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January 2, 2017
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Today's headlines...

  • Japan have beaten South Africa 34032 in the biggest shock international rugby has ever known
  • Ireland opened their campaign with an impressive 50-7 win over Canada
  • Georgia have beaten Tonga 17-10 in Pool C
  • Fans travelling to Cardiff for the Ireland v Canada match were hit by train chaos
  • Some were forced to get taxis from Bristol after severe overcrowding saw fans' turned away

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What Japan's win could mean for Wales and the tournament

Despite us just being a couple of games into the tournament that could have a knock-on effect to Wales chances in the knock-on stages. The Springboks were expected to win that group comfortably with Scotland and Samoa battling it out for the second spot with Japan and USA supposedly making up the numbers.

Group B winners and runners-up will meet their counterparts in Pool A which has been classed as the group of death with Wales joined by England, Australia, Fiji and Uruguay. The Group B winners will meet Group A runners-up and vice versa. If South Africa finish second they will play the Pool A winners with the runners-up facing one of the other nations.

It might seem a bit tenuous to be talking about this in the first round of matches but remember four years ago Ireland turned the tournament on its head by defeating Australia in the pool stages and topping their group. And Wales went onto win their quarter-final against Brian O’Driscoll’s men instead of facing the Wallabies in the last eight.

Japan players react to their win

Bookies stunned by Japan win

Bookies William Hill are in shock after the biggest surprise in Rugby history as 1/500 certainties South Africa were turned over by Japan. Astonishingly one William Hill customer from Coventry did place £100 at 33/1 on a Japan victory (winning £3, 300) but he was one of the few with just 1.7% of wagers placed on Japan. Japan are now 300/1 from 1000/1 to win the World Cup. “This is one of the greatest upsets in sporting history and our World Cup has got off to a flyer, ” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.

Getty Images Japan celebrate the most famous day in their rugby history

That moment when you create history...

Japan will go down in Rugby World Cup history after that victory over South Africa #RSA. Hats off #JPN @jrfurugby

— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) Sat Sep 19 18:08:55 +0000 2015

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"The biggest upset in World Cup history"

Here’s what our Shane has had to say...

Japan have just beaten South Africa in one of the best games of rugby I have seen.What a result. What are Scotland going to think about this one now?South Africa looked rusty and with all the possession they had they just could not make it count.Japan were deserved winners and scored some great tries and produced one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history and the crowd have enjoyed here in Brighton.

Japan make history

Japan shocked South Africa and the rest of the rugby world, beating the Springboks 34-32 in Brighton on the second day of the World Cup.

A try four minutes into added time from Karne Hesketh gave the minnows an unlikely victory, with South Africa reduced to 14 men after seeing Coenie Oosthuizen sent to the sin bin. Japan had the chance to level the scores with time up, but opted to take another scrum rather than shoot for goal after being awarded a penalty. They spread the ball to the left wing after a few initially frustrating phases against the South Africa rearguard, where Hesketh scored in the corner.

Japan players react to their win

Reaction to Japan's incredible win

@AlunWynJones unbelievable result. Take a bow #JPN Take a bow. #RWC2015

— Nathan Lloyd (@NMarzy4) Sat Sep 19 17:52:22 +0000 2015

Japan shake the world

Alun Wyn Jones sums it up rather nicely

Japan score!

History is made. Japan keep the ball, go wide and score in the corner. History is made. The Rugby World Cup turned on its head.


The scrum wheels round. We reset and go again. Still time

TMO just can’t see if it was a try or not. Japan with a final scrum in the dying seconds. Here we go...

Japan drive over. The ref goes to the TMO. Could this be history?

Final moments

Japan now have a lineout on the Springbok line in the dying moments. This is their chance

Five minutes on the clock

SA now leading 32-19 with five minutes left

Um, Japan

Right, so Japan have just scored a sensational try to level the scores with mighty South Africa at 29-29. 10 minutes left.

Irish Rugby TV: Ireland v South Africa Team Announcement
Irish Rugby TV: Ireland v South Africa Team Announcement
Rugby Union, 2004 Test Match Ireland vs South Africa.
Rugby Union, 2004 Test Match Ireland vs South Africa.
Irish Rugby TV: Ireland v South Africa Post Match
Irish Rugby TV: Ireland v South Africa Post Match
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