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news from Thursday, 19 September 2019

- Scotland centre Sam Johnson believes that his side will have to put as much pressure as possible on the Irish half-back line and disrupt their rhythm if they are to cause an upset in their Pool A opener on Sunday. Ireland go into the game as the number 1 ranked team in the world, claiming that title after victory in their last warm-up game against Wales a fortnight ago. Joe Schmidt's side will be ...

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- New Zealand head coach Steven Hansen has accused his South African counterpart Rassie Erasmus of trying to influence referee Jerome Garces ahead of their titanic World Cup battle this weekend.  During a press conference on Wednesday, Erasmus commented that the era in which the All-Blacks benefit from marginal calls because they are the best in the world has ended. The former Munster coached calle...

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- With A year still 
to go on Peceli Yato’s contract, and the player himself saying 
“I really want to stay – it’s like home”, it wasn’t exactly panic stations for Clermont. But when the back-row recently signed a new deal with the club until 2023, the rest of the Top 14 must have had to pardon their French. Quite simply, the Fiji back-row has become one of the most imposing figures ...

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