chaos into their organisation,” he said.

Japan vs Russia: In brief

The weakest team in Pool A by ranking, Russia came close to upsetting Japan in November 2018.
Russia often use simple forward play but do have a hidden creative streak they can call on when needed.
Russia advance up the field thanks to opposition ill-discipline and accurate kicking.
Even in defeats by Tier 1 teams, Japan have been impressive. In 2018 they lost by 20 points against England and by three against Italy, a week after beating the Italians in Oita.
To progress, they have to be victorious against fellow Tier 2 sides Russia and Samoa and pick off one of either Scotland or Ireland. To guarantee that they do not end up in the same predicament as four years ago – three wins, yet no quarter-final spot – they will need to beat both Ireland and Scotland.
Japan vs Russia: Rugby World Cup kick-off time and prediction
Kick off time: The action begins at 12:45 (SAST) at the Ajinomoto Stadium and the action will be live on SuperSport 1.

For the RWC, we’ll be using a prediction algorithm from a New Zealand anorak.

Prediction: Japan by more than 30 points.

RWC 2019 live scores and result: Japan vs Russia
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Japan are at odds of $251 to win the Rugby World Cup on home soil and while we don’t believe that’s possible we can see some opportunities to back the host nation.

They are rated around $5 to advance to the quarter-finals for the first time and, with a fanatical crowd behind them plus a rock-solid preparation, we can see them getting out of the pool stages.

Who can forget their wonderful performances in the 2015 World Cup in England when they won three of their four matches only to miss out on points differential. The Brave Blossoms’ run included that memorable 34-32 win over South Africa, who loom as potential quarter-final opponents.

Japan have been big movers in the ranks of world rugby over the past decade and their exciting style of play is sure to cause headaches for the likes of Pool A big guns Ireland and Scotland.

They dominated the Pacific Nations Cup and have been preparing the squad diligently for this massive event on home soil.

Clearly they are one of the teams to watch.

Japan vs Russia Live

Japan vs Russia Live :: The talismanic skipper, who missed a chunk of the year with a groin injury, was named in a strong Brave Blossoms side by Japan coach Jamie Joseph for Friday’s Pool A clash in Tokyo.

Japan vs Russia Rugby World Cup Live :: “Japan are favourites. They are very fast, nobody makes mistakes. We appreciate the way Japan play but we also want to touch the line, do well and enjoy ourselves.”

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But Leitch, joined by Japan stalwarts Yu Tamura and Shota Horie in an experienced starting line-up, admitted he has been taken aback by the scale of the media attention on the hosts in the run-up to the game.

“This is no normal turnout,” Leitch told a packed news conference.

“I’m so nervous I’ve been making all sorts of mistakes in training – there’s so many people and so many cameras. But I’m very proud to be part of the World Cup and to be captain of the Japan rugby team.”

Russia’s coach Lyn Jones, meanwhile, accepts the Brave Blossoms are favourites but wants to rattle a few feathers in the opening match.

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“Let me be frank, we have a 20 per cent chance in this game – but that’s just on paper,” the Welsh coach said.

His captain, full-back Vasily Artemyev, agrees and is similarly positive about his side’s prospects.

“We watched the last four or five games of Japan. They have a very structured, organised game. We need to bring chaos into their organisation,” he said.

Japan vs Russia: In brief

The weakest team in Pool A by ranking, Russia came close to upsetting Japan in November 2018.
Russia often use simple forward play but do have a hidden creative streak they can call on when needed.
Russia advance up the field thanks to opposition ill-discipline and accurate kicking.
Even in defeats by Tier 1 teams, Japan have been impressive. In 2018 they lost by 20 points against England and by three against Italy, a week after beating the Italians in Oita.
To progress, they have to be victorious against fellow Tier 2 sides Russia and Samoa and pick off one of either Scotland or Ireland. To guarantee that they do not end up in the same predicament as four years ago – three wins, yet no quarter-final spot – they will need to beat both Ireland and Scotland.
Japan vs Russia: Rugby World Cup kick-off time and prediction
Kick off time: The action begins at 12:45 (SAST) at the Ajinomoto Stadium and the action will be live on SuperSport 1.

For the RWC, we’ll be using a prediction algorithm from a New Zealand anorak.

