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Wrapping it all up in Gloucester...

The last Pool match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

JAPAN 28 - USA 18.

A deserved victory by Japan who lit the tournament up with that shock win over South Africa, and a solid victory over Samoa.

They qualify for RWC2019 as third place in thier pool, apart from the fact they are hosts.

It's an unfair situation that they win three out of four tests and thanks to bonus points gained by Scotland so they can't make it to the QFs.

But they have won hearts and minds and 2019 isn't all that far away. :)

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Do Samoa get Japan's qualifying spot, given that Japan have now effectively qualified twice?

Also, I don't want to taunt you Alex but...NZ v France......:scared: :o


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O'Brien suspended for a week.


Ireland flanker Sean O'Brien will miss Sunday's World Cup quarter-final against Argentina after being suspended for a week.

The flanker, 26, was given the ban after admitting he punched France's Pascal Papé in the early stages of last Sunday's World Cup Pool D game.

O'Brien's ban is another major blow for Ireland with Paul O'Connell and Peter O'Mahony already ruled out by injury.

Fly-half Johnny Sexton is also an injury doubt for the quarter-final.

Team captain O'Connell, whose international career is now over as he is retiring from Ireland duty at the end of the tournament, sustained a serious hamstring injury in the France contest.

O'Mahony picked up a knee injury in Sunday's game and will also take no further part in the competition.

The normal sanction for O'Brien's offence is a two-week suspension but his ban was cut to a week because of his "remorse, good character and clean disciplinary record".

A World Rugby statement read: "O'Brien admitted committing an act of foul play and therefore the independent judicial officer Terry Willis upheld the citing. The Judicial Officer deemed the act of foul play merited a low-end entry point of two weeks."

Chris Henry and Jordi Murphy are obvious back-row replacements for O'Brien and O'Mahony although versatile Iain Henderson represents another option for Ireland coach Joe Schmidt.

Henry impressed when he came on for O'Mahony early in the second half against France while also Henderson starred after replacing O'Connell at half-time.

Rhys Ruddock could be another back row contender after being called up as a replacement for O'Mahony.

Argentina will be without centre Marcelo Bosch after he was handed a one-week ban for a dangerous tackle in last weekend's win over Namibia.

Bosch was a second-half replacement against Namibia after starting in the opening games against New Zealand and Georgia.

O'Brien, man of the match on Sunday, will be available for the World Cup semi-final against either Australia or Scotland on 25 October if Ireland beat the Pumas.

Serves him right......

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Go Boris!

Still...We are at the sharp end now!

An Englishman walks into a Bar

Usually there's an Irishman, a Welshman, and a Scot with him -

But they're still at the World Cup! :P

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Heartbreak in Twickenham after a hard battle...


SOUTH AFRICA 23 - Wales 19.

The first semi finalists found.

Wales held on with the lead for 73 minutes but South Africa with a quick bench swap had the strength to break the Welsh defences with a try to the captain.

A huge turn around in fortune for a side ridiculed four weeks ago.

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Still anyone's game...France very much in this match, and very dangerous.

Already looking forward to halftime.
Nehe Milner-Scudder a breather try so needed.

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Pure exhibition stuff - Australia must be shaking. That Savea try where he just flattened 3 defenders - yowch. Also interesting to note the gulf in class of refereeing today. Nigel Owens handled the game perfectly, he let it flow so we got a game full of tries & skill. Compare to Wayne Barnes earlier who followed every phase with a whistle for some obscure penalty.

Nigel also has an amazing wit - I loved how he sin-binned that French player 'off you go, please' :lol:

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Listened to the game on BBC Radio during a long motorway journey last night. Simply brutal from the All Blacks and Andrew Mehrtens is to rugby commentary what Danny Morrison is to cricket - absolutely hilarious.

Extraordinary start in Cardiff with Argentina 17-0 up on Ireland in as many minutes.

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^^ Yeah whatever Alex....three tries later....

-_- I preferr to take the cautious approach...

:blink: But don't worry...I was dumbstruck when the tryfest began...and my phone died!!! :unsure:

Meanwhile in QF3

Halftime sees Argentina well in control of Ireland...

ARGENTINA 20 - Ireland 3.

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