Hamish Watson, Scotland’s key flanker, has been ruled out of the rest of the Rugby World Cup with a knee injury suffered during their 27-3 loss to Ireland. He twisted his knee in a ruck with 3 minutes of the first half remaining. He will be replaced by his fellow Edinburgh back-rower Magnus Bradbury.
After Ireland lost 57-15 to England in their second World Cup warm-up match at Twickenham in August, there was talk that their 37-year-old captain Rory Best was past his prime and his place in the Ireland team was questioned. Best put these criticisms to rest with an outstanding performance in Ireland’s 27-3 thrashing of Scotland on Sunday in Yokohama.
The All Blacks 23-13 win against South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama saw New Zealand return to the top of the World Rugby Men’s Ranking bumping Ireland down to second, who recorded a win over Scotland on the weekend.
South Africa’s tight-head prop Trevor Nyakane is heading home from the Rugby World Cup after sustaining a calf injury during his teams loss to New Zealand. Nyakane came on the field in the 55th minute as a substitute for Frans Malherbe but hobbled off with just a few minutes left of the match. He will be replaced in the squad by Thomas du Toit.
Ali Price of Scotland is returning home injured. The scrum-half sustained a foot injury after he came on to replace Greig Laidlaw in the second half of their match against Ireland. Henry Pyrgos of Edinburgh will replace him in the squad.
Australia’s James O’Connor returned to international rugby in August after a six year absence having struggled with mental health issues. He proved his worth excelling at outside centre in the Wallabies 39-21 win over Fiji. He sees his return as a platform to inspire others and to spread the message of mental health.
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