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High balls, high tackles: Five Rugby World Cup talking points

Ireland's rugby players wave from their bus after the Team Welcome Ceremony for Ireland team ahead of the start of the Rugby World Cup in Chiba September 13, 2019. — Reuters pic

England coach Eddie Jones branded the decision “ridiculous” but World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper defended new guidelines drawn up to protect players from concussion. Referees will consider the extent of the head contact, the level of danger and any “mitigating circumstances” that could downgrade the card from red to yellow, Rolland said.

Heavy rain is forecast for the opening weekend in Tokyo with temperatures dropping from 30 degrees to the high teens. Warren Gatland’s Wales have been adding oil to training balls to make them more slippery, resulting in a memorable quote from his New Zealand counterpart when asked about it. Japan will be targeting pool games against Ireland and Scotland as potential upsets and many are tipping Fiji to get one over Australia in pool D.

 

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