Cheslin Kolbe incensed, Sébastien Vahaamahina denigrated and Eddie Jones unleashed

Another two days before the first semifinal between England and New Zealand (Saturday at 10am). In the meantime, we present you the new stars of rugby.

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It's still not today

It will still have to wait two days to see the oval ball. Meanwhile, you can admire Owen Farell's verve in his speech to his team after England's win against Australia in the quarter-finals (40-16). We joke for the verve, but at least we stay in the theme.

It is said

"If you want to go to a rugby match, you want to see one with Cheslin Kolbe. "

Shaun Edwards, the Welsh defense coach, speaks highly of South African winger Cheslin Kolbe ahead of the semi-final between Wales and South Africa on Sunday (October 27th). "We'll have to keep an eye on him, he's one of the most dynamic players I've ever seen, incredibly explosive," adds Edwards insisting that if the player is "Small by size", he "Challenge the conventional wisdom that you have to be physically huge to play a rugby match."

It's planned

Japan's Asaeli Ali Valu is tackled by South Africa winger Cheslin Kolbe in the quarter-final between Japan and South Africa on Oct. 20 in Tokyo. ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT / AFP

The Japanese, eliminated in the quarterfinals by the South Africans, have made their mark during this World Cup, especially with their fast and uninhibited play. And the idea of ​​facing them more regularly than every four years is now in the heads of several teams. The English will do it in 2020.

«The team led by Eddie Jones will play a series of test-matches against the historic Brave Blossoms in the Land of the Rising Sun» in June 2020, has announced the service of organization of trips (England Rugby Travel) of the English federation of rugby (RFU). Two test-matches would be on the menu. The two teams met twice: at the 1987 World Cup in Sydney (English victory 60-7 won) and in November 2018 at Twickenham (35-15).

It's not over

Australia coach Michael Cheika resigned as a world champion renewed his contract. According to information from Olympic Midday, the former player of Castres Olympique would be in contact with the club héraultais and could take the place of Vern Cotter. He took Australia to the finals at the 2015 World Cup.

This is the Vahaa-bashing

Since his elbow Sunday against the Welsh, which earned him a red card and participated, almost inevitably, in the defeat of his (19-20), Sebastien Vahaamahina is targeted by a torrent of insults and hatred on the social networks.

Until now, the Blues had made a united front, as Arthur Iturria defended him on Twitter Tuesday:

But that was before. For the first time since the elimination of France on Sunday, a Tricolor confessed to blame him: it is the hooker Camille Chat, which has taken off on France Bleu Auxerre. " I blame him, yes, because it's not a gesture to havehe acknowledged. But I will not blame him all my life. It happens to unpin and there is worse in life. It's just a shame, that's all. "

In fact, next to Bernard Laporte, the statement of Camille Chat is almost nice. The president of the FFR is the second to be out of the hole to shoot live ammunition at the former player: "When we do the stupidity of Sebastien Vahaamahina, we can only blame ourselves, he confided in an interview to South West. This action deprives us of a semi-final World Cup. The quality of a great player is never to penalize his team. I told him. It's inexcusable. "

The expulsion of Vahaamahina had left the Blues 14 against the Welsh in the 49th minute of play, which had held good until the 74th minute. That is, up to six minutes of a semi-final.

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It's seen

Well, how small do you feel? We saw Prince Charles, who came to support the XV Leek, in full conversation with the Welsh captain Alun Wyn Jones. The player exceeds him by two good heads (he measures 1 m 98), but his Majesty takes this class.

It's big Eddie

English coach Eddie Jones smiles while training his team on October 23rd.
English coach Eddie Jones smiles while training his team on October 23rd. PETER CZIBORRA / REUTERS

It is not in his habit to speak more than once a week, nor to talk about anything other than the composition of his team. And yet, Eddie Jones, the English coach, made the clown at a press conference Tuesday. After spotting a New Zealand spy who allegedly filmed one of the English trainings without authorization, he probed the crowd of journalists to see if any of them believed in England's victory over New Zealand for the semi-final on Saturday. Apparently this was not the case, but Eddie Jones took it pretty well.

The coach of the XV of the Rose seems to want to raise the pressure before the shock between the two nations who are the only two to turn more than 80% of victories since 2015. After recognizing that 120 million Japanese admired the All Blacks, he took the opportunity to conclude a new pirouette: "Even my wife is pinching for them, I have to tell her to stop! " Sacred Eddie.


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