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Typhoon Hagibis latest: Japan waiting to count cost of destruction after storm pummels country

Japan is waiting to count the costs of the destruction wrought by Typhoon Hagibis after the storm, the strongest to hit in six decades, battered the country’s main island with torrential rain and violent winds, leaving two people dead and forcing thousands to flee their homes. Hagibis made landfall shortly before 7pm Japan Standard Time in Izu Peninsula, south-west of Tokyo, → Read More

Japan earthquake: 5.7 magnitude tremor strikes main island as deadly typhoon closes in

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has jolted the main island of Japan as Typhoon Hagibis, one of the strongest storms to hit in decades, continues to reap devastation throughout the central region of the country. → Read More

Typhoon Hagibis latest: Evacuations ordered and buildings damaged as storm closes in on Japan

Typhoon Hagibis, the strongest storm to hit Japan in decades, has begun reaping devastation along the Pacific coast of the country’s main island, with residents in the most vulnerable areas leaving their homes and taking shelter in evacuation centres. NHK, Japan’s national broadcaster, has reported that violent gusts have already torn roofs of buildings and left some residents → Read More

Typhoon Hagibis latest: Rugby World Cup and Japan braces as super storm approaches

The storm, which could be the strongest to hit the country in decades, is due to make landfall on the main island on Saturday evening before working its way north → Read More

Rugby World Cup 2019: Typhoon Hagibis has thrown World Rugby's reputation back under the spotlight

When Alan Gilpin, tournament director of this year’s Rugby World Cup, announced the decision to abandon two matches in light of the havoc set to be wrought by Typhoon Hagibis, with the prospect of cancelling the crucial showdown between Japan and Scotland, it was the following line that caught the eye: “What is important to note is that where we are is in accordance with what → Read More

Rugby World Cup 2019: A ‘new era’ beckons as the red sun of Japan slowly rises into view

No longer are the Japanese mere hosts, content to revel in the prestige and honour that comes with holding a global tournament. Victory over Scotland, assuming it goes ahead, can be confirmation of the Brave Blossoms’ ascension to the top table → Read More

South Africa’s Rugby World Cup 2019 blitz of Canada another unwelcome reminder of the sport’s inequalities

South Africa 66-7 Canada: The Canadians, who conceded 48 points to Italy and 63 to New Zealand in their opening matches, again found the going tough in Pool B as they shipped 10 tries to the dominant Springboks → Read More

The Indy Rugby Podcast: England and All Blacks cruise into quarter-finals – but let’s get clear on red cards

The quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup are looming on the horizon, with teams already securing their place in the last eight and others booking their flights home shrouded in disappointment. With England, France and New Zealand all booking their place in the quarter-finals, the knockout stage in Japan is starting to take shape, but plenty of other still harbour hopes of → Read More

The Indy Rugby Podcast: Wales win, Michael Cheika rages and one special night in Shizuoka

As the pool stage at the Rugby World Cup clears the halfway mark, Japan continues to recover from a stunning weekend that saw the hosts beat Ireland, and Wales and Australia play out a blinder in Tokyo. → Read More

Australia vs Wales, Rugby World Cup 2019 LIVE: Stream, score, UK time, latest updates from today’s fixture

Follow the latest updates live from the Rugby World Cup as heavyweights Australia and Wales meet in what promises to be a thrilling Pool D encounter. The showdown in Tokyo is likely to decide the Pool winner, with both sides expected to qualify from the group. But with England among the possible quarter-final opponents, pool placement may be more important than meets the eye. → Read More

Rugby World Cup 2019: Victory over Australia can give Wales ‘boost’ to reach final in Japan, says Shane Williams

Shane Williams, Wales’ record try-scorer, believes victory over Australia on Sunday would give Warren Gatland’s men the “psychological boost” needed to reach the final of the Rugby World Cup. The 2019 Six Nations champions go head to head with the Wallabies at the Tokyo Stadium in a Pool D showdown that will likely decide the winner of their group. → Read More

Rugby World Cup 2019: Six things we’ve learned from Japan so far

The World Cup is in full swing after four days of gripping rugby that, in these parts at least, has been embraced with open arms. From Tokyo to Sapporo to Osaka and beyond, the locals have turned out in their thousands for a tournament that is making its debut here in Asia. → Read More

Rugby World Cup 2019, Ireland vs Scotland LIVE: Stream and latest score on third day of fixtures

Follow live updates from the 2019 Rugby World Cup as Ireland and Scotland open their respective campaigns against one another at Yokohama's Nissan Stadium. → Read More

Rugby World Cup 2019, New Zealand vs South Africa LIVE: Stream, latest score on second day of fixtures

Follow live updates from the Rugby World Cup as New Zealand and South Africa go head to head this morning at Yokohama’s Nissan Stadium. As one of the game’s fiercest rivalries, it’s a match that promises to be jam-packed with drama and world-class rugby, with both teams set to hold nothing back as they target a top-placed finish in Pool B. → Read More

Rugby World Cup 2019 LIVE: Opening ceremony and Japan vs Russia latest news and updates

The 2019 Rugby World Cup finally gets underway this morning and you can follow live coverage of both the opening ceremony and Japan vs Russia below. The spectacular opening ceremony at the Tokyo Stadium promises to “draw on deeply symbolic Japanese cultural references to illustrate the passion, expectation and excitement the people of Japan have for the tournament”. The events → Read More

Champions League: Uefa to ignore calls to introduce independent doctors to deal with concussions

Uefa has drawn criticism after it emerged the governing body is set to ignore calls to introduce independent doctors to the game and continue to defer responsibility to clubs when dealing with players suspected to be suffering concussion. Following a series of high-profile controversies across the 2018/19 season, which saw Uefa’s concussion protocols fall under scrutiny, the → Read More

England vs Kosovo player ratings: Raheem Sterling shines in thrilling win

England clinched a 5-3 win over Kosovo in a thrillingly entertaining affair at St Mary’s on Tuesday night. It was a less than ideal start for the hosts, with Valon Berisha putting Kosovo ahead after 35 seconds following a loose pass from Michael Keane. → Read More

Twitter defends approach to tackling racism after Premier League players subject to abuse

Twitter has defended its approach to tackling racism on the platform after several Premier League players were recently subject to racist abuse. In the latest case of online racism, Kurt Zouma was abused over the weekend after conceding an own goal in Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Sheffield United. → Read More

Wales vs Ireland player ratings: Jack Carty delivers man-of-the-match display to push Rugby World Cup chances

Ireland ended Wales' 11-match winning streak at home with a 22-17 victory in Cardiff, banishing memories of their hammering at Twickenham last weekend. The Irish were under pressure to deliver a big performance following the 57-15 record defeat against England, although both Joe Schmidt and Warren Gatland named heavily-changed teams ahead of their final Rugby World Cup squad → Read More

Kick-off time, TV channel and team news for Ireland vs Wales

Wales and Ireland meet in Cardiff on Saturday as the two nations continue their preparations ahead of next month’s World Cup. Warren Gatland has made 14 changes to the side that defeated England, with Owen Lane and Rhys Carre both set to make their Test debuts in a Welsh shirt. Wales take on an Irish side that will be licking their wounds after the 57-15 humbling at Twickenham → Read More