Michael Cheika sends first verbal grenade at Eddie Jones as Wallabies ramp up war of words ahead of England Rugby World Cup clash
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All Blacks flanker Sam Cane has praised England young guns Tom Curry and Sam Underhill ahead of this weekend’s World Cup semi-final in Yokohama.
The Red Rose back-row duo are inexperienced internationals but have impressed at the global tournament in Japan, helping them to reach the last-four stage.
Promising outside back Andrew Kellaway, who started his career with NSW, has confirmed he will join the Melbourne Rebels for the 2020 Super Rugby season. The 24-year-old will arrive for pre-season training in November after a recent spell with the Northampton Saints (England) and Counties Manukau (New Zealand) looking to add to his 25 Super Rugby caps. "Wanting to be back in Australia and trying to get my name on the national radar was a huge driver behind coming home," Kellaway said.
Pictures: Best pictures from the 2019 Rugby World Cup
The ninth Rugby World Cup is being held in Japan from Sept. 20 to Nov. 2, 2019. A total of 20 teams, including New Zealand, Japan, England, Australia and France, have qualified. Here is a look at some of the best photos from the tournament so far.
(Pictured) Russia's Vasily Dorofeev gets tackled by Samoa's Alapati Leiua during their match in Kumagaya, on Sept. 24.
England are on the brink of missing the semi-finals of the World Cup nines after a shock 16-13 loss to Lebanon.Without their boycotting NRL stars, the Cedars claimed what will likely be the biggest upset of the weekend against an England side full of NRL and Super League talent.
England's Billy Vunipola blasts through the Tongan defense during their match in Sapporo on Sept. 22.
'V' for victory: Why England tried to 'shock' All Blacks at haka time
The brains behind the idea belonged to Eddie Jones, but it was the England players who decided to form a V-formation before facing New Zealand's haka.It worked a treat as England ran out 19-7 winners to progress to the World Cup final and resign the All Blacks to their equal-worst defeat in the game’s centrepiece tournament.
Team South Africa look on as the All Blacks perform their traditional Haka prior to their match in Yokohama, on Sept. 21.
England set to be fined for haka counter-move
England's herculean 19-7 Rugby World Cup semi-final win over the All Blacks may not slide by without controversy.Prior to the blockbuster clash at Yokohama Stadium on Saturday night, Eddie Jones' men set the tone of the night when they launched their own counter-offensive to the Kiwis' pre-match ritual.
Argentine fans cheer before the match on Sept. 21.
Spotify Kids is a standalone app to keep young ears safe
Welcome to the land of Baby Shark.Spotify Kids will be available for those with a Premium Family subscription, which costs $14.99 a month, when the app rolls out in their respective markets, according to a release from the company Wednesday. Parents will have full control over the music in the app by setting up an account for their child and deciding what content will be available for them.
They have been dubbed the ‘Kamikaze Kids’ by head coach Eddie Jones, and New Zealand openside Cane, who will go head-to-head with the youngsters, admits that they will pose a threat on Saturday.
“Underhill and Curry have been pretty impressive,” Cane told reporters. “Both have got a huge appetite for hard work and have very good skill-sets.”
Eight tackles so far with one missed, Tom Curry is putting in a shift for the @englandrugby back row.
Both Curry and Underhill play their club rugby at openside, but they have dovetailed nicely in what has become a bit of a trend at this World Cup.
New Zealand, with Cane and Ardie Savea, and Australia, with Michael Hooper and David Pocock, have also played two fetchers in the back-row, and the All Blacks flanker believes that it shows how rugby has developed.
“It probably shows where the game has evolved slightly, where the three (loose forwards) – particularly the flankers – roles don’t differ too much,” he said. “It just depends, I suppose, on a coach and what make-up he wants from his loose forwards too.
“Teams are so structured and probably the best chance to attack from unstructured is turnover ball, so you might increase your chances ever so slightly.”
The battle at the breakdown will once again be pivotal when the All Blacks and England face off on Saturday.
New Zealand have dominated that area for much of the World Cup, with Cane and Savea combining well, but the Chiefs player insists that they can still get better.
“I would love to think we have room for improvement, absolutely,” he added.
“Ardie has been working really hard on some of his set-piece work, which a number six is required to do a little bit more.
But, pretty much, bar the set-piece our roles are pretty interchangeable. Whether that is attack or defence, things have been going all right.”
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