France Vs Namibia: France hit by injury fears ahead of RWC 2023 warm-ups
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France’s planning for the upcoming Rugby World Cup has hit a hitch as flanker Francois Cros will be sidelined for their World Cup warm-up game against Scotland next month. The 29-year-old ached a mole injury during exercise in training for the game at Murrayfield on August 5. The damage has raised worries, but France’s head of performance, Thibault Giroud, is certain that it’s not a long-term issue, though Cros will be out of action for a few weeks.
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Giroud talked to reporters, stating, it’s a little tension in the groin. He’ll be out for a few weeks, it’s not something long-term but we have to treat it. The absence of Cros from the group is a setback for France as they gear up to host the RWC, which is set to kick off on September 8 in Paris with the hosts facing New Zealand in the inaugural game. In addition to Cros, lock Paul Willemse was also absent from training on Thursday due to a long-term hamstring problem, causing some anxiety for Les Bleus.
Ahead of their Rugby World Cup 2023 campaign. France is arranged to play Scotland again a week after their match at Murrayfield, this time at Saint Etienne. Later, they will face Fiji in Nantes on August 19, followed by a match against Australia in Paris eight days later. The challenge awaits France in Pool A, where they will not only face the tough All Blacks but also go up against Uruguay, Namibia, and Italy.
Expert maps out the possible routes to the Rugby World Cup final
With the Rugby World Cup pending large, Two Cents Rugby looks at some likely differences in the draw to see who has the hardest path to the final. The YouTube star studies who has the so-called easiest run and bases the teams’ routes on the current World Rugby rankings so let’s see how it plays out. For more know about France Rugby World Cup Tickets.
Rugby World Cup Pool A
New Zealand and France are forecast to breeze through this pool. Contempt Italy’s recent upgrading, the fact they’ve never beaten New Zealand and haven’t beaten France for an era, they’re predicted to exit in the pool stage. The opening clash between France and New Zealand should be the game which decides who finishes top and who finishes runner-up. For the knockout stages, the road gets an instant bump with a possible bang with either top-ranked Ireland or reigning champions South Africa.
Pool A sides will likely be cheering on Scotland in Pool B to throw a spanner in the works. For the semi-finals, the highest-ranked rival they could face from Pools C and D would be England. The toughest Rugby World Cup Final after all that, would be a repeat of the 2011 final, with France and New Zealand going from pool rivals to final opponents. Maybe not quite as tough as Pool B, but surely not the easiest run.
RWC 2023 Pool B
With three of the top five squads in the world all in this same pool, Pool B is being started as a pool of death. Throw in a recently boosted Tonga side as well looking to cause havoc, whoever gets out of this pool will have been battle toughened in the process. Ireland and South Africa will be beloved to make it, but Scotland causing an upset would not be beyond the realms of option.
A quarter-final clash with hosts France or New Zealand doubles down on the effort for the Pool B teams, and you’d adopt whoever wins there will be sloped to go all the way. Like Pool A, a semi-final clash with England on paper would be the hardest draw, followed by a replay with the other Pool B side. So possibly South Africa against Ireland in the final. Italy causing an unlikely upset would welcome by the Pool B sides, but believably there’s no easy run from this pool.
France Rugby World Cup Pool C
The line-up of Pool C has been much analysed and caused World Rugby to rethink how early the draw is made. With Wales and Australia having fresh result slumps, the highest-ranked team in Pool C is Australia, who are eighth. That being said, Fiji and Georgia are no marks and will believe they have it in them to cause an upset in the pool phases.
For the quarter-finals, the highest-ranked rival on the cards is England, although Argentina is only slightly behind them. If that seemed like an easier run than what the Pool A and B teams are facing, that idea ends shortly when you’re looking at a semi-final with Ireland, or otherwise South Africa, followed by a final against France or New Zealand. For more know about Namibia Rugby World Cup Tickets.
RWC Pool D
Pool D is a delicate one to gauge on paper. England is the top-graded side, but only ended fourth in the Six Nations. Japan are the second seed but their form since 2019 has fallen off a cliff, highlighted by a recent loss to fellow Pool D team Samoa. Argentina is arguably the form side after beating Australia away in the Rugby Championship but also found themselves well-trodden at home by New Zealand not long before that.
Whoever makes it out of Pool D would be taking on the likes of Australia, if we go by how the present rankings are sitting. However, from there, the same path as Pool C awaits, with the likes of Ireland/South Africa and France/New Zealand for the semi-final and final. The early stage looks a bit less hairy than say Pool B, finally there’s no easy run to the Webb Ellis trophy in RWC 2023.
Namibia hire Proudfoot to coaching staff Ahead of Rugby World Cup
Namibia has chosen former England and South Africa forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot as secondary coach to Allister Coetzee ahead of the RWC in France, the Namibia Rugby Union confirmed. The 51-year-old Proudfoot was part of the 2019 World Cup-winning Springboks running team before moving to England as a scrum trainer under Eddie Jones.
Proudfoot, who signified Scotland four times between 1998 and 2003, left England in January after Steve Borthwick took over from Jones. Namibia strives at the Rugby World Cup in Pool A, starting against Italy in St Etienne on Sept. 9 before playing New Zealand, France and Uruguay.
Namibia Rugby Union vice leader Johan Diergaardt says the national rugby senior team needs N$38 million to prepare and positively compete in the France Rugby World Cup. Speaking on Radio Newly, Diergaardt said the budget wanted to carefully prepare the team for the world rugby showdown is in the millions.
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