Former England coach Clive Woodward has called for the inclusion of Japan and the Pacific Nations in the Rugby Championship after the World Cup.
Five of the best tries scored during the pool stage of the 2019 World Cup, featuring South Africa, Wales, New Zealand and Japan.
In selecting his team for this Sunday’s quarter-final in Tokyo, former Bok hooker JAMES DALTON would opt to start Cobus Reinach at scrumhalf and Cheslin Kolbe at fullback.
England are likely to have No 8 Billy Vunipola back to full fitness for their World Cup quarter-final against Australia in Oita on Saturday.
Tonga hooker Paula Ngauamo has been slapped with a seven-week suspension for kicking an opponent in face during their match against the USA on Sunday.
World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont believes the standard of refereeing at the World Cup in Japan has improved as the tournament progressed.
Bok assistant coach Mzwandile Stick has highlighted the threat of Japan’s wings ahead of the quarter-final showdown on Sunday. JON CARDINELLI in Tokyo reports.
Wayne Barnes has been appointed as the match-day referee for the World Cup quarter-final between hosts Japan and the Springboks in Tokyo on Sunday.
The Scotland Rugby Union has been reported to a disputes committee for comments about their World Cup match against Japan.
Rassie Erasmus has a tough call to make regarding his starting hooker ahead of the do-or-die World Cup clash with Japan, writes JON CARDINELLI in Tokyo.