Liam Williams Rugby World Cup Day Four round-up: The dragon roars, Irish injury boost and the joys of Japanese transport

Liam Williams Rugby World Cup Day Four round-up: The dragon roars, Irish injury boost and the joys of Japanese transport

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Liam Williams Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2019 - Pool D - Wales v Georgia - City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Japan - September 23, 2019 Wales' Dillon Lewis celebrates after the match REUTERS/Issei Kato
Rugby Union – Rugby World Cup 2019 – Pool D – Wales v Georgia – City of Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Japan – September 23, 2019 Wales’ Dillon Lewis celebrates after the match REUTERS/Issei Kato

Day four of the Rugby World Cup has come to a close in Japan – here’s everything you need to know about what happened today.

The Welsh dragon roars

After a tumultuous week in Japan, Wales head coach Warren Gatland will be delighted with how his side responded in their opening pool fixture against Georgia.

The Georgians can be a tricky opponent, and have improved massively over the last few years, but the Grand Slam champions secured victory on the back of a storming first half display.

Despite losing attack coach Rob Howley before the tournament, after the 49-year-old was sent home from the World Cup amid an investigation into alleged betting offences, Wales scored four well-worked first half tries to secure a bonus point before the break.

Jonathan Davies, Justin Tipuric, Josh Adams and Liam Williams all crossed the whitewash in the opening 40, with Tomos Williams and George North following them in the second half en route to a commanding 43-14 win.

Next up for Wales is a mouthwatering clash with Australia this Sunday, with Michael Cheika’s side also sitting on one win after seeing off Fiji 39-21 in their opening game.

Injury boost for Ireland

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While we have all learned to take Ireland’s injury updates with a dump truck full of salt, there were positive soundings coming out of the camp today regarding the health of key men.

Although Johnny Sexton didn’t kick during Sunday’s win over Scotland after taking a bang to the leg, Joe Schmidt said that his substitution in the second half was purely a tactical decision. He is expected to be available for selection to face Japan on Saturday, with Peter O’Mahony and Bundee Aki still in contention despite being withdrawn last weekend to receive HIAs.

Schmidt said that the duo were not concussed and if they pass the latest stage of the assessment, they could feature against the hosts.

The beauty of bullet trains!

In the latest episode of The Left Wing – RWC Daily, Ruaidhri O’Connor and Cian Tracey of the Irish Independent break down Ireland’s latest win – while also heaping praise on Japan’s transport system. The lads were able to get a 90-minute bullet train to their latest stop – even though it would have been a nine-hour drive from Yokohama!

In rugby matters, Ruaidhri pays tribute to Ireland captain Rory Best’s performance after previously calling for him to be dropped, and the lads also discuss all the other weekend’s action.

Say it to my face

Australia head coach Michael Cheika is not a happy camper after his wing Reece Hodge was cited for a head-high tackle on Fiji flanker Pecili Yato. The rampaging seven had to go

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