Last weekend, the veteran Romanian flyer/center became the seventh player to score 1,000 points. And the first to reach this extraordinary milestone when he scored his first goal in Lisbon’s 28-27 win over Portugal. Now he needs just four points to take in Italy’s Diego Dormings, who is top of the table. The fans can buy Rugby world cup 2023 tickets from our website at exclusive discount prices.
“It’s nice to possess my name there, with the massive guy. I feel good, I just want to stay going and perhaps. I’ll overtake Diego Dormings for sixth place,” he told the planet Rugby Championship in Bucharest.
“It’s good that it happened because I even have been waiting since last year. When unfortunately we didn’t play plenty of games.”
NERVES, NO MATTER WHAT
What makes Vlaicu’s performance all the more remarkable is that. He is completely self-taught as a kicker, admitting he is not immune to pressure.
“I’m always nervous when I kick goals, before every kick. Even if I play a good team or a poor team,” revealed ‘the Jonny Wilkinson’ of Eastern European rugby.
“I’ve never spoken to anyone (about kicking), I train tons and inspect to develop my kick and teach the young boys to follow me.
“For the last six/seven years, my kicking has been good.”
Romania’s record scorer (1,007 points) and most capped player (126 caps). Vlaicu is still in contention to make a fourth Rugby World Cup.
The Bucharest-born player is going to be 37 by the time Rugby World Cup France 2023 comes around. But he will still be a year younger than Ireland’s Johnny Sexton, who shows no signs of quitting. Because the pair of prolific points-scorers both appear in RWC France.
WORLD CUP IS ‘MISSION POSSIBLE
First, Romania has to get there. Failure to qualify for the tournament in World Rugby Japan was a bitter blow to all involved. And the trip to France Rugby world cup 2023 got off to a false start with the defeat to Russia in round one of the Rugby Europe Championship 2021.
“For Romanian rugby and for me, it was a disappointment (not to play at RWC 2019). But we can’t do anything about it now, we just have to think about the next tournament. Japan is over.
“Playing at another World Rugby Cup is not impossible. But I just want to enjoy my rugby for now and take it step by step. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens in the future. It’s a long way away.
“It’s hard to remain up with the young guys when you’re in your 30s. But I feel good, for now, which I would like to remain going this year. And maybe next year, I don’t know.”
SPAIN WILL BE TOUGH
Until Japan 2019, Romania appeared in every Rugby World Cup. Missing a second is something they don’t want to count.
Snatching a win from the jaws of defeat to Portugal got them back on track. And a further win against higher-ranked Spain this weekend would be a statement for a team looking to recover from a difficult few years.
‘We’ve got a young team and we didn’t play for a long time. So that’s why we had these results – defeat Russia and beat Portugal in the last stage. But now we’re reception and that we want to urge a win against Spain. Rugby fans can buy Rugby World Cup2023 tickets.
“We know it’ll be tough because we saw Spain’s game against Georgia and that they did well. It’s always a troublesome game against Spain, home or away.
“I hope we’ll win every game and go there because the earth Cup is something else, for any rugby player.”
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