soaked, wrinkled ball and key matches

In a tough match against the United States on Wednesday, the French have achieved a valuable success. Thursday, Ireland, beaten by Japan in the previous match, will have to make a clear fault against Russia.

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It's today

  • Georgia-Fiji (7:15)

A very important match for Georgia in Pool D. She has to win this match and can then hope to play the second place in the group. against Australia at the last meeting of the group phase. The Lelos, in confidence, remain on a crushing victory (33-7) against Uruguay.

In front, Fiji want to get a first success. Beaten by Australia (39-21) then Uruguay (30-27), the selection of John McKee has there, a priori, his last chance to win a match in this World. It will indeed challenge (on October 9) Wales, the unbeaten leader of the pool.

  • Ireland-Russia (12:15)
Jonathan Sexton, in training, on October 2nd. 184300 + 0900 / AP

Surprised by Japan at the previous meeting (19-12), the Irish XV is forced to a faultless for his last two games. Favorite to win a first world title before the start of the competition, the XV Clover can still hope to win the first place in Pool A. Two successes bonuses, first against Russia, then before Samoa on October 12, would allow the Irish to advance to the quarter-finals.

For first place, the fate of Joe Schmidt's selection will depend mainly on the Japan-Scotland match on 13 October. Faced with their opponent of the day, the Irish remain on a large success (62-12), during their last opposition in 2011.

It was yesterday

Camille Lopez on October 2, 2019, during the match against the United States
Camille Lopez on October 2, 2019, during the match against United States Franck Fife / AFP

The Blues have provided the essential. Not without clumsiness, the XV of France won his second match of the World against the United States, with bonus offensive bonus. A pretty poor game in the game that did not delight the coach Jacques Brunel.

" There is still work, it is clear and clear. We had trouble controlling this part. We wanted to overplay and we made a lot of mistakes. We did not respect the instructions, we lost a lot of balloons ", He said at the microphone of TF1, before ending on a positive note:" We wanted the victory, we have five points. "

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The French who led only three points (12-9) at the start of the last twenty minutes, made the difference late in the game, where they scored three of their five tries.

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With this success, France goes back to second place in Group C, behind England, and strengthens its chances of reaching the quarter-finals. For his next match, the XV of France will face Tonga Sunday at Kumamoto (9:45).

  • New Zealand-Canada (63-0)

Winners of the last two editions, the New Zealanders have made a mouthful of Canadians, offering at the same time the greatest success of this edition (63-0). At Oita Stadium, the All Blacks have scored nine tries, including three by the Barrett brothers (Jordie 9e, Beauden 36e and Scott 45e), started together for the first time in a World Cup. Namibia, next opponent of the All Blacks (Sunday, 6:45), has something to worry.

Canada's Kingsley Jones is not the first to miss a single point, as the Samoans were also unable to avoid a "bubble" against Scotland (34-0, Monday, September 30).

It is said

"It will be necessary, why not, to train with balloons dipped in buckets of water. "

The usual captain of the Blues, Guilhem Guirado, embarrassed by the humidity like many players at this World Cup, proposed a solution to avoid ball losses in future matches. Faced with the United States, the XV of France has lost 18 balls.

It's seen

The beautiful moment between Baptiste Serin and Greg Peterson with his baby, after the match between France and the United States. Both players evolved together in Bordeaux-Bègles.



France played against the United States its 50e match in World Cup. Only New Zealand and Australia have played more games in this competition. The XV of France, which has three appearances in the final of the competition (1987, 1999 and 2011), is still looking for its first title.

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.

Nicolas Master


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