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Next England Rugby coach After Rugby World Cup 2023

England Rugby World Cup: Crusaders’ Scott Robertson says he wants to replace Eddie Jones after the RWC 2023. Scott Robertson, the serially fruitful coach of Crusaders in Super Rugby, is in London to help lead the Barbarians in their yearly autumnal fun. But he is deadly serious about the next ladders in his career: they must be in international rugby. And they will start amid the coaching shake-up that always happens after a World Cup.

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Next England Rugby coach After Rugby World Cup 2023
Next England Rugby coach After Rugby World Cup 2023

The 48-year-old Kiwi, who goes by the self-created nickname “Razor”. Wants to take two sides to a World Cup in the upcoming. One would be his native New Zealand, obviously enough, but what about the other?

“I’ve said many times that the All Blacks is my preferred choice but if it didn’t work out that way, you know, England’s got so much potential, it’d be a pretty special job,” Robertson said.

“There is potential to any international job, I’ll make that clear because a few are coming up [after the 2023 World Cup]. My first choice is to be at home. And then what other potential, if it is England, Scotland or Australia or any other team that’s out there, you’ve got to look at it.”

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Eddie Jones will be sendoff the England head coach’s job at the end of next year. And in the Rugby Football Union’s search for an heir, it would be no surprise if they have already sounded Robertson out.

Indeed, RFU chief decision-making Bill Sweeney has recently rowed back on his suggestion that he wanted an Englishman to replace Jones, opening the door for the likes of Robertson and Ronan O’Gara, the Irish head coach of European champions La Rochelle.

Robertson has been aided by O’Gara in London for the past week as the Barbarians are ready for their match with an All Blacks XV at ­Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday. And he is residual for the hastily decided games with Harlequins and Bath. To know more about England Vs Samoa Tickets click here.

“I’m in constant interaction with the NZRU,” said Robertson, who has one more period to run with the Crusaders, “but you consider any chance in international football because there’s not many of them and it’s a four-year cycle.”

He says he admires coaches who have handled a second team in adding to their own, name-checking Graham Henry, Steve Hansen – and a certain Australian. “Eddie’s a prime example,” Robertson said – and he met Jones in Sydney in July when England was on tour and ­Robertson released in for the weekend.

“He [Jones] asked me 10 queries and I ­managed about one,” Robertson said.

“We talked a bit of footy.”

Eddie Jones will be sendoff the England head coach’s job at the end of next year.
Eddie Jones will be sendoff the England head coach’s job at the end of next year.

England could be looking for an entirely new coaching panel in 2024

Robertson is a stated fan of ­former England assistant coaches Steve Borthwick and Mike Catt. Now with Leicester and Ireland correspondingly. And while he fights the offer to appraise England in detail, he said: “Oh, god there’s massive ­potential and some great young players coming through.”

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He sees the Six Nations as an arena to put your job on the line every week. “I went to Cardiff on the weekend,” he said, “and the passion and the hyp. And everything behind it and – how am I going to put this very diplomatically – there’s a lot of opportunity to be successful.”

If the RFU chooses it needs ­charisma as well as rugby nous, post-Jones, this surf-loving Kiwi could provide it. Robertson left his home in laid-back Mount Maunganui on New Zealand’s North Island to make his vocation in Christchurch, ­learning from coaches Wayne Smith, Robbie Deans, and Hansen.

He did the foreign travel thing, playing for clubs in Northern Ireland, Scotland, France, and Japan. He had 23 caps in New Zealand’s back row from 1998 to 2002.

“Well, you’ll get me,”

Robertson said when asked what he would bring to international rugby.

“I like to bring energy every day and I enjoy what I do. My job is to create a situation everyone loves coming to, and get the best out of themselves.”

‘It’s entirely my fault – Jones admits England was unfocussed against Argentina

Eddie Jones trusts England’s loss to Argentina was partly down to being too focused on next year’s Rugby World Cup. As he accepted full accountability for the defeat.

England was on the end of a surprise 30-29 reverse at a packed Twickenham on Sunday – only their second-ever home overthrow to Argentina. To know more about England Vs Chile Tickets click here.

The sides will encounter again in their opening match of the 2023 World Cup next September. Which Jones already had one eye on heading into last weekend’s battle in London.

“When your team doesn’t play to the potential you want, there is always somewhat in the message that you’re giving the team that’s not fairly clear,” he said.

“We’ve been looking at several long-term strategies to get ourselves set for the World Cup. Maybe our focus wasn’t tight enough on the Argentina game.

“Maybe we were overthinking a bit, and that’s entirely my fault.”

Eddie Jones trusts England's loss to Argentina was partly down to being too focused on next year's Rugby World Cup.
Eddie Jones trusts England’s loss to Argentina was partly down to being too focused on next year’s Rugby World Cup.

England reached the final in 2019

England Rugby World Cup Team reached the final in 2019 and is among the pets to lift the trophy next year. Aalongside New Zealand, Ireland hosts France, and reigning champions, South Africa.

The Red Rose endured another unsatisfactory Six Nations campaign earlier this year, but they recovered with a battling 2-1 series win in Australia before losing to Argentina.

With less than a year to go before the World Cup begins. Jones is hoping to additional develop his squad in time for the tournament.

“There is a cluster of teams at the top of world rugby,” he said.

“We want to break that cluster. To do that we have to have several different ways to play the game.

“This next 11 months is to get enough equipment in our armoury to play anyway.

“England rugby is traditionally about power rugby, winning the set-piece, smashing down the gain-line, but we have to learn from the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

“In the final, we came up against a side with more power than us, and we could not beat them at that game.”

England has made three changes to their 36-man team for Saturday’s showdown with Japan at Twickenham. Which is followed by Tests against New Zealand and South Africa.

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Rugby World Cup 2023 final 4 Teams

We give you the dirt on the teams vying for the 20th and final spot in France 2023 at the Final Qualification Tournament, examining how the United States, Portugal, Hong Kong, and Kenya reached this point and their performance en route to Dubai.

For a two-week journey, Hong Kong, Kenya, Portugal, and the USA have landed in Dubai in the hopes that it can serve as a stopover on the way to the Rugby World Cup 2023.

The round-robin RWC 2023 Final Qualification Tournament will begin on Sunday and go until November 18 with the four teams taking the field at The Sevens Stadium.

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The team in first place in the standings will be awarded the 20th and final ticket to France following the three match days in the UAE.

Which teams, however, are in top form going into the Final Qualification Tournament, and which have the most Rugby World Cup experience? We provide you with information on each of the contending countries.

RUGBY WORLD CUP PEDIGREE

HONG KONG

Since the 1995 competition, Hong Kong has tried to qualify for a Rugby World Cup, but they have so far been unable to do so and secure a spot at the championship game.

However, it was a loss to Chinese Taipei in the RWC 2003 qualifying campaign that cost them dearly. In the early years, their growth was frequently halted by Japan, the dominant team in Asia.

In the repechage for the RWC 2015, Hong Kong’s interest was ended when they fell to Uruguay, and in the round-robin event for the RWC 2019, they failed, placing second-to-last in the four-team competition in Marseilles.

KENYA

Similar to Hong Kong, Kenya made an attempt to qualify for the RWC 1995, but losses to Zimbabwe and Namibia terminated their chances before a victory over the Arabian Gulf.

The Simbas have participated in the qualifying rounds for every Rugby World Cup since, but they have not yet advanced to the main competition.

After overcoming Namibia and putting themselves in an excellent position to qualify for the 2015 RWC, Kenya narrowly missed out on both a trip to England and a spot in the playoffs due to a loss to Zimbabwe.

Four years later, their final qualifying match loss to Namibia prevented them from directly qualifying for the 2019 RWC. Despite having done enough to qualify for the second round, they fell to Canada, Hong Kong, and Germany in all three of their games in Marseille.

PORTUGAL

Portugal has only participated in one Rugby World Cup, which took place in France in 2007.

Then, Os Lobos waited until the very last second to defeat Uruguay on the road to qualifying.

Os Lobos lost to their South American opponents 18-12 in the return match in Montevideo, but as a result of their 12-5 triumph over Los Teros in the first leg in Lisbon, they were able to come out on top 24-23.

The outcome atoned for Portugal’s severe setback to Uruguay in the Repechage matchup in 1999.

Portugal earned a spot in Pool C for the actual event, where they will play New Zealand, Scotland, Italy, and Romania.

In front of a sizable Portuguese crowd in St. Etienne, Portugal lost against Scotland 56-10 to start their tournament, with winger Pedro Cabral scoring their first-ever Rugby World Cup try.

