referee ousted, new jersey and cathedral plating

Three games are on the program, with potentially the name of the first qualifier for the quarter-finals: in the event of a win against Argentina, England will be sure to reach the next stage.

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VS'is today

  • Australia-Uruguay (7:15 am, Pool D)
Supporters of the Uruguay team present during a training of the Teros on October 4th. AARON FAVILA / AP

Said like that, we do not really want to watch. But when you know that Uruguay has defeated all predictions by defeating Fiji (27-30) and Australia was defeated by Wales (25-29), why not turn on the TV.

Well, the Wallabies should still easily win against this team mostly amateur, return to the Fijdi who are second in Pool D and take the road to the quarterfinals.

Los Teros Uruguayan, meanwhile, will try to contain the attacks of Wallabies not to cash too many points (remember that their record is 226 points in the last world).

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  • England-Argentina (10 hours, Pool C)

England, the first of its pool after two better wins, should make a third win against Argentina today, especially since it has just recovered left pillar Mako Vunipola and winger Jack Nowell, both back from injury.

All in all, the XV of the Rose is scary at all positions, the center (Farrell, Tuilagi), third line (Billy Vunipola, Curry, Underhill) or second line (Itoje). Eddie Jones' men can be the first to win their quarterfinal ticket if they succeed.

They will still be wary of a team of valiant Argentina against France (21-23) and easy against Tonga (28-12). The Pumas will do everything to stick to the score, in the race to the quarterfinals with … the Blues.

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  • Japan-Samoa (12:30 pm, Pool A)

Japan holds its rank of host country. After his exploit against Ireland (victory 19 to 12), he is 2e of his group with 9 points, while Scotland, 3eonly 5 … just like Samoa.

It is certainly the last match of this pool between Scots and Japanese who will decide which of these two teams will go in the quarterfinals, since Japan, then Ireland, should put an end to the hopes Samoans. But this World Cup has shown, we are not immune to a feat.

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It was yesterday

  • South Africa-Italy (49-3, Pool B)
South Africa's Frans Steyn escapes Italy's tackle Tommaso Allan and Callum Braley in the match between the two teams on 4 October.
South Africa's Frans Steyn escapes Italy's tackle Tommaso Allan and Callum Braley in the match between the two teams on 4 October. ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT / AFP / AFP

South Africa scored a big win against Italy (49-3). The Springboks did not have to force their talent against an unruly Squadra Azzurra (red card at 43e minute for Lovotti after a cathedral plating): authors of seven tries, against 0 and a single penalty for the Italians, South Africans wandered.

Now leading the group with 10 points as Italy, South Africa has taken a step closer to the quarterfinals: it should win its last game against Canada, while Italy may be eaten all believed by New Zealanders for his ultimate meeting. The All Blacks, 3e with 9 points, still have two easy matches to play (Namibia and Italy). Blacks and Boks should do 1 and 2 in this Pool B.

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It's seen

The new shirt of Wallabies is rather beautiful. For its meeting against Uruguay, Australia was allowed to wear a jersey decorated with representations of Aboriginal culture. If the team has already played twice with such a jersey (in October 2017 against the Blacks, then in November 2018 against England), this is the first time that she wears it in the World Cup.

The Wallabies have a single recruit from the Aboriginal population, Kurtley Beale. "It shows that the team represents all Australians" he said. Aborigines are the original Australian people, decimated by British settlers and ostracized by Australian white society until the late 1960s.

Despite advances (citizenship, right to property), this people is still discriminated against. This jersey is a symbolic way for the Australian Federation to thank the Aborigines for their contribution to rugby and to fight against this segregation.

It is said

"The Argentines should have won against France. All the stats show that they should have won and they had a good win over Tonga (28-12), which is not the easiest opponent either. "

On the eve of the meeting between the Pumas and the XV of the Rose, the English coach Eddie Jones did not mince his words compared to the performance of the Argentineans in this World Cup (and the almost French counter-performance) .


1.8 million

This is the number of tickets sold for the 48 matches of the World Cup. Target achieved, congratulate the organizers of the competition. Count 100,000 yen (about 850 euros) for the best places in the final. In 2015 in England, some 2.47 million tickets had been sold.

(That's done

Australian referee Angus Gardner, who was originally scheduled to play for the England-Argentina side, was replaced at the last minute by New Zealander Ben O'Keeffe.

Gardner was openly criticized by Argentinian coach Mario Ledesma after a brief defeat to France (23-21). He had criticized him for having forgotten to whistle two fouls French, including a Louis Picamoles offside line that had allowed the Blues to recover the ball late in the game and mark the drop of the victory.

It's not good at all

Italy's Andrea Lovotti was awarded a red card when his team met with South Africa for a cathedral tackle on Duane Vermeulen.

The definition of World Rugby is worth the detour: "It's about taking your opponent by the legs and getting him "Head over head". The tackled player is thus found with his feet up and upside down until he drops his full weight on his pretty little cervical. " The gesture, extremely dangerous, has been banned for many years by World Rugby. Lovotti should not have heard of it.

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