Welsh lesson, "Canucks" in kimono and amateur players

The Welsh Monday gave a lesson of rugby to the Georgians (43-14). The Russians, they will try today to win a first success in the World Cup against the Samoans.

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VS'is today

At the 2011 World Cup, the Russians had four defeats in the group stage.
At the 2011 World Cup, the Russians had four defeats in the group stage. Eugene Hoshiko / AP
  • Russia – Samoa (12:15)

We do not change a team that … loses. For their return to the field, the Russians, who had opened the World Cup, Friday, September 20, with a game lost against Japan, realign the entirety of their fifteen to face, Tuesday at 12:15 (French time), Kumagaya , Samoa. In a group A, which also includes – and especially – Ireland and Scotland, Russia, present in Japan due to the disqualifications of Spain, Romania and Belgium (for having lined up unauthorized players during qualifying), does not cultivate much hope. If not that of trying to win a first success in a World. In 2011, in their previous and only participation, the Russians had four defeats in the group stage.

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Samoa, who make their entry into the competition on Tuesday, are looking for their past. In seven World Cup appearances, they have twice reached the quarter-finals. But it was in the 1990s (1991, 1995). For this 2019 edition, the team aligns eight novice players. In the Samoan ranks are also known players of the Top 14 spectators, the French championship: Clermont Tim Nanai-Williams and Bordeaux Afa Amosa are holders to face Russia. Note that the meeting will be refereed by the French Roman Poite.

It was yesterday

George North scored the sixth and final test of the Welsh against Georgians, Monday, Sept. 23, at Toyota.
George North scored the sixth and final test of the Welsh against Georgians, Monday, Sept. 23, at Toyota. MATTHEW CHILDS / REUTERS
  • Wales – Georgia (43-14)

Wales has made a name for itself. Shaken by the dismissal of his assistant coach, Rob Howley – suspected of illegal betting -, the Leek XV swept Georgia (43-14) on Monday at Toyota. In a first half-time, the Welsh recited their rugby attack against Georgians – who are knocking on the door of the Six Nations Tournament – far too soft. At half-time, the Welsh had already pocketed the offensive bonus point (29-0, four tries scored). After the locker room, the Georgians recovered their legendary stubbornness. This renewed desire has enabled the "Lelos" to enter two tests by Mamukashvili (43).e minute) and Chilachava (69e). Meanwhile, Tomos Williams (65e) then North (76)e) had scored the last two tries of the Leek XV.

"We had a good first period, with some nice tests, we were very happy at half-time, summed up Welsh coach Warren Gatland. Then it was a little more messy. Finally, we are happy with the gap and take the bonus point. "

The Welsh, authors of the grand slam in the 2019 tournament, have in any case sent a strong signal to the Australians, their future opponents, Sunday, September 29. No doubt they will have learned the lesson for what will be the shock of Pool D.

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It is said

"There was a pack of mosquitoes up there, I assure you"

In the first half of the England-Tonga match, Rose coach Eddie Jones was surprised by the cameras at Sapporo Stadium as he punched the table with a dark look. The English had just been penalized. After the meeting, he sought, at first, to deny any nervousness. Before adding: "You know me, I'm an emotional person, and it can happen to me …"

It's seen

On the Canadian side, we prepare to enter the competition in a relaxed atmosphere. The Canucks, who have little other ambition than to avoid the spoon of Group B wood, that they should argue with Namibia – even Italy -, are measured at the Transalpine, Thursday, September 26, at 9:45, in Fukuoka. In the meantime, the Canadians are trying, in the absence of a match, to win the Japanese hearts, dressed in their kimono and wearing shoes. getas (Japanese traditional sandals).


Sunday, facing England, a player was probably pinched to make sure he did not dream. Just a few weeks ago Tongan Siua Maile would never have thought of competing in the World Cup: a professional roofer, he played amateur rugby when he answered a call from the national team on Facebook, at early August. "We had a hooker problem in Tonga and we had to find one"said Tonga's assistant coach Dan Cron.

Like Siua Maile, they are about sixty amateurs or semi-professionals to participate in this World Cup, from Uruguay, Namibia, Tonga, Russia, or Argentina.

It's bonus

Canon, the official sponsor of the Rugby World Cup, has deployed for the seven games that will be held at the Yokohama stadium (including the France-England meeting on Saturday, October 12) a system of high-resolution cameras offering unprecedented angles of view and striking images. New Zealand – South Africa, Saturday, September 21, is the first game to have benefited. Relive, as if you were in the field, George Bridge's masterful essay on the All Blacks.

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.


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