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A less motivated team might have fallen apart after losing 108-13 to New Zealand in their second match, but Os Lobos finished the competition strongly with a respectable 31-5 loss to Italy and then in a tight game against Romania, the Oaks prevailed 14-10 but only after scoring two converted tries in the fourth quarter.

Portugal achieved their goal of scoring at least one try in every game by finishing their first Rugby World Cup campaign beaten in every game but unbeaten.

USA

With the exception of RWC 1995, the USA has played in every tournament, making them the team with the most Rugby World Cup experience entering the Final Qualification Tournament.

On May 24, 1987, at Ballymore in Brisbane, Australia, they made their Rugby World Cup debut by defeating Japan 21-18 after a late comeback.

They then suffered losses to Australia and England, and it took them 16 years to record their second tournament victory.

That triumph came in 2003 when the competition returned to Australia after winless pool phase exits at RWC 1991 and RWC 1999. At Central Coast Stadium, the USA ran in five tries to defeat Japan once more, winning 39-26.

Since that night in Gosford, the USA has only triumphed in one Rugby World Cup match, a 13-6 victory over Russia at RWC 2011, which was also played in the southern hemisphere, with Mike Petri scoring the only try of the game.

On the grandest stage, the USA has thus far struggled to go past the quarterfinals, but on their most recent Rugby World Cup appearance, they came close to winning the event for the fourth time.

The Eagles led Tonga 12-7 at halftime of their final Pool C encounter of the 2019 RWC thanks to two tries from Mike Te’o.

Tonga, on the other hand, outscored the USA three tries to one in the second half to win 31-19 and send the USA’s opponents home after just one win in four Rugby World Cup appearances.

WORLD RANKINGS SINCE LAST RUGBY WORLD CUP

HONG KONG

Even though they have only participated in four tests since Japan in 2019, Hong Kong has managed to move up two spots in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings powered by Capgemini.

Hong Kong was ranked in 24th place with 59.65 points back in November 2019, but they are now 22nd with two positions and 1.38 points higher (61.03 points).

If Hong Kong defeats Portugal in their opening match at the Final Qualification Tournament, they will be within reach of a spot in the top 20 in the world.

KENYA

Since the last Rugby World Cup, Kenya has only played seven tests, winning four of them, but they have dropped one spot in the standings.

At the beginning of November 2019, the Simbas were placed 32nd with 52.55 points. Three years later, they are now ranked 33rd with 52.06.

If Kenya wins their first match against the United States this weekend, they could move up as many as five spots.

PORTUGAL

It is hardly surprising that Os Lobos have improved in the rankings during the current Rugby World Cup cycle, which is seen as a moment of triumph for Portugal.

Even though moving up one spot to 20th may not seem like much of an acceleration, the rating score’s increase from 61.34 to 65.08 tells you everything you need to know about the direction they are moving in.

Regarding the upcoming weekend, regardless of how the Eagles perform in their first game against lower-ranked Kenya, Portugal will overtake the USA in 19th if they defeat Hong Kong.

USA

The USA has been through a transition during the last three years, which is reflected by the team’s minor decline in the rankings.

The Eagles were rated 17th with 68.10 points after the conclusion of RWC 2019, however they have since dropped two spots to 19th and almost three rating points, entering the Final Qualification Tournament with a score of 65.17.

As they cannot improve their score against Kenya due to the 13.11 point discrepancy between the two countries, USA may fall further in the rankings this weekend.

FORM GUIDE                                      

HONG KONG

Hong Kong has very limited test rugby history entering the Final Qualification Tournament.

Hong Kong has only played on the field four times since the last Rugby World Cup ended, winning two and losing two of those games.

Hong Kong gained some new experiences during a European tour at the end of 2019 when they played Belgium and Spain away for the first time.

The team had a 36-17 victory in Brussels before losing to Los Leones 29-7, but things seemed to be going well for them until COVID-19 struck.

Because to travel limitations, Hong Kong’s 15s test rugby was suspended for two and a half years. Then, due to the financial effects of the global pandemic, the program’s status was changed from a full-time to a part-time one.

However, Hong Kong made a triumphant return, defeating Korea 23-21 in Incheon thanks to a last-second penalty kick. As a result, Hong Kong was guaranteed a spot in the Asia-Pacific Qualifier and the opportunity to win a direct flight to France in 2023.

The ‘Ikale Tahi won the match against Tonga 44–22 on neutral Australian soil, as most observers had predicted they would.

However, Hong Kong’s performance, particularly in the match’s closing moments, gives them reason for confidence and something to work on going into the Final Qualification Tournament for a team that had so little time to prepare behind them under a new head coach.

KENYA

Kenya enters the Final Qualification Tournament in decent shape, having only lost twice in their previous six games, both times to Namibia.

The Simbas did not play on the field between September 2019 and July 2021 as a result of the pandemic’s effects.

When Kenya did return to the field to begin their RWC 2023 qualifying campaign, Senegal humiliated them 20-19, and Kenya gave up the game-winning converted try in the waning seconds.

Kenya bounced back to defeat Zambia 45-8 and restart their qualification campaign. They finished the year with a training camp in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

While there, the Simbas played Namibia and Brazil. In their first encounter, although they were ahead 24-19 at the half against their African opponents, they fell down 60-24 as their opponents scored seven tries after the break.

Once more, the Simbas bounced back, and six days later, they scored five tries to defeat Brazil 36-30 at Markötter Stadium in a 66-point thriller.

Kenya defeated Algeria and Uganda in July’s Rugby Africa Cup 2022 in France to advance to a winner-take-all match against Namibia. However, a 36-0 loss in Aix-en-Provence put an end to the Simbas’ aspirations of securing straight qualification to RWC 2023.

PORTUGAL

Portugal qualified for Dubai by placing third overall in the Rugby Europe Championship standings for 2021 and 202.

Os Lobos’ 25-25 draw with Georgia in Tbilisi marked the beginning of the second half of the qualification campaign’s high point; nonetheless, results, though not performances, declined as the year went on.

Their chances for automatic qualification were dashed after a key 37-27 loss to Romania in Bucharest, but a match against the struggling Netherlands got them back on track as Os Lobos won 59-3.

Then came the stretch of four losses leading up to the Final Qualification Tournament, though three of them were against teams who were rated higher.

Portugal’s Rugby Europe Championship campaign came to a disappointing conclusion after Spain defeated them 33-28 in Madrid.

The Italian team visited Portugal after their Six Nations triumph over Wales, and although coming out on the losing end of the scoreboard this time (38–31), Portugal lost.

Following their comeback from a halftime disadvantage, the South Americans fell to an Argentina XV 52-35.

Additionally, Portugal forced their opponents Georgia work hard in their most recent match in Kutaisi in July to win 23-14.

USA

The USA would have advanced to the RWC 2023 and would have been preparing for matches against England, Japan, Argentina, and Samoa in Pool D had it not been for Santiago Videla’s last-second penalty in Glendale.

They had won the first leg of their Americas 2 play-off against Chile 22-21 in Santiago, and they appeared to have done all the hard work because they were up going into the final 10 minutes of the second.

Sport, however, involves razor-thin margins, and the USA’s performance since the RWC 2019 has been at best patchy.

When the squad resumed play in July 2021, they suffered crushing losses to England and Ireland but kept their hopes of winning a trip to France alive with a 59-50 aggregate victory over longtime rivals Canada.

The victory enabled a two-leg Americas 1 play-off against Uruguay. However, after winning 19-16 at home, Uruguay lost 34-15 in Montevideo, dropping the tie 50-34 overall.

After losing to the All Blacks 104-14 in Washington, Eagles supporters had a reason for optimism after Houston’s 26-21 victory over the French Barbarians.

That was put out at Infinity Park by a kick from Videla, and the USA now travels to Dubai having won only three of their nine tests since Japan.

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Ireland Star Josh van der Flier Capped World’s Best Male RWC Player

Ireland Rugby World Cup Player flanker Josh van der Flier was topped the world’s best male rugby player at the World Rugby Awards in Monaco on Sunday. Ireland flanker Josh van der Flier was capped as the world’s best male rugby player at the World Rugby Awards in Monaco on Sunday. Three Irish players now have won the prize, including legendary hooker Keith Wood and fellow 2022 candidate Johnny Sexton.

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French captain Antoine Dupont was looking to become just the third player to win the award in successive years, but the star halfback was unsuccessful. All Blacks greats Richie McCaw and Beauden Barrett are the only two players in past to accomplish that feat. The other 2022 nominee was South Africa’s Lukhanyo Am, who only played a trickle of test competitions this year.

