In Edinburgh on Saturday, France head coach Fabien Galthie has made just one change to his starting XV as Les Bleus attempt to keep their Six Nations Grand Slam hopes alive. With the cheek injury, he got against Ireland a week ago, Gabin Villière. France’s hat-trick hero from the round one win over Italy is out and Yoram Moefana takes his place on the wing. Rugby Fans can buy RWC 2023 Tickets from our website.
As a result of the small backline alteration, powerhouse center Jonathan Danty returns to France’s midfield. Meanwhile. Scotland will be missing number eight Matt Fagerson. Who limped off against Wales a fortnight ago. Magnus Bradbury took his position that day. And he gets the nod in the rear of the pack once more.
Rory Darge is likely to make his first start for Scotland, with Bradbury and Hamish Watson completing the back-row. The only other change is at tight-head, where Zander Fagerson takes over for WP Nel.
If France wins the Six Nations in Edinburgh for the first time since 2014, they will move up to third in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings, as well as taking a step closer to the crown. To make this conceivable, they’d have to rely on Wales doing a job on England at Twickenham in the latter of the two Saturday kick-offs.
If Scotland can stop France from winning the Grand Slam, they will move up to the sixth place, ahead of Australia.
It’s a holy affair
At Twickenham, history will be made because, for the first time in the long history of England-Wales matches, both captains hail from the same club — Northampton Saints. The fit-again Courtney Lawes will lead England out, while opposite Dan Biggar has recovered from a knee injury that plagued him late in Wales’ 20-17 win over Scotland in round two to captain his team.
Wales hasn’t won at Twickenham since 2015 when they stunned the then-hosts of the Rugby World Cup. However, if Wayne Pivac’s team improves their record this weekend by winning their second match of the Six Nations 2022, they would move up to sixth if the result is combined with a Scotland loss.
If Wales wins by more than 15 points, they will be the higher-ranked of the two nations. In that case, England may tumble to sixth place. Moving on to Sunday’s encounter, Ireland will be heavy favorites against Italy. A win would put them back on pace to challenge for the crown, but due to the enormous gap between the teams’ standings, it would not come with any ranking bonuses in and of itself.
Scotland defeats France and Wales defeats England
However, if Ireland wins and Scotland defeats France and Wales defeats England, Ireland will move up to the third place. Madrid hosts a huge match. Aside from the Six Nations, the Rugby Europe Championship has two games to look forward to this weekend. Rugby Fans can buy Rugby World Cup Tickets from our website.
Spain’s game versus Romania in Madrid has a lot riding on it, with qualification points for the Rugby World Cup 2023 on the line. Spain leads the Rugby Europe Championship 2022 table with nine points, one point ahead of Romania. However, after a better set of results in 2021, the Oaks are one point ahead in the overall RWC 2023 qualification standings.
The loser’s most likely route to the France Rugby World Cup 2023 would be through the Final Qualification Tournament, in which the third-placed team will compete for the 20th and final ticket against teams from other regions – Africa, Asia/Pacific, and the Americas – who also failed to take the more direct route.
In terms of rankings, Spain needs to beat Romania by more than 15 points to overtake Romania as the higher-ranked nation, while a smaller victory would leave them 0.02 rating points behind. In this match, the teams will switch places, with Spain moving up to 15th place – their highest ever – and Romania dropping to 17th place.
Normally, points are few, but not this time when Spain and Romania meet. With the Oaks having won the previous two encounters. However, since Romania won 21-18 in February 2016. Los Leones have won back-to-back matches against Romania in Madrid and have not lost there in the Rugby Europe Championship to any other team save Georgia.
Portugal is catching up in rugby.
Meanwhile, Portugal will play the Netherlands in the opening encounter of the third round of the Rugby Europe Championship 2022 in Lisbon on Saturday, hoping to keep their qualification hopes alive by capturing a maximum of five points.
Despite only picking up two points from their opening two Rugby Europe Championship 2022 matches against Romania and Georgia. Portugal has won the last six matches. The most recent 61-28 in Amsterdam. They are presently riding the crest of a wave.
Patrice Lagisquet, who was previously known as the Bayonne Express for his pace down the wing during his playing days, has infused the old French flare into the Portuguese playing style, and it is paying off in terms of performance, if not necessarily in terms of results.
Portugal is presently fourth in the RWC 2023 qualification table. Five points behind border rival Spain. And can realistically afford no mistakes in their final three matches if they are to keep their hopes of competing in a second Rugby World Cup alive.
The victory will not earn Os Lobos any rating points. Whilst the Netherlands will need to win by more than 15 points to improve their present standing of 26th.