More than twenty-four hours of waiting before the next (and penultimate) match of this World Cup 2019. Meanwhile, the English continue to prepare for their final with sparring partners a little particular.
Fourth day in a row without a World Cup, but promised everything resumes tomorrow with the match for third place between New Zealand and Wales. In the meantime (and if you can not wait any longer), you can satiate your lack with the match of ProD2 between Nevers (14e) and Perpignan (2e) at 20 h 45. And if you prefer the women's sport, we advise you the eighth of final return between the PSG and Breidablik, one speaks here of football. Well the suspense should not be at the rendezvous: the first leg, the French had imposed 4-0 in Iceland.
There are not only English on the field during the training sessions of the XV of the Rose. The Team observed that three Japanese Suntory Sungoliath players were present on Tuesday, "Running in the rain, pulling Billy Vunipola with a rubber band or jumping at full speed between studs". In fact, they've even been here for three to four weeks, says Elliot Daly at Japan Times. The addition of these players allows the XV de la Rose to make oppositions to 15 against 15, against "Excited players at the idea of coming to train" with the English, Daly advances. "It forces you to be a bit more focused during training, that's for sure. "
It is said
"We lose money on the Rugby World Cup, it was planned and driven with anticipation in the first six months of the year. (…) Yes we will lose more money than expected but we will find compensation elsewhere. "
The Rugby World Cup is not just happy. TF1 has announced that the channel will lose more money than expected, especially because of the cancellation of certain matches, including France-England, reports Agence France-Presse (AFP). "It's obviously a big shortfall, said Deputy Chief Financial Officer Philippe Denery. It's more than a million euros. " TF1 ensures however that it is still "Too early to encrypt" the total cost of this World Cup for the chain.
If you wanted to have proof of English determination before the game against New Zealand, it was enough to see the behavior of the English during the haka. In the traditional Maori dance, the XV of the Rose formed a defiant "V", but several players crossed the median line, as France did in 2007 and 2011. This is also the first case which had pushed World Rugby to set rules, since the French had almost ended up face to face with the All Blacks.
The International Federation decided to sanction the British, as it did with the French after the 2011 World Cup final.
This sanction is described as"Hypocrite" by a New Zealand journalist, who points out that at the same time that he punishes England for this behavior, World Rugby has used the sequence extensively to accumulate clicks on videos posted on YouTube and Twitter, where the International Federation praises a "Amazing English response to haka".
It's the last
Nine modifications in the XV Welsh, seven in the New Zealand XV: the small final between the two nations is obviously the opportunity to rotate. It must be said that this will be the last time that we will see some All Blacks in the national jersey.
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Kieran Read, Sonny Bill Williams, Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty will be in the New Zealand starting lineup for the last time in their career. The last two had been left in the stands for the semi-final against England, and Sonny Bill Williams had started on the bench. Even New Zealand coach Steve Hansen will be coaching his team for the last time, after eight years and two World Cup wins.
France will not win the 2019 World Cup, but it may win two of the World Rugby Trophies of the Year. Romain Ntamack has been named for the title of revelation of the year alongside South African Herschel Jantjies and Englishman Joe Cokanasiga.
The other Frenchman named is Charles Ollivon for the title of the best test of the year. The French third-row was at the conclusion of a nice move made of repetitions of passes against the Welsh to give the Blues a 10-point lead after just ten minutes of play in the quarter-final World Cup. The French XV had finally tipped by a small point (19-20). Answers Sunday, November 3rd.