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Ireland over its international season with a thrilling 13-10 win over Australia in Dublin – but van der Flier’s influence just shows how good he is. The Irish enforcer made an astounding 24 tackles against the Wallabies, as the 29-year-old off what was his best year in green.

“I’ve been incredibly privileged to have great teammates and that have really pushed me on, as well as my wife and my family secondary me a huge amount,”

Josh van der Flier said after winning the award. “Especially from teammates, I’m lucky to have some very top-quality players, particularly in my position, both in Ireland and in Leinster.

“I’ve always felt I’ve needed to be playing at my best the whole time, or I wouldn’t be playing, so that’s certainly driven me on.”

Josh Van der Flier played a key part in Ireland’s series

Van der Flier played a key part in Ireland’s series win over the All Blacks earlier this year – their first in New Zealand. The flanker scored Ireland’s first try in the determining test in Wellington, and he also made 23 tackles throughout the 32-22 win.

When asked to locate a highlight from the year that was, van der Flier spoke about the win over the All Blacks – before quickly backpedaling.

“It’s been great,” he said. “Any of the games we’ve won with the team, I think clearly to win over in New Zealand would be right up there in footings of rugby. My wife’s sitting there staring at me, so I’d have to say I got married in August so that perhaps has to be up the top.”

Ireland has never made it past the rounds at a Rugby World Cup, but the team is under more pressure than ever before to develop to the semis, and beyond, at next year’s competition. Van der Flier trusts his side, which is ranked No. 1 in the world, is “where every team wants to be” going into a World Cup year. To know more about Ireland Vs Scotland Tickets click here.

“It’s where every team wants to be,” Van der Flier said.

“You don’t have that underdog status coming into games, but it’s where we want to be. It’s kind of the goal we’ve set for ourselves – performing at our best. We feel if we can do that, then we should be hopefully right up the top. Certainly, we’re very motivated for the next year ahead. It’ll be an exciting one.”

Ireland’s Chances of Winning the Rugby World Cup in 2023

If you’re Irish, I bet you are rational that the results are previously in for the Rugby World Cup 2023, given the form of the Irish in 2022.

Only Les Blues could tire the Irish in the 2022 Six Nations which saw the Irish take second place. The 2022 Summer Internationals saw the Irish go depressed to the Maori All Blacks in their warm-up game 32-17. This was a stripping result for the Irish, who went down in the next match to the All Blacks 42 – 19. The Irish came back with revenge, thrashing the Maori All Blacks in a reply and then going on to two wins against the All Blacks to win their series two to one.

Currently, Ireland is in first place concerning the world rankings. This must be a clear indicator of the option that Ireland can win the Rugby World Cup 2023.

Current Men’s Rugby World Rankings

1(1)Ireland90.03
2(2)France89.41
3(3)South Africa87.78
4(4)New Zealand87.76
5(5)England86.25
6(6)Scotland81.93
7(7)Australia81.65
8(8)Wales81.28
9(9)Argentina80.97
10(10)Japan77.74

 Ireland’s Assets

Johnny Sexton is Ireland’s talisman, and with him, they achieve extraordinary things; without him, they seem to fall apart. At 37, he is no spring chicken, and he is very prone to wounds. Can they keep him fit for the World Cup?

In recent internet polls, Ireland’s Coach, Andy Farrell has been chosen as the number-one coach in world rugby. With the best squad in the world, the best coach, and the luck of the Irish with their talisman, confidently this Rugby World Cup is a shoo-in for Ireland.

The pundits are saying then. They have France as 5/2 favorites, given their form and that the fact they are hosting the World Cup in France. New Zealand is the second favorite at 3/1, with England, South Africa, and Ireland all equal at 5/1.

Let me play devil’s advocate. Three things will affect Ireland’s winning the world cup:

  1. Underwhelming history in the rivalry.
  2. Psyche of the Irish.
  3. Getting depth through inexpert players.

Their past shows that Ireland in past World Cups has at best got to the quarter-final phases seven times out of nine attempts (1987, 1991, 1995, 2003, 2011, 2015, and 2019). In this World Cup, it will be vitally significant to come top of pool B if they are to progress and win the world cup. In the opening match, they play present World Cup holders, South Africa. If they come second in pool B, they will face France, and I trust that would be game-over for Ireland.

Pool B

  1. Ireland
  2. South Africa
  3. Scotland
  4. Romania
  5. Tonga

Ireland’s Liabilities

Ireland has the players, the coach, and the ranking; so what is it that stops them from charming the Rugby World Cup? There could be somewhat wrong with Ireland’s psychological approach to World Cup tournaments if they are always departing stage right. You could argue that there is somewhat deeply embedded in the culture of Irish rugby that is preventing Ireland from execution at their best on the wolfram d’s most significant stage. To know more about South Africa Vs Ireland Tickets click here.

Freud once stated ‘This is one race of persons for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.’ Perhaps Freud imagined this was due to the Irish having too much arrogance to be introspective, but whatever the reason, it is somewhat what is holding back the team, given that today’s rugby is about analysis, analysis, and analysis. Numerous coaches have tried to present more of a psychological constituent to their game, but all have failed to date. The Irish seem to be a mass of contradictions, impervious to the rational thought processes that might determine them.

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You could also look at Johnny Sexton as a liability. While he is surely a strength to the team when he can play, should he get hurt, the Irish may find themselves in hot water. They seem to lack depth for his location, so if he goes, the luck of the Irish may go too.

Ireland is all about charming in the short term, which has so far been a recipe for success. This attitude, however, has motionless new blood coming through the ranks. They need to start encouraging new talent who can take over from the old protector. This would mean taking a hit in the short term, a few losses in friendly rivalries being inevitable, but then this would seem a relatively small price to pay to save their upcoming. It is not going to happen though. Ireland does not trust they are broken so they are not going to fix it.

Could Ireland win the 2023 Rugby World Cup? Of course, it is likely, but I believe they are too rooted in their ways to do what is vital to secure the Webb Ellis trophy. It would be great for the Rugby World Cup Betting fans to timepiece the men in green grab the final glory, but I think just like the odds over at the beginning Ireland. i.e. that the likes of France or South Africa are more likely to come away from the World Cup with beams on their expressions.

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England picks seaside town as RWC 2023 base camps exposed

England RWC 2023:England has chosen a seaside base camp that looks across the Channel to Hastings for the period of their pool competitions at next year’s Rugby World Cup in France. Each qualified team was offered three options and Eddie Jones’ squad has obviously to be based at Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, a small seaside town, to prepare for the group competitions versus Argentina, Japan, Chile, and Samoa. Defending champions South Africa have also taken up lodging on the coast, with Toulon named as their base camp.

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However, the set will be very different for the Lyon-based All Blacks and host state France, who will be based at Rueil-Malmaison on the outskirts of Paris. A World Rugby declaration read: “Team preparations for Rugby World Cup 2023 in France have noticeable a major milestone with each qualified team choosing their team base camp, their home away from home throughout the pool phase.

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“Central to presentation and the nationwide rugby festival, team base camps will provide communities throughout France the chance to share in the excitement of Rugby World Cup, and teams with admission to the very best of amenities.

“Nine French areas have been designated to welcome and host the contributing teams and they will be at the emotion of a Rugby World Cup that will mean that more people across the nation can involve with rugby’s highpoint event.

“The team base camp selections are the result of a detailed procedure started in 2019 by the France 2023 organizing committee and have a presentation at their core. The process started with a ‘call for expression of interest’ which led to an incredible 89 applicants across the country. Following the initial application phase, a pre-selection was assumed based on two major objects:

High-level facilities

“To offer high-level facilities for fit teams to prepare and train during Rugby World Cup 2023 in the optimum presentation environment; and to optimize teams’ portable based on their pool phase matches, with an emphasis on train travel to minimize carbon releases in line with the competition’s ambition. To know more about England Vs Samoa Tickets click here.

“Following a wide technical evaluation and visits from November 2021 to January 2022 by team representatives, each qualified team was obtainable with three base camp options, with a final decision made by the team itself.

“The last team base camp will be proclaimed later this year once the final qualified team has a chance to visit the facilities. The 20th and final finalist in Pool C will be known after the deduction of the final qualification tournament in Dubai this weekend.”

