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Edinburgh player and Scotland international Jamie Ritchie:  ‘I’m really excited to play in front of the fans again.’ File photograph: Bruce White/SNS Group via Getty

Jamie Ritchie is delighted to finally get the chance to captain Scotland after his hopes of leading his country in the summer were dashed by coronavir(...)

Louis Lynagh during an England training session held at The Lensburyin Teddington, England. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Louis Lynagh’s selection in an extended England squad last month put a dagger through the heart of Australian rugby fans who hold precious memories of(...)

France players clap the fans after their Rugby World Cup victory over Tonga. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

France 23 Tonga 21 France secured their place in the World Cup quarter-finals with a 23-21 victory over Tonga at the Kumamoto Stadium. France will n(...)

Julian Montoya of Argentina celebrates scoring his side’s first try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group C clash with Tonga. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Argentina 28 Tonga 12 Argentina bounced back from their opening-round defeat to France with a 28-12 victory over Tonga in Osaka. Two early tries fro(...)

Luke Cowan-Dickie of England scores his side’s fourth try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group C win over Tonga at Sapporo Dome in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

England 35 Tonga 3 Manu Tuilagi put some much-needed gloss on a medicre opening display by England with his first World Cup tries for eight years as (...)

New Zealand’s George Bridge scored four trimes against Tonga. Photograph: Inpho

The All Blacks got exactly what they wanted from their final match ahead of the World Cup when they demolished Tonga 92-7 on Saturday, and deliberate(...)

Jean Kleyn and James Ryan are two of Ireland’s secondrow options. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Pool A Ireland Backs: Conor Murray, Luke McGrath, Johnny Sexton, Joey Carbery, Jack Carty, Bundee Aki, Robbie Henshaw, Garry Ringrose, Chris Farrell(...)

Fiji and Tonga players after their RWC warm-up match at Eden Park. Photograph: Dave Rowland/Getty

Fiji 29 Tonga 19 Fiji highlighted how dangerous they could be on the counterattack at the World Cup as they scored two scintillating long-range tries(...)

Ananaki Lelei Mafi of Japan is held up by Tonga in Osaka. Photograph: Getty Images

A Yu Tamura-inspired Japan thrashed Tonga 41-7 in Osaka on Saturday to make it two wins from two in the Pacific Nations Cup as they continued their pr(...)

Manu Tuilagi celebrates a try against Ireland at Twickenham. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

Pool C England - 3rd (9-2) France - 8th (33-1) Argentina - 11th (40-1) USA - 14th (1500-1) Tonga - 15th (1000-1) The Contenders England’s dismantli(...)

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