Scotland have called up Henry Pyrgos in place of injured scrum-half Ali Price, who will miss the rest of the Rugby World Cup.

Price sustained a foot injury in Scotland's defeat to Ireland in Yokohama on Sunday, undergoing scans in Kobe a day later.

Those scans have confirmed the Glasgow Warriors man will play no further part in the tournament, with Scotland calling on Pyrgos, who will be available to face Samoa on Monday.

The 30-year-old has won 27 caps, though the last of those came against Australia in 2017.

Price's unavailability follows on from confirmation that Hamish Watson - who suffered a knee injury against Ireland - will also miss the remainder of Scotland's campaign.

"We're disappointed for Ali [Price] to have to return home so early in the tournament," Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend said.

"Both Ali and Hamish [Watson] had invested a lot of effort into being in their best physical shape for the World Cup and it's a shame they've only been involved in one game.

"However, we have a lot of belief in our wider group and the two new players [Magnus Bradbury and Pyrgos] who have been given this opportunity."

Cory Hill has been ruled out of the rest of the Rugby World Cup after he failed to overcome a stress fracture of his fibula, Wales have announced.

Wales had just two fit locks available for their opening Pool D win over Georgia on Monday, as Warren Gatland gave Hill every chance to recover from an injury which has kept him out since February.

However, Gatland told reporters following the 43-14 victory in Toyota City that it was a possibility Hill would return to the UK, and that has now been confirmed.

A statement from the Welsh Rugby Union said Hill had been "unable to recover significantly" from his injury.

The 27-year-old has been replaced in Wales' squad by Bradley Davies.

Ospreys forward Davies, who has 65 caps and appeared at two previous World Cups, is due to arrive in Japan in Wednesday ahead of the meeting with fellow heavyweights Australia.

Gatland also has an injury concern over centre Hadleigh Parkes, who sustained a "bone fracture" in his hand in the clash with Georgia.

In better news for Wales, fly-half Dan Biggar insisted he was fine despite wearing strapping on his left arm throughout the match.

Eddie Jones has made 10 changes to his England side to face the United States in the Rugby World Cup.

England ran out 35-3 winners in their opening Pool C match against Tonga - Manu Tuilagi starring with two tries before Jamie George and Luke Cowan-Dickie secured a bonus point after the interval.

However, only five players who started in that fixture in Sapporo will take to the field from the off against the USA on Thursday as coach Jones looks to rotate his squad given the short turnaround.

George Ford will captain England, with Dan Cole, who will join Jonny Wilkinson as the third most-capped England player, and Cowan-Dickie coming into the front row alongside Joe Marler, who keeps his spot.

Ben Youngs will match Cole and Wilkinson on 91 caps should he make an appearance from the bench.

After his efforts on Sunday, Tuilagi has been handed a rest. Elliot Daly, Tom Curry and Billy Vunipola - who was the target of some heavy hitting from Tonga - retain their places.

"The four-day turnaround is something we experimented with against Japan last autumn and so the players have had some experience of it," Jones said.

"You have to make sure the two days before the game are exactly the same as you would normally have for any other game.

"So for us, a short and fast run tomorrow and today is an active recovery day. What I see now is players handling it really well but the game on Thursday will be the litmus test."

England: Elliot Daly, Ruaridh McConnochie, Jonathan Joseph, Piers Francis, Joe Cokanasiga, George Ford, Willi Heinz; Joe Marler, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, George Kruis, Tom Curry, Lewis Ludlam, Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: Jack Singleton, Ellis Genge, Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes, Mark Wilson, Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Anthony Watson.

Fiji have made 12 changes to their line-up for Wednesday's Rugby World Cup clash with Uruguay in Kamaishi.

Following a 39-21 defeat to Australia in Sapporo, Fiji head coach John McKee has made wholesale changes to his side, with only captain Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Leone Nakarawa and Semi Radradra keeping their places.

Eroni Mawi, Manasa Saulo, Tevita Ratuva and Mosese Voka – playing at his first World Cup – move into the XV after starting on the bench against Australia, with Mesulame Dolokoto and Api Ratuniyarawa in line for their first appearances at the 2019 finals.

Viliame Mata and Peceli Yato are out with respective calf and concussion concerns, giving Voka a chance to impress as a flanker, while Vereniki Goneva, Alivereti Veitokani, Henry Seniloli, Josh Matavesi, Jale Vatubua and Filipo Nakosi all come in.

