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Date TimeSeptember 23, 2019
VoiceThe opening weekend of the tournament put officials in the spotlight and showed the value of tactical versatility
Dizzying Rugby World Cup opening leaves referees and players in a spin
The opening week of a Rugby World Cup is always a blur of first impressions and fast-changing perceptions but, by anyone’s standards, Japan has been something else. It is not the world’s biggest rugby tournament alone that has been widening visitors’ horizons, in a dizzying, delightful and occasionally disorientating few days.
Such unfamiliarity may just go some way towards explaining why some teams have underperformed in their opening games. Aside from a slick-looking Wales, New Zealand and Ireland, the beneficiaries of a horribly poor display by Scotland, a number of teams have taken a little time to get going.

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