The favorites responded on the second day of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Italy, Ireland and Australia swept aside their opponents (Namibia, Romania and Georgia) before England’s demonstration against Argentina…
09/09/23 – 11:25 p.m. – The XV de la Rose leaves its mark
England largely won against Argentina for the first match of Group D of the World Cup (27-10) this Saturday evening. Reduced to 14 from the start following a red card, the English nevertheless annihilated any Pumas offensive (except for a try at the very end of the match). Gorge Ford, author of three drops and surgical in a string of penalties, scored all the points for the XV de la Rose which takes an option on first place in the group. The rebirth of a team that was said to be in decline before the World Cup?
For their entry into this Rugby World Cup, the XV de la Rose will face Argentina, at the Vélodrome stadium in Marseille from 9 p.m. Faced with the English in great difficulty in recent months, the Argentines can hope to gain the upper hand. A match to follow live with commentary in clicking here.
09/09/23 – 8:01 p.m. – Improved success for Australia against Georgia
The Wallabies won against Georgia at the Stade de France with the offensive bonus (35-15). Coach Eddie Jones can breathe, his team is finally back on the path to victory. Serious and diligent, they take the lead in Pool D before Wales-Fiji on Sunday. Georgia showed good things in the second half but lost by 22 points.
Who could have predicted four years ago that England would be in such a position at the opening of the World Cup? After a perfect run in Japan, the XV de la Rose reached the final but, defeated by South Africa, they were unable to add a second William Webb-Ellis Cup to their list of achievements. Except that since then, there has been a slow but certain fall of the English. Apart from winning the 6 Nations in 2020, England have only finished 5th, 3rd and 4th in the competition. Locally, three teams closed down after Covid (London Irish, London Wasps and Worcester): a situation that does not help to boost the selection. Eddie Jones, left at the helm of the national team until last December, finally paid for the poor results, but his successor, Steve Borthwick did not do better, ending the preparation with a historic defeat, at home, against Fiji (22-30).
At the break, Australia quickly took the lead against Georgia thanks to two tries (21-3). Georgians suffer and are penalized by their indiscipline. Note that the meeting takes place at the Stade de France, less than 24 hours after the Blues’ victory against New Zealand at the opening of the World Cup in the same stadium.
The second day of the World Cup continues this Saturday with a second match at the Stade de France, after the victory of the Blues against the All Blacks. In Group C, Australia faces Georgia. Kick-off at 6 p.m.
One of the World Cup favorites sends a message. Ireland pulverized Romania for the first match of Group B in Bordeaux (82-8). With 12 tries, including two from the legend Johnny Sexton, the XV of Clover is off to a very strong start in this World Cup. Next match for the first nation in the IRB ranking: Tonga next Saturday (9 p.m.).
Ireland are flying through the proceedings against Romania and have already scored five tries at half-time thanks to a technical mastery well above that of their opponent. Romania scored the first try of the match but quickly collapsed (33-8).
Third match of the Rugby World Cup this Saturday afternoon in Bordeaux, with the poster between Ireland and Romania in group B. Winner of the Grand Slam during the VI Nations tournament and first nation in the IRB ranking, the XV du Trèfle is very much the favorite for this meeting. Kick-off at 3:30 p.m.
09/09/23 – 3:11 p.m. – Four weeks of absence for Julien Marchand
The person responsible for the attack XV of France, Laurent Labit, took stock of the infirmary. Julien Marchand, who was released in the 12th minute against the All Blacks complaining of a thigh injury, had already undergone initial examinations on Friday evening, which were not reassuring. Four weeks of absence were mentioned by L’Équipe. Asked about his case, Labit indicated that he will take additional examinations at the beginning of the week. For Jonathan Danty, who is out of the opening match, the news is reassuring. The Rochelais should return to the blue group for the second match against Uruguay on Thursday.
09/09/23 – 2:53 p.m. – Italy outclasses Namibia
Placed in the group of France and New Zealand, Italy launched its World Cup perfectly in Saint-Etienne in group A. At the end of a one-sided match against Namibia (52 -8), the Italians can continue to dream of the quarters. Italy takes the offensive bonus and the head of the ranking before meeting Uruguay on September 20.
While a scorching heat wave set in for the launch of the World Cup in France, World Rugby introduced cooling breaks during the weekend’s matches. These precautions aimed at relieving players have already been observed on numerous occasions during periods of extreme heat in the Top 14.
After beating Ireland (2-0), Thursday September 7, at the Parc des Princes as part of the Euro 2024 qualifiers, certain players from the French football team had the opportunity to attend the opening match of the Rugby World Cup between the Blues and New Zealand (27-13) at the Stade de France.
A complete success. In addition to having defeated the All Blacks in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup, the Blues achieved the best TV audience of the year. The match attracted an average of 15.4 million viewers on TF1. Which represents 65% audience share, according to Médiamétrie figures revealed by the channel. A peak of 17 million people was noted at the end of the match.
After the victory of the Blues against the All Blacks in the opening match (27-13), the Rugby World Cup continues this Saturday, with a poster between Italy and Namibia, in Group A of the French team. Kick-off at 1 p.m., at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne.
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Organized in France, the 2023 World Cup will take place in nine stadiums: the Stade de France in Paris, the Vélodrome stadium in Marseille, the Stade des Lumières in Lyon, the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Lille, the Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux, the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, the Beaujoire stadium in Nantes, the Allianz Riviera in Nice and the Toulouse Stadium.