controversial photo, friend of muscu and back home

It's today

No rugby on the program. For those whom the elimination of the French team does not divert the oval ball, it is necessary to take his trouble and wait now Saturday, October 26, and the first semifinal between England and New Zealand , to see rugby again.

Meanwhile, there is football tonight, with the 3e day of the group stage of the Champions League. PSG move to Bruges in Belgium, while in the same group, Real Madrid, currently ranked last, goes to Turkey to face Galatasaray. The world will follow in live match of the Parisians. You can join us from 20 hours to live this meeting with us.

It's seen

Jaco Peyper, referee of the meeting Wales - France, excludes Sebastien Vahaamahina, 21 October.
Jaco Peyper, referee of the meeting Wales – France, excludes Sebastien Vahaamahina, 21 October. Christophe Ena / AP

World Rugby, the International Rugby Federation, announced on Tuesday that the referees' committee did not want to select, for the two semi-finals of the World Cup that will take place Saturday and Sunday, Jaco Peyper, the man in black who officiated at Galles-France. On Monday, the federation said it had opened an investigation following the publication of a photo showing Jaco Peyper posing with Welsh fans Sunday after the match. We see on this picture Mr. Peyper imitate the nudge that earned a red card to the French Sébastien Vahaamahina. The person acknowledged that this photo was inappropriate and he apologized.

The picture was taken by a Welsh man, then picked up by a Frenchman, Fabien Heuzé, who told the scene at Parisian : "There were about twenty Welsh fans. Peyper started to get kicked for drinking. He was all smiles. What bothered me was that there was a mission side accomplished in his attitude. He must have said to himself: since there are no Frenchmen in the streets, I am quiet. I let a Welsh take the picture. I did not want to be near him because he ruined my day. "

Fabien Heuzé later asked the Welsh in question to send it to him by email. The photo then made its way to Twitter, where it was published by a journalist from Figaro. She obviously quickly reacted.

"This photo, if true, is shocking and explanations will be needed," reacted, as of Sunday evening, the vice-president of the French federation, Serge Simon. The ball is now in the World Rugby camp.


Sébastien Vahaamahina's nudge against Wales on 21 October.
Sébastien Vahaamahina's nudge against Wales on 21 October. EDGAR SU / REUTERS

Speaking of the gesture of Sebastien Vahaamahina, the French announced Monday his international retirement, in a statement sent to the newspaper Olympic Midday. "It was my last match with the XV of France"said the second line, which celebrated its 28th birthday on Monday.

He will be auditioned Thursday, October 24 by an independent commission of discipline, besides announced World Rugby, Monday, without specifying the place of this meeting. Vahaamahina might not penalize the French selection with this gesture. His club, Clermont-Ferrand, is afraid of having to do without him for several matches.

It's seen (bis)

This is the beautiful action of the day, and a camera was there to film it: the New Zealand pillar Atunaisa Moli came to the aid of a Japanese he saw a little pain with his dumbbells at the end of his arms. Two rehearsals later, under the watchful eye of Moli, the man rested his dumbbells and thanked the Chiefs player. Better than a sports coach, an All-Black.

It is said

"New Zealand is a great team with a great coach (Steve Hansen) and a great captain (Kieran Read), but like all the teams, it's beatable. "

Coué's short course class with England coach Eddie Jones before the World Cup semifinal between the two teams on Saturday (October 26th) in Yokohama.

Eddie Jones, the coach of the XV de la Rose, on October 19, 2019.
Eddie Jones, the coach of the XV of the Rose, October 19, 2019. Christophe Ena / AP

It must be said that the New Zealanders, favorites of this edition 2019, are two reigning world champions and remain on 19 matches without defeat at the World Cup, a record. They swept Ireland in the quarterfinals (46-14) on Saturday, while the Irish were favorites before the start of the World Cup.

"If you want to be the best in the world, then you have to beat the best", revived the Australian coach of the English. In three World Cup matches against All Blacks, they never imposed themselves, however.

It is class

France may have lost their quarter-final World Cup, but the Blues have recovered a small place in the World Rugby rankings. The French move to seventh place, just ahead of Japan, which moves back one position.

Without going into details of how the points are calculated, know that the short defeat of the French against the Welsh (19-20), a better ranked team than the South Africans (against whom have more heavily dropped the Japanese, 3-26), allows the Blues to lose only 0.5 point against 2.10 Japanese side. And so to win a place. New Zealand, it keeps its place in mind.

Classification : 1. New Zealand, 2. England (+1), 3. Wales (-1), 4. South Africa (+1), 5. Ireland (-1), 6. Australia, 7. France (+ 1), 8. Japan (-1).

It's almost done

The 2019 World Cup ended Sunday morning for the Blues, beaten a small point by Wales (19-20). The French left Japan in the evening, Monday, and will then step to Marcoussis before returning to their clubs. But not before a last little tour together, explained one of the players at Rugbyrama : "We're not going to leave like this. I think we will spend another two or three days together in Paris. "


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