values ​​of Ovalie, irresistible Japanese and almost qualified French

The Japanese took a step towards the quarter-finals and, in addition, warmly welcomed their Samoan opponents. France can qualify today with a draw.

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Argentina exploded against England after the expulsion of its second-line Tomas Lavanini, who scooped a red card.
Argentina exploded against England after the expulsion of its second-line Tomas Lavanini, who scooped a red card. ISSEI KATO / REUTERS

It's today

  • New Zealand – Namibia (6:45 hrs, Pool B)

Beware of the boxing for the fragile Namibians, facing the All Blacks who have just passed a 63-0 to the Canadians. Nice, Steve Hansen will do some tests and aligns the young Jordie Barrett (still one) at the opening, his first game as number 10. His brother Beauden will be on the bench.

  • France-Tonga (9:45 am, Pool C)

The humiliation or the qualification for the XV of France, which seems as much able to undergo a defeat against the islanders, as in 2011, than to secure its qualification for the quarter-finals, realistic objective of this campaign. Thanks to the loss without bonus of the Argentineans against England, a draw or a defeat with two bonuses are enough even for the French. For the nights of Jacques Brunel and Fabien Galthié, it is better to avoid this scenario.

Rugby World Cup 2019: the composition of the XV of France against Tonga

Jacques Brunel unveiled Thursday the composition of the XV of France who will face Tonga Sunday, October 6, in Kumamoto. The coach of the Blues preferred Baptiste Serin Antoine Dupont to form the hinge with Romain Ntamack. Serin had an excellent start on Wednesday against the United States (33-9), including the fourth try tricolor.

Jacques Brunel also renewed four incumbent players against the Americans: the hooker Camille Chat (instead of Guirado), the second line Paul Gabrillagues, the winger Alivereti Raka and the center Sofiane Guitoune. Pillar Jefferson Poirot will be captain.

The starting XV (substitutes not communicated by the Federation): Médard – Penaud, Vakatawa, Guitoune, Raka – Ntamack (half-open), Serin (half scrum) – Ollivon, Alldritt, Lauret – Vahaamahina, Gabrillagues – Slimani, Cat, Poirot (cap)

It was yesterday

  • Australia-Uruguay (45-10, Pool D)

A first half upside down, a second at the place for Australia, thrown towards the quarterfinals. After winger Reece Hodge, suspended for three games for a dangerous tackle against Fiji, second-line Adam Coleman and third-line Lukhan Salakaia-Loto let their partners play for fourteen for ten minutes. And it was Uruguay that smiled at the final whistle, thanks to the test recorded late in the game.

  • England-Argentina (39-10, Pool C)

The success is wide, but the XV of the Rose was not dazzling against the Pumas, quickly reduced to fourteen and now on the verge of elimination. The XV of the Rose has certainly scored six tries, but as against Tonga (35-3), he has rarely been impressive in the game, showing signs of excitement like the captain and scorer Owen Farrell face the posts ( 0/4 in the first period). The English will play the first place of the group against France, next weekend.

  • Japan-Samoa (38-19, Pool A)

Japan, driven by the Toyota stadium in merger, has moved closer to a historic qualification for the quarter-finals by beating Samoa (38-19). The bonus, in stoppage time, does not hurt the ambitions of the "Cherry Blossoms", in a very contested hen. In case of success against Scotland, the Japanese will finish at the top of pool A and face South Africa in the quarterfinals. But the Scots can also qualify in case of victory next Sunday, just like Ireland.

It's seen

Japan and Samoa present you: the values ​​of Ovalie.

It is said

" For me, 2011 is a thing of the past, I do not want to talk about this game to others, it was another rugby and we have a team quite young, with enough carelessness. I rather want to tell them positive words and to advance all the time, more than to think about this match of 2011. "

The only survivor of the epic of the Blues at the 2011 World Cup, Maxime Médard did not come to Japan to tell the story so far. Especially if it is to evoke the surprise defeat of the XV of France eight years ago against Tonga (19-14). But if, as in 2011, a mishap against Tonga can allow the team of France to reach the final …



As the number of injured XV of France after only two games. Following the recent injury of Ramos, the Blues are good first in the matter, in front of Scotland, Canada, Tonga and South Africa (two wounded each).

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(That's done

By scoring 18 points against Samoa, Japanese half-open Yu Tamura became the top scorer of the World Cup. After scoring 8 points against Russia and 14 against Ireland, the Japanese striker has pushed his counter to 40 since the start of the competition, far ahead of the second in the ranking, the New Zealander Richie Mo'unga (26 points ).

It's not good at all

The day after a cathedral plating of the Italian pillar Andrea Lovotti on South African Duane Vermeulen, Argentina's Tomas Lavanini made an equally dangerous move. In front of Owen Farrell, the second line of the Pumas did not bend down to flatten the English center. In a violent shock, the head of the opening half eventually crashed on Lavanini's shoulder. Owen Farrell is solid: he was able to continue the game.

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Vincent Bresson


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