Let's see if Australia can get one back on New Zealand after Kiwis upset the hosts in the women's final! NZ upset the Jillaroos to win the World Cup! The Jillaroos held a slender one-point lead at halftime at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday but Onjeurlina Leiataua engineered a second-half comeback. Leiataua gave the Kiwi Ferns the lead when she put Jules Newman over on a short-side play soon after resumption. Australia reclaimed the lead through Corban McGregor, who went on a scorching 60m sideline run.
Japan play Russia in the opening match of the rugby World Cup Image: Getty Images Get the biggest rugby stories by email Subscribe We will use your email address only for the purpose of sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email The Rugby World Cup has arrived as hosts Japan play Russia today.
It's been a pretty turbulent week with the Rob Howley scandal dominating the headlines, but it's time for attention to turn to the rugby.
With Japan being eight hours ahead, all of the games throughout the tournament will be played during the morning in the UK so you'll have to watch today's events in work.
What time is the opening ceremony? The opening ceremony will start at What will the opening ceremony involve? A spectacular show is promised at Tokyo stadium, with a worldwide television audience of hundreds-of-millions expected to tune in.
Here's what Rugby World Cup officials say we can expect: "Combining the ancient with the modern, the opening ceremony will draw on deeply symbolic Japanese cultural references to illustrate the passion, expectation and excitement the people of Japan have for the tournament.
What time is kick-off? The game is being shown on ITV and you can follow everything live here. The game will be preceded by the official Rugby World Cup opening ceremony.
You can see all of Wales' fixture dates here. Read More Who else is in Pool A? This will be the first match in a Pool that also contains Ireland, Scotland and Samoa.
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It's a match Japan will be huge favourites for, with the hosts expected to challenge Scotland and Ireland for a place in the quarter-finals. Russia are relative rugby minnows, with their recent hammering at the hands of Italy, plus a defeat to English Championship side Jersey Reds, perhaps summing up where they stand.
Where are both teams ranked? Japan are currently ranked 10 in the world and are Pacific Nations champions.
They are ranked ahead of Argentina 11th and Italy 14th. Russia are 10 places below in 20th, but there is a big gap in quality.
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