The 2019 rugby world cup gazette: passion, compilation and suspensions

Still no match today, but patience is only four days before the quarter-finals of this World Cup. In the meantime, you are still part of the latest stories, statements, publications …

It's designated

The World Rugby Federation unveiled on Tuesday, October 15, the identity of four central referees who will officiate in the quarterfinals of the World Cup. Faced with the fifteenth Leek, the Blues will be refereed by Jaco Peyper. The South African referee will lead Sunday (9:15) his 50e match at the international level.

Jaco Peyper during the Japan-Samoa match on October 5th. Shuji Kajiyama / AP

For his second World Cup quarter-final, French referee Jerome Garcès will be the whistle of the meeting between England and Australia (Saturday, 9:15). Welshman Nigel Owens and England's Wayne Barnes will referee the New Zealand-Ireland (Saturday 12:15) and Japan-South Africa (Sunday, 12:15) respectively.

These four referees were appointed after "A close examination of the 37 pool matches, which offered several great rugby moments at this first Rugby World Cup in Asia Says Worl Rugby. Four of them, they officiated on 285 international matches.

It's heard

" Everyone is 100% in training, everyone is in great shape, it's perfect. "

Welsh attack coach Stephen Jones announced that Dan Biggar and Jonathan Davies had resumed training normally.

Biggar suffered two concussions: a first against Australia (29-25) on 29 September, and a second in a clash with his teammate Liam Williams during the win against Fiji on Wednesday (29-17).

As for Davies, he had slightly injured his knee against the Fijians. The two players, who had been preserved for the match against Uruguay Sunday, should hold their place Sunday (9:15) against France.

It's seen

In a video posted on Twitter, World Rugby made a compilation of the five best tests of the group stages of the World Cup. The opportunity to remember the most beautiful gestures made since the beginning of the competition.

In the first position of this top 5 is the test of Alivereti Raka against the United States (33-9) on a magnificent pass at the foot of Camille Lopez.



New audience record before a Brave Blossoms match in Japan. According to Nikkan Sports, more than half of the Japanese were in front of their posts, Sunday, to follow the victory of their team against Scotland (28-21).

In this match, a peak of audience was recorded at 53.7% of market share in the Kanto region, where is Tokyo. On average, 39.2 percent of the Kanto population and 37.2 percent of the Kansai population were thrilled by Japan's historic qualification.

The previous record audience was made on Saturday, October 5 during the match Japan-Samoa. This meeting had captured an average of 32.8% market share, with a peak at 46.1%.

It's over

Ireland's center Bundee Aki (R) Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Ireland and Samoa at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium in Fukuoka on October 12, 2019. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS
Ireland's center Bundee Aki (R) Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Ireland and Samoa at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium in Fukuoka on October 12, 2019. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS

Bundee Aki, sent off on red card as early as 29e minute of the match against Samoa for a shoulder tackle on the face of Ulupano Seuteni (47-5), was sentenced to a suspension of three weeks. The World Cup in the Irish center is over. A blow to the selection of Joe Schmidt who faces the All Blacks on Saturday, in the quarterfinals (12:15).

Tongan hooker Paula Ngauamo, already eliminated from the World Cup, has been suspended seven weeks, which will delay his return to the Top 14 with his club Agen. During the match Tonga-United States (31-19), he had hit with his foot the face of an American player. A blow that has not escaped the disciplinary committee of World Rugby.


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