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International Wrap – England, Ireland start World Cup preparation with a win


There was a few International matches played over the weekend as test nations are gearing up for the World Cup next month in Japan.

Fiji beat Samoa in their last Pacific Nations Cup match on Saturday with Goneva becoming Fiji’s record try scorer.

It was a stunning counter-attack from Fiji that led to the try.

Goneva was on the end of a stunning a 70-metre try for the Fijians which saw some superb link up play and Fijian flair.


Japan become champions of the Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday when they beat the USA 34-10.

Japan were full value for their win as they control the game from start to finish.

Michael Leitch led from the front with two tries from the inspirational captain.

Their other points came via tries from Kenki Fukuoka and Ryohei Yamanaka while Yu Tamura succeeded with four conversions and a penalty.

The USA got tries through Madison Hughes, Hanco Germishuys with Will Hooley, slotted two conversions and two penalties.

The result means Japan have now won the Pacific Nations Cup for the third time and sets them up nicely for the Rugby World Cup which will be held in their backyard from late September to early November.

Ireland got their preparations to the World Cup off to a winning start against Italy on Saturday when they beat them 29-10 in Dublin.

Ireland created enough opportunities in that first half but just lack some killer instinct.

They did outscore the Italians by five tries to two but it was not a complete performance yet.

For Ireland Joey Carbery, Dave Kearney, Andrew Conway, Jordi Murphy and Kieran Marmion got over the whitewash and Italy tries came from Maxime Mbanda and Carlo Canna.

The scorers:

For Ireland:
Tries: Carbery, Kearney, Conway, Murphy
Cons: Carbery 2

For Italy:
Tries: Mbanda, Canna


England stop Wales winning streak on Sunday when they beat them 33-19 in a World Cup warm-up match.

It was a fast-paced match which England dominated for longer periods of time and deserved winners at the end.

There was a lot of mistakes as we expected in a warm-up match from both sides.

This win for England put an end to Wales winning streak of 14 matches.

Ford boot added 15 points to the England total at the end with tries from Billy Vunipola, Joe Cokanasiga and Luke Cowan-Dickie, as well as a late drop-goal from Elliot Daly.

For Wales, Gareth Davies, George North and Wyn Jones crossed the whitewash, while Gareth Anscombe and Dan Biggar added conversions.

It took a while for Wales to get their hands on the ball as England raced to a 14-0 lead.

Wales first points came from Davies who snipped from the blindside and side-step his way pass the England defence.

Wales came out firing after the break but England drew first blood with a penalty.

The visitors came back in the 50th minute when North burst through a couple of tackles to score his side’s second try after Ken Owens was stopped close to the line in the build-up.

But England ended the stronger of the two sides and took the win.

The scorers:

For England:
Tries: Vunipola, Cokanasiga, Cowan-Dickie
Cons: Ford 3
Pens: Ford 3
Drop goal: Daly

For Wales:
Tries: G Davies, North, W Jones
Cons: Anscombe, Biggar

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