The World Cup resumes its rights with the start of the 3rd day and the Italy-Uruguay meeting.
Match of the day
Only one meeting on the program this Wednesday. At 5:45 p.m. in Nice, two weeks later its inaugural victory against Namibia (52-8), Italy plays its second match of the competition against Uruguay. An imperative victory for Kieran Crowley’s men if they wish to maintain the hope of qualification. We are in Group A, that of France. Last Thursday in Lille, the Blues were caught by valiant Uruguayans, winning only 27 to 12.
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Schedule and broadcast channel
Italy-Uruguay (group A): 5:45 p.m. (M6)
Fabien Galthié and his staff announced the line-up to challenge Namibia on Thursday (9 p.m. in Marseille). The XV of France aligns its executives and records the return of Cyril Baille on the front line and Jonathan Danty in the center. Gregory Alldritt, hit in the knee Monday in training, was spared. His case does not generate any particular concerns. On the left wing, Louis Bielle-Biarrey was preferred to Gabin Villière.
The Blues joined Aix-en-Provence late Sunday afternoon. They will stay there until October 3, the day they will travel to Lyon to prepare for their fourth and final group match, against Italy on Friday October 6. Fifteen days separating the match against Namibia from that against the Transalpines, the staff decided to grant three days of rest for the players.
The composition of the XV of France :
Ramos – Penaud, Fickou, Danty, Bielle-Biarrey – (o) Jalibert, (m) Dupont (cap.) – Ollivon, Jelonch, Cros – Flament, Woki – Atonio, Mauvaka, Baille
Substitutes: Bourgarit, Wardi, Aldegheri, Taofifenua, Boudehent, Couilloud, Moefana, Jaminet
“We want to respond to the impression left against Uruguay, explained second-row Thibaud Flament on Tuesday at a press conference. We are keen to show a face that suits us. We want to provide a successful, clean service that corresponds to what we know how to do. (…) Against Uruguay, we sinned by lack of commitment. What will give us pleasure is the commitment, the aggressiveness that we were unable to let go of against Uruguay. If we can do that, things will fall into place and the landscape will become clearer.»
The Toulouse player, however, wanted to put the difficult match against Uruguay (27-12) last week in Lille into perspective. “We are all aware of what went wrong, but there is no fire in the lake. We won the match. We have all digested it and we are all keen to put in a good performance on Thursday. We had a very good training session which gave us some confidence.»
The player to watch: Lorenzo Cannone
The third line of Treviso delivered a solid performance against Namibia (52-8) on Saturday September 9. This solid guy (22 years old, 1.90 m and 102 kg) even gave it a try and was elected man of the match.
Great hope of the Azzurri, the Florentin is also a rising star in world rugby, in a position which requires maturity and experience. He had already made an impression during the 2023 Six Nations Tournament by scoring an Italian try against Ireland.
Today’s stat: 6
Six matches. This is the longest current winning streak in the group stage. It is the work of England, which won its first two duels of this 2023 World Cup (against Argentina 27 to 10 and against Japan 34 to 12), in addition to having won three in 2019 (against Tonga, Argentina and the United States, the one against France having been canceled) and one in 2015 (against Uruguay).
Japan was up to seven before losing to the English on Sunday evening and resetting their score to zero. As for the All Blacks, they had never lost in the group stage of a World Cup before their inaugural defeat against France on Friday September 8 (27-13).