Rugby World Cup 2023 – Base camps
POOL A
New Zealand: Lyon (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
France: Rueil-Malmaison (Ile-de-France)
Italy: Bourgoin-Jallieu (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Uruguay: Avignon (Provence)
Namibia: Aix les Bains (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)

POOL B
South Africa: Toulon (Région Sud)
Ireland: Tours (Centre-Val de Loire)
Scotland: Nice (Région Sud)
Tonga: Croissy sur Seine (Ile-de-France)
Romania: Libourne (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

POOL C
Wales: Versailles (Ile-de-France)
Australia: Saint-Étienne (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Fiji: Bordeaux (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Georgia: La Rochelle – Ile de Ré (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Final Qualifier: TBC

POOL D
England: Le Touquet-Paris-Plage (Hauts-de-France)
Japan: Toulouse (Occitanie)
Argentina: La Baule-Escoublac (Pays de la Loire)
Samoa: Montpellier (Occitanie)
Perros-Guirec (Bretagne)

Chile: England is to play in Ireland next summer ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup

Oct 19 (Reuters) – England will appearance world number one Ireland in Dublin next summer as they prepare for the 2023 RWC 2023. the Rugby Football Union (RFU) proclaimed on Wednesday. England will play Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Aug. 19 after a binary header against Wales — first in Cardiff on Aug. 5 and then at Twickenham Stadium a week later. To know more about England Vs Chile Tickets click here.

Eddie Jones’ team will wrap up their groundwork with a game against Fiji at Twickenham on Aug. 26 before they are portable to France for the World Cup, which begins on Sept. 8.

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“It’s a great chance to standard ourselves against the current No. 1 team in the world,” coach Jones said.

“We are looking forward to taking them on in front of an energetic Irish crowd and working towards being at our best for when the Rugby World Cup starts.”

England, who are fifth in the world rankings, won the World Cup

England, who are fifth in the world rankings, won the World Cup in 2003 in Australia. They lost to South Africa in the final of the 2019 version in Japan.

England to face world No. 1 Ireland ahead of 2023 RWC

Eng will face world No. 1 side Ireland in Dublin next summer as they make for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) proclaimed on Wednesday. England will play Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Aug. 19 after a double-header against Wales — facing them in Cardiff on Aug. 5 and then at Twickenham Stadium a week progressive.

Eddie Jones’ team will wrap up their groundwork with a game against Fiji at Twickenham on Aug. 26 beforehand they travel to France for the RWC 2023, which begins on Sept. 8.

“It’s a great chance to standard ourselves against the current No. 1 team in the world,” Jones said.

“We are looking forward to taking them on in front of a lively Irish crowd and employed towards being at our best for when the RWC 2023 starts.”

England, who are fifth in the world rankings, lost to South Africa in the 2019 World Cup final in Japan. They elevated the trophy in 2003 in Australia.

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Aiming to captain the USA to the Rugby World Cup in 2023

If the men’s Eagles defeat Portugal in the championship game of the Rugby World Cup 2023 Final Qualification Tournament on Friday, USA captain MacGinty might play in a third tournament.

AJ MacGinty, the captain, has had a reasonably easy week thanks to the USA team’s united will to defeat Portugal in the decisive game of the Rugby World Cup 2023 Final Qualification Tournament on Friday.

The men’s Eagles have earned back-to-back bonus-point victories against Kenya and Hong Kong, boosting the team’s morale after gruelling training camps in Colorado and South Africa.

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MacGinty and his teammates who are stationed in Europe were unable to attend those sessions, but Gary Gold gradually reinserted them into the starting lineup for the Final Qualification Tournament.

Fly-half for Bristol Bears After playing as a substitute in the opening 68-14 victory over the Simbas, MacGinty was back in the number 10 jersey for the 49-7 loss over Hong Kong.

His participation in the Dubai event marks his first since the Eagles’ heartbreaking aggregate loss to Chile in the Americas 2 play-off in July. As the USA attempts to win a spot in the RWC 2023 at its third attempt, he has noticed a change in attitude and intensity.

“The mindset has changed. I don’t think I’ve actually had to do much as captain,” MacGinty said.

“Going into the week, the whole focus was just on how we approach the training sessions. Again, it was a hot day yesterday but the numbers we got through, that’s all we’re going after. Just that effort amongst the squad from both sides.

“And yesterday was quite a good day, too, because obviously the teams announced and some lads aren’t in it, but it didn’t detract from the training session despite some guys being disappointed not to be playing.

“So, it’s more that the morale is good, the mood, the spirit in the camp is really good and everyone’s raring to go and I guess for me it’s like they’re all big games and it’s just another game, you know what I mean?

“It’s [trying to find] the balance between that, not getting too focused on how big a game it is. It’s just a game of rugby and we’ll want to perform at our best.”

Hard work paying off

On Wednesday, USA coach Gold said he felt the same way about the Portugal game as he did about helping South Africa get ready for successful campaigns with the British and Irish Lions, Tri-Nations, and the Rugby World Cup.

Similar conviction is evident in MacGinty’s efforts to lead the Eagles to a ninth Rugby World Cup.

“The intensity that we’re training at, at the moment, is no comparison to how we probably were in the lead up to those games against Uruguay and Chile,” he said.

“So, that fills me with a lot of confidence and the prep for me has been the best we’ve had.

“That’s probably the biggest one and the intensity that we’ll be able to play at then, I think that’s off the back of training post-Chile as individuals and work in camp and the amount of work lads did on their own.

“Into the camp in Glendale and then South Africa, by the sound of things it was like a Navy SEALs camp and torture for the lads, they worked their socks off.

“An awful lot of work has gone into our ability to perform at a higher level. That’s off the back of the coaches demanding that and the players rising to it, so that gives me a lot of confidence.”

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Laying the foundations  

If the United States defeats Portugal on Friday at The Sevens Stadium, they will earn a spot in the RWC 2023 as the 20th and last team, sharing a pool with Wales, Australia, Fiji, and Georgia.

It would provide MacGinty the chance to compete in his third Rugby World Cup, but it would be his first as the team’s captain.

MacGinty is not allowing himself to look too far ahead, though, in keeping with the team’s commitment to hard work.

The fly-half would not be content with just making it to the RWC 2023. He is motivated to change that statistic in France the following year after all seven of his tournament appearances to this point have ended in defeat.

“Having gone to the two, it’s like I’ve been to a World Cup and I haven’t won a game,” MacGinty added.

“That was a driving factor before, so it’s like be more competitive and [use] the lessons we’ve learnt along this campaign and how mad it’s been through the COVID season and all of that.

“But to get to this point where we’re at now, and where we can go [because] the foundations of it are really, really strong.

“The camp that I feel Gary and the coaches have produced has made every single person involved a better player, and that’s what you want.

“So, yeah, we’ll get this ticked off and then you think about going to the World Cup and captaining the side.”

Portugal to play USA for place at Rugby World Cup 2023

Os Lobos and the men’s Eagles kept their perfect records going in the Dubai Final Qualification Tournament.

After both sides won two straight games at The Sevens Stadium, the Rugby World Cup 2023 Final Qualification Tournament will be decided between Portugal and the USA.

Os Lobos defeated Kenya easily 85-0 to start matchday two, and on Saturday in Dubai, the men’s Eagles defeated Hong Kong 49-7.

As a result, Portugal currently leads the standings on points differential, but whomever prevails in the matchup between the two teams on Friday will earn the 20th and final available spot at the RWC 2023, as well as a spot in Pool C.

The only thing on the line when Hong Kong and Kenya square off at The Sevens Stadium the following week is third place; both teams needed victories on Saturday to have any chance of making it to the championship game in France the following year.

Portugal too good for Kenya

Portugal completely dominated their match against Kenya, scoring 13 tries to win 85-0 in the opening game at The Sevens Stadium.

Os Lobos broke through the Kenyan defence in just a minute when number eight Thibault de Freitas benefited from a forceful driving lineout.

After Portugal hooker Mike Tadjer scored at the end of another set-piece drive in the seventh minute, scrum-half Samuel Marques repeated the action.

In the 14th minute, Brian Tanga believed he had put Kenya on the scoreboard, but his attempt was disallowed due to an earlier knock-on.

Manuel Cardoso Pinto’s third touchdown was almost immediately conceded by the Simbas, and José Lima’s score in the 22nd minute gave Portugal a try-scoring bonus point.

Os Lobos got a fifth try before halftime when winger Vincent Pinto benefited from a clever lineout move with Kenyan second-row Brian Juma in the sin-bin. Marques continued his perfect track record off the tee to make the halftime score 35-0.

The task facing Kenya was already challenging because they needed to win to keep themselves in the running for a spot at the RWC 2023, but it only took a minute for Juma to receive a second yellow card and be dismissed.

