The news of the Blues
The Blues found the field Monday at the end of the day after three days off spent with their loved ones. A session in which took part Gregory Alldritt, recovered from his knee discomfort that had forced him to withdraw against Namibia. Other good news, hooker Julien Marchand, hit hamstring during the opening match against the All Blacks, resumed racing on Monday for a resumption of collective training at the end of the week. He applied for the match against Italy on 6 October in Lyon.
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This Tuesday, new training open to the press at 16:45 at the Georges Carcassonne stadium. At 19pm, the Blues will be received at the City Hall by the mayor of Aix-en-Provence, Sophie Joissains. Speeches and a small crowd bath for the players before thanking the municipality and its inhabitants for welcoming them for nearly three weeks.
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After the defeat of the Wallabies against Wales on Sunday night (6-40), almost synonymous with elimination, Eddie Jones was not proud. Present at a press conference, he asked forgiveness to Australian rugby fans: "I would like to apologise to the Australian fans. I take full responsibility for this outcome. [...] It's very painful." Indeed, this is the first time in the history of World Cups that his selection is eliminated in the group stages. Even so, the former finalist of the competition with England did not seem demotivated: "I have the will and the ability to continue," he said. "I'm proud to be coach of Australia." One thing and certain, for him or another, there is work to be done.
Stat of the day: 14
Against Tonga, Scotland had to win to continue to believe in qualifying. And the XV of the Thistle made a full card, winning on the score of 45 to 17. The winger Van der Merwe, a real taulier of his selection, made a majuscule performance, author in particular of a try. But above all, he beat 14 defenders, the highest total by a Scot in World Cup history. It is even the fourth best total all selections combined. Only Vilimoni Delasau (24 in 2003), Seru Rabeni (15 in 2003) and Jonah Lomu (15 in 1995) have done better. Enough to shake the Romanians, next opponents of Scotland. See you on September 30 at 21:00.
Tweet of the day
The green tide. How else to describe these waves of Irish who came to support their team? Present en masse at the Stade de France on Saturday night for the victory of their team against the South Africans, the supporters of the Clover XV gave voice, during the match of course, but also at the final whistle. More than 30,000 Irish people could be heard singing Cranberries A Capella's song "Zombie". A great moment shared with the players on the pitch who, for many, were taken by emotion.
The question of the day
As every day, Le Figaro invites you to learn a little more about the world of oval:
Why did England choose a rose as its emblem?