Rugby World Cup 2023 Daily: All Blacks Ian Foster: ‘World’s got to decide which game they’d rather watch’



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Lead: Foster: ‘The world has to decide which sport they will watch’

All Blacks coach Ian Foster will have to work out “which game” the world will look to in the future to sneer at New Zealand’s potential quarter-final opponents – and the state of international rugby in general.

The All Blacks were incredible in a 96-17 hammering of Lyon in Italy on Friday night, playing a brand of rugby. Few teams, at any level, have the ability to replicate. The high-tempo, high-skill attacking attack was beautiful to watch, but came off the back of a dominant set-piece and maul that proved there was substance to their style.

But it was their attack that had fans on their feet; From Jordy Barrett’s pinpoint kick for Will Jordan to offloads from Brodie Retallick and Ardi Savia for the same winger, Friday night’s 79-point thrashing was as close as rugby football can get to the “beautiful game” tag.

For what it’s worth, the win over Italy, which some likened to a glorified training run for the All Blacks ahead of the quarter-finals, especially when they face Uruguay in their final pool game, Foster insisted that the amount of work goes into the team’s bye week performance. .

“Yeah, good question, you have to deal with the challenges you’ve got in rugby,” Foster said. “And the difficulty is when you win with a big scoreline people think it’s worthless; Well it will be of huge value to us as we have put ourselves under pressure in the last 10 days for that performance.

“But we knew we had to, we didn’t want to give Italy a chance and we respected them enough that we had to stay at home. So what we learned is that we really focused on our preparation. And we got it right, and we got our Found the challenge ahead, that we can play good rugby.”

Foster then shifted Ireland’s narrative, but still very compelling, to a 13-8 win over South Africa, a match that could provide the All Blacks with a quarter-final opponent — and possibly Ireland in that match.

And he couldn’t resist looking at those playing against the All Blacks and perhaps those at World Rugby who are looking for ways to play more attacking rugby and, therefore, entertain at the highest level of the game.

“Now, if you look at the South Africa-Ireland game, it was a very different game of rugby, with 27 minutes of ball in the whole game,” Foster noted. “So a very stop-start game, very physical, very competitive, where you saw a different scene tonight and maybe at some point the world has to decide which game they’re going to watch.”

Bring it to the woof quarter.

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The Wallabies have a pulse — just

Australia are still alive at the World Cup after Fiji failed to take the bonus point in their 19-12 win over Georgia on Saturday evening.

The win took Fiji to 10 points, cementing second place in Pool C, but the Wallabies can overtake them with a bonus-point win over Portugal on Sunday in Saint-Etienne.

That means Fiji will only need a bonus point from a single loss in their last pool clash against Portugal next week to reach the quarter-finals.

It’s a long shot, but at least Australia still have some sense of hope going into the game against the Portuguese, a fortnight after not only their campaign was shattered, but the entirety of Australian rugby.

Meanwhile, RElevated Fiji coach Simon Raiwalui said he was delighted the Pacific Islands had rediscovered the discipline that made them such a force in the second half of their win over Georgia this year.

The Fijians rallied from a nine-point half-time deficit to win 17-12 at Stade de Bordeaux and put one foot in the World Cup’s knockout stages with the bonus points they needed from their final match against Portugal.

After eschewing the most excessive flamboyance of the island the rugby Fiji were happy to take advantage of a sloppy and erratic first 40 minutes against a Georgia side to edge Wales and beat Australia in their first two Pool C matches.

Raiwalui said, “We were put to the sword in the first half. It’s because of a great Georgia team and we have to be better there.”

“If we’re honest, we got beat to the punch. They came out and they were firing and we were probably lucky to only be down nine points.”

No win, but Chilean rugby ‘on a different path’

Chill out the rugby Bring the World Cup Defeated by Argentina 59-5 In their final Pool D clash on Saturday, they are richer for the experience and ready to return to Australia in four years, coach Pablo Lemoine said.

Chile scored 27 points and lost 215 in four games in a tough debut on the game’s biggest stage, but Lemoine believes it did at least. the rugby On the country map.

“It’s been an amazing month here,” he said. “Here the rugby The World Cup gave us a lot in Chile the rugby in a different way.

“After last week (71-0 loss to England) it was really tough, but the boys worked hard and today they showed what Chile is all about. the rugby About.

“We have to keep a lot from this World Cup and take it into the next cycle so that we can qualify for the next one.”

Lemoine said dealing with the physicality of matches at this level has been a big eye-opener for his team.

“Offensively, we’ve evolved from what we showed here,” he said. “Even against the big teams like England and Argentina, we had some possession and created spaces and chances to score, so we can be happy with that.

“I don’t think you can underestimate the mental side and we can build on that. But being physically competitive and feeling the intensity of playing at this level is priceless.”

Match preview

Australia vs Portugal

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This is a World Cup to remember for the Wallabies. Back-to-back defeats to Fiji and then Wales saw their campaign come to an end, and now they face Portugal for 80 minutes. Meanwhile, coach Eddie Jones continues to question his future outside the tournament; It really is a new low in Australian rugby. But the 23 Wallabies players selected on Sunday can’t worry about all that, instead needing to restore some pride in the gold jersey. Jones has opted for a new center pairing in Lalkai Foketi and Isaiah Peres, while Fraser McWright returns to the no. 7 Only other staff changes. The Portuguese, on the other hand, have nothing to lose and are a team that have shown real strength throughout the tournament, first beating Wales and then beating Georgia last week. They will see this as a perfect opportunity to ambush, but Australia should still have too much class.

South Africa vs Tonga

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All focus will be on the right boot of the Springbox No. 10 Handre Poll, especially in the week three finale where he hit the ball off the kicking tee. With Manny Leabok struggling to split the uprights, the Springboks returned Pollard, who replaced the injured hooker Malcolm Marks despite an experienced no. 10 games of more than 30 minutes of rugby under his belt since returning from injury. Elsewhere, it’s a final tune-up for the Springboks ahead of a two-week break heading into the quarter-finals against France in Paris. If Pollard is kicking well, you have to think he will be the no. 10 Jerseys in a fortnight at the Stade de France. Tonga, meanwhile, will have one eye on next week’s pool clash with Romania, who are infinitely more winnable than their first three matches, although they were tied with Scotland for 50 minutes last week.

news of the day

France captain Antoine Dupont rejoined his teammates on Saturday, raising hopes he can be fit for the quarter-finals in a fortnight’s time.

Les Bleus must first get past Italy on Thursday, but should they successfully navigate that assignment and face Pool B’s second-placed finishers later in the week, their talisman could well be good.

DuPont recently underwent cheekbone surgery following a nasty head-on head tackle from Namibia captain Johan Deisel, which led to the African being handed a five-week ban.

But the 2021 World Rugby has since been cleared for a “progressive return to physical activity”, giving the host nation’s supporters hope that he could still have an important role at this World Cup.

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