With Wales having dispatched Georgia in Pool D on Monday, the Uruguay showdown could prove key to Fiji's hopes of reigniting their push for the knockout phase, and McKee is not prepared to underestimate a side they beat 68-7 10 months ago.

"We are very wary of the Uruguay team," he said. "This is their first Rugby World Cup 2019 match and we expect a much-improved team from the one we faced in November."

Uruguay coach Esteban Meneses has kept faith with much of the side that secured a spot in Japan against Canada last February, with nine players from that 32-31 play-off second-leg win involved.

Captain Juan Manuel Gaminara is one of eight players who were in the 23 for the 47-15 defeat to Fiji at the World Cup four years ago.


Fiji - Ben Volavola

Fly-half Volavola was successful with four of five attempts with the boot against Australia and scored 23 of their 68 points in the rout of Uruguay last year.

Uruguay - Andres Vilaseca

Vilaseca was the only player at the 2019 Nations Cup to score multiple tries (two) and provide multiple assists (two), while he also managed a tournament-high nine clean breaks.



- Fiji have won each of their three previous Test meetings with Uruguay by an average margin of 36 points per game, including the 68-7 triumph when they last clashed in November 2018.
- Fiji have won eight of their last nine Rugby World Cup matches against Tier 2 opposition (L1), scoring an average of 41 points per game in those victories.
- Uruguay have won seven of their 10 Tests since their last meeting with Fiji (L3); however, they will be out to avoid back-to-back defeats for the first time since February 2017.
- Fiji have scored at least one try in 55 of their last 56 Test matches, including their last 21 in a row, failing only to cross the try line against Georgia in June 2016.
- Despite coming on as a replacement for Fiji in their opening game against Australia, Mosese Voka made 18 tackles – the most ever by a Fiji player in a Rugby World Cup game, surpassing Akapusi Qera's tally of 17 against Canada in 2007.

Wales made a flying start to their Rugby World Cup campaign as Gareth Davies starred in a dominant 43-14 win over Georgia in Pool D.

The Six Nations winners made a statement of intent in the first half at the City of Toyota Stadium - Gareth Davies pulling the strings as a bonus point was secured with a 29-0 lead heading into the interval.

Jonathan Davies got things started early on, with Justin Tipuric, Josh Adams and Liam Williams getting in on the act as four of Wales' six tries came before the break, while Dan Biggar kept things ticking over with the boot.

With Georgia pulling one back, Wales failed to recapture their first-half form after the restart, though George North teed up one try and scored another to add further gloss to a fine win which sends Warren Gatland's side top of Pool D.

Gareth Davies' pinpoint pass split Georgia's defence open inside three minutes, with Jonathan Davies racing through under the sticks, though Biggar slammed what should have been a simple conversion against the post.

Biggar made no such mistake with a penalty four minutes later and Wales soon doubled their tally of tries - Tipuric's quick feet doing for Georgia this time.

Gareth Davies continued to toy with Georgia, and his wonderful quick take-and-pass set Adams free in the 19th minute, with Liam Williams then wrapping up the bonus point on the stroke of half-time.

Wales' fourth try had come slightly against the run of play, and Georgia had their reward for a strong start to the second half when Shalva Mamukashvili bundled over.

Jaba Bregvadze came on as a substitute shortly after, only to be sent straight back to the sideline after he was penalised for collapsing a maul.

Georgia survived their numerical disadvantage without conceding, but they were undone once more as substitute Tomos Williams latched onto North's excellent grubber.

Levan Chilachava - on his 50th cap - grabbed another Georgia try, but North had the final say when he drove over after Tomos Williams returned the favour with a fantastic offload.


Gareth Davies runs the show

The scrum-half featured in all five of Wales' Six Nations fixtures and also scored in three of the pool fixtures at the 2015 World Cup.

He proved too much for Georgia to handle on Monday, creating two of Wales' first three tries either side of playing a crucial role in the second.

Georgia no test for Gatland's men

Wales were sensational in the Six Nations, storming to victory in all five fixtures, yet they won only one of their four warm-up matches.

While they swiftly clicked into gear in this win, Gatland will be well aware there are much sterner challenges to come for his side, with the upcoming clash with Australia crucial in determining who will finish first in the pool.

What's next?

Wales' second Pool D encounter sees them go head-to-head with fellow heavyweights Australia on Sunday, which is also when Georgia face Uruguay.

Israel Folau will return to Rugby League to play for Tonga after he was sacked by Rugby Australia for posts on social media.

