Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Rugby World Cup News: Week 6

Rugby World Cup News: Week 6

Aphiwe Dyanti 

Darry Worthington takes a look at the major Rugby World Cup 2019 news that has come out this past week.

With the Rugby World Cup just a few weeks away and warm-up games coming thick and fast, it's getting to the point where injuries and the form of key players could derail a sides campaigns.

Below, we take a look at the latest World Cup news for the week of the 2nd of September.

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Dyanti B Sample Fails

Golden Lions star Aphiwe Dyanti saw his appeal against his doping case suffer a major setback as his 'B' sample also tested positive. This is a massive blow for the 2018 IRB World Breakthrough Player of the Year, who now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines, with some experts saying he could be out of the game for up to four years.

Laumpape and Franks Miss World Cup
New Zealand named their Rugby World Cup squad last week and there was no space for Hurricanes star centre Nagani Laumpape nor veteran Crusaders prop Owen Franks who were left out of the 31-man squad.

New Zealand 31-Man World Cup Squad

Scott Barrett, Sam Cane, Dane Coles, Liam Coltman, Luke Jacobson, Nepo Laulala, Atu Moli, Joe Moody, Kieran Read, Brodie Retallick, Ardie Savea, Angus Ta’avao, Codie Taylor, Matt Todd, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ofa Tuungafasi, Sam Whitelock

BacksBeauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett, George Bridge, Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue, Rieko Ioane, Anton Lienert-Brown, Richie Mo’unga, TJ Perenara, Sevu Reece, Aaron Smith, Ben Smith, Brad Weber, Sonny Bill Williams

Crotty Back With a Bang
While a lot of people are still questioning the non-selection of Laumape, Ryan Crotty's performance for Canterbury last Saturday will have gone a long way to quelling the critics. The veteran centre was virtually unstoppable scoring two tries against Southland during the first half of the Mitre 10 Cup clash. And while he only played 40-minutes before being replaced, Crotty looked fitter than every which will be music to the ears of All Black fans. 

South Africa World Cup Squad Named
Like New Zealand, the Springboks also named their World Cup squad last week with the major shock seeing Sharks centre AndrĂ© Esterhuizen omitted. This means Rassie Erasmus has taken just two recognized inside centres with him in the form of Damien de Allende and Frans Steyn.

South Africa 31-Man World Cup Squad

Schalk Brits, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Siya Kolisi, Francois Louw, Frans Malherbe, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, Franco Mostert, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane,  Kwagga Smith, RG Snyman, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Duane Vermeulen
Damian de Allende, Lukhanyo Am, Warrick Gelant, Elton Jantjies, Herschel Jantjies, Faf de Klerk, Cheslin Kolbe, Jesse Kriel, Makazole Mapimpi, Sbu Nkosi, Handre Pollard, Cobus Reinach, Willie le Roux, Frans Steyn

Dragons Squad Confirmed
It's not only the Southern Hemisphere sides that have been busy finalising their squads with the Welsh also confirming who will represent the country this past week. Coach Warren Gatland through a couple curveballs during his squad announcement with rookie prop Ryhs Carre cracking the nob alongside fellow young gun Owen Watkin who is one of the squads centres.

Wales 31-Man World Cup Squad

Jake Ball, Adam Beard, Rhys Carre, James Davies, Elliot Dee, Ryan Elias, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones, Wyn Jones, Dillon Lewis, Ross Moriarty, Josh Navidi, Ken Owens, Aaron Shingler, Nicky Smith, Justin Tipuric, Aaron Wainwright

Josh Adams, Hallam Amos, Dan Biggar, Aled Davies, Gareth Davies, Jonathan Davies, Leigh Halfpenny, George North, Hadleigh Parkes, Rhys Patchell, Owen Watkin, Tomos Williams, Liam Williams

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