Two Rugby World Cup games scheduled for this weekend have been called off as one of the most powerful typhoons in decades is set to hit Japan.On Thursday, World Rugby confirmed it had taken the unprecedented step of cancelling England's clash against France in Yokohama and New Zealand's match against Italy in Toyota, both of which were scheduled to take place on Saturday. Super Typhoon Hagibis, described as the biggest of the year, was initially expected to land on the southern island of Kyushu but is now zeroing in on Tokyo and Yokohama since changing direction earlier this week.According to the Joint Typhoon Warning, Hagibis stretches for hundreds of miles away from its center and on Tuesday it had sustained wind speeds of 120 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 170 mph."The decision to cancel matches has not been taken lightly," said tournament director Alan Gilpin. "It has been made with the best interest of team, public, and tournament volunteer safety as a priority based on … [Read more...] about Typhoon Hagibis Update: Which Rugby World Cup Games are Cancelled? Will Japan vs. Scotland Still Go Ahead?
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SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil and Mexico will face off Sunday in the U17 World Cup final. Brazil advanced Thursday night with a 3-2 win over France. France opened the scoring with Arnaud Kalimuendo-Muinga and Nathanaël Mbuku, but Kaio Jorge, Gabriel Veron e Lázaro put Brazil in the final. Earlier, Mexico beat the Netherlands 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regular time. Youri Regeer opened the scoring for the Dutch at 74 minutes, but Efrain Álvarez tied the game a short time later. Goalkeeper Eduardo Garcia saved three penalties to give Mexico a place in the final. Sunday’s decider will be at the Bezerrão stadium in Brasília, same site as the semifinals. Brazil is seeking its fourth title in the tournament, and first since 2003. It also won in 1997 and 1999. Mexico is trying for its third U17 crown after wins in 2005 and 2011. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccerhttps://twitter.com/AP_Sports … [Read more...] about Brazil and Mexico to play U17 World Cup final
England through to World Cup 2018 quarter-finals: live reaction after penalty shootout win England vs Sweden: When is England's next match? It still felt monumental an hour afterwards when Gareth Southgate came out on to the Spartak Stadium pitch and raised his fist to the England fans who had continued singing, a salute and also a farewell to 28 years of a nation messing up these great tournament moments. The first World Cup penalty shoot-out victory in four, just the second in a major tournament, the first won on foreign soil, and suddenly the English game is looking at itself anew with also the possibility of so much more. Southgate’s team are in the quarter-finals of a World Cup finals, the favourites against Sweden, and now England and English football has to confront the enormity of what might be achieved. The history of this England team, with the handbrake on for decades, a story of the same mistakes often made by the same people, is now changing by the day as … [Read more...] about England banish penalty curse to pass Colombia test and reach World Cup quarter-final
Player ratings: who performed and who didn't? England warned to expect tough approach from Panama England vs Panama, World Cup 2018: When and where in Russia is the Group G match, what time does it start and what TV channel is it on? Harry Kane said he might well score three like Cristiano Ronaldo. People tittered. Instead it was just the two for the England captain as he struck the goals to gain England a precious victory in their opening Group G fixture against an obdurate, organised and occasionally cynical Tunisia. It mattered in terms of perception as well as points. These were Kane’s first tournament goals and he, and England, are up and running. What a contribution from the captain. At times England wrestled with familiar failings. At times, Tunisia just wrestled and not least when it came to dealing with Kane who was dragged to the turf on at least two occasions inside the penalty area. The first probably was rightly not given, as John Stones already … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018: Harry Kane rescues England as they beat Tunisia in opening match
THEY'RE ranked number one in the world - and the Irish rugby team have some stellar ladies backing them ahead of their World Cup game against Scotland on Sunday. From the Irish Miss Universe to the childhood sweethearts who have stood by the players since they were at school, we meet the glamorous Irish Rugby WAGs. The model and pharmacy student Lucky Rob Kearney, 33, has brains and beauty with his lady Jess Redden – she’s a fitness model as well as studying to be a pharmacist. The couple have been dating for over five years, and tend to keep their romance away from the spotlight.The Leinster fullback – who dated Footballers’ Wives actress Susie Amy for three years before their split in 2012 – last year opened up about his and Jess’ "perfect" relationship. He said: “It’s really good, perfect. Jess is working hard, she’s doing pharmacy at the moment so that’s really her primary focus. She’s exams coming up now, so a … [Read more...] about Meet Ireland’s glamorous Rugby World Cup WAGs from childhood sweethearts to a Miss Universe