Folau had his contract terminated by Rugby Australia in April, with the 30-year-old - a devout Christian - having expressed views which breached the team's code of conduct on his official social media channels.

He posted "hell awaits... drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters".

The Wallabies and club side New South Wales Waratahs sacked Folau in May.

However, Folau - who in July opened court proceedings against his former employers - has now announced his return to rugby, albeit in a cross-code switch to League, the sport in which he made his name with NRL sides Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos.

Folau, if fit, will be in Tonga's squad for Tests against the Great Britain Lions in Hamilton on October 26 and the November 2 against Australia in the Oceania Cup.

"I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to represent God, my family, my heritage and the people of Tonga," said Folau in a statement released by the Tongan National Rugby League.

"I don't want to bring any of my personal matters into this and I am grateful that the RLIF [Rugby League International Federation] have endorsed my availability.

"What I will do now is focus on playing great rugby league and do my talking on the field."

Tonga have also confirmed Folau's brother John - who quit Super Rugby side the Waratahs earlier this year - has been called up.

Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika criticised Fiji for referring an incident involving Reece Hodge that could see the wing suspended.

Hodge has been cited for a tackle that saw Peceli Yato concussed during the first half of Australia's 39-21 win at the Rugby World Cup on Saturday.

Fiji referred the incident to see Hodge cited, with the 25-year-old set to face a hearing in Tokyo.

Cheika questioned Fiji over their approach, saying he was upset about their decision to refer Hodge.

"Probably the most disappointing thing was the Fijians," he told a news conference on Monday.

"I think after the game we had a lot of friendly discussion with myself and the coach, he talked to our other coaches. There was no mention of anything and then to get a referral from them in the way it was referred, that was really disappointing.

"I don't find that the way they brought that in the spirit of the game at all, which is something you know from Fiji. So, the coaching staff I was really quite surprised with the way they brought their own referral post-match. That would've been a little disappointing to me from the spirit of rugby point of view.

"I'd prefer they come up to me and get upset with me if they were really upset about it, not to talk to me in that nice sort of friendly chitty chat way and then go behind your back and put in a referral. I don't think I've ever referred anyone."

However, Cheika is confident Hodge will be cleared based on meetings coaches had with the referees' boss, citing commissioners' boss and judiciary committee boss last week.

"I think it was pretty clear that all the officials dealt with it on the day and I think if you've seen form the conjecture around the majority of footballers, rugby players from the past have said it's not an illegal tackle," he said.

"It's not clear and obvious even in that point of view so I was surprised that it was cited. Like I said after the game, I personally didn't even notice it, I didn't even see it in the game, I thought 'Hodgey' was actually lucky to get up, he got slammed.

"I'm confident that, especially after listening to the boss of the judiciaries, I think we'll get a very fair hearing, hopefully we'll get it as quickly as possible so we can get our preparations right for this week and that Reece will be free to play."

The Wallabies face Wales in a blockbuster clash in Chofu on Sunday.

Trevor Nyakane will miss the rest of the Rugby World Cup as South Africa called up Thomas Du Toit to their squad.

Nyakane, 30, tore his right calf during the Springboks' 23-13 loss to the All Blacks in Pool B on Saturday.

Du Toit was on standby and South Africa confirmed the prop was expected to join the squad on Tuesday.

"It's very tough on Trevor," Springboks coach and director of rugby Rassie Erasmus said in a statement.

"He has had a great season and added value whenever he took the field. It's a blow to him and the team, but it's also an opportunity for Thomas and for Vincent [Koch] who now have the chance to step up."

The Springboks continue their campaign against Namibia on Saturday before matches against Italy and Canada.

Vaeluaga Steve Jackson has emphasised the importance of consistency in team selection after confirming Chris Vui will captain Samoa in their Rugby World Cup clash with Russia.

Samoa are without captain Jack Lam, who is injured, for their opening Pool A encounter in Kumagaya City on Tuesday.

Jackson has kept faith with the majority of the side which started a 34-15 defeat to Australia in Samoa's final warm-up match, with Vui one of five changes.

"The players that have been selected deserve their selection, especially after the Australian game," Jackson said.

"Some players really put their hands up and that was what it was all about really. We want to keep consistency within the group and especially the starting fifteen.

"I think we've done that - barring a few in the front row who deserve their opportunity after the Australian test."

