France Name Rugby World Cup Squad
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Jacques Brunel has confirmed France's 31-man Rugby World Cup squad.
Back rower Louis Picamoles will participate in his third World Cup having featured in 2011, 2015 and will retire from international rugby after the competition.
Picamoles has been preferred over Francois Cros who has missed out completely.
The youthful squad also includes the likes of Gregory Alldritt, Demba Bamba, Peato Mauvaka, Thomas Ramos and Damian Penaud.
Confirmed: Saracens sign Springbok Willemse on loan
Saracens have confirmed that Springbok and Stormers utility back Damian Willemse has signed with the club on a short-term deal.
The South African fly-half, who can also play centre and full-back, joins the Men in Black from Super Rugby franchise the Stormers as cover for injured duo Alex Goode (foot) and Max Malins (broken foot). Full story
Gorgodze comes out of international retirement and is named in Georgia's RWC squad
#HappyInBattle With 17 Forwards and 14 Backs Milton Haig names #TheLelos 31 men squad for @rugbyworldcup 2019 in Japan 🇬🇪 🔥 🏆— Georgian Rugby Union (@GeorgianRugby) September 2, 2019
Read more here: https://t.co/AB9nmGNG0v#RWC2019 #რაგბიჩვენითამაშია #TheLelos pic.twitter.com/vhzf5c23Iu
The Lelos’ Head Coach Milton Haig named the 31 players who will represent Georgia at Rugby World Cup 2019.
This is the fifth consecutive Rugby World Cup for Georgia, which will be the fourth for two players selected in the squad – Georgia’s all time try scorer Mamuka Gorgodze, who retired from international rugby and returned as squad needed him for the tournament and Georgian centurion Davit Kacharava, who has 115 caps behind his back.
The Sharks confirm 2020 Super Rugby coaching staff
The Sharks have confirmed that Currie Cup Head Coach, Sean Everitt will head up the Sharks coaching team for the 2020 Super Rugby tournament.
He will be assisted by backline/attack coach David Williams and the new addition of the highly regarded Brent Janse van Rensburg, as forwards coach, from the Griquas.
Nick Easter, the current forwards coach, has opted to return to England to further his coaching career closer to home.
Jack Nowell has emergency surgery for appendicitis
England winger Jack Nowell has undergone emergency surgery in Italy.
The Exeter Chiefs back was struck down with appendicitis in another World Cup injury scare as he was rushed to hospital last Wednesday - just hours after arriving in Treviso.
Nowell has not played since injuring his ankle in their Premiership final against Saracens back in June but has been included in England’s 31-man World Cup squad. Full story
Latest World Rankings: Wales relinquish top spot
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New Zealand have returned to the summit of the World Rankings following Wales' defeat to Ireland at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Wales' short reign at the top of the World Rugby Men's Rankings is over after an 11-match winning home run came to an end with Saturday's 22-17 defeat to Ireland.
The loss saw Wales get one-and-a-half rating points deducted from their total and now find themselves down in fourth place in the rankings with New Zealand, Ireland and England the sides to profit.
Ireland Name Rugby World Cup Squad
The Ireland coaching group have named the 31 man squad that will travel to Japan on the 11th September to compete at Rugby World Cup 2019.
The squad is captained by Rory Best who will play at a fourth Rugby World Cup having been involved in the 2007, 2011, 2015 editions.
Six of the squad named featured at the previous two Rugby World Cups (2011 & 2015) – Sean Cronin, Keith Earls, Cian Healy, Rob Kearney, Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton, while a further five played in the 2015 tournament – Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, Robbie Henshaw, Peter O’Mahony and Rhys Ruddock.
South Africa name squad to face Japan