Tadjer, Vincent Pinto, captain Tomás Appleton (twice), and Jose Andrade all crossed the goal line as Portugal scored five tries in the following 20 minutes. With a quarter of the game left, Os Lobos had a 66-0 lead thanks to two conversions by Marques and one from Jéronimo Portela.

A penalty try, tries by Joo Belo and Lionel Campergue, and their 13th and final score came when Kenya was down to 13 players after Geofrey Okwach was sin-binned for a risky tackle allowed Os Lobos to cross the finish line three more times.

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Tours Announced As Ireland Squad Base for Rugby World Cup

Ireland Rugby World Cup team improper for the pool stages of World Cup 2023 has been confirmed as Tours – one of the main cities in the Centre-Val de Loire. Tours will be the home of the Ireland squad. As they make it ahead of their Pool B games against Romania, Tonga, South Africa, and Scotland in September and October 2023.  The model for RWC23 sees each team based in one dominant training location and then itinerant to the match day cities – in Ireland’s case, Bordeaux (Romania). Nantes (Tonga), and Paris (South Africa & Scotland).

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Tours Announced As Ireland Squad Base for Rugby World Cup
Tours Announced As Ireland Squad Base for Rugby World Cup

A delegation from the Ireland team organization visited Tours in January early this year. It was impressed by the skill of their bid and the enthusiasm of local officials. And public groups in supporting the Ireland squad’s Rugby World Cup campaign.

The IRFU and Ireland Team organization would like to thank the Mayor of Tours Emmanuel Denis and his squad, Francois Bonneau – chairman of Loire Valley Area, Frederic Augis – chairman of Tours Metrof opolis, Julien Collette – managing director France 2023, Rodolphe Esteve – chairman Loire Valley Rugby League, Benoit Sebillet – Chairman UST Rugby Club and Bertrand Bougeault – chairman Tours Rugby 2023.

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton absorbed on Rugby World Cup win, not rankings

DUBLIN – Ireland needs to emulate their enemies this weekend, South Africa’s Springbok, and win the Rugby World Cup if they are to merit being called the best side in the world, captain Johnny Sexton said on Tuesday. The 37-year-old iconic fly-half stimulated his side to a historic series win in New Zealand in July that saw them rise to the top of the positions.

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“Honestly, it’s not somewhat that we t much,” Sexton told reporters. “It’s not a goal to become No. 1 in the world. That might sound unwise. “In some sports, it is — golf, tennis — but in rugby the rankings substance once and it’s three years out from the World Cup (needing to be in the top eight for the pool draw). When the substance, doesn’t make that much intelligence either. To know more about Ireland Vs Romania Tickets click here.

 “We don’t express about being No 1. To be No. 1 in the world, you need to win the Rugby World Cup, that’s where the goalmouths are.” Sexton said only cups counted — he was pivotal to the 2018 Six Nations Grand Slam triumph — even if other teams might try and talk up Ireland being top of the bench.

Ireland's Johnny Sexton absorbed on Rugby World Cup win, not rankings
Ireland’s Johnny Sexton absorbed on Rugby World Cup win, not rankings

“You want to be the finest in Europe, you want to win the Six Nations, those are our goals,” said. “It’s nonentity to do with being No. 1 and I don’t think many teams read too much into it.

“I know the other teams will maybe refer to us now, trying to put weight on us, but we don’t speak about it.”

Sexton said

Sexton said Ireland would give South Africa “the admiration they deserve” and confessed there is a target on his team’s back after their attainment in New Zealand.

“When you have a couple of results as we did in the summer teams start properly look at you and they go, ‘How are we going to mess up this Ireland squad? How are we combat this?’” he said.

“We’ve got to do it improved and we’ve got to evolve a little bit and make sure we bring something new to the table.”

Additional extra flavor to Saturday’s clash in Dublin is that the two teams are in the same pool at next year’s Rugby World Cup — with Scotland’s presence making it a tough ask to finish in the top two to progress.

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He is also mindful of Ireland’s unacceptable record at the quadrennial showpiece, having never reached the semifinals. South Africa, by alteration, has won it three times.

“If we got a win on Saturday it would be countless, if we don’t then we learn from it,” he said.

“We’re going to study both ways.

“We’re going to study South Africa, we’re going to see what it’s like to play against this type of team, we haven’t played against them in an insufficient year and I think it’s what we need.”

Sexton’s wealth of experience at flyhalf is in stark contrast to his Springbok conflicting number on Saturday, Damian Willemse. Who has started just two tests.

Willemse, 24, got the playmaker role because the first excellent Handre Pollard is recovering from a knee operation. And substitute Elton Jantjies is commerce with personal problems. “He’s only played a couple of games at 10 for South Africa but he’s random,” said Sexton. “He’s got fantastic footwork, he has a good kicking game, he’s robust, he’s fast clearly. “Some traits that you wouldn’t usually associate with a 10, but he’s a brilliant player.”

Making Ireland Rugby World Cup squad an issue in staying at Ulster, says Stuart McCloskey

Ulster center Stuart McCloskey has said being including the Ireland Rugby World Cup squad next year was a factor in him spreading his contract with the club. McCloskey has won six Ireland caps, the first against England in 2016. Having worked a new deal with Ulster last year, McCloskey hopes to add to his caps total with the autumn Tests, Six Nations. And World Cup pending over the next 12 months. To know more about Ireland Vs Scotland Tickets click here.

McCloskey added he’d be “disgruntled” to miss out on the fall series squad. The 30-year-old said: “I suppose one of the details I stayed around at Ulster when I signed on for another three years. Was so that I could maybe have a go at a World Cup and maybe get a few more lids.

Making Ireland Rugby World Cup squad an issue in staying at Ulster, says Stuart McCloskey
Making Ireland Rugby World Cup squad an issue in staying at Ulster, says Stuart McCloskey

“I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought of that before I was employed. So what’s driving me on, but also to be the best I can be? McCloskey, who is in South Africa with Ulster ahead of Saturday’s United Rugby Championship game against the Sharks, added:

“I’ve played expert rugby for nine years now and I feel like I’m just receiving better, so I’ll just keep on assertive and see how good I can be.”

Andy Farrell

Ireland Rugby World Cup head coach Andy Farrell is predictable to name his Ireland squad for the November tests against South Africa, Fiji, and Australia on Wednesday.

The injury ruled McCloskey out of assortment for the 2022 Six Nations. And while he did not make Farrell’s squad for the summer Tests against New Zealand. He contained in the 30-24 win over the Maori All Blacks and has ongoing this season well with Ulster.

“Bundee [Aki]’s out there, he’s been banned for six or seven weeks so he can’t play until the last game of the block or smooth he might not make any of the games,”

McCloskey said when requested about his odds of making the squad for the November Tests.

“I don’t know if shock is the right word, but I’d be fairly disappointed, particularly with the form I’ve shown. I played well in the game over in New Zealand in the temporary when I was called out late.”

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Gareth Southgate of England Football confirms his roster numbers

The confirmed England World Cup squad numbers, which include Jack Grealish donning the desired No. 7 and James Maddison donning No. 25, may provide some insight into which England Football Gareth Southgate will start with. Football World Cup fans can England Vs USA Tickets from our website.

The players now know what number will be on their backs during the competition after all of them modelled their new team attire at a Nike event on Monday. Harry Maguire (6), John Stones (5), Luke Shaw (3), and Kyle Walker (2), who may play in the preferred back line, have received lesser numbers.

Jack Grealish wears No. 7, while Raheem Sterling wears No. 10. The fact that Marcus Rashford will play with the No. 11 should help his prospects of having a key future role. The forward has rediscovered form just in time after not playing for the Three Lions since the Euro 2020 championship game.

After receiving the No. 1 jersey, Jordan Pickford appears to be destined to remain in the goalie position. Receiving the No. 25 shirt, however, might not motivate me.

On Monday, England will play Iran in the opening encounter of their tournament, followed by games against the United States and Wales. A new clothing line created in partnership with England and Marks & Spencer to showcase the team’s distinctiveness and personality has just been released.

It includes merino wool separates, casual, and contemporary tailoring, footwear, and accessories. Before their departure for Qatar, Southgate has already made clear his strategy for the upcoming few days, stating that time spent on the practice field will be severely constrained.

The Three Lions manager said at his squad announcement

At the squad announcement, the Three Lions manager stated: “With the players, we want to talk to them about the excitement of going to a World Cup.” We want to help with that. For the first few days, we won’t be on the practice field. Except for a few players who will require action.

We want them to concentrate on England instead of a demanding club schedule. We want to discuss how with them. The last four weeks have been the second-best stretch in English football history, regardless of what happens in the remaining four. It can be improved upon by us.