Russia were defeated 30-10 by hosts Japan in the World Cup's opening match, though Lyn Jones has made no changes.


Russia - Kirill Golosnitskiy

Centre Golosnitskiy will always have the memory of scoring the first try in the 2019 World Cup. The 25-year-old also completed 90 per cent of his tackles as Russia were forced to defend for long periods after making such a fast start against Japan.

Samoa - Tim Nanai-Williams

Nanai-Williams, the cousin of Sonny Bill Williams, is perhaps the most notable name in the Samoa squad, having switched international allegiance from New Zealand. In a contest that Samoa will expect to win, the 30-year-old has the potential to have a decisive say on proceedings.


- Russia are still searching for a first Rugby World Cup victory, they lost all four of their games at the 2011 edition as well as the opening match of the 2019 tournament.

- Samoa have won only four of their last 18 Tests heading into the 2019 Rugby World Cup, losing each of their last three fixtures.

- Samoan duo Christopher Vui (13) and Kane Leaupepe (10) won more line-outs (including steals) than any other players during the 2019 Pacific Nations Cup.

- Kirill Golosnitskiy's fifth-minute try for Russia against Japan on Friday was the quickest try in the opening game at a World Cup, beating Israel Dagg's score in the 11th minute for New Zealand against Tonga in 2011.

- Ed Fidow of Samoa has scored eight tries in eight Tests since making his debut in June 2018 - Samoa enjoy a 60 per cent win rate when he has crossed (W3, L2).

Eddie Jones said facing Tonga was "like playing Stoke City" after England opened their Rugby World Cup campaign with a 35-3 victory on Sunday.

England did not fully hit their stride in their first Pool C match in Sapporo, though Manu Tuilagi's first-half double put them in control.

Jamie George and substitute Luke Cowan-Dickie got in on the act with tries to secure a bonus point in the second half, with Owen Farrell's kicking doing the rest of the damage.

Though Jones conceded his side did not reach their highest level, he insisted he was happy with England's attitude against a side he compared to Stoke, who - during their time in the Premier League under former boss Tony Pulis – developed a reputation for a physical style of play, albeit in a different sport.

"I was really happy with the defence and that is a good sign of the attitude of the team," Jones told a news conference.

"I'm happy with the players' attitude and I think they applied themselves well. We didn't execute well but that is rugby.

"It's a bit like playing Stoke City [against Tonga]. The ball went out a lot and maybe that was their intention, but importantly we got five points and no serious injuries.

"We showed no frustration. The only time they got in our 22 was in the last minute of the game which gives you a show of the superiority we had. These are always difficult games, you are damned if you do and damned if you don't.

"The World Cup is not a 100-metre sprint, so you don't have to come out of the blocks and be absolutely fantastic, you have to be steady and improve. I know we'll keep improving and that's the mindset of the team."

England struggled with their discipline early on, conceding several penalties in quick succession - one of which was converted by Sonatane Takulua.

Jones was clearly frustrated, television pictures showed him slamming his fist down on the desk during proceedings, though the former Japan boss laughed off the suggestion his anger got the better of him.

"There was a lot of mosquitos up there," Jones joked. "I was struggling with them and had to swat a few.

"Look, I'm a coach, I get emotional, angry, excited, disappointed, that's all. I'll just reiterate I was so pleased with the attitude of my players today. It was fantastic."

Hamish Watson's involvement at the Rugby World Cup might already be over after he suffered a knee injury in Scotland's 27-3 loss to Ireland.

The flanker was left in pain following a collision with Cian Healy in the first half in Yokohama and faces a nervous wait to discover the results of a scan.

Magnus Bradbury is set to be called into the squad if Edinburgh team-mate Watson is ruled out of the tournament, having travelled to Japan as cover for Jamie Ritchie.

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend admitted the signs are not encouraging for the 27-year-old, who had made an impressive 14 tackles before going down.

"Hamish is our only injury concern," Townsend said at his post-match news conference.

"He had a knee injury that we will hopefully be getting more information on tonight with a scan.

"It doesn't look good when a player is stretchered off the field, so hopefully we'll know more later tonight.

"It would be bad luck for any player if he misses the World Cup. We had Sam Skinner miss out on selection ahead of the World Cup. But we have always presumed that there will be people who will miss the World Cup after each game that we play.

"Let's hope that's not the case with Hamish."

Townsend confirmed fellow flanker Ritchie, 23, would be fit for the country's second Pool A game against Samoa.

