day of rest, forza azzurra and XV of France winner

Italy and England both won their second bonus victory. And miraculously, we found a XV of France who won a (real) medal.

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VS'is today

It's day of rest today, so it's time to know who's doing what. Jacques Brunel was found in full encounter with a mascot near Kumamoto on September 26th. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

As for the Tour de France, the Rugby World Cup has its rest days. Or rather, his days without a match. The reason ? The format of the competition (4 pools of 5) and the necessary physical and mental recovery time between games.

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Eight years after the grumbling of the small nations towards an unfair schedule and too tight for those who have a thin bench, World Rugby decided to set up a similar program for all: great preparation beaches then a series of matches. A minimum of four days between two matches once for each team was also introduced for the first time. Without this rule, rugby major nations had an undeniable advantage: they could use their big tank of (good) substitutes while Team A was resting.

All this to say that we can strongly recommend, instead of the oval ball, to follow tonight (20 h 30) the semifinal of the Blues against Serbia at the Euro volleyball.

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It was yesterday

The Englishman Ruaridh McConnochie marks a test against the United States, Thursday, September 26th.
The Englishman Ruaridh McConnochie marks a test against the United States, Thursday, September 26th. AARON FAVILA / AP

Two games and two big scores. Italy's first game against Canada and Squadra Azzurra won 48-7. This is the second game and the second best-of-breed victory for Sergio Parisse's partners, who are now leading their group before the shocks against Springboks (October 4) and All Blacks (October 12).

With seven tries scored, Italy has won its biggest World Cup victory. Also noteworthy is the good performance of third-row wing Jake Polledri, elected man of the match, with 16 balloons carried, 14 defenders beaten, 3 crossings and 106 meters traveled. Small illustration of Jake at work below, who repels one, two, three, four tackles for the commentator's happiness:

The other match of this 7e day was an anglophone meeting. England could have left the United States with a blank sheet, but conceded a try at the last minute of play (45-7). The Americans finished at 14, having collected the first red card of the competition for a high tackle of John Quill on Owen Farrell. The XV of the Rose has no blush of these few points conceded, so he showed a formidable efficiency, scoring seven tries, offensive bonus to the key.

The men of Eddie Jones and consolidate their first place in Group C, after their success against Tonga Sunday (35-3), and before the two games at risk against the Argentinian (October 5) and against the Blues (12 October).

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It's seen

The President of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand, and the members of the Hémicycle paid tribute to the French parliamentary XV, third of the World Cup of Parliaments held in Japan a few days before the World Cup.

The team of sixty-five ministers, deputies, senators, former ministers and former deputies, and managed by Mathieu Blin, quadruple champion of France in the jersey of the Stade français, narrowly won against South Africa in the small final, on the score of 8 to 7. The world title went to the parliamentarians All Blacks.

Richard Ferrand wished to recall that the next edition in 2023 will be held in France. A source of inspiration for these gentlemen of the XV of France?

It is said

"A great result today in the Italy-Canada match and a growing team in the game. Qualification at the 2023 World Cup is assured, and now we are not hiding our desire to take a step forward and to write the history of the Italian team against the Springboks. "

The president of the Italian rugby federation Alfredo Gavazzi did not hide his ambitions in this tweet after the victory of Squadra Azzurra on Canada Thursday, September 26 (48 to 7). Of course, the South Africans lost their first match against the All Blacks (23-13). But to say that Italy can beat them, there is still a step, given the record of both teams. We will know more on October 4th. Meanwhile, the Transalpine, assured to finish at least third of their pool, are qualified for the next World Cup, in 2023, in France.



This is the number of points that scored the English opening half George Ford against the United States. It is also the maximum of points scored by the same player in a match so far in this World Cup.

It's bonus

Maxime Machenaud and Maxime Médard (right), during their visit to Suizenji Park, Kumamoto, September 26th.
Maxime Machenaud and Maxime Médard (right), during their visit to Suizenji Park, Kumamoto, September 26th. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

Maxime Machenaud (well dressed) and Maxime Médard (blur) share a dinner during their visit to Suizenji Park in Kumamoto on September 26th. We could not close this gazette before having mentioned the new samurai cup of the French scrum half.

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Rugby World Cup: find all the groups

Group A: all you need to know about Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Russia and Samoa.

Group B: all you need to know about New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Namibia and Canada.

Group C: all you need to know about France, England, Argentina, Tonga and the United States.

Group D: all you need to know about Australia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji and Uruguay.


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