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The tune-ups for this autumn’s Rugby World Cup (RWC) began this past weekend with twelve nations engaging in test matches worldwide. In the annual southern hemisphere Rugby Championship (abbreviated this year to fit into the RWC event), Australia defeated South Africa on a last second television try, winning 24-20 in Brisbane. New Zealand had an easy time beating Argentina 39-18 at home. The teams continue next Saturday, July 25 when the Springboks play the All Blacks, and the Wallabies take on the Pumas.
In addition to Samoa’s win over the USA, Japan beat Canada 20-6, and Fiji outlasted Tonga 30-22 in the 2015 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup Tournament. The venues move to Toronto this Friday, July 24, when Fiji meet Samoa, Canada vs. Tonga, and the Eagles meet the Brave Blossoms, that game commencing at 8 p.m. PDT.
In another test last weekend with RWC participants, Namibia whipped Russia 45-5.