The challenge attitude, they say. How can we take the supporters back on the adventure they took last summer and four years ago? That is the rationale behind it, and it sets playing for England apart.

England will have less than a week to get used to the challenging conditions before they take the field when their flight to Qatar is scheduled for Tuesday.

ENGLAND SQUAD NUMBERS 

1: JORDAN PICKFORD

2: KYLE WALKER

3: LUKE SHAW

4: DECLAN RICE

5: JOHN STONES

6: HARRY MAGUIRE

7: JACK GREALISH

8: JORDAN HENDERSON

9: HARRY KANE

10: RAHEEM STERLING

11: MARCUS RASHORD

12: KIERAN TRIPPIER

13: NICK POPE

14: KALVIN PHILLIPS

15: ERIC DIER

16: CONOR COADY

17: BUKAYO SAKA

18: TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD

19: MASON MOUNT

20: PHIL FODEN

21: BEN WHITE

22: JUDE BELLINGHAM

23: AARON RAMSDALE

24: CALLUM WILSON

25: JAMES MADDISON

26: CONOR GALLAGHER

In his journal from four months ago, Callum Wilson predicted that England will participate in the 2022 World Cup.

Newcastle striker Callum Wilson claims that four months before being selected for Gareth Southgate’s World Cup roster, he wrote the phrase “pack for Qatar” in his diary.

The 30-year-old was selected for England’s 26-man squad despite not having participated in an international game since 2019. Wilson has six Premier League goals this season despite recent injury issues. Football World Cup fans can England Vs Wales Tickets from our website.

“It couldn’t have come at a healthier time,” he said on the Footballer’s Football Podcast.

“I was going through my diary the other day, and I hadn’t used it in a few months, and I had written ‘pack for Qatar’ on Sunday’s date.”

“I simply believe in the power of visualization and affirmations. People asked me where I was going for the winter break a few weeks ago, and I said Qatar.”

How he found out about his England selection

“It was insane. To be honest, I was taken aback,” Wilson said.

“You hope you get in there, you’re wanting and praying, and you think you’ve done enough, but nothing is set in stone until you get that message.”

When I got in from the practice field, the guys were like, ‘Cal, have you not heard anything?’ It should be time!’ I noticed Tripp’s sitting there smiling, so I assumed he had a message for me, but I didn’t.

“I checked my phone, but there were no notifications from the England setup. Then I went to the archive because I hadn’t been in the squad in a long time and the archive message was there.”

Wilson explained that he tried not to give away whether or not he had been chosen before the official announcement. Others, however, were congratulating him before the squad was released.

“I just kept a straight face, and the lads were like, ‘you’re not smiling, and you’re not disappointed,’ so I said, ‘we’ll see,’” Wilson explained.

“I was getting messages saying congratulations and I supposed the squad hasn’t even been announced yet so how do people even know,” he added.

“My phone was blowing up, and it was too much for me. Even at my best, I despise responding; I’m the worst person. ‘I can’t handle this,’ I thought.”

Regarding his expectations for Qatar

After making his last appearance for England in 2019, when he came off the bench in a 6-0 Euro qualifying win over Bulgaria, Wilson is thrilled to be representing his nation at a major tournament. The forward, who was born in Coventry, is confident that England can improve on their Euro 2016 campaign, where they lost to Italy in the championship game.

“It’s a proud moment for me and my family to put on the Three Lions badge again,” he said.

“I don’t want it to be just the World Cup squad and nothing else.” Now that the place is mine, I don’t want to give it up. I’ve worked hard to reclaim my position, and I’m not about to give it up easily.”

“I think this group of players, the squad, the manager, it has all the ingredients for success,” he said.

“Last year, the boys advanced to the Euros final. I was watching from the stands and thinking to myself, ‘that needs to be me, I need to get back to that level.’ I’ll be on the other side of the white line this time.”

“Despite not having played an international match since 2019, the 30-year-old was named to England’s 26-man squad. Wilson, who has had injury problems in recent years, has six Premier League goals this season.”

Wilson claimed that he made an effort not to say whether he had or not. Despite not having, the 26-man squad for England. has since 2019 taken part in a game on a global scale.

Wilson, despite recent injury difficulties, has six Premier League goals this season. major event after choosing not to participate. He last played for England in a 6-0 victory over Bulgaria in a Euro qualifying game in 2019.

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England Rugby World Cup shirt appraisal 2022-23

England Rugby World Cup: Your eyes aren’t misleading you – that’s England once again wearing a black away jersey, this time against Argentina. The rationale is the potential to avoid a rugby kit clash as we will allegedly get for Ireland versus South Africa, with England’s traditional white possibly blurring into Los Pumas‘ white hoops.

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England Rugby World Cup shirt appraisal 2022-23
England Rugby World Cup shirt appraisal 2022-23

So they’ve gone dimmer. What do you make of it?

It’s surely a change from the norm – but the present stock of home shirts isn’t the plain white numbers we’re used to either. So if you’re preparing to cheer for England women in the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand or shout for the men during the Autumn Nation Series, you might want to take a look at the best contracts we could find for them – and read our appraisals of the shirts too.

England Rugby World Cup men’s home shirt

The latest England Rugby World Cup men’s shirt features red specifying with hoops on the sleeve and squint and you might see a hint of the St George’s flag in visuals at the bottom of the shirt.

According to builder Umbro: “Inspired by architectural details from Twickenham the England Home Replica Jersey is an eye-infectious style both on the pitch and in the stands. Featuring a graphic front body, the saddle covers are detailed with a bold double barred print for a fresh upbeat look.”

Umbro also states that this shirt is made with a “micro-rib crew neckline collar”, back neck tape, flat armor-plated seams, and twin needle stitching.

You can also buy now from Umbro for £75.

Or from Lovell Rugby for £75.

RW’s review:

This shirt is a lot fuller than we are used to seeing from England men – traditionally all of them went into England’s away or ‘third’ shirts. Here there’s a lot more going on.

A bit more character is great, though with the detailing tiptoeing up from the bottom of the men’s shirt, you wonder if it would have looked healthier coming down from the top, much more similar in style to the women’s shirt, below. Either way, there will be no missing England men this fall. To know more about England Vs Argentina Tickets click here.

Standing out and looking different in their Rugby World Cup shirt is England women.

England women’s home shirt

Builder Umbro says they are

“Proud to be introducing the second bespoke kit for the Red Roses, highlighting their clear point of alteration for this World Cup year. Detailed with the architecturally inspired print at the top of the sweater, the sleeves are tipped with a flash of red.”

This shirt is just for the Rugby World Cup – they will be sporting a shirt almost undistinguishable from the men after, and you can find that shirt at Umbro for £75.

The deal overhead for the World Cup jersey could be yours for £56.25 via England Rugby Stock, but you can also find it on Lovell Rugby for £75.

England women’s home shirt
England women’s home shirt

RW’s review:

We like it. The information on the top of the shirt just feels lovely and badass.

It also greeneries the rest of the shirt clean and neat. So while you advantage of all the best of contemporary tech in shirt manufacturing, it does not overly cry as a shirt. It just feels kind of right.

England Rugby World Cup black away shirt

Memory when England wore a dark away shirt for the Rugby World Cup in 2011? A time many have instinctive themselves to forget. Well, England is at it again, with this other number with a “subtle stripe design” on it, and the publicity spin is very much to sell this as a shirt you could attire any day, not just when the competition is on.

That’s confidently calmer to do when it’s a darker shirt.

You can also get the shirt from Lovell Rugby for £75 or via Umbro at £75.

RW’s review

We like the brittleness of the bands on the front and although the O2 logo yawns away on the front there looking huge as the white-on-black bangs out more, all else works well together. So much so that we’d what the lack of a collar. One of England’s best pointers for an away shirt for the selected time.

Sinckler reminiscences ‘surreal’ England talk before the Rugby World Cup win over All Blacks

Kyle Sinckler has lifted the lid on the “surreal” team session that left him certain England would beat the All Blacks and reach the Rugby World Cup final in 2019, labeling the two sides’ first session since then “big-boy rugby”.

Eddie Jones well brought a samurai sword into the session and sliced kiwi fruit in two to convince his squad how New Zealand could be beaten. Sinckler, fresh from counting a try in the quarter-final win over Australia, recalls that the whole team was transfixed by Jones’s left-field change and that England was left-hand in no doubt that they would beat the All Blacks six days advance.

England wrinkled up in a V-shape in reply to the haka before kick-off and then proceeded to deliver arguably their best performance under Jones, with Manu Tuilagi scoring an early try in a 19-7 win in Yokohama – the first time they had beaten the All Blacks since 2012.