Prediction: Japan by more than 30 points.

RWC 2019 live scores and result: Japan vs Russia
Our live match centre might take some time to load. Please allow a few seconds. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Japan are at odds of $251 to win the Rugby World Cup on home soil and while we don’t believe that’s possible we can see some opportunities to back the host nation.

They are rated around $5 to advance to the quarter-finals for the first time and, with a fanatical crowd behind them plus a rock-solid preparation, we can see them getting out of the pool stages.

Who can forget their wonderful performances in the 2015 World Cup in England when they won three of their four matches only to miss out on points differential. The Brave Blossoms’ run included that memorable 34-32 win over South Africa, who loom as potential quarter-final opponents.

Japan have been big movers in the ranks of world rugby over the past decade and their exciting style of play is sure to cause headaches for the likes of Pool A big guns Ireland and Scotland.

They dominated the Pacific Nations Cup and have been preparing the squad diligently for this massive event on home soil.

Clearly they are one of the teams to watch.

Rugby World Cup Live Stream

Rugby World Cup Live Stream :: The talismanic skipper, who missed a chunk of the year with a groin injury, was named in a strong Brave Blossoms side by Japan coach Jamie Joseph for Friday’s Pool A clash in Tokyo.

Japan vs Russia Rugby World Cup Live :: “Japan are favourites. They are very fast, nobody makes mistakes. We appreciate the way Japan play but we also want to touch the line, do well and enjoy ourselves.”

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But Leitch, joined by Japan stalwarts Yu Tamura and Shota Horie in an experienced starting line-up, admitted he has been taken aback by the scale of the media attention on the hosts in the run-up to the game.

“This is no normal turnout,” Leitch told a packed news conference.

“I’m so nervous I’ve been making all sorts of mistakes in training – there’s so many people and so many cameras. But I’m very proud to be part of the World Cup and to be captain of the Japan rugby team.”

Russia’s coach Lyn Jones, meanwhile, accepts the Brave Blossoms are favourites but wants to rattle a few feathers in the opening match.

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“Let me be frank, we have a 20 per cent chance in this game – but that’s just on paper,” the Welsh coach said.

His captain, full-back Vasily Artemyev, agrees and is similarly positive about his side’s prospects.

“We watched the last four or five games of Japan. They have a very structured, organised game. We need to bring chaos into their organisation,” he said.

Japan vs Russia: In brief

The weakest team in Pool A by ranking, Russia came close to upsetting Japan in November 2018.
Russia often use simple forward play but do have a hidden creative streak they can call on when needed.
Russia advance up the field thanks to opposition ill-discipline and accurate kicking.
Even in defeats by Tier 1 teams, Japan have been impressive. In 2018 they lost by 20 points against England and by three against Italy, a week after beating the Italians in Oita.
To progress, they have to be victorious against fellow Tier 2 sides Russia and Samoa and pick off one of either Scotland or Ireland. To guarantee that they do not end up in the same predicament as four years ago – three wins, yet no quarter-final spot – they will need to beat both Ireland and Scotland.
Japan vs Russia: Rugby World Cup kick-off time and prediction
Kick off time: The action begins at 12:45 (SAST) at the Ajinomoto Stadium and the action will be live on SuperSport 1.

For the RWC, we’ll be using a prediction algorithm from a New Zealand anorak.

Prediction: Japan by more than 30 points.

RWC 2019 live scores and result: Japan vs Russia
Our live match centre might take some time to load. Please allow a few seconds. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Japan are at odds of $251 to win the Rugby World Cup on home soil and while we don’t believe that’s possible we can see some opportunities to back the host nation.

They are rated around $5 to advance to the quarter-finals for the first time and, with a fanatical crowd behind them plus a rock-solid preparation, we can see them getting out of the pool stages.

Who can forget their wonderful performances in the 2015 World Cup in England when they won three of their four matches only to miss out on points differential. The Brave Blossoms’ run included that memorable 34-32 win over South Africa, who loom as potential quarter-final opponents.

Japan have been big movers in the ranks of world rugby over the past decade and their exciting style of play is sure to cause headaches for the likes of Pool A big guns Ireland and Scotland.

They dominated the Pacific Nations Cup and have been preparing the squad diligently for this massive event on home soil.

