Pressure ratchets up on all four teams (ja, even the Kiwis)

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Pressure ratchets up on all four teams (ja, even the Kiwis)

FREE TO READ | Coaches and teams feel the heat as Rugby World Cup semifinals loom, and Rassie just wants respect back

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“You’re under pressure”; “No, you’re under pressure” has pretty much been the near-juvenile pre Rugby World Cup (RWC) semifinal discourse this week in Tokyo.

England coach Eddie Jones sought to heap pressure and perhaps deflect from his team by highlighting the difficulty the All Blacks will have successfully defending the RWC crown at two tournaments in a row.

Bok coach Rassie Erasmus said it would be stupid for him to comment on how other teams perceive pressure but he knows how it relates to his team. He wants to take his team to the top of the pile again. His and team’s fight is for credibility...

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