Sinckler said:

Sinckler said: “We had a team session on Sunday which is very strange. Usually, Sunday is a day off, and you never really see Eddie, but he called a players’ meeting at 9 am. I’ll never forget that session, in terms of how we set the week up with our gameplan – putting weight on them, we’re going at them, walking towards the danger. It was strange knowledge as we had no doubt after that conference we were going to win.

“How several eras have we seen [squads] walk towards the haka and New Zealand put 50 points on them? We felt if we were going to do that we were required to back it up. It was one of those rare moments in your career where all went to plan.”

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Saturday’s competition will be the All Blacks’ first tour to Twickenham since 2018

England has not compressed them at home since Tuilagi ran amok 10 years ago. New Zealand is on a six-match charming streak and, though Scotland gave them a huge scare on Sunday, Sinckler, who first met the All Blacks when on behalf of the British & Irish Lions in 2017, trusts their physicality sets them apart.

England wrinkled up in a V-shape in reply to the haka before kick-off and then proceeded to deliver arguably their best performance
England wrinkled up in a V-shape in reply to the haka before kick-off and then proceeded to deliver arguably their best performance.

He added:

“They can do the showy stuff but the nuts and bolts of their game are very imposing. That was one of the main eye-openers for me when I first played New Zealand. Jesus, these guys are physical. We’ve got to make sure we bring our ‘A’ game since, if we don’t, they are a world-class outfit. And, for me, it’s just ultimate thankfulness to be in a position to do what I love. Big-boy rugby now!”

Sinckler has ongoing both of England’s autumn matches to date have missed the back end of the Six Nations and the summer tour of Australia with a back injury. Jones later said that, at his best, Sinckler is the leading tighthead prop in the world, but the 29-year-old revealed how incapacitating his back injury had been as he brands his way back to top form.

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“For me to be out there, pain-free, playing again and receiving back to where I know I can get to, I’ve just got ultimate thankfulness for that,” he said.

“I had chronic, chronic pain. I’m very fortunate because I’m an expert athlete and we have good physics at the club, and I’ve got my team outdoors. Every minute of the day was around my rehab and I just thought: ‘Imagine if you were just a normal person who had a domestic and was doing a nine-to-five and you were feeling this stuff.’ I don’t know how they would get through that.

“My heart goes out to people commerce with lingering pain because there are some dark times. I would think: ‘Am I ever going to play again?’ I was in so much pain. I couldn’t sit down. I couldn’t put my shoes and my hits on. I was bed-bound for three or four months.”

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Meet the final four candidates for the 2023 Rugby World Cup

We give you the dirt on the teams vying for the 20th and final spot in France 2023 at the Final Qualification Tournament, examining how the United States, Portugal, Hong Kong, and Kenya reached this point and their performance en route to Dubai.

For a two-week journey, Hong Kong, Kenya, Portugal, and the USA have landed in Dubai in the hopes that it can serve as a stopover on the way to the Rugby World Cup 2023.

The round-robin RWC 2023 Final Qualification Tournament will begin on Sunday and go until November 18 with the four teams taking the field at The Sevens Stadium.

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The team in first place of the standings will be awarded the 20th and final ticket to France following the three match days in the UAE.

Which teams, however, are in top form going into the Final Qualification Tournament, and which have the most Rugby World Cup experience? We provide you with information on each of the contending countries.

RUGBY WORLD CUP PEDIGREE

HONG KONG

Since the 1995 competition, Hong Kong has tried to qualify for a Rugby World Cup, but they have so far been unable to do so and secure a spot at the championship game.

However, it was a loss to Chinese Taipei in the RWC 2003 qualifying campaign that cost them dearly. In the early years, their growth was frequently halted by Japan, the dominant team in Asia.

In the repechage for the RWC 2015, Hong Kong’s interest was ended when they fell to Uruguay, and in the round-robin event for the RWC 2019, they failed, placing second-to-last in the four-team competition in Marseilles.

KENYA

Similar to Hong Kong, Kenya made an attempt to qualify for the RWC 1995, but losses to Zimbabwe and Namibia terminated their chances before a victory over the Arabian Gulf.

The Simbas have participated in the qualifying rounds for every Rugby World Cup since, but they have not yet advanced to the main competition.

After overcoming Namibia and putting themselves in an excellent position to qualify for the 2015 RWC, Kenya narrowly missed out on both a trip to England and a spot in the playoffs due to a loss to Zimbabwe.

Four years later, their final qualifying match loss to Namibia prevented them from directly qualifying for the 2019 RWC. Despite having done enough to qualify for the second round, they fell to Canada, Hong Kong, and Germany in all three of their games in Marseille.

PORTUGAL

Portugal has only only participated in one Rugby World Cup, which took place in France in 2007.

Then, Os Lobos waited until the very last second to defeat Uruguay on the road to qualifying.

Os Lobos lost to their South American opponents 18-12 in the return match in Montevideo, but as a result of their 12-5 triumph over Los Teros in the first leg in Lisbon, they were able to come out on top 24-23.

The outcome atoned for Portugal’s severe setback to Uruguay in the Repechage matchup in 1999.

Portugal earned a spot in Pool C for the actual event, where they will play New Zealand, Scotland, Italy, and Romania.

In front of a sizable Portuguese crowd in St. Etienne, Portugal lost against Scotland 56-10 to start their tournament, with winger Pedro Cabral scoring their first-ever Rugby World Cup try.

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A less motivated team might have fallen apart after losing 108-13 to New Zealand in their second match, but Os Lobos finished the competition strongly with a respectable 31-5 loss to Italy and then in a tight game against Romania, the Oaks prevailed 14-10 but only after scoring two converted tries in the fourth quarter.

Portugal achieved their goal of scoring at least one try in every game by finishing their first Rugby World Cup campaign beaten in every game but unbeaten.

USA

With the exception of RWC 1995, the USA has played in every tournament, making them the team with the most Rugby World Cup experience entering the Final Qualification Tournament.

On May 24, 1987, at Ballymore in Brisbane, Australia, they made their Rugby World Cup debut by defeating Japan 21-18 after a late comeback.

They then suffered losses to Australia and England, and it took them 16 years to record their second tournament victory.

That triumph came in 2003 when the competition returned to Australia after winless pool phase exits at RWC 1991 and RWC 1999. At Central Coast Stadium, the USA ran in five tries to defeat Japan once more, winning 39-26.

Since that night in Gosford, the USA has only triumphed in one Rugby World Cup match, a 13-6 victory over Russia at RWC 2011, which was also played in the southern hemisphere, with Mike Petri scoring the only try of the game.

On the grandest stage, the USA has thus far struggled to go past the quarterfinals, but on their most recent Rugby World Cup appearance, they came close to winning the event for the fourth time.

The Eagles led Tonga 12-7 at halftime of their final Pool C encounter of the 2019 RWC thanks to two tries from Mike Te’o.

Tonga, on the other hand, outscored the USA three tries to one in the second half to win 31-19 and send the USA’s opponents home after just one win in four Rugby World Cup appearances.

WORLD RANKINGS SINCE LAST RUGBY WORLD CUP

HONG KONG

Even though they have only participated in four tests since Japan in 2019, Hong Kong has managed to move up two spots in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings powered by Capgemini.

Hong Kong was ranked in 24th place with 59.65 points back in November 2019, but they are now 22nd with two positions and 1.38 points higher (61.03 points).

If Hong Kong defeats Portugal in their opening match at the Final Qualification Tournament, they will be within reach of a spot in the top 20 in the world.

KENYA

Since the last Rugby World Cup, Kenya has only played seven tests, winning four of them, but they have dropped one spot in the standings.

At the beginning of November 2019, the Simbas were placed 32nd with 52.55 points. Three years later, they are now ranked 33rd with 52.06.

If Kenya wins their first match against the United States this weekend, they could move up as many as five spots.

PORTUGAL

It is hardly surprising that Os Lobos have improved in the rankings during the current Rugby World Cup cycle, which is seen as a moment of triumph for Portugal.

Even though moving up one spot to 20th may not seem like much of an acceleration, the rating score’s increase from 61.34 to 65.08 tells you everything you need to know about the direction they are moving in.

Regarding the upcoming weekend, regardless of how the Eagles perform in their first game against lower-ranked Kenya, Portugal will overtake the USA in 19th if they defeat Hong Kong.

USA

The USA has been through a transition during the last three years, which is reflected by the team’s minor decline in the rankings.

