India's shock entry at Rugby World Cup

Publish Date
Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 11:16AM

Indian rugby fans would have got a shock if they tuned into TVNZ's Breakfast show this morning.

First, they would have had the impression the India side were playing at the World Cup, and not only that but they'd pulled off a big win over Samoa.

A graphics error on the show wrongly stated 'Samoa thumped by India 34-0'. It was in fact Scotland who defeated Samoa in their pool A match-up in Kobe City.

India, who played their first ever test in 1998, are 86th in the World Rugby rankings and didn't qualify for the tournament, failing to get out of Asia Rugby Championship Division 2.

The side did however recently break a six-game losing streak with a 42-12 win over Indonesia.

Scotland are the current holders of the Calcutta Cup, which they contest against when they face England. It's one of the oldest trophies in rugby and was created in India.

This article was first published on and is republished here with permission

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