Scotland will need all the good news they can get after giving up four tries - including two in the opening 15 minutes - against a far superior Ireland.

Townsend said: "It's disappointing. We didn't start with the energy, accuracy and aggression that is required to beat a team like Ireland. They took their chances well when they got into our 22.

"If you give any team in world rugby a 15 to 20-point start it is going to be very difficult to come back.

"We must play much better in our next three games if we are going to get out of our pool and progress into the quarter-finals and I believe we will be."

Eddie Jones said he was "pretty happy" after England began their Rugby World Cup campaign with a 35-3 victory over Tonga in Sapporo.

After a slow start, England began to find their stride as they won comfortably in their opener.

Improvements will be needed if England are to emerge as genuine trophy contenders, but for a first outing in Japan, Jones was satisfied.

At times he looked to be playing every ball as he watched on, and he admitted: "You have plenty of emotion in the box."

But when he considered the eventual outcome, a hefty winning margin and no tries conceded, Jones said that before the game he "would be pretty happy" with that.

Asked if he would like to see England step up the pace of the game, he said: "We'd have liked to, but that's rugby. It sometimes happens like that. We had to travel hard today.

"I was particularly pleased at the end of the game when we were under the pump a bit and we defended really well. That's two Tests now where we haven't conceded a try so I was pretty happy with that.

"We'd like to be sharper with the ball and that'll come, but I was really pleased with the effort of my players, how they worked hard. And what a great effort by Tonga, they fought really hard."

Manu Tuilagi was named the player of the day after his two-try performance, and the England centre said: "It was a tough game, but we knew coming into this game that Tonga would be a tough test for us. We managed to get the five points and it's a great start for our campaign.

"[I didnt get] as much ball as I would have wanted but the main thing is the team got a good win and a good start."

He admitted that "discipline sometimes let us down a little bit" and recognised there would be plenty to analyse on Monday.

But with England's second game coming up on Thursday against the United States, the team will be looking forward more than back.

"It's going to be another tough game and now we're finished with Tonga all our focus will be on the USA," Tuilagi said.

England captain Owen Farrell also saw room for improvement but predicted better displays would come later in the tournament.

Farrell said: "[There is] a lot to work on; a lot to build on. But to come away with a bonus-point win is always a good start to a World Cup.

"Tonga are obviously a very physical team. I thought we chased well and got some good opportunities off the back of it. There's still some mistakes that we could look at and get rid of. We've still got a lot more in us.

"We probably need to get it in our hands a bit earlier and look after it a bit better, but to get the bonus-point win and come away with the four tries is good for us."

Tonga coach Toutai Kefu said his team's aim was to target England fly-half George Ford.

"We just didn't get it in the right part of the field to throw those punches," Kefu said. "They pressured our set-piece and we ended up on the back foot a lot. I thought we did all right in the scrums, considering. I thought in the first half we did well to hang in there."

Manu Tuilagi led the way for England as Eddie Jones' side began their Rugby World Cup campaign with a convincing 35-3 victory over Tonga.

Tuilagi was not selected for Stuart Lancaster's 2015 World Cup squad after he admitted to assaulting two police officers, though he made up for lost time in England's opening Pool C match in Sapporo.

Having put England ahead after Sonatane Takulua had cancelled out Owen Farrell's penalty, Tuilagi charged in for his second at the culmination of a slick move.

Jones emphasised the importance of his side getting their tactics on point and, with Tonga's resistance broken, Farrell's excellent kicking tightened England's stranglehold, with Jamie George getting in on the act before Luke Cowan-Dickie secured the bonus point.

An exchange of penalties had the scores level after a bright start from both sides.

England thought they had the lead when Sam Underhill barged over following a brilliant break from Tuilagi, only for TMO to confirm he had been held up.

England were not to be denied by the video official two minutes later, however, with a review unable to disprove the referee's on-field decision that Tuilagi had grounded in the corner, although captain Farrell failed to add the extras.

Tuilagi had his second soon enough, racing over after Jonny May got clear down the left flank, with Farrell making no mistake on this occasion before landing a second penalty to hand England a 15-point cushion heading into the interval.

With Farrell having added to his tally early in the second half, Underhill's fumble cost England the chance to further their lead, though George made no such mistake as he bundled his way through a crowd of players in the 56th minute.

Henry Slade's poor pass looked to have squandered England's final opportunity for a fourth try, but substitute Cowan-Dickie added the gloss with four minutes remaining.