Clearly they are one of the teams to watch.

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It was a tight arm wrestle for the vast majority of the contest – truly one for the purists. Penalty goals dominated the scoring with just one try apiece; a clutch kick from Handre Pollard in the 75th minute proving to be the difference between the two sides.

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South Africa were first to score with Pollard slotting a penalty in the 14th minute. Dan Biggar and Pollard went back and forth throughout the first 40, the halftime score being 9-6 in favour of South Africa.

The Springboks started the second half slowly. Uncharacteristic errors by Faf de Klerk and Willie le Roux put them under unnecessary pressure, before Biggar levelled the scores at 9-all in the 46th minute.

South African centre Damian de Allende broke the deadlock with a magnificent effort to score out wide in the 56th minute.

He carried the ball in both hands which put the Wales defenders in two minds, after which he dummied and fended his way over the line.

Wales were gifted with an absolute mountain of possession shortly after. A penalty against South Africa saw the Welsh with a line out throw on the five-metre line.

After 21 phases with the ball (and doing absolutely nothing with it), Wales received a penalty, and skipper Alun Wyn Jones made the brave call to pack down against this monster Springboks forward pack five metres out from the line.

The Boks pushed back hard, but a simple through the hands play saw Josh Adams cross in the corner for Wales in the 65th minute. Locked up at 16-all, extra time looked a likely possibility.

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Wales had a great chance to set up for a field goal off the back of a penalty against Francois Louw. They won the line out 35m out, but South Africa forced them back with some brutal defence.

Eventually, Biggar was forced to take the shot from a bad position and did not even get close. The wind had left the Welsh sails – now South Africa were looking for their chance.

A penalty against Wales gave the Boks a piggyback downfield in the 75th minute. A collapsed maul gifted them another penalty, from which Handre Pollard added the three match-winning points, seeing South Africa through to their third Rugby World Cup final.

For Wales, they will face an equally disappointed New Zealand side who were unexpectedly dominated by England in the first semi-final.

For South Africa, it’s onwards and upwards as they face England in a rematch from the 2007 tournament, which should be an absolute cracker.
England and South Africa will contest a Rugby World Cup Final for the second time in 12 years after both advanced to Saturday’s Yokohama showpiece.

Eddie Jones’s men produced a titanic performance to dominate New Zealand, who hadn’t lost a Rugby World Cup match since their quarter-final defeat to France a dozen years ago.

Meanwhile, the Springboks edged past Wales 19-16 to set up a mouth-watering shootout for the Webb Ellis Cup, with England the favourites to avenge their defeat on the grandest stage in world rugby in Paris in 2007.

That would mean a second world crown for the Red Rose following a Jonny Wilkinson-inspired success against Australia 16 years ago, while South Africa are battling for a third world title (1995, 2007).

Jones said: “We set out four years ago, and we wanted to be the best team in the world. We are not the best team in the world, but we have got an opportunity to play in a game to prove we are, and that is all we are concerned with.

“We will just take each day as it comes. We have got another week to enjoy it, and that is what we will do.”

Team news

Ben Spencer is set to make his Rugby World Cup debut in the tournament’s final after Willi Heinz was ruled out by a hamstring problem sustained against New Zealand.

Heinz came on in the 63rd minute of the stunning 19-7 semi-final victory over the All Blacks that has booked England a final berth against either South Africa or Wales on Saturday.

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While the Gloucester half-back struggled on until the end, the Rugby Football Union has confirmed he will play no further part in the tournament and have summoned Spencer to Japan.

Saracens scrum-half Spencer has won three caps as a replacement and will perform the same role as deputy to Ben Youngs at International Stadium Yokohama.

England have a number of injury concerns ahead of the final with Owen Farrell and Jonny May nursing dead legs, while prop Kyle Sinckler has a calf issue.

Anthony Watson was able to finish the semi-final demolition of New Zealand but he received regular treatment during the game for an unspecified knock.

Meanwhile, Heinz will stay with the squad at their training base in Tokyo.

Score prediction: England 21-10 South Africa
Form goes out of the window on occasions such as these but England will be favourites going into the Final after sending the dominant back-toback champions packing – and in some style – on Saturday.

