The match of the day
After a start of the week without a match, the Rugby World Cup resumes this Wednesday (17:45) with a meeting of Group A, that of the XV of France. At Groupama Stadium in Lyon, Uruguay challenged Namibia to get their first victory in the competition and avoid the last place in the pool. Valiant against France and Italy despite two defeats, the Uruguayan "Teros" start as favorites against the Namibians who have conceded 219 points in three games, including 96 against the Blues at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille.
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Uruguay-Namibia (Group A): 17:45 (M6)
The news of the Blues
This Tuesday, the players of the XV of France trained in the late afternoon at the Georges Carcassonne stadium before being received at the town hall, in the early evening, by the mayor of Aix-en-Provence Sophie Joissains. In the aftermath, the Blues took advantage of a crowd bath in the Provencal city that welcomes them in anticipation of the 4th group match against Italy, scheduled for October 6 at Groupama Stadium in Lyon.
"Obviously, we are very disappointed. I'm proud of my teammates because nobody ever gave up, but we wanted this win. We gave everything on the pitch but we missed opportunities. Ireland were clearly better than us tonight (Saturday), and the only thing we have to do now is to learn from this defeat and understand what we did wrong," said Cheslin Kolbe after South Africa's 8-13 defeat in the summit clash against the Clover XV. In the quarter-finals, the Springboks have a great chance of finding the XV of France but the RC Toulon player does not want to think about it already.
"I will be very honest with you, we are not yet qualified so it is impossible for me to project myself on a possible quarter-final against France," he explained cautiously, having a thought for Antoine Dupont, his former teammate in Toulouse. They (Les Bleus) have everything to make a great World Cup, and I hope Antoine (Dupont) will be back in the competition. I wish him a speedy recovery. But again, we're not going to scatter over things that don't exist. The only thing we know for sure is our last group game against Tonga.»
The player to watch: Baltazar Amaya
Born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) but arrived in Uruguay at the age of 9, the 24-year-old back will be one of the main weapons of his team to bend the Namibian defense. Author of a try against the Blues, the former rugby 7s player will know his 18th selection with the XV team on the lawn of Lyon. He should have several opportunities to shine against a weaker opponent on paper. His supporters present in France are waiting for his 7th international try, and more if affinities.
Baltazar Amaya Norbert Scanella / PANORAMIC
Stat of the day: 34
34, as the number of points difference in favor of Wales against Australia (40-6) Sunday night in Lyon. Proof of the sinking of the Wallabies, this defeat is the largest conceded by the Australian selection in the group stage of the World Cup. On the brink of historic elimination, the two-time world champion nation (1991, 1999) had never lost more than 9 points in a first-round match. Conversely, the XV of the Leek knows a good series of 3 successes on the last 4 duels against Australia, as much as in the 30 previous confrontations (1 draw, 26 losses). So, can we talk about a new bête noire?