rest day, Russian song and zero pointing

"O World Cup! Suspend your flight. Second day of rest for this 2019 edition, after a Monday marked by the Samoan bubble and the departure of Demba Bamba.

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It's today

Second day of rest in this 2019 World Cup. But the sporting world does not stop turning. If you're not one to want to see the 1999 semi-final between France and New Zealand (or the 2007 quarter-final), we advise you to wait 21 hours and join us to follow with us Galatasaray – PSG. For lack of rugby, we eat football.

It was yesterday

Beaten 34-0 by the Scots, Monday, September 30, the Samoans are the first of this edition 2019 to leave the field without having scored any point.
Beaten 34-0 by the Scots, Monday, September 30, the Samoans are the first of this edition 2019 to leave the field without having scored any point. FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP

After a controlled match, Scotland won (34-0) against Samoa. In the first half, Sean Maitland (31e) and Clermont Greig Laidlaw's scrum half (34e) scored two trials. A few minutes later (38e), Stuart Hogg has aggravated the score of a magnificent drop of 50 meters, the first of Scotland in the competition since 2011. In the second act, the Scots sealed their victory with two penalty tests (57e, 75e).

This success is synonymous with relief for Scotland, who was not allowed to make a mistake after losing to Ireland in the first match. With this bonus point win, Gregor Townsend's squad retains his chances of qualifying for the World Cup quarter-finals. The XV du Chardon will however win its last two games, against Russia on October 9 and, especially, against Japan, which remains on two victories in as many games, October 13.

It's seen

Package for the rest of the World Cup, following a tear in the thigh, Demba Bamba left the base camp of the Blues to return to France. At the moment of leaving the group, his teammates have reserved a beautiful hedge of honor accompanied by applause. The young pillar is replaced by Cedate Gomes Sa.

It is said

"We tried to balance on both sides (United States, Tonga) to make everyone play. Some will double. It was necessary to compose two teams. There are twelve changes compared to the team that beat Argentina in our first match without real changes since 17 players were already on the previous game sheet. So there are only six new ones coming back. "

Jacques Brunel, coach of the XV of France, decided to rotate his squad to challenge the United States on Wednesday in Fukuoka. Only three players who started the first game against Argentina (23-21, Saturday, September 21) have been renewed: Yoann Huget, Gael Fickou and Arthur Iturria. In hinge, the pair Maxime Machenaud and Camille Lopez succeed Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack.

This turnover is motivated by the prospect of playing two games in four days (the second against Tonga, October 6). Louis Picamoles, who takes the place of Grégory Alldritt, will be promoted captain of the Blues against the Americans. A first for the player, aged 33, who has 80 selections in France team.

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It's heard

After Georgia's success against Uruguay (33-7) on Sunday in Kumagaya, a Russian song was broadcast on the stadium grounds. What anger the breeder Milton Haig, reported Agence France-Presse. "They broadcast a Russian song. Sung by a Georgian singer, certainly, but a Russian song. We want to make it clear that Russia is not Georgia. "

This blunder was also little appreciated by Captain Jaba Bregvadze, given the tense relations between the two countries. "Please, do not repeat this mistake next time," he asked. The World Rugby International Federation presented its " sincere apologies " to the Georgians.



Defeated 34-0, the Samoans are the first of this 2019 edition to leave the field having not scored any point. This is the first time in their history that this has happened to them, in eight World Cup appearances. They join a rather closed club: Namibia (three times), United States, Fiji, England, Romania, Scotland, Spain, Canada, Ivory Coast.

For its part, Scotland joins South Africa leading the countries that have most often inflicted a "bubble" (four times) to their opponent at the World Cup. Only four other nations have done so, but only once: Wales (in 2011), New Zealand and Georgia (2007), and Australia (2003).


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