Japan aiming for another cup upset, TMO delays, Joseph injury blow for England and South Africa ring the changes for Samoa clash are the top stories in today’s Rugby World Cup update
Scotland next on Japan’s hitlist
Japan go into today’s Pool B game against Scotland full of confidence after they provided one of the biggest upsets in sports by beating South Africa on Saturday. The game is currently ongoing and Eddie Jones was bullish about his team’s chances. “If we’re in the game at half-time, we’ll run them off their feet. Are we fitter? Definitely,” Jones said ahead of the game. Stuart Hogg returns from injury for Scotland in what is their first match of the tournament.
Slow TMO decisions frustrating fans
One of the negative features of what has been a successful tournament thus far has been the length of time the Television Match Officials (TMO) has taken to make decisions. This was highlighted in the opening game of the World Cup when the England v Fiji game lasted more than 100 minutes when South African referee Jaco Peyper sent six incidents to the TMO for him to adjudicate on. This has also been the case in other game, albeit to a lesser extent. Let’s hope that it is cleared up sooner rather than later.
England centre Joseph out for the rest of the pool stages
It has been reported that English centre Jonathan Joseph will miss this weekend’s crunch clash with Wales as well as the rest of England’s pool games. The centre picked up a pectoral injury in their opening win against Fiji and would be a major loss to Stuart Lancaster’s side. Joseph’s Bath teammate Sam Burgess is likely to come into the team in his absence.
Meyer wields the axe ahead of Samoa test
South African coach Heyneke Meyer has made eight changes for South Africa’s second Pool B game against Samoa. This move is not a surprise following South Africa’s shock loss to Japan in their opening game. Among the changes are at scrum half and out half with Fourie Du Preez and Handre Pollard coming into the side. Captain Jean De Villiers also moves from inside centre to outside centre.
GAMES ON TV TODAY
2.30pm: Scotland v Japan
4.45pm: Australia v Fiji
8pm: France v Romania