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In exactly a year's time, World Rugby can say it has grown up. This time next year Japan will turn on one of the great Rugby World Cups, albeit eight years later than it should have, Greg Growden writes.
At the repechage in France, Kenya Simbas will play against Hong Kong, Germany and Canada in a round-robin format for the final berth at Rugby World Cup 2019.
The Rugby World Cup could be expanded to include 24 teams from the current 20 by the 2023 tournament in France, World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper says.
England head coach Eddie Jones has revealed he is making his staff prepare for the Rugby World Cup by learning Japanese.
Kenya's head coach. Ian Snook believes his team failed to qualify directly for the World Cup "because of lack of trial games", hence he is happy to play fixtures ahead of the repechage.
Kenya Simbas coach Ian Snook said his team need to improve on their defence ahead of the World Rugby Repechage tournament which serves as a Rugby World Cup qualifier.