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Rugby Championship, Round Four - The fourth match in the four-nation, southern hemisphere contest will take place this Saturday when New Zealand welcome South Africa and Australia host Argentina. The All Blacks match will be played in Westpac Stadium (34,500), Wellington while the Wallaby game is at Cbus Stadium (27.400) in Robina.
The Kiwis are 3-0 to date in this 2018 event, and have won the last six matches against the Springboks (1-2) who were last victories in 2014. Australia (1-2) also hold a six-game win skein against the Pumas (1-2).
Fiji Triumph in U20 Trophy Event - The young Fijians routed Pacific Island rival Samoa 58-8 to secure a berth in next year's U20, 12-team Championship. It marks a return to the top tier event for the first occasion since 2014. The result represented Samoa's first ever loss in a U20 Trophy match. Portugal routed Namibia 67-36 for third place. Uruguay smashed Hong Kong 78-17 for fifth. Canada won their only game of the tournament defeating Romania 71-14 for seventh place. Fiji move up, and Japan move down from the U20 Championship to play in the U20 Trophy next year.
Eagle Men to Play Romania - The Eagles will play Romania (#17) in Bucharest, November 12. The USA hold a 3-2 edge over The Oaks. The match sits between the Maori game in Chicago's triple-header program on November 3, and the away game in Dublin against Ireland (#2) on November 24.
World Cup Team Expansion - World Rugby announced it would consider an enlargement of the quadrennial World Cup to 24 teams, up from 20, the entry number in the past two-decades. This might occur for the 2023 RWC in France, or, possibly, in 2027. There has been on on-going debate between those who favor a RWC reduction to 16-nations, and those who favor a larger tournament with 32-countries, and a Sevens' style Cup, Plate, Bowl, and Shield award system.