The Eagles were rated 17th with 68.10 points after the conclusion of RWC 2019, however they have since dropped two spots to 19th and almost three rating points, entering the Final Qualification Tournament with a score of 65.17.

As they cannot improve their score against Kenya due to the 13.11 point discrepancy between the two countries, USA may fall further in the rankings this weekend.

FORM GUIDE                                      

HONG KONG

Hong Kong has very limited test rugby history entering the Final Qualification Tournament.

Hong Kong has only played on the field four times since the last Rugby World Cup ended, winning two and losing two of those games.

Hong Kong gained some new experiences during a European tour at the end of 2019 when they played Belgium and Spain away for the first time.

The team had a 36-17 victory in Brussels before losing to Los Leones 29-7, but things seemed to be going well for them until COVID-19 struck.

Because to travel limitations, Hong Kong’s 15s test rugby was suspended for two and a half years. Then, due to the financial effects of the global pandemic, the program’s status was changed from a full-time to a part-time one.

However, Hong Kong made a triumphant return, defeating Korea 23-21 in Incheon thanks to a last-second penalty kick. As a result, Hong Kong was guaranteed a spot in the Asia-Pacific Qualifier and the opportunity to win a direct flight to France in 2023.

The ‘Ikale Tahi won the match against Tonga 44–22 on neutral Australian soil, as most observers had predicted they would.

However, Hong Kong’s performance, particularly in the match’s closing moments, gives them reason for confidence and something to work on going into the Final Qualification Tournament for a team that had so little time to prepare behind them under a new head coach.

KENYA

Kenya enters the Final Qualification Tournament in decent shape, having only lost twice in their previous six games, both times to Namibia.

The Simbas did not play on the field between September 2019 and July 2021 as a result of the pandemic’s effects.

When Kenya did return to the field to begin their RWC 2023 qualifying campaign, Senegal humiliated them 20-19, and Kenya gave up the game-winning converted try in the waning seconds.

Kenya bounced back to defeat Zambia 45-8 and restart their qualification campaign. They finished the year with a training camp in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

While there, the Simbas played Namibia and Brazil. In their first encounter, although they were ahead 24-19 at the half against their African opponents, they fell down 60-24 as their opponents scored seven tries after the break.

Once more, the Simbas bounced back, and six days later, they scored five tries to defeat Brazil 36-30 at Markötter Stadium in a 66-point thriller.

Kenya defeated Algeria and Uganda in July’s Rugby Africa Cup 2022 in France to advance to a winner-take-all match against Namibia. However, a 36-0 loss in Aix-en-Provence put an end to the Simbas’ aspirations of securing straight qualification to RWC 2023.

PORTUGAL

Portugal qualified for Dubai by placing third overall in the Rugby Europe Championship standings for 2021 and 202.

Os Lobos’ 25-25 draw with Georgia in Tbilisi marked the beginning of the second half of the qualification campaign’s high point; nonetheless, results, though not performances, declined as the year went on.

Their chances for automatic qualification were dashed after a key 37-27 loss to Romania in Bucharest, but a match against the struggling Netherlands got them back on track as Os Lobos won 59-3.

Then came the stretch of four losses leading up to the Final Qualification Tournament, though three of them were against teams who were rated higher.

Portugal’s Rugby Europe Championship campaign came to a disappointing conclusion after Spain defeated them 33-28 in Madrid.

The Italian team visited Portugal after their Six Nations triumph over Wales, and although coming out on the losing end of the scoreboard this time (38–31), Portugal lost.

Following their comeback from a halftime disadvantage, the South Americans fell to an Argentina XV 52-35.

Additionally, Portugal forced their opponents Georgia work hard in their most recent match in Kutaisi in July to win 23-14.

USA

The USA would have advanced to the RWC 2023 and would have been preparing for matches against England, Japan, Argentina, and Samoa in Pool D had it not been for Santiago Videla’s last-second penalty in Glendale.

They had won the first leg of their Americas 2 play-off against Chile 22-21 in Santiago, and they appeared to have done all the hard work because they were up going into the final 10 minutes of the second.

Sport, however, involves razor-thin margins, and the USA’s performance since the RWC 2019 has been at best patchy.

When the squad resumed play in July 2021, they suffered crushing losses to England and Ireland but kept their hopes of winning a trip to France alive with a 59-50 aggregate victory over longtime rivals Canada.

Victory enabled a two-leg Americas 1 play-off against Uruguay. However, after winning 19-16 at home, Uruguay lost 34-15 in Montevideo, dropping the tie 50-34 overall.

After losing to the All Blacks 104-14 in Washington, Eagles supporters had reason for optimism after Houston’s 26-21 victory over the French Barbarians.

That was put out at Infinity Park by a kick from Videla, and the USA now travels to Dubai having won only three of their nine tests since Japan.

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Rugby World Cup 2023:  Final Qualification Tournament pressure is on

Rugby World Cup 2023: This Saturday, teams competing for the 20th and final spot at the Rugby World Cup 2023 face off against Kenya and the United States against Hong Kong in Dubai.

When play resumes in Dubai on Saturday, the USA and Portugal will try to maintain their winning starts to the Rugby World Cup 2023 Final Qualification Tournament.

With bonus-point victories at The Sevens Stadium last weekend, both teams started their quest to clinch the 20th and final spot at the championship tournament the following year.

In terms of points differential, the USA is currently in first place, and they will be looking to build on their victory over Kenya when they take on Hong Kong at 18:30 local time (GMT+4).

Prior to that, Portugal’s encounter against Kenya will begin off matchday two at 16:00 local time.

Prior to the final matches on November 18, Kenya and Hong Kong both need victories to keep alive their chances of qualifying for the RWC 2023.

Kenya hoping history repeats

As they attempt to bounce back from their opening 68-14 loss to the USA, Kenya might find solace in the knowledge that they defeated Portugal in their only prior test match.

2015 saw the Simbas defeat Os Lobos 41-15 in Nairobi, with Darwin Mukidza scoring 16 points in his first game for his country.

Mukidza started at full-back against the Eagles but will sit out this Saturday’s game, leaving only flanker Martin Owilah from the Nairobi victory to start in Dubai.

Os Lobos’ defeat seven years prior dropped them just one spot above Kenya, to 28th place in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings powered by Capgemini.

Prior to Saturday’s game, there are 15 spots separating Kenya in 34th and Portugal in 19th place, despite the sides’ divergent recent trajectory.

Since Portugal and Os Lobos are separated by 13.47 rating points and the USA would move up a spot if the Eagles beat Hong Kong by more than 15 points, Portugal’s rating cannot rise with a win over Kenya.

Having made nine personnel changes to his starting lineup, coach Patrice Lagisquet’s team will have to do that.

For the game on Saturday, Simbas coach Paul Odera has altered his starting lineup eight times, including giving uncapped fly-half Amon Wamalwa his first start.

“The game against the USA was a physical one so we have gone for slight rotation in the squad,” Kenya assistant coach Mike Aung said. “We have gone for a quicker pack and backline as well.”

USA and Hong Kong renew rivalry

When they enter the field at The Sevens Stadium on Saturday, Hong Kong and the USA will play each other for the first time in more than 24 years.

Hong Kong, a team that is lower in the rankings than Kenya, has historically fared better in head-to-head matches between the two countries.

Only three of the USA’s seven games against Asian opponents have ended in victories, with the remaining four ending in losses.

The most recent was a 27-17 loss in San Francisco in 1998’s Pacific Rim Championship, a game in which Hong Kong defeated the United States both at home and away.

In order for Hong Kong to remain in the running for a spot in the RWC 2023 roster going into the last round of matches in the Final Qualification Tournament, they must win again on Saturday.

The USA would be eliminated from the top 20 for the first time ever if they were to lose to the Eagles by more than 15 points and Hong Kong would move above them in the rankings for the first time in their history.

The Eagles need to defeat Os Lobos by more than 15 points on Saturday in order to regain the top spot after losing it to Portugal last weekend despite defeating Kenya with 10 tries and a score of 68-14.

As captain AJ MacGinty, who started matchday one on the bench, is back in the number 10 jersey, USA coach Gary Gold has made five changes to his starting lineup. Chance Wenglewski, a replacement for the prop, enters the lineup.

“In certain positions we’ve made a decision to change things around a little bit,” Gold said. “It’s not total wholesale changes.

“David [Ainu’u] starts and Kapeli [Pifeleti Jr.] is in at hooker, AJ [MacGinty] and Ruben [De Haas] coming in at nine and 10. But yeah, consistency across the back row.

“Hong Kong is going to give us a much stronger challenge and we really want to be prepared for that.”

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