Eddie Jones’s men must be disciplined, as they have been so far in the tournament, as Handre Pollard won’t need a second invitation to punish them with the boot.
England have been installed as warm favourites to win their second Rugby World Cup after South Africa made hard work of their semifinal win over Wales in Yokohama on Sunday night.
The Springboks were in real danger of losing the dour clash until veteran flanker Francois Louw won a crucial turnover to repel Wales deep into the second half.

The scoreboard reads 19-16 and style points are irrelevant in games of that magnitude.

But it was impossible to watch both semifinals and not fancy Eddie Jones’ England in next Saturday’s decider — with a day’s extra rest and preparation on top of their superior formline.

“You feel it’s England’s to lose, yeah,” former England five-eighth Stuart Barnes said on Fox Sports, while also acknowledging South Africa’s ability to upset the apple cart.

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“I would not, for a moment, be discounting the Springboks.

“I have too great a regard for their rugbuy

“But it’s not an arrogant England team.

“Yes, some England teams have been in sporting events in the past.

“But this team are not like that.

“It’s an England team that has worked damn hard.

“Jones has come there with that sunny southern hemisphere disposition that has changed England.”

England produced one of the most impressive performances of the professional rugby era in beating New Zealand 19-7 on Saturday.

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It was notable that there were no wild celebrations despite that monumental performance, which contrasted with Faf de Klerk and South Africa letting their hair down a little.

Sunday’s semi was a tough watch and the Springboks’ conservative, kick heavy approach played into Wales’ hands.

But as former Wallaby Stephen Hoiles stressed, they have more in their arsenal than that.

“I’ll go England,” Hoiles said when asked to predict the champion.

“I can see South Africa playing a different style of footy, the fast and furious footy that they threw at the All Blacks in the first game of this World Cup.

“But England, on form, are going to be hard to beat.”

South Africa’s appearance in the final continues a remarkable resurgence under charismatic coach Rassie Erasmus, who inherited the team at a low ebb

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Rugby World Cup 2019 Live :: The talismanic skipper, who missed a chunk of the year with a groin injury, was named in a strong Brave Blossoms side by Japan coach Jamie Joseph for Friday’s Pool A clash in Tokyo.

Japan are favourites. They are very fast, nobody makes mistakes. We appreciate the way Japan play but we also want to touch the line, do well and enjoy ourselves.”

Watch Rugby World Cup 2019 Live

But Leitch, joined by Japan stalwarts Yu Tamura and Shota Horie in an experienced starting line-up, admitted he has been taken aback by the scale of the media attention on the hosts in the run-up to the game.

“This is no normal turnout,” Leitch told a packed news conference.

“I’m so nervous I’ve been making all sorts of mistakes in training – there’s so many people and so many cameras. But I’m very proud to be part of the World Cup and to be captain of the Japan rugby team.”

Russia’s coach Lyn Jones, meanwhile, accepts the Brave Blossoms are favourites but wants to rattle a few feathers in the opening match.

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“Let me be frank, we have a 20 per cent chance in this game – but that’s just on paper,” the Welsh coach said.

His captain, full-back Vasily Artemyev, agrees and is similarly positive about his side’s prospects.

“We watched the last four or five games of Japan. They have a very structured, organised game. We need to bring chaos into their organisation,” he said.

Japan vs Russia: In brief

The weakest team in Pool A by ranking, Russia came close to upsetting Japan in November 2018.
Russia often use simple forward play but do have a hidden creative streak they can call on when needed.
Russia advance up the field thanks to opposition ill-discipline and accurate kicking.
Even in defeats by Tier 1 teams, Japan have been impressive. In 2018 they lost by 20 points against England and by three against Italy, a week after beating the Italians in Oita.
To progress, they have to be victorious against fellow Tier 2 sides Russia and Samoa and pick off one of either Scotland or Ireland. To guarantee that they do not end up in the same predicament as four years ago – three wins, yet no quarter-final spot – they will need to beat both Ireland and Scotland.
Japan vs Russia: Rugby World Cup kick-off time and prediction
Kick off time: The action begins at 12:45 (SAST) at the Ajinomoto Stadium and the action will be live on SuperSport 1.

For the RWC, we’ll be using a prediction algorithm from a New Zealand anorak.

Prediction: Japan by more than 30 points.

