Japan’s Kotaro Matsushima (left) fends off Russia’s Vladislav Sozonov to score his third try during the Rugby World Cup pool A game at Tokyo Stadium. Photo: AP
Tim Noonan
Opinion

Opinion

In the scrum by Tim Noonan

Rugby World Cup 2019 is about growing the game – which means you need to know your place

  • If you’re a reporter for a tier two nation, don’t expect the VIP treatment
  • But tournament opener between hosts Japan and Russia is still a blast

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Japan’s Kotaro Matsushima (left) fends off Russia’s Vladislav Sozonov to score his third try during the Rugby World Cup pool A game at Tokyo Stadium. Photo: AP
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