Johnny Sexton will lead Ireland on his return from injury in one of 11 changes to their lineup to face Russia in Kobe City on Thursday.
Samoa erased a half-time deficit to defeat Russia 34-9 in a chaotic Pool A World Cup encounter in Kumagaya on Tuesday. MARIETTE ADAMS reports.
Highlights of Japan’s 30-10 victory over Russia in the opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
South African-born duo Lappies Labuschagne and Kotaro Matsushima scored four tries between them as Japan battled to a 30-10 victory over Russia in the opening game of the 2019 World Cup in Tokyo on Friday.
Russia picked up their first-ever win against Canada with a resounding 43-20 victory in Ottowa on Saturday.
Marcel Brache and Joe Taufete’e both grabbed braces as the USA hammered Russia 63-13 in Colorado on Saturday.
World Rugby has confirmed that Russia will play in the 2019 World Cup after rejecting appeals from Spain and Romania against breaches of player eligibility in the qualifying process.