We are there: six weeks after the start of the World Cup, we will know Saturday who will succeed the New Zealanders, two reigning world champions, who won the bronze medal by beating Wales on Friday.
It was yesterday
The Welsh were warned: the All Blacks had not lost two World Cup matches since 1999 and had not lost at all against their opponents of the day since 1953. The series may be made to be broken, these will continue for a few more months. The New Zealanders made a mouthful of the XV Leek during the match for third place Friday (40-17).
The All Blacks quickly took the lead, and although the Welsh attempted a comeback midway through the first period, two Ben Smith attempts allowed the Blacks to fly at half-time (28-10). After the locker room Ryan Crotty killed the suspense. A final try by Mo'Unga closed the party and allowed Kieran Read, Sonny Bill Williams, Ben Smith and coach Steve Hansen to leave the national team on a final victory and third place in the World Cup, the third of their history, after two consecutive titles.
"It will take me some time to recover from this World Cup, said New Zealand captain Kieran Read after the match. But with time, I will have good memories. "
The day of glory has come ! For Jérôme Garcès, it's the biggest step of a busy career. The last 80 minutes (or more in case of extra time) of the 2019 World Cup will be refereed by the Béarnais, who will retire at the end of the match.
Beyond the coronation of Frenchie (and Romain Poite, his assistant), this meeting will also serve to crowned England or South Africa. The English are aiming for a second world title and the South Africans a third. The compositions are the same as those posted by both teams in the semi-finals (won by the English against New Zealand, and against Wales for South Africans). Only modification, the return of Cheslin Kolbe to the wing in the XV springbok.
This is not seen
If they lose in the final, the English can always say that it was the fault of the Japanese. The English staff has not been able to use his drones to record training because the ground is too close to an airport and the use of these devices is strictly prohibited, reports the Guardian.
It's all the more unfortunate that, as the English daily writes, drones have become a key component of English training sessions and "Throughout the World Cup, Eddie Jones and his staff have reiterated the importance of the players' work away from the ball and this whole aspect has been brought to light with the introduction of drones during training sessions. from November 2016 ".
It is said
"My friend lost his wallet, which contained the notes, which are now very, very dear. We do not remember where we went, so we do not know how to go back and find them. "
This evening may not leave very good memories to two friends New Zealand. The two men told the radio RNZ have lost their tickets during a party in Tokyo. A loss all the more damaging that if they want to find tickets for this last game of the competition, the bill may be salty.
RNZ reports that on the resale sites, the cheapest D-category ticket sold for at least three times as much as it originally cost. And it could take a crazy turn. On Stubhub, for example, the most expensive ticket was resold for 16,900 euros, Friday noon, while at the time of their sale, the most expensive tickets cost "only" 752 euros. Positive: for this price, the cost of shipping was included.
No Owen Farrell, no Maro Itoje, but two South Africans, an Englishman, an American, a New Zealander and a Welshman. World Rugby revealed the five nominees for Player of the Year: Cheslin Kolbe, Pieter Steph Du Toit, Tom Curry, Joe Taufetee, Ardie Savea and Alun Wyn Jones.
Six players have been nominated for the World Rugby Men's 15s Player of the Year 2019, in association with … https://t.co/RPUCie5Nk7
To find a French representative, we must turn to the feminine side. Pauline Bourdon will face three British girls (Sarah Bern, Katy Daley-Mclean and Emily Scarrat) and New Zealander Kendra Cocksedge to try to succeed her compatriot, Jessy Trémoulière.
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As for the revelations of the year, the results will be known Sunday.