RWC 2019 live scores and result: Japan vs Russia
Our live match centre might take some time to load. Please allow a few seconds. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Japan are at odds of $251 to win the Rugby World Cup on home soil and while we don’t believe that’s possible we can see some opportunities to back the host nation.

They are rated around $5 to advance to the quarter-finals for the first time and, with a fanatical crowd behind them plus a rock-solid preparation, we can see them getting out of the pool stages.

Who can forget their wonderful performances in the 2015 World Cup in England when they won three of their four matches only to miss out on points differential. The Brave Blossoms’ run included that memorable 34-32 win over South Africa, who loom as potential quarter-final opponents.

Japan have been big movers in the ranks of world rugby over the past decade and their exciting style of play is sure to cause headaches for the likes of Pool A big guns Ireland and Scotland.

They dominated the Pacific Nations Cup and have been preparing the squad diligently for this massive event on home soil.

Clearly they are one of the teams to watch.

Rugby World Cup Live

Rugby World Cup Live :: The talismanic skipper, who missed a chunk of the year with a groin injury, was named in a strong Brave Blossoms side by Japan coach Jamie Joseph for Friday’s Pool A clash in Tokyo.

Japan vs Russia Rugby World Cup Live :: “Japan are favourites. They are very fast, nobody makes mistakes. We appreciate the way Japan play but we also want to touch the line, do well and enjoy ourselves.”

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But Leitch, joined by Japan stalwarts Yu Tamura and Shota Horie in an experienced starting line-up, admitted he has been taken aback by the scale of the media attention on the hosts in the run-up to the game.

“This is no normal turnout,” Leitch told a packed news conference.

“I’m so nervous I’ve been making all sorts of mistakes in training – there’s so many people and so many cameras. But I’m very proud to be part of the World Cup and to be captain of the Japan rugby team.”

Russia’s coach Lyn Jones, meanwhile, accepts the Brave Blossoms are favourites but wants to rattle a few feathers in the opening match.

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“Let me be frank, we have a 20 per cent chance in this game – but that’s just on paper,” the Welsh coach said.

His captain, full-back Vasily Artemyev, agrees and is similarly positive about his side’s prospects.

“We watched the last four or five games of Japan. They have a very structured, organised game. We need to bring chaos into their organisation,” he said.

Japan vs Russia: In brief

The weakest team in Pool A by ranking, Russia came close to upsetting Japan in November 2009.
Russia often use simple forward play but do have a hidden creative streak they can call on when needed.
Russia advance up the field thanks to opposition ill-discipline and accurate kicking.
Even in defeats by Tier 1 teams, Japan have been impressive. In 2018 they lost by 20 points against England and by three against Italy, a week after beating the Italians in Oita.
To progress, they have to be victorious against fellow Tier 2 sides Russia and Samoa and pick off one of either Scotland or Ireland. To guarantee that they do not end up in the same predicament as four years ago – three wins, yet no quarter-final spot – they will need to beat both Ireland and Scotland.
Japan vs Russia: Rugby World Cup kick-off time and prediction
Kick off time: The action begins at 12:45 (SAST) at the Ajinomoto Stadium and the action will be live on SuperSport 1.

For the RWC, we’ll be using a prediction algorithm from a New Zealand anorak.

Prediction: Japan by more than 30 points.

RWC 2019 live scores and result: Japan vs Russia
Our live match centre might take some time to load. Please allow a few seconds. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Japan are at odds of $251 to win the Rugby World Cup on home soil and while we don’t believe that’s possible we can see some opportunities to back the host nation.

They are rated around $5 to advance to the quarter-finals for the first time and, with a fanatical crowd behind them plus a rock-solid preparation, we can see them getting out of the pool stages.

Who can forget their wonderful performances in the 2015 World Cup in England when they won three of their four matches only to miss out on points differential. The Brave Blossoms’ run included that memorable 34-32 win over South Africa, who loom as potential quarter-final opponents.

Japan have been big movers in the ranks of world rugby over the past decade and their exciting style of play is sure to cause headaches for the likes of Pool A big guns Ireland and Scotland.

They dominated the Pacific Nations Cup and have been preparing the squad diligently for this massive event on home soil.

Clearly they are one of the teams to watch.