Rugby World Cup Enters Quarter-Finals After Exciting Pool Stage
The pool stage of the 2023 Rugby World Cup has wrapped up, with plenty of drama and surprises before the quarter-final line-up was settled.
Portugal Records Historic First World Cup Win Over Fiji
Portugal pulled off a massive upset against Fiji, scoring a dramatic last-minute try to claim their first ever Rugby World Cup victory. The late converted score sealed a 23-20 win for Portugal after they had twice led Fiji by seven points earlier in the match. The win sparked joyous celebrations from the Portuguese team, capping off an exciting pool stage where their attacking style won many new fans. However, both teams showed vulnerabilities in their final pool games that will need addressing ahead of the quarter-finals.
Ireland Set For Ultimate All Blacks Challenge
Ireland cemented their status as the number one ranked team by clinically beating Scotland 35-17 to top Pool B. They now face a mouth-watering quarter-final against arch rivals New Zealand. The All Blacks are eager for revenge after losing a home series to Ireland last year. But Ireland believe they can pass their biggest test and beat New Zealand again when it matters most. Additionally, you can also read about- Rugby for Wellness: Science-Backed Health Benefits.
Scotland Coach Eyes Long-Term Improvements
Facing Ireland and South Africa was always going to be a tough ask for Scotland. Coach Gregor Townsend acknowledged they came up short in Pool B but says work is already underway to close the gap on rugby’s top sides over the next 10 years. Townsend admitted Ireland could dominate the sport for the next decade based on the strength of their systems.
Farrell Breaks Points Record But Has Day to Forget
England captain Owen Farrell surpassed Jonny Wilkinson as the team’s highest points scorer of all time. But he also fell foul of the newly introduced “shot clock”, becoming the first player to be timed out at a Rugby World Cup. Farrell’s two penalties and conversion took him past Wilkinson’s record in the win over Samoa, before his third penalty attempt embarrassingly ran out of time.
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Hat-Trick Heroes Set Up Wales v Argentina Clash
Wales overcame Georgia to finish top of Pool C but lost key number eight Taulupe Faletau to a broken arm. Their reward is a quarter-final against Argentina, who saw off Japan 39-27 thanks to a hat-trick from Mateo Carreras. The two sides have history of close contests at the World Cup.
France Eye ‘World Cup Final’ Against Springboks
The hosts cruised past Italy to stay perfect in Pool A and tee up a last eight clash with reigning champions South Africa. France coach Fabien Galthie billed their opening win over New Zealand as their first ‘World Cup final’ and sees the Springboks game as their second tournament decider. But injury doubts over talisman Antoine Dupont could hinder France. If you want you can also read – How Much Do Rugby Players Make – A Complete Breakdown
Italy’s Campaign Ends With Heavy Defeats
After promising starts against Namibia and Uruguay, Italy’s World Cup hopes were ended in deflating fashion. Heavy losses to New Zealand and France means they will be playing in the World Cup for a 10th time without ever reaching the quarter-finals.