two reworkings, a departure and an armband

After a day of rest, the Mondial resumes its rights. On the menu, the Blues face the United States, and the All Blacks Canadian fans.

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It's today

  • France-United States (9:45 am to Fukuoka)
Jacques Brunel, in training, on October 1st. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

The XV of France must follow. After his precious victory against Argentina (23-21), Saturday, September 21 for his entry into the competition at the 2019 World Cup, the France team faces, Wednesday, October 2, the United States. Widely favored on paper compared to the American selection, the Blues will align a revised composition.

Jacques Brunel, coach of the XV of France, decided to rotate his squad, in order to preserve certain elements for the match against Tonga, on October 6th. Yoann Huget, Gaël Fickou and Arthur Iturria are the three players, having started the first match against Argentina, to be again holders.

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In front, the selection of Gary Gold remains on a heavy defeat against England (45-7). But winger Yoann Huget is cautious and wants to win first, before considering an offensive bonus point. " We can not show a lack of humility by saying that we will look for five points He moderated.

  • New Zealand-Canada (12:15 pm to Oita)

Winners of the last two editions, the New Zealanders challenge Canada, a minor nation in the world of rugby. After their victory against South Africa (23-13), the All Blacks are almost certain to finish at the top of their group.

The Canadians, themselves, lost (48-7) to Italy. In the same way as his counterpart of the XV of France, the coach of All Blacks, Steve Hansen, made eleven changes compared to the team aligned in the opening match. The last confrontation between the two teams, in 2011, had resulted in a correction (79-15) in favor of New Zealand.

It is seen (and it is the case to say it …)

The third-line of the All Blacks Ardie Savea, whose sight of the left eye is bad, will wear safety glasses on Wednesday against Canada. On the substitutes' bench to start the match, he will use his glasses when he comes into play, a first for a player in a Rugby World Cup. This use was authorized by World Rugby earlier this year for players with impaired vision.

It is said

"I thought about it when I was a child. Many of my decisions were made with this goal (to be captain) in the lead, with the idea of ​​getting there one day. It took a while but I am incredibly proud. I want to be the captain of a good performance and a good win in a World Cup match. "

Jonathan Sexton, best player in the world in 2018, left to rest, because of problems adductor, in the defeat of Ireland against Japan (19-12), will return against Russia on Thursday. For this meeting, the opening half was entrusted to the captaincy for the first time, in the absence of hooker Rory Best, a role he had always dreamed of.

It's already over

Jesse Kriel at the New Zealand-South Africa match on 21 September.
Jesse Kriel at the New Zealand-South Africa match on 21 September. Shuji Kajiyama / AP

Second package for South Africa. After the pillar Trevor Nyakane, replaced by Thomas du Toit, it is the center Jesse Kriel who must leave the Springboks. Wounded in the All Blacks defeat, he was forced to forfeit the rest of the World Cup. Jesse Kriel is replaced by Damian Willemse, who has five selections with the Springboks.

In the press release of the rugby federation of South Africa, coach Rassie Erasmus has left a message for his player. "I sympathize for Jesse. He has participated in almost every game since my arrival and is a professional model. He was a key member of the team. "

South Africa will face Italy on Friday in Shizuoka, in a decisive match for a qualification in the finals.

Nicolas Maitre


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