Inspired Tuilagi too good for Tonga

Tuilagi, a Samoan native, became the first foreign-born player to score in three different World Cup matches for England with his first try, having also gone over in two games during the 2011 tournament.

He missed the shambiolic 2015 World Cup campaign but was in superb form from the off on Sunday, displaying pace, power and skill. Should he maintain this level of performance, England could have a contender for player of the tournament in their ranks.

Vunipola's shaky start

It was a momentous day for Billy Vunipola, whose father Fe'ao featured for Tonga at the 1995 and 1999 World Cups, and the England eight would have been eager to impress.

However, he was the target of some tough Tongan tackling early on, with his error following Zane Kapeli's huge challenge leading to the islanders' first points and it may be something England's other Pool C opponents take note of.

What's next?

The United States are next up for England on Thursday in Kobe, while Tonga face Argentina two days later.

Joe Schmidt allayed injury fears over Johnny Sexton following Ireland's commanding Rugby World Cup win over Scotland but Bundee Aki and Peter O'Mahony are in a race against time to face hosts Japan.

Sexton, the reigning World Rugby Player of the Year, required treatment on his right thigh in the first half of the 27-3 victory in rainy Yokohama and headed to the bench just before the hour.

The star fly-half gave up kicking duties to Conor Murray to spark concerns of a muscle problem but Ireland coach Schmidt assured the change was purely a precaution.

"He was able to kick. That's us being super cautious," Schmidt told RTE Sport.

"Because we got such a good start we felt we could cover him up a little bit.

"We got him and Conor off reasonably early. I thought they were really big for us in the pivot area today with their kicking game and their game sense.

"I think they controlled things really well for us in that first half, got us through the first 15 minutes of the second half and then I felt we were probably far enough in front and close enough to that last quarter that we could bring them off and get them ready for a six-day turnaround, which is going to be tight with Japan having an eight-day turnaround."

There is less certainty over Aki and O'Mahony, who both failed head injury assessments (HIA) and are now in doubt for Saturday's second Pool A game.

Schimidt added: "They're both fine now, which is reassuring. But we'll have to wait. They have to go through the protocol of HIA 2 and HIA 3 to determine whether or not they've suffered a concussion.

"For us, six days to turn around is the minimum after a concussion.

"We'll see how they are symptomatically. But right here, right now there is a bit of reassurance over those two."

Injuries proved to be Ireland's only problems in their tournament opener as the world's top-ranked nation scored four unanswered tries to secure a comfortable bonus-point win, much to the satisfaction of captain Rory Best.

"Obviously with the [wet] conditions in the second half it can become a bit more of an arm-wrestle but we know how good of a team [Scotland] are and we're delighted with that win," Best said.

"We're under no illusions, that was a good start for us but we know and Joe and the rest of the management will show us tomorrow how much we need to improve going forward."

Conor O'Shea was left frustrated by Italy's display against Namibia, despite his side starting their Rugby World Cup campaign with a 47-22 victory in Osaka.

Italy started a World Cup campaign with a win for the first time since 1991, with the Azzurri scoring seven tries in their encounter with the Pool B minnows.

It was not all plain sailing as Namibia struck first before O'Shea's side sparked into life.

A brilliant offload from Federico Ruzza's teed up Tito Tebaldi to burst clear and put Italy in control before half-time, and they tightened their grip after the interval.

However, with matches against South Africa and defending champions New Zealand still to come, O'Shea was not impressed with what he saw.

"We'll have to move on from that pretty quickly," he said. "It wasn't very pretty. There were too many errors in it and it was difficult conditions at times in the second half, which doesn't excuse it.

"We're disappointed with the way we played. We have a job to do in these first two games and you know that's not the true version of us, but we'll improve massively by the time we come to Thursday.

"It's a quick turnaround and you make lots of changes when you have the game in the bag that sometimes you shouldn't but you lose the continuity you might have started to build up.

"We just didn't get the pace into the game that we wanted. It was difficult out there and credit to Namibia anyway, but we'll take five points and we'll move on quickly."

Player of the match Ruzza, meanwhile, believes Italy deserved the win, having managed to overcome some turbulent weather conditions in Osaka.

"It was a tough match, the first of the World Cup, so everybody wants to put in a good performance. It was a very tough first half," Ruzza said.

"But we stayed in the game, respected the game plan and managed to get the points.

"We managed the conditions well, played well in the line outs. Now we turn the